I would have never thought that I would be starting my 200HR yoga teacher certificate in the midst of this year. Besides living through pandemic and open myomectomy surgery that restricted my physical activity for a few months I got a chance to start working on one of my goals when I least expected it.
When I used to think about getting a 200HR yoga certificate I always thought about doing it after at least two years of regular exercise on some secluded retreat centre in Thailand or Bali. However, the plans have changed and I am starting my certificate here in Dubai in September this year. It will last longer than it would last in normal conditions, but it will keep me engaged and motivated to keep pursuing my dreams.
The first book I read about yoga was called “Hatha Yoga” written by Eva Ruchpaul who was one of the first female yogis in Europe. After reading the book I started doing some poses at home and I found them enjoyable. However, life took me to some other direction so I forgot about my yoga practise until I came to Dubai.
I started going to the classes the first time in 2016. In that time one yoga teacher was offering free yoga classes in the park by the sea. I would go to the park with my friends once a week as I was searching for a job and didn’t have money to pay for classes.
in summer 2017 I went to a yoga studio that was close to my place and paid myself a beginner package for 10 classes. I tried different kinds of yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and the one I liked the most was Ashtanga yoga, In average I would visit the studio between 4 and 5 times per week. After a few months, I stopped going as I had lots of expenses around my driving license, parents visit, wedding, and house movement. I visited few times Bikram yoga studio which was more affordable at that moment and when I moved to another area I totally stopped going to my regular studio. However, in summer last year I decided I should go back as I needed some kind of filter to help me deal with everyday stress and long working hours.
Last year in August I decided to go back to the studio and I didn’t regret it. I organized my time and went to classes after work or during the weekends. After a few classes I already noticed that I am getting stronger, more flexible and relaxed. When I couldn’t go to the studio, I would do some poses at home on my terrace, especially during lockdown when the studio was closed for a couple of weeks due to COVID-10 pandemic.
Last month marketing team in my company asked me to do a yoga class for our employees for International Yoga Day – 21 June. Although I don’t have the experience in leading classes, I decided to do it and I loved it. So, when my yoga teacher suggested me to start a yoga teaching certificate, I thought why not. Yoga is not only about flexibility and poses, but it is also much more than it and I can slowly start to build my path, understand the philosophy behind it, learn about anatomy and teaching styles and later when I am able to exercise again, I will further work on my asanas. So, let this journey begin.