Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yoga for Swatchies

And now for something completely different…

We spent the month of February in the warm, sunny Bahamas, training to be Yoga teachers at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island. The course was great – we learned so much about Vedantic philosophy and the ancient, great yogis.

It was like college and summer camp combined, but with more yoga and at the beach!

It was very spiritually enlightening. We also met some great people from all over the world, and vastly improved our yoga skills.

Here are some of my yoga pics:

This is Savasana, or Corpse pose. It’s also me doing Forward Bend. And Fish.

The backbending series: Cobra, Bow, and Locust. Also Child’s pose.
The piece de resistance: Sirshasana, Headstand.
Mountain pose, Standing Forward Bend, and Triangle. And the Warrior series.

The beach platform

Our Teacher Training class – 64 people, plus the teachers. I missed the picture because I was doing Karma Yoga.

Chillin’ at the beach.

Deep meditation. I can do it with my eyes open!

Our tent – the messy side is Devon’s.

I knitted that yoga bag!

She sure did.

A visitor to our tent.

Getting my Starbucks fix… shhhhhh… don’t tell Swamiji!
Visiting Atlantis Resort, which was right next door to the Ashram. After Week 3, we NEEDED a spa day.
Another visitor – he was the size of ME!
That’s me!! Doing tripod headstand! Which is TOTALLY as hard as it looks, I swear!

(It’s so not)

How would you know? You don’t even have arms!

Swamis Brahmananda and Sadasivananda. Don’t they look great in orange?

Even their SOCKS are orange!

Sunset Yoga class… oooo, ahhhhh….

Check out that TAN! And the Crow, of course. You can’t tell in the picture, but my feet are off the ground and I’m totally balancing.

So overall, it was just a really fabulous experience and we learned loads and practiced yoga (not that Devon has kept it up at ALL) and met cool people and chilled on the beach. In FEBRUARY. Good stuff indeed.


Knittah said...

Ooooooo, dreamy! That's how I look when I do corpse pose too! Need I explain that it's my favorite yoga pose?

I'm so psyched you spent a month on the beach learning yoga! Like I said, DREAMY!

Devon said...

It WAS dreamy, indeed.

You know, Prep is actually standing on her head in that pic!! Took me quite a few tries but I managed it LOL :)

EmDao said...

Devon you won the spring vines pattern!! email me at to get your pattern!!