10.09.2008

Day in the life of...

A YogaWorks yogi down under:

6:15am-Wake up

6:30am-iChat with my hubby Steele and kiss him through the camera on the computer

7:00am--Walk to the yoga studio. The walk takes me about 10 minutes and it's beautiful. Through a park and then back streets of Balmain village all the way---it smells so sweet here. The air is filled with the scents of gardenia and jasmine. Flowers are blooming everywhere and it's all so green. Amaryllis bloom in real outdoor gardens! I've only ever seen them "forced" in
the middle of winter in a vase. They are breathtaking--as are the iris and other flowering trees. I've started to get used to looking to the right as I cross the street so I don't get run over, but I have to remind myself everytime. Fortunately Aussie drivers stop for you even if they see you thinking about crossing the road. It's a beautiful walk at 7am--still out before the hustle and bustle and the morning sun beginning to warm the city. All this without my usual morning coffee..




7:30am- Our day at the studio starts with a 2-2.5 hour yoga practice. Annie is an incredibly articulate instructor and my practice has changed so much already. The 2 hours go by really quickly, and the only complaint is that it's freezing. No buildings have heat here in AU and the mornings are still cold spring mornings here, so even after 2 hours of yoga I've yet to break a sweat. Very unlike me. Annie is able to see things in bodies with such intelligence. It's shocking , amazing, and I can only hope that I leave with at least an ounce of her knowledge.




10am--Break for a "flat white" next door at this really cute cafe called The Little Marionette. Such a sweet name and the few employees have become our new best friends. The coffee culture is huge here. There's no 'brewed' coffee like in the states. Here everything is espresso based and you go out for coffee. It's delicious and perfect for the morning break

10:10am--Lecture time...we all huddle into this tiny room so that we can warm ourselves by a little electric heater and discuss Anatomy or Philosophy. Yesterday we learned some of the history of yoga and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. One of my favorite sutras (threads) so far: Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah----translated as 'yoga-to still the patterning of consciousness'

11:30am--Break for lunch. There are only 10 students so we all end up eating together in the park across the street from the studio. There are so many delicious cafes to grab "take away" and some of us have been making some things and bringing them to share. This group of 10 is pretty cool. Small groups seem to go either way---it's either really good or really bad. This one is really good. Everyone gets along swimmingly and since we've spent so much intense time together already it feels like we've known each other forever. Usually in groups someone becomes the clear leader, then there's the outcast, then there are the observers---honestly it hasn't happened yet in this class and I have to say I think it would have if it was going too. There aren't really any egos competing and it's a blessing. So lunch in the park soaking in the good Australian Vitamin D.


12:30pm-- Reconvene for an afternoon of lecture, anatomy, adjustments, teaching points--it's better than I could have imagined.

5pm--Sit in the park and do some of my reading/homework



6pm--Go for a little walk or go to the different little markets for provisions

7:30pm--Back to 34 Lawson St. for some dinner, lots of homework, a good chat with my flatmate, Matt (pictures of him coming soon), make the next day's lunch, more homework, procrastinate online, etc. Yesterday I went to my new friend Melissa's house for dinner. She lives in Kirribilli another neighborhood across the harbor from me. Beautiful place right on the water. She has amazing views. She and her husband are from Chicago here for the year for his work so they subsidize their rent---allowing them to have this view:. Then I took a ferry back to my hood. Best commute if you ask me.




10pm-Lights out---dreaming of koalas, kangaroos, downward facing dogs, and kissing steele!

then get up and do it all over again. i'm feeling good and loving the program. i feel lucky to be doing it away from the pressures of my "real" life so that i can really indulge in the program. i can live in my bubble of yoga for the month. it's intense and to be freed to sink in, study, think about nothing else is a treat for me. tomorrow (friday) night i'm going to dinner with a girl from Minneapolis who was a Waldorf teen back in the days I worked there. Then we have class all weekend this weekend for an anatomy intensive. there is supposedly a really cool market here in balmain on Saturday so I'll go to that for my weekend diversion. thanks for your sweet messages. I read them all and savor them. my eyes are drooping...i've passed my 10pm lights out. sweet dreams...

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Anonymous said...

Love hearing about your day and seeing all of the new pictures. It seems like the month is flying by here in L.A.- cannot believe you will be back soon. Your month sounds fantastic so far! Love Ya!
-Andrea

Anonymous said...

Missing you Nan! Sounds like you are having the best time, I am very happy for you. Love reading your posts. Enjoy that weather and friendship...soak it up!
Love, Carrie