After completing the 500hrs of Yoga Teacher Training I was left feeling pretty drained, I’m sure this is totally normal and most people experience it. A large part of me felt like I wanted to escape the yoga scene for a few weeks. My soul was craving time by the ocean drinking up the sunshine and frolicking in the waves, only I’m a long way from the beach here in Mysore and I’d made the decision to stay on in India.
So instead of hanging by the beach after all my new yoga buddies left Mysore I went into full-blown, demotivated lazy mode. I kept up my daily asana practice but was really struggling to find the motivation to do anything else. I found myself spending a lot of time watching TV on my laptop, catching up on sleep and wasting countless hours on the Internet.
After a week of this and several failed attempts at getting myself going again I came up with the idea of a self imposed spiritual boot camp. Setting my alarm for 4.30am and telling myself I’d wake up just wasn’t working. I needed some structure and a real commitment to myself.
You might be wondering why I'm not cutting myself some slack, taking an extended break, embracing the laziness, making some new friends and enjoying exploring Mysore.
If I’m to be honest I feel like I spent much of my time during the YTT doing just that. I didn’t find the workload to be overly challenging and while I committed myself to the training, I equally enjoyed the social aspects. I think I was far more social during the training than I normally am at home!
While I experienced some transformation during the two months of YTT I feel that I could be doing so much more in terms of going deeper within. This last month here in India seems like the perfect opportunity to do that.
So this idea of a personalised spiritual boot camp came to my mind, something that I would commit to fully as if I were paying for the service.
Here is my Week 1 daily schedule:
4.15am: Wake Up
4.15am – 4.30am: Surya Namaskar Wake Up
4.30am – 5.00am: Pranayama / Kriyas
5.00am - 6.00am: Meditation
6.45am – 8.45am: Ashtanga Asana Practice
9.00am – 1.30am: Breakfast and Chill Time
1.30pm – 2.00pm: Meditation
2.00pm – 4.00pm: Lunch and Chill Time
4.00pm – 5.00pm: Harmonium/Chanting (Lessons and Practice)
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Yin Yoga Practice
7.30pm – 8.00pm: Eye Exercises / Candle Gazing
8.00pm – 9.00pm: Meditation
My personal boot camp begins tomorrow morning and will culminate in a 10 day Vipassana Meditation that finishes on the 30th of August. That means I have today to finish watching the remaining few episodes of 'Chasing Life'.
My soul will then be quenched with the all the beach time and salt water it desires with my final few weeks of my trip spent in Bali.
When I go to bed tonight I’ll be placing my alarm clock on my yoga mat, far away from the bed. To make the whole waking up early experience more enjoyable/inspiring I’ll be setting my alarm tune to this:
I'll be sure to post an update on my progress in the next week or two. That is unless I fall into a deep meditation and reach samadhi (liberation)...