WEEK 3 OF TTC AT UTTARKASHI – FINAL THOUGHTS
We are through with our residential 200 Hr TTC at Uttarkashi and the back-to-reality feeling is sinking in slow and deep.
The last week started off with a trip to the Himalayan temple town of Gangotri – home to the holy Ganga – on our off day. It was truly a humbling experience. The highlight of the trip was seeing apple laden tree orchards en route and the natural hot water spring baths at Gangnani. We also got an opportunity to visit Swami Sundaranandji at his beautiful cottage decorated lovingly with driftwood and stones collected over the years. Popularly know was ‘Photo Baba’ or ‘Clicking Swami’, it was a visual treat browsing through the pictures of Ganga and the Himalayan region captured through the lens of this mountaineer sadhu.
The course was not only about learning to be a yoga teacher and transform health through a whole food plant based diet, but also about forming bonds and being a part of the ever growing ‘yoga family’. For every intense discussion there were more funny and happy moments. The list of memorable moments that almost had us in splits is a mile long!
The last week was marked with wrapping off the last few sessions of anatomy, philosophy, adjusting and alignment during asana practice, yoga nidra and meditation. With theory exams and practicals around the corner, a frenzy of late night revisions, discussion and studies seemed to be the order of the night! It was heartening to see the participants becoming clear with their instructions and watch them grow as teachers. The glow of happiness and confidence as they mastered instructing SuryaNamaskars and Vinyasa flows was quite visible, despite the challenge of keeping the rights and lefts straight!
The official culmination of our yoga teacher training experience was a memorable evening with soft lights, sharing experiences, certificate distribution and group exchange of views about each other. As the journey of being a student drew to a close, another journey of being a yoga teacher commenced. There was a day detour to Rishikesh on our way back to Bangalore soaking in the world famous Ganga Aarti and wandering through the lanes of the yoga capital of the world!
We celebrated the last week of our stay with mouth watering desserts and snacks! Banana Peanut Icecream, Coconut Lemon Cake, Cold Coffee, Pumpkin Cashew-Cheese Pasta were savoured by one and all. The real surprise came on the last day when we took the measurements.
We have lost many Kgs and almost 40 inches together in the last 3 weeks. “One can lose weight by eating more food” was a revelation for many. A big round of applause to all the participants who could stick to this diet through determination and discipline. At the end of this course, the participants felt more equipped with the tools and techniques of ‘clean’ eating. Its heartening to see them figuring out their meal plans once they got back to their usual routine and some of them already trying and cooking out recipes they tasted during their ashram stay. All in all – Mission Accomplished!