June 2015 Update
IYT Teacher Training Month 8. We studied the nervous system’s response to stress – particularly the sympathetic/parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Of course we focused primarily on restorative work and had a relatively stress free weekend. J. Brown was our dynamic guest yoga artist and shared both his process and his work with our enthusiastic group. Thank you Jason and great job group!
It been almost 2 months since I left for Texas to finish the 500 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Training I started last August at Kripalu. We were lucky to be a small, cohesive group of 22 students plus a handful of teachers, and equally lucky to be staying on the grounds of a Hindu temple, with roving peacocks and truly delicious vegetarian food.
I decided to bite the bullet the last weeks of August and begin my study of Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu Mass. Integrative Yoga Therapy was started by Joseph and Lillian LePage and is based on a multi limbed approach to yoga therapy integrating asana, pranayama, mudra, Yoga Nidra, mantra, and meditation into a unifying whole – either for therapeutic group classes or private sessions.
As Sergio and I first approached Kripalu, I was regretting that I had recently read “Going Clear” a book about scientology that my friend Lisa Jean had raved about. In fact, moderately panicked about the whole situation and lack of coffee until 7:30am with a 5am wake up time, Sergio kindly drove to the nearest K mart and bought me a 20$ coffee maker and a pound of Peets coffee. I had three roommates; each one was awesome and very charming. A librarian who showed me a photo taken of her aura, a Bulgarian diplomat who also liked coffee, and psychologists who was training in yoga dance.
My colleagues were by large, thoughtful, professional yoga teachers and healers and the teachers committed professionals. We were in class from 6am-9pm almost every day and I have a binder that will take me a year to read. I went to tanglewood and listened to Beethoven’s 9th and cried, went swimming once, went to a “seedy” gay bar (which in Lenox looks likes Chelsea’s finest), took hour long hikes with Lisa and Helen when possible and was constantly trying to corrupt my friend Geetha with daily coffee. Mostly though, I sat and listened and practiced and learned and look forward to my next modules training at an Ashram, in Texas, in March. (Yikes).