A day in the life of a yoga teacher trainee

A day in the life of a yoga teacher trainee

4:30am - The alarm starts to sound. A little reluctantly I climb out of the warm cocoon of my bed and find my torch. It’s still dark outside and I have to get ready for the morning yoga class. Birds are singing and the toads are still rustling, but everything is calm. I look towards the sky as I walk toward the bathroom for my morning shower. The stars are absolutely amazing this morning. And so begins another day at the YTT...

Pizza perfection

Pizza perfection

It's Friday mid afternoon at the Krishna village and the birds are singing in the trees as people lay in the garden in small groups after lunch, talking and laughing, reading or practicing yoga. Out in the kitchen, volunteer manager Damodar is busy collecting firewood and stoking the kindling in the hand made pizza oven, preparing for the weekly pizza night ...

Post YTT blues

Post YTT blues

So how does it feel to be back home after six weeks of intense yoga teacher training you might wonder? It feels weird. I don’t know how to explain it in any other way. Sometimes I wonder if the last six weeks even happened because everything is as per normal out here in the big bad world ...

The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiveness

Aside from the regular yoga program, Krishna Village often hosts guest speakers, and this week we were lucky enough to be graced with the presence of Mahatma. Well known as a spiritual teacher within ISKCON, Mahatma lives in Mayapur (India) with his family, but spends about 6 months/year touring the world.

Yoga Teacher Training: Week 6

Yoga Teacher Training: Week 6

I am very aware it’s my last week as a YTT here at the Krishna Village so I am really trying to savour everything, whether it’s the amazing conversations over dinner, the sound of guitars playing in the garden, the smell of the flowers at the temple or the stunning view of the mountains surrounding the Village.

Yoga Teacher Training: Week 5

Yoga Teacher Training: Week 5

I have a confession to make… I had a coffee this week. To be honest, I actually had two coffees. One on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. That’s not very yogi is it? By now some of us, if not all, look like walking ghosts. With not much sleep this week all of us have accumulated some impressive looking dark bags under our eyes. The last week has been intense, constantly working under pressure to prove that we are competent yoga teachers. 

Yoga Teacher Training: Week 3

Wow. Word of the week? “Intense”. Or maybe even “Growth”.

Sentence of the week? “Outside our comfort zones”.

This week we have started teaching yoga classes and it’s been a week filled with nerves and little sleep for many of the yoga teacher trainees. When arriving at the Krishna Village, during our very first class, our teachers told us that this course “is going to chew you up and spit you right out”. While laughing at this comment three weeks ago, the attitude towards the yoga teacher training has changed; though not in a bad way. There is now a sudden urgency and seriousness in the group - everyone has stepped it up a notch...

Yoga Teacher Training Diary: Weeks 1 & 2

I came to Krishna Village with a very open mind for two reasons: firstly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Secondly, I didn’t want to go into this new adventure with any expectations, I wanted my mind to be a blank canvas, so I didn’t create any. A couple of months earlier I had handed in my resignation letter to a pretty decent job as a marketing and PR coordinator for a medium sized firm just outside of Sydney. The whole ‘climbing the corporate ladder’ business didn’t really do it for me, despite an attractive salary in a great location. Sitting in front of the computer for 9-10 hours a day made my whole body ache and I couldn’t help myself thinking: “Is this it? Is this what the next 50 years of my life will be like?”... 

Seva - love for love's sake

Seva - love for love's sake

To those who have not had the opportunity to immerse themselves in sanskrit or study the teachings of yoga, the language may appear quite foreign & the concepts abstract. Today it is my pleasure to share an essential practice of yogic living with you, one that will enrich your life and the lives of those around you. The simple yet powerful teaching of seva; something that is deeply instilled in the yogic consciousness and was passed down to me from my teachers ...

The 3 doshas

The 3 doshas

Ayurveda, which means knowledge of life, is a traditional medicine developed 6000BC which aims to create a life, living in harmony with nature, and awareness of balancing body, mind and soul.

Ayurveda works on the principle of the 5 elements: Air, Ether, Water, Fire, Earth.

Each of us has a different balance of those 5 elements. That’s what makes us all different and unique human beings ...

WE <3 KITCHARI

WE  <3  KITCHARI

According to the science of Ayurveda - the ancient wisdom of India dating back 5,000 years, Kitchari is the most complete form of food. It combines protein (mung dhal) and carbohydrates (basmati rice) into a single dish. Kitchari is known as a cleansing and complete protein meal. This amazingly tasty dish heals digestive distress, balances the metabolism, is a potent blood and liver cleanser, assists in healthy weight loss, helps the body’s tissues to detox what they don’t need and absorb the nutrients they do, and is a breeze to make ...