Holy Cow

Holy Cow

Walking towards the paddock amidst the dew and early morning light, a group of around twenty cows becomes visible, calves and their mothers huddled around the milking shed. A mixture of black and white friesians and light brown and white Indian gyrs, they are waiting patiently to be herded after the daily 5am milking

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?”...