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#yogastory: following a dream

#yogastory: following a dream

After many years of going round and round in circles, not really knowing who I really was, what I wanted to do with my life and what was my purpose on Mother Earth….I discovered YOGA….not a day would go by without practicing, it became part of me, a deep part of me, unexplainable and all I knew was that I had to do something with this passion.  So, naturally the next step was to spread the Yoga Love…How???  Become a Yoga Teacher!

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After 8yrs living in Spain I made the decision to pack my bag and start following a dream!  So, I crossed the ocean from Europe to Buffalo, U.S.A  to the Evolation Yoga teaching training immersion, yes, immersion = practice, eat, talk, sleep, dream yoga during a whole month. Perfect, exactly what I was looking for.

letting a dream happen

As an immersion student, I lived on site, so there was absolutely no getting away…day & night, if we were not practicing, we would be studying, posture after posture, non-stop….or just trying to fit some sleep in.

Practicing twice a day sometimes three was tough, but at the same time it felt so good, even when my whole body ached and my knees were screaming at me….”get me out” (especially in Utkatasana).  My mind would play tricks with me, there were moments when the chitta chatta would drive me insane, that damn ego…but something inside so strong just kept me going, it was all about controlling the mind, quietening the mind, being still, following the breath, following the dream and trusting that it was all part of the process and that everything is impermanent, even pain.  There were moments when tears streamed down my cheeks and I didn’t even really know why, the choke in my throat and the pain in my heart was almost unbearable, but I knew this was cleansing my mind, body and soul, just letting everything go and accepting, letting it happen whatever it was.

Time was non-existent in the training, it was almost like I was in a time warp. We would sit conversing about the sutras, the meaning of life, the bagavad gita, the chakras….the list just goes on and on.  Everyday was a learning experience, something new always came up. It was not just about Yoga and how to teach, it was and is much more than that.  I have learned more about life, myself, acceptance, non-attachment and that anything is possible you just have to put your mind to it.

following a dream

It´s funny how we manifest everything that happens. Evolation Yoga, Mark and Zefea, my teachers, they just appeared in my life at the perfect moment (I say that, but obviously I manisfested them), their path crossed mine somehow. I still can´t seem to find the words to express how I feel after the training, it´s something very unique, something I’ve never felt before, a great sense of inner peace. It has changed my life in ways that I never would of imagined and I can definitely say it is one of the best things I have ever done, not just for myself, but also for others.

Every single day was and is different, just like every yoga class, even to this day I still don´t fully understand how the process works, all I know is that it is magical, and yes, now I am a teacher, living a dream and right now as we speak I am flying across the ocean, this time in the opposite direction; Australia, Evolation Yoga-Sunshine Coast studio to continue to share the Yoga Love across the planet.

Louise Stokes

Lou is a blogger & yoga teacher. After completing evolations primary teacher training in July 2011, she is now traveling the world (current stop: evolation yoga – Sunshine Coast in Austrailia) to share the yoga love.