I had been practicing
Okido Yoga for some years already when I decided to start the teacher
program. So, I felt quite confident about what to expect: I would learn
of yoga poses with the focus on how to do them correctly and how to
to others, and I would get a lot of tips and tricks and learn about the
But the teacher
training program is much more than that. Of course I learned a lot of
exercises, with background information. I also learned how important it
breathe well and have a good, aligned posture. But the most important
that I learned is to become the teacher of my own life and work with my
life-force. I learned to train my body, but also my mind and my
I learned to "work", but also to relax, step back and look at what I
am doing, why I am doing things and what their influences are.
Another aspect we've
been working on is food. Not only during the half-fasting weeks, but
weekend seminar or longer retreat is an opportunity to experience what
effect of food on my body and life-force is.
The teacher training has a lot of different aspects:
living in a
dojo with its own routine (but often with a surprise!),
pledges, meditation, nature walks, stretching, jogging, walking,
purification exercises, kyoka-ho, ... These are all parts of the
is a training for life.
|This training is helping me to cope with obstacles
come across and to be thankful for all that is happening around me. My body became more
flexible, but my mind has been triggered even more to adapt itself to
unexpected (and sometimes unwanted) situations. Sometimes I felt
certain things were asked of us (students), because I didn't understand
But putting aside negative thoughts or feelings, space showed up for
things that I wouldn't have accepted at first. I learned that
often a waste of energy; being flexible and adapting myself to the
gives me much more space and power.
I felt proud when I
received my first certificate last summer. During the last three years,
that I don't have to be perfect, that adapting is better than
many more things... For the fourth year I will continue
this study. But even after that, I know I will have to go on working on
aspects as this is lifetime study.