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Week 6 – Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh: Graduation

Yesterday, the end of the six incredible weeks at Anand Prakash Ashram was celebrated with a ceremonial closing ceremony. I can’t believe that this intense and instructive time is actually over.

In addition to my further education as a yoga teacher, I was also able to develop as a yogini and to experience this in the wonderful community with my classmates and teachers. I lived in the ashram for over 1000 hours, learned, loved, worked and also suffered from time to time. 300 hours consisted of  intensive sessions, yoga classes with Vishwa ji, meditation, ceremonies, Kirtan singing, mantra chanting and, and, and… The rest of the time was divided into meals, karma yoga, self-study and actually some sleep.

Although we didn’t have any internships in the last week of our course, it was still intense. The big topic was yoga and psychology, so we not only studied the human brain and learned a lot about mental illnesses, but we also had a lot of “self-study” to do.

The topic linked yoga to psychology and brought us a lot closer together as a group.

In addition, we were slowly prepared for our lives outside the ashram and for our return, with the big themes: “Yoga Ethics” “Yoga and Business”, “Yoga Workshops and Retreats”.

My personal highlights were guiding the morning ashram meditation, as well as participating in the Kirtan evening by leading my own Kirtan. In fact, in the last week I was fully involved in the ashram life and I am glad that I have found a place to which I can always return (both as a teacher and as a student).

Me and the Teacher Team

The ashram highlight for all of us this week was, of course, the closing ceremony, but also the morning “Prana-Power Yoga” class by Yogi Raj- a seventy-year-old overweight Hindi speaking yogi, who jumped up and down with us for 90 minutes and not only made the ashram wobble, but also made us students laugh. What a great last yoga class!

I am happy that I have decided for this intensive yoga training and have made it possible for myself to participate. Now the next section begins, in which I will work on all the new knowledge, continue my self-study and develop new yoga programs.

I would like to thank all those who have supported me in their own way during this time.