By jimbo Graves
Posted in Africa Yoga Project Blog, on April 10, 2013
Full days of are ahead of us now with teacher training in full swing. Stephanie Hartwick, a 200 hour participant from Milton, Ontario shares her experience...
"My first day of training was an amazing experience. The 13 hour day was jam-packed with meditation, asana practice, group discussion and our first teacher training sessions! Here is how it went.
The day started at 6:30 with breakfast and then a vigorous 3 hour yoga practice. I was really worried about making it through the whole practice as I have never done 3 hours straight through. I was pleasantly surprised that it was broken up with partner work and quick demonstrations. It was also motivating to know that there were 149 others from around the world working their hardest to participate and show up fully. If they could do it, then of course I had to push myself and do it too! Finishing strong was such a rewarding feeling. I felt empowered and like I was ready to take on the rest of the training with confidence.
Our afternoon held large group discussions and also partner work. What I really loved was that every time we have partner discussion, we choose someone new to work with. These experiences have allowed me to learn so much about my fellow participants from countries around the world. It has been amazing to know that people here in Kenya have many of the same wants and needs that I do in North America. This training has put us all on an equal playing field.
After our much needed break we jumped into teacher training! We broke into small groups of 6 and took turns teaching the basics to each other. The amount of people and limited space proved to be challenging. We had to really project just to be heard in our small groups. Everyone worked really hard and it showed that we all really wanted this training so much.
For me this day was so amazing because I got to see how this training was positively affecting the Kenyans and students from around the world. By the end of the day many people who were quiet in the beginning were now speaking up and sharing their experiences and how they would bring their new found knowledge out into their communities. It was powerful to know that myself and all the other Seva Safari participants had made a difference that touched many lives and hopefully will continue to do so.
I am very excited to see what else this week will bring!"