I had never visited a country outside Europe. I had seen videos about Sadhguru and the ashram, though the atmosphere in real life turned out to be indescribably amazing. The first few days I had to settle a bit down because of all the new impressions. But when the days passed by, I started to notice the ashram and me going along together very, very well. Especially, the Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi contributed to that. Just sitting there and opening myself to all the energies, being at total ease. I slowly began to experience myself in a way I haven't felt for a long time. Being here and practicing yoga is my healing – to discover myself again. I feel myself breathing again, I feel myself in the body again, walking again, seeing again, experiencing again, I feel myself alive again. I really never felt myself this way in such a long time..... I am so deeply touched.
Coming to Isha was the best decision I ever made and I've never been so happy in my whole life. Even the greatest joy I felt before was only a shadow of the sense of connection and bliss I have now. There is something so precious and beautiful which I have found here. I'm discovering aspects of myself I never even knew existed. Learning things I had no idea I didn't know. Growing in ways I never imagined were possible. I don't know where this will lead but right now everything is as it should be, and it's all thanks to Sadhguru. I want to make the rest of my life a tribute to Isha, striving to fulfil Sadhguru's dream and spreading his message to all those I come in contact with. Something that's always been in me resonates with what happens here at Isha; everything comes so naturally - humility, grace, gentleness, compassion, generosity... it's all the best parts of me which I get to explore! Each hour I spent learning was blissful and challenging - as a seed must break open in order for the plant to grow. Thankfully my teachers were as caring as they were wise, acting as role models for the intensity and integrity which I aspire to develop in myself.
There were innumerable health benefits for me. I lost over 20 kilos over the course of the program! My flexibility, strength, vibrancy and overall fitness has dramatically increased. On another level, I feel like I have been empowered with tools that i can employ for the rest of my life - tools that do not require faith or doctrine. They merely need to be applied and the result is certain. I feel privileged to be in a position to offer these tools to others. I do not need any more philosophies or theories to health and well-being. For me the search is complete, the change I see in myself is my own proof.
It's amazing to see such a diverse group of people whether it's nationality, age, fitness level or religious backgrounds, coming together and working harmoniously towards their goals. The program is designed brilliantly. Besides learning Hatha Yoga in its purest form, we also have sessions on Science Celeste, Indian traditional medicine, and how food can play an instrumental role in healthy living and disease prevention.
The teaching is imparted in such a way that it can seep into each one of us gradually. At the same time, the content is so powerful that it challenges us at all levels so that we can imbibe this transformation that we aspire to.
I cannot even begin to describe what it means for me to have been here. Being in a space like the Isha Yoga Centre for more than five months, where the teachers and volunteers make sure all our smallest needs are taken care of, where we can just concentrate on our sadhana, is beyond amazing. I am grateful. Ashram, the brilliant but humble teachers, the unendingly giving volunteers, the grace of the Adiyogi, and the feeling that somehow Sadhuru's gaze is following us everywhere we go, make this the most powerful, humbling and enlightening experience of my life . I am also amazed at the other participants I had in the course. I have never been in the company of so many individuals who are committed and focused about breaking the boundaries they have built for themselves. Every time I talked to them about their motivations and experiences, I marvelled at the similarities they have with mine.
Words do no justice when attempting to describe what is being offered here. The very powerful practices have transformed me in many aspects. Also, the teaching methods have been a tremendous learning experience. But what has touched me the most, is the way the teachers and the volunteers have offered themselves totally to us. Their absolute focus and involvement, day in and day out, the way they hold the teaching as sacred and their total presence and involvement, has been inspirational. One cannot help but dive totally into this process. I am extremely grateful.
“I was just going beyond my likes and dislikes and it was so intense. I was feeling so light and it was a completely different experience for me – I never felt like that in my life. After the program when I look back at it, I really wanted to endure that particular way of life. Isha has given me so many things in my life, and the teacher’s training, I can clearly see that this could be the most important thing that could happen in my life and for my own growth.”
I decided to join this teacher training program because I wanted to find a deeper aspect of yoga. I have been teaching yoga for 15 years, after years of teaching I began to realize that there is a whole another aspect of yoga that I really wasn’t knowing, experiencing and obviously not teaching. The program is so well thought out, such an inward driven process and so rare and so sacred, and to have the opportunity to steep yourself in that over 5 months period, that’s like no other opportunity in my mind and despite the challenges that you will be faced to do that, its well worth it. My perspective of yoga has been flipped by 180 degrees or more.”
Whatever things I imagined about myself, whatever ideas I had about myself it completely got shattered. I could clearly see my life from the beginning, and it feels like I am starting off fresh and it’s really a boon. And the way they took care of us, I could not express gratitude. I just bow to them.”