It was the final week of the 21-week Isha Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program. With so much accomplished over these months, the participants were feeling exultant at what they had received, bereft at the idea of leaving the ashram, and yet excited about the new possibilities in store for them.
It was not all sentiment and wind-down however, for there was something very profound and moving that lay in store for the participants. The group was taught the phenomenal practice of Bhuta Shuddhi, the process of purifying the five elements, and they were fortunate enough to be initiated by Sadhguru himself.
A participant shares: “Bhuta Shuddhi was an experience. We were so fortunate that Sadhguru initiated us! I remembered the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana at the Dhyanalinga, which was powerful, but this time, we were not just watching, we were involved in learning and doing it! At the end, I could not hold back my tears; it was such a beautiful day. What a blessing! Tears and grace filled the Adiyogi Alayam.”
All too soon, it was the last day of the program. Everyone involved was a mass of mixed feelings. The previous evening, the participants wished to express their gratitude to the volunteers who had served them for so many weeks, and served them a special dinner that included cake, ice cream and dahi vadas. Then there was an evening of culture with music, singing, dance and poetry.
On the final day, there was a slide show with memorable moments of the past weeks. The group listened intently to a video talk in which Sadhguru had some final words about the integrity which they needed to teach Hata Yoga. He told them: “If you’re willing, I am with you every moment of your life. You have to just create the willingness.”
Then as the participants received their completion certificates, they were overcome with tears, gratitude and a determined sense of purpose. Caroline shares: “I knew the end to the program would be emotional and powerful for various reasons. To say bye to our amazing teachers and volunteers, and all the friends met during these months! It was very humbling to receive the certificate, the first step to transmitting to the world out there...”
Stephanie says, “The journey from where I was sitting to the dais to receive the certificate was so surreal. I felt like I was a disciple in one of those ancient Shaolin temples! Finally, with the blessings of all the gurus, the string that had been guiding me throughout the 5½ months has been released, but with so much focus instilled inside me that I will always carry this above my own life, and never compromise the integrity of what has been given to me. I am proud to say that I am ready to offer this tool to humanity.”