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Topic:   Prison Project: Teacher Training Course
DATE: May 30, 2015   Comments: 0

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Hatha yoga class - They are students, we are teachers

Before starting the course the main question haunting me was: "how is my mind going to react?” Despite my deep motivation, I couldn't help but wonder how the beautiful theory will face reality; how I would be able to apply here the Vedantic concept of "we are all One".

But as soon as the hatha yoga class starts, there are absolutely no questions nor doubts: I am assisting the class as I would for any other group. Starting by observing the students practicing, watching their posture, their face, getting to know them on the mat. Continuing with adjusting them, bringing their feet together, straightening their back, helping them to understand better the asana (yoga posture) or the pranayama (breathing exercise). I have absolutely no hesitation in touching them, it feels completely natural: they are regular students and I am a teacher doing my duty.

Yes they are responsible for finding themselves behind bars but they are now paying their debt - and when you are in the prison and start imagining spending years there it seems inconceivable. Life circumstances probably contributed leading them to act and the point is not to search for an explanation but to look at the future.

Despite - or thanks to? - the circumstances, they have the opportunity to undergo a deep, positive transformation, growing and discovering their true nature. This yoga teachers training helps planting seeds of light within them - like every student that undergoes this amazing transformative course - so that they continue growing this light and share it with others, inside or outside the prison's walls.

The harshness of prison life creates a stark contrast to the fruit of inner peace and self-awareness that the tools of Yoga practice and attitude provide.

Follow our experience here!

Next week: From darkness to light - experiencing openness

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