At 7.30am we came back to Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga Retreat to observe the last class of Tarik Thami. As normally scheduled on Fridays, it’s a teacher-led class of ashtanga yoga. As the class went on, more and more students were moving to the back of the yoga shala where they could take a bit of rest, as the asanas were quite challenging.
During the following breakfast we had a longer talk with Tarik, a teacher who’s now here for the second time. Lucrecia, the director of Purple Valley, uses a professional students feedback system to find out which teachers to re-invite for the next year. This is one way to ensure the high quality of teaching at Purple Valley.
In the afternoon, we had a quick visit to Brahmani Yoga, Julie’s yoga centre – a former American dancer. We were lucky with timing as they allowed us to watch the final exams of the 8-week yoga teacher training course. In an intense and professional atmosphere, the students performed the practical part of the exam by taking 10-minute turns in leading the asana class.
This Friday was Purple Valley’s students’ last day of their 2-week yoga course, and, as a finishing ceremony, they all went for dinner in a Greek restaurant. They nicely invited us to join, and we happily spent the evening sitting at a large white table, enjoying a nice sunset next to the beach in Goa.