Julie, the director of Brahmani Yoga, puts her heart into each and every lesson.
In the morning we watched her teaching. Her style can be described as mainly ashtanga yoga, with some touches of softer Vinyasa style, along with some Iyengar yoga, which she learnt after an injury. As she used to be a dancer, she plays some music during her class – a combination which obviously attracts students. Her teacher training courses are limited in numbers, and all booked well in advance. Her local classes are also packed, even now, at the very end of the season in Goa – her yoga centre will close by the end of next week.
In the afternoon, we were absorbed by Emil’s last philosophy lesson for the teacher training students. In wonderfully clear words, he gave guidance to these future yoga teachers. “Truth is a living thing, it is moving. It is not mine, not yours, nor the truth of a guru… You need to be calm to see the truth, quiet your mind, and you see how things are. Start tolerating conflicting thoughts, have fun with them! Cultivate this adventure of life”.
We nearly arrived too late for the sunset with Rolf and Marci, the founders of Yogabones, a centre which was so often recommended by people we met during our trip. But this is a new story, a story for next Monday…
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.