08/27/2018 - 17:24
I loved this course. I couldn't ask for something that was more accurate for me. For me, it is well-balanced, in terms of physical, spiritual, knowledgeable aspects. And energy, the vibe for me was perfect. It was my second time in Rishikesh, last time was 6 years ago, I came here for the first time to get to know yoga, and now I came back.
I did not know Surinder before. I was just sitting in Ram Jhula and people were talking about yoga, because that’s what people do here. And everybody advised me to go to Surinder Ji. I actually wanted to visit his drop-in classes, but that week, there were not drop-ins because the school was busy with ttc (teacher training course). So I thought, why not? I signed up, and luckily it was perfect for me.
Surinder teaches you about asanas, physical aspects and breathing, and also he talks so much about the mind, spiritual path. Everybody can hear themselves in his words. Most of all, he’s not just talking. You feel that he’s a real person who lives these principles. This is his path as well. He’s a student, he’s a yogi just like all of us, a little bit more knowledgeable, that’s it. It’s amazing vibe. He also brings a lot of love to the class, a lot of soft energy, a lot of compassion. Every time he touches or adjusts you, you feel it in your heart, not just the body. So, first of all, you learn a lot, and for me, it’s the only way to practice yoga and to pass it on to other people, and it moves me from the inside. Sometimes I just had tears in my eyes when he was encouraging me: “good job!”.
I come from Iyengar practice, I like Iyengar very much, so for me, all the adjustments are very familiar. And still here, I learned a lot, maybe not from the strictly anatomical point of view, but I feel that I know the body much better. I learned about adjustments, but not so much as how to adjust physically as general principles, how to adjust verbally, how to see if anyone needs an adjustment. I would say that the practice of asanas on the course was very safe and adjusted to the student. Everybody could do their own level of difficulty. There was no pushing, Surinder encouraged us and shows us where we can go more deeper into the posture.