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My experience as a Costa Rica Yoga Student – Paula Timmel

Paula Timmer School Yoga institute AlumniYoga Testimonial – Paula. Our Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Alumni

My journey towards my training as a shamanic yoga teacher with SYI began in December 2018, when I first arrived in Peru and had no idea what my travels through South America would be like. Interestingly, I got to the inland point very early that I felt that simple traveling is not what excites me so much anymore after having been traveling through New Zealand and Australia for 5 months in early 2018.

My goal in coming to South America was to connect with shamanism, discover ancient healing techniques, and gain new ideas about my own being. I realized that healing old wounds is important, but nothing will change in your life unless you take the step with the will and initiative to actively initiate your transformation. For me, that was learning something that I could give back and contribute to my community. After practicing Yoga for almost 6 years as a tool to ground, heal and restore myself, I found that this would be the perfect way to start my mission.

Said and done. A travel friend from New Zealand had already mentioned her interest in SYI trainings in a message to me and another girl, who had just completed the training in Guatemala, suddenly appeared at the yoga hostel I was currently staying at. He offered classes almost every morning and his art of teaching, always referring to the knowledge of the Peruvian Medicine Wheel, bringing his special crystals (the girl was also called Crystal;)) and treating us with a small essential oil massage in Savasana, did I make my final decision, wanting to take a training with SYI.

Since I still needed to control my budget while traveling, I was eager to be a part of the scholarship program. When I was informed that there were no scholarships left for training in Peru, I tried to figure out where else I could go from there to take training and then Costa Rica appeared for me. Being an ocean lover anyway, I was very excited when SYI told me that I could be part of the scholarship program for Costa Rica, March 2019. After having arranged a payment plan as well, I was able to start planning my way from Peru To Costa Rica. I had 3 months to get there.

My route took me through the Peruvian jungle, doing an ayahuasca diet with Shipibo Shamans, Colombia, stopping at a friend’s coffee and cocoa farm, and Panama, being part of the annual Tribal Encounter. One day before training started, I finally made it to the little surf town of Santa Theresa.

The next day, the day of arrival, I made my way to Indigo Yoga, the place where we would stay for the entire program. When I got there and they showed me the place to pitch my tent (because I signed up to camp) I was a little disturbed. The drought of the past few weeks had created huge cracks in the ground where he expected a soft, juicy green grass to grow. After taking some time to digest my disappointment and understand that this is also an impact of global warming and that it is not the fault of the local people, I was finally able to humbly set up my tent, knowing that it will be more of a sauna than a home for the next weeks.

But it turned out that, in reality, there was not even time in the schedule to make use of my tent, besides sleeping in it at night, since it got cold towards sunset, everything was fine with that. From the first day to the last day we had classes from 6 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon. A morning break and lunch were included, which was really necessary to refresh my brain cells in this very hot Costa Rican air by jumping into the pool at least twice a day. The days went by faster than we could imagine, but we really made the most of them! Most interestingly, we had so many topics to cover that there really wasn’t time to memorize things, but we were still able to successfully teach our two-pair teaching lessons.

Because everything we talked about was conveyed in such a personal and experienced way by our enthusiastic Inka and Ashley teachers that it clicked in our heads and stayed there. What I enjoyed most about the program was the intention not only to let us learn the art of teaching yoga, but also to offer a space to let us go through our personal transformation process. Giving us reflective journaling tasks, pushing us into challenging positions to share our unique gifts with the group in order to step into our power, and guiding us through the 4 cycles of the Peruvian Medicine Wheel with powerful and intentional ceremonies at end of each cycle. It was amazing to witness how we all opened up so much during training, showing and sharing our vulnerable sides and being there for each other like family would.

Since I came home from training but also from 5 months of traveling through South America, I have to say that I miss my Sangha a lot and the beautiful nature of Costa Rica that surrounds us. There is a huge difference in how empowered and motivated you feel as you follow through with all your intentions and plans as a new yoga teacher, whether you are surrounded by like-minded supportive souls or not. First, the cold winter, like the German weather, surprised me and then just being with my parents made me feel as stuck as before I left. Which just proved to me that I am still not strong enough, that I aspire to have a royal family around me, that sees my dreams and my purpose and believes in my path of becoming a healer and teacher. And I, taking more courage, I can just do that! Whatever it is! Ah or!
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