a day in Ubud

A Day in Ubud

A pink smudge begins to push back the grey light of pre-dawn, and heralds the rising of that great giver of life, the sun. Like clockwork, a chorus of roosters begin their morning crescendo of cock-a-doodle-doo’s, my new alarm, and a sign that it is time to get up.

In my opinion chickens could be seen to represent the overriding theme of life here in Ubud. A grounded, earthy feeling seems to infiltrate daily activities, as humans and animals alike,  go about their business searching for food and shelter. Yet, every so often, a rooster will lift his head and call to the heavens above, crying out to something larger than life itself. In much the same manner, the local people will regularly take 5 minutes out of their days to light some incense, and make an offering to the sacred spirits at one of the many shrines that adorn each and every single house in Ubud.

Today is my first day off since I started as a student on Shades of Yoga’s RYT 200hr Teacher Training course offered here in Ubud, Bali. It’s been a long week, filled with both physical and mental exertion, and I’m incredibly happy with how much I have learnt thus far. However, I have been so focused on my course work that I haven’t spent much time absorbing the culture of this beautiful city, and have decided that today I am dedicating to exploration.  I considered renting a scooter for the day, but in all honesty traffic here is crazy, and I don’t trust my own ability to safely navigate my way through the streets of Ubud without doing myself some kind of harm. The last thing I want is to jeopardize the rest of my teacher training course due to injury. I figured renting a bicycle would be a great way to see Ubud, as well as go off the beaten tourist track. It would be great cross-training as well.

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Testimonials – Yoga Alliance RYT 200

The Shades of Yoga TTC (RYT 200) was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. On a practical level, it took my yoga practice to a whole new level in terms of fitness and strength, and taught me how to teach yoga in a safe and relevant way.

On an emotional and spiritual level, it opened up my heart to evolving through life’s challenges, unplugging from things that no longer serve me and letting the universe guide me along my path. The group discussions taught me as much, if not more, than the textbook content and all materials were taught, presented or opened up for discussion in an accessible and down-to-earth way.

 

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What our qualified students are saying about our course

 

One of the best decisions of my life was to take the Shades of yoga 200 hour RYT (RYT 200). 

I’ve been doing yoga for many years and have had many wonderful teachers in my time and I will admit it has never been an aspiration of mine to flaunt the label “yoga teacher”.  However, I have experienced profound benefits from having a somewhat erratic yoga practice – I confess to not being the disciplined type!   I travel a lot and even though I don’t practice every day, I find that having a yoga mat close at hand and doing a few poses a day is incredibly beneficial for keeping me fit and flexible.

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