In December 2014, I felt an overwhelming need to visit India to do Yoga Teacher Trainning. I wrote to some Yoga Schools, stating that I knew very little English. I received immediate response from Neel, which was translated into Spanish by his student, and contained all the necessary information. He asked me not to worry as he would arrange his other students from Europe to translate English into Spanish for me.
I was inquiring at other schools, and nowhere I was offered such opportunity. We decided the dates of training and Neel also arranged accommodation for me. The training was not easy! But it was very effective! It expected much discipline, allowing focus on Yoga. I do not think I would have learned everything I did, otherwise.
The methodology is extremely good, which makes you learn through experience, feel every exercise from within, and repeat things many times. Now, I realize that is the only way to teach properly!
I had many moments of frustration, due to language, missing my family, demanding routine, much homework, practice-practice-practice, and apprehension due to not knowing the language fluently. Sometimes, I had feeling of having missed some things, especially philosophy of yoga. But I think it was only a feeling. I learned that one learns to perfection what one wants to learn, nothing else.
Practical classes with Neel’s friends were extremely useful. Every day, I was noticing an improvement. This is the only way to achieve security and confidence in teaching. I had lots of teaching practice and opportunity.
To understand more about the culture of India, we visited many temples. At the moment I arrived in India, Neel took me first to a temple at 6 a.m. which I felt like a welcoming ceremony! He showed me many temples with a wide variety. He also took me to cultural programs such as music and Vedic ceremonies.
If we set a goal, there is nothing to limit the achievement, language was not a barrier, only the mind can create obstacles. This seems to be a beginning of a great journey.
As Neel says in his book (Adhiyoga © – Authentic Yoga System of Neel Kulkarni), AYS practice gives us the way to get good health, physical, mental and spiritual necessary to reach the individual goal of the person who practices it.
I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people, mingle with them without feeling outsider, but live as one of them, and this was really rewarding.
Thanks to Neel for sharing such experience, for being so patient, and for having me in this blessed country of such wonderful people.
Sandra Edith Lopez Cabrera (Urguay)
Pune, February 2015.