Tracy is a Diplomat from the United States taking her 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga TTC at Abhinam Yoga Center in Goa. Her job has taken all over the world, from Australia, to England to Belgium, and she is currently living in Delhi. Tracy’s yoga practice began back in the United States where she learned from yoga videos and from going Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga classes. Then a year and a half ago, Tracy decided to take a Hatha Yoga TTC course with a different school, which she really enjoyed, but afterwards she didn’t feel that she had enough confidence to teach. Tracy wanted to explore the spiritual side of yoga a bit more, and so decided to try a different YTTC, this time in Ashtanga yoga. “I knew that Ashtanga was a more difficult practice,” Tracy told us, “and I felt like I needed a little bit more of a challenge. So that’s why I came here.”
Tracy looked at a number of different yoga schools, but a few things stood out to her about Abhinam. “It mentioned yoga therapy,” Tracy told us, explaining that therapeutic yoga was one of her main interests. “And the fact that Namito was a doctor, and that they used props, and that it was a combination of Ashtanga and Iyengar.” Tracy had taken an Iyengar course in Delhi and liked the idea of the combination of Iyengar and Ashtanga.
Now into her final week, Tracy admitted that she has found the course physically demanding, but being physically fit has helped her cope well. “It’s been challenging, but it makes me push myself a little bit more,” Tracy said. “I like how he (Namito) recognizes when the class needs a little break, or he recognizes when we need to do restorative yoga, whereas my last TTC course was very rigid. I feel that spiritually I’m growing more, and I also feel that I’m pushing myself a little bit more in the asanas and I’m learning so much more. I think that it’s a building block – taking what I’ve already learned and then adding to it, the next step.”
This week Tracy has put her new techniques to the test and helped adjust the other students in class. She has also led a pranayama class and will be leading an Ashtanga class this week. “I felt more confident in my adjustments,” Tracy told us. “I feel much more confident to get out there and teach tomorrow, and I also feel like I’m a lot more confident in my practice to go back to Delhi and go to the US Embassy and say “I’m here and I’m ready to teach Ashtanga yoga”.
When Tracy returns to the United States, she’d like to explore teaching therapeutic yoga. She’d like to be able to use yoga to help people who have more physical challenges and work with the elderly, to help them get more mobile and teach them the yogic way of life. She is also keen to learn more, so eventually she’d like to take the 300 Hour TTC at Abhinam Yoga School in Dharamsala.