newest entry 2002-09-24 9:49 a.m.

A slight chill in the air, a notebook in the crook of my arm, and a bag of fresh-smelling new books--it's Fall!

I started intermediate teacher training last night and I think it's going to be good. Not as life-altering as being in Yogaville and absorbing the complete yogic lifestyle, but still inspiring and useful.

There are about 13 other people enrolled, and they seem nice. The course is being instructed by two senior members of the ashram who've been connected to IYI for decades.

I'm happy to see that anatomy is a big part of the curriculum. One of the texts is a slim but compelling volume called The Muscle Book, which systematically takes you through each muscle in the body and describes its function, and how to apply massage therapy "first aid" to it. Very concise and cleverly laid out.

We'll also be covering the Bhagavad Gita, which is always a good thing.

The discipline of going to classes and adhering to the extra-curricular requirements (attending hatha classes, keeping to the ethical codes, meditating regularly, etc.) will be a nice antidote to the general disarray of my life these days.

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