Britta Stahlmann 2009 Scotland Programme

Well, last weekend we completed our teacher training with the Inner Yoga Trust and I still cannot quite believe how quickly the time has gone by. I still remember clearly how I felt 2 years ago when the course started:

I was very excited but also nervous for I did not know the majority of the people there. When we discussed the course syllabus and what was expected of us, i.e. the assignments, case studies, teaching, assessments etc, I felt rather terrified and not at all sure that I was up to this.

And here we are, we have done it! And what a journey it has been. It has been hard work and often challenging, there were tears but also lots of laughter. Luckily, we were blessed with a wonderfully cohesive and supportive group. The loving support from everybody has been invaluable to me and I know I will miss it greatly.

Pauline Sawyer’s and Dawn Baillies’s teaching has been inspired and inspiring. Supported by Fiona and Janis they created a wonderfully nurturing and supportive atmosphere that promoted personal development and growth. Their ability to just see what we needed and to be there with us heart and soul initiated personal transformation in all of us. The experiences of witnessing people come into their own, find their voices and grow as human beings has been humbling and inspirational.

For me personally the course, the whole experience, has not only been life enhancing but life changing. On top of the vast amount of knowledge and insight gained that has enabled me to actually go out and teach yoga as well as the friendships that I have made, I feel that I have been given another precious gift – a deep spiritual connection. I have come to love the ancient texts, Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, so wonderfully brought to life by people’s presentations during the summer weeks, and I find them a continuous source of inspiration that is affecting me deeply.

So for all this and more I would like to thank the teachers who have been so wonderfully giving and generous with their knowledge and insights.

Also, of course, a huge thank you to my fellow students. Your support has been amazing and I have learnt so much from each and every one of you – you have been such a vital part of my journey. And it has been a real privilege to be part of your journeys, too-journeys that have brought it home to me how powerful the effects of yoga can be and how much human potential there is in all of us. The whole experience has left me feeling very grateful for this wonderful opportunity and I have loved every minute of it.

What comes to mind is a part from the Chandogya Upanishad where the man from Gandhara is left blindfolded and lost in the woods until a wise man takes off his blindfold and tells him the way back to Ghandara. Well, it feels as if the blindfold has been lifted and we have been pointed in the right direction and it is now up to us to make our way back home.

So, on we go and I wish you all love, peace and happiness on your paths.

Thank you so much.

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