In November 2018, 15th – 18th, I attended Vinyasa Immersion Part 2 for Yoga Teachers with Mimi Kuo-Deemer. Unlike the first part, which took place at Triyoga Camden in London, this training was conducted in a form of a residential course in the beautiful Poundon House in Oxfordshire. There was twenty of us altogether, all of us having completed Mimi’s first immersion at some point, and it was a yoga immersion in a proper sense. We would start each day with a 90min long session of Qiqong, Pranayama and Meditation, followed by breakfast, the morning session ran between 10am and 1pm, followed by lunch, then a shortish break, an afternoon session from 3.30pm till 6.30pm, followed by dinner, and at 8pm we would get together for ‘evening Satsang’.
Being able to get away from one’s day-to-day routine is a luxury; leave all joys, pressures, and mundane tasks of one’s ordinary life behind and have four precious days in a beautiful countryside, with a group of strangers who you quickly get to know quite intimately. You sleep, you eat, you practice yoga, you talk yoga, and everything else is taken care of for you. But it doesn’t just happen, it still requires organisation and rules need to be followed. And there were rules we had to obey; my favourite was observing silence between 10pm and 10am every day: you go to bed and the house is quiet, you wake up in the morning and have a good few hours to truly experience everything perceived by your senses without unnecessary chatter around you. Mimi held the space for us beautifully and made each practice, each day flow seamlessly.
The evening Satsang, although physically the easiest part of the day, was for me probably the hardest part of each day.
‘Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering together for the truth" or, more simply, "being with the truth." Truth is what is real, what exists. So all there is, is Truth. Whenever something increases your experience of the Truth, it opens your Heart and quiets your mind.’
These evening sessions were there for us to go deeper; to let go of our defence walls, and unpick who we are as yoga teachers, the things we are critical about and compassionate about when we teach, and what it is we want to share with and pass on to our students.
These four days were intense, both physically and mentally, but it was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget. Mimi is The Teacher I respect and admire.
Om saha navavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha viryam karavavahai
Tejasi navadhitam astu
Om shanti, shanti, shanti