by Lauren Hurst, Cambodia 200 hour yoga teacher training scholarship winner

Lauren with her fellow Zuna Yoga teacher trainees

Ringing in the final week of the Cambodia 200 hour Zuna Yoga teacher training, our group of 18 women celebrated and welcomed the New Year together.

We have really been given a perfect opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves over the past three weeks. We are learning that we have the responsibility to be conscious creators of our lives.

Your intention frames your creation.

Everett, our lead Zuna Yoga facilitator, asked us to consider what in our lives were no longer serving us and what we were ready to let go of as we move into the New Year. He then asked us to consider what we wanted to manifest more of, not in terms of material things, but rather how we want to show up for ourselves and for others.

Like emptying a trash can, we have the ability to take out the rubbish, the junk that clutters our minds, bodies and souls. That trash can needs to be filled, so we can have the opportunity to fill the space we create with something better. We must empower what is beautiful and cleanse what is burdensome.

It’s been said that what you do on New Year’s Eve gives insight into what your year ahead will look like. Well, I think it’s safe to say that yoga - both practicing and teaching - will certainly be a big part of my life over the next year, and beyond.

One more day of yoga teacher training and I am realizing how quickly the time has flown. Three weeks have gone by in an instant; but in reflecting on this time, I know I have experienced, learnt and grown so much. I am unbelievably grateful for having had the opportunity to dive deeper into the practice of yoga and all that yoga is.

I can’t wait to continue to share the gift of yoga when I return to Sydney, and now with an amazing amount of tools to bring back with me.

So thank you Zuna Yoga, here’s to 2016 and all that is to come!

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Teacher Training Cambodia