YES! So I finally got my job offer and I´m going to accept. Now comes the really hard part. Finding an apartment in Madrid and getting my Número de Identificación de Extranjero. Also known as my NIE. Basically my foreigner´s ID. UGH. This is giving me a headache!! I have so much to complain about. In Barcelona I felt that it was very simple. I go in the morning, take a number, fill out my paperwork, have my German ID, hand it all in, pay 10 euros and then I´m done for the day. Here...I cannot figure out if I have to make an appointment (first available one in December) or just show up at the office and which office?! To be continued...
Leaving for the real world tomorrow morning at 7am. Not sure how I feel. I'm tired of getting up at 6am here and having trouble sleeping at night. However, it's nice to have a stable schedule. And the peace and quiet...the forced meditation is good. I can calmly think about a lot of things. Plus I don't have to worry about anything. Now I have to figure out my "job". Where I will live. And actually settling down. That is kind of nice too. Have access to all my clothes. Use up the stuff that are sitting in storage. Cooking. Having the good healthy food that I want. My own space and my own bed. Maybe I'll even get a plant and turtle. I've always wanted a turtle...
Oh my gosh!! I can't believe that it's all over!! We all passed of course. We passed our binds, breathing, and asana tests with flying colors. I got an average of 93% for my classes (beginner, intermediate, and advance). I'm especially proud of my advance class because not only was it challenging and fun (I definitely cracked up laughing trying to get to do an advance torsion twisting standing balancing pose), I also taught everyone something new. Also, I was about to give around 30% of the instructions in Spanish.
The written test took me almost 10 hours. There were about 23 questions and I filled 22 pages, that's 11 pages back and forth.
Can't believe that I'm officially a yoga teacher!!!!!!!!!
Two things. One, I taught a children's class and my teacher's eyes almost popped out. In a good way. She was really pleased with it and was really surprised by how into it I am that she even asked if I had taught a children's yoga class before.
Second, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!! It's exam week! That's right, our exams last a whole week. We are tested on our breathing, internal binds (bandhas), and our asana (postures). We also need to each teach a beginner, intermediate, and advance class. And finally at the end of the week we have an 8 hours written exam. Yes...8 hours...everything we learned from Ayuverda to the gods to anatomy to the chakras. Good thing is that it's open book.
I'm first with my beginner's class tomorrow morning.
Oh my gosh, we started teaching classes. I mean, we teach it to our own classmates and it's only a short 30mins class. Hahaha, my first class was a disaster!!! I tried to do it in Spanish...terrible idea. Radhika said my face was so red she thought I was going to explode! Haha. Our next few classes were much better and by our fourth one we were "fluent"! Even so that we moved on to teaching full 90 minutes intermediate classes. I really love teaching!! I really didn't take teaching yoga seriously and just wanted to do it to strengthen my knowledge, but now I am really interested in teaching.