Phew! I did it! Another mini mile stone is completed! I passed my Level 2 short course in Equality & Diversity and managed to complete my second Hatha Yoga teaching module! Now I am ready for a lovely week away up North (Lancashire) with family & my best friend. I am in need of some much needed rest and looking forward to some things I have missed since moving down south. I miss the sound of dogs barking & music playing in the mornings, my aunt singing to the radio whilst she mops the oak floorboards, as my mum potters in the kitchen to make bacon sandwiches. The smell of cranberry scented candles burning through out the house which remind most people of Christmas but makes me think of home and the feel of the crisp winters breeze on my skin as it wafts through the entire house because my mum has a love of opening all windows and doors regardless of the weather. I also miss long conversations with my Mum & Best friend about mystical things in life and walking through our local park on a beautiful Autumn’s day. I am really looking forward to such joyful & simple moments.
The Equality & Diversity course was really interesting, the first unit explored general ideas on what Equality & Diversity is, how people stereotype and why; as well as looking into how you would label yourself and how others perceive you either negatively or positively. The second unit delved into Equality & Diversity within a community including how discrimination develops and how it can escalate and the last unit looked at Equality & Diversity in the workplace, how employers should treat their staff, how staff respond & follow important procedures, what laws are in place to prevent any form of discrimination and how to act if you are a witness or a victim of discrimination at work. I am far from qualified in understanding law but it has given me better understanding on this topic. I decided to study this mini course because I am a people person and if my career is going to involve guiding & helping others as a community artist & holistic practitioner I’d like to be as ethically knowledgeable as possible so I am really proud I now have this qualification that works so well with everything I am working on at the moment.
The second module for the Hatha Yoga Teaching course involved Anatomy & Physiology of the human body, but because I have already done a level 3 in this subject, this module is easy yet great for refreshing my knowledge. I do enjoy studying the human body as it is so interesting and a piece of art work in it’s own right, don’t you think? Who ever or what ever created us was definitely an artist or inventor of some kind because the human body is such an incredible moving sculpture. The first module of this course explored the history of Yoga & it’s Philosophies but in the New Year I will be deepening my knowledge in that area by studying a 7 week course in Yoga Philosophy with Oxford’s Hindu Studies Program, which I am excited about!
Next up after my week in Lancashire: To finish my last 5 hours of Dance Leadership Training, 1 day of Child Protection Training & starting my Dance Therapy Foundation Diploma. It’s been an incredible year of expanding my knowledge in preparation for what is to come in the near future. I am enjoying this process and new ventures in my life, although it has been tough as I am also juggling part time work, trying to save for adventures, dance & yoga practice plus the usual day to day commitments. I remain strong, thankful & optimistic regardless! Cheerio everyone!