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What to do when you finish your yoga teacher training

2020-02-17T11:21:57+00:00

What to do when you finish your yoga teacher training You’ve completed your yoga teacher training course, taught your final exam class, taken your written exam and enjoyed your graduation ceremony. What do you do now? Well, first of all, enjoy the moment because ones like these don’t come along very often. You’ve probably worked hard in one of the most intense periods of your life – whether it was a weekend-based two-year yoga teacher training course or a four-week one, you’ve likely been through something that has changed your perspective on life permanently and it’s almost time to consider [...]

What to do when you finish your yoga teacher training2020-02-17T11:21:57+00:00

Humble Warriors – leaving your ego at the door in Yoga Teacher Training

2020-02-17T11:23:38+00:00

Humble Warriors – leaving your ego at the door in Yoga Teacher Training My ego almost stopped me doing my yoga teacher training. I had a shoulder injury caused by doing chaturanga incorrectly for a long time and I couldn’t even consider the thought of starting a course at such a low technical par. At that time, I thought that yoga was primarily about performance in asanas, and as part of the signature sequence – the sun salutation – I thought I’d get marched out of the room for not being able to do all of it. The yoga teachers [...]

Humble Warriors – leaving your ego at the door in Yoga Teacher Training2020-02-17T11:23:38+00:00

Nine Signs You Are Ready For Yoga Teacher Training

2020-02-17T11:28:11+00:00

Nine Signs You Are Ready For Yoga Teacher Training You may be ready for Yoga Teacher Training and not even know it yet. For one thing, you’ve clicked on this blog so you must be a little bit curious. Let’s see if any of these signs apply to you… 1. You’re passionate about yoga You’re at that point where the hashtag #yogaeverydamnday is actually your life. Somehow you started with one or two classes per week and ended up with six or even seven. Your day doesn’t feel right unless it starts or ends with yoga, and you prioritise it [...]

Nine Signs You Are Ready For Yoga Teacher Training2020-02-17T11:28:11+00:00

The language of yoga

2020-02-05T13:47:04+00:00

The language of yoga One of the things that really surprised me when I began my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sampoorna - Yoga Teacher Training School in India, is how I had to learn how to speak again. I came into the school think this was the one thing I could do, having been a ballet teacher many years before, and then a publishing professional, used to speaking on the industry stage at many an event. Standing up in front of people was my thing, if you will. Except when it came to yoga. Having to learn the new [...]

The language of yoga2020-02-05T13:47:04+00:00

Five Ways to Live a More Yogi Life

2020-02-05T14:02:02+00:00

Five Ways to Live a More Yogi Life One of the first things every yoga teacher training student learns in their philosophy class is about the ‘Yamas and Niyamas’ – the values and daily practices that should underpin their lives as yogis. They learn that asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing) and all the stages of meditation only come after ten Yamas and Niyamas in the classic ‘eight limbs’ (in Sanskrit, ‘Ashtanga’) of the Yoga Sutras. This is the text said to have been written by Sage Patanjali in the second century BCE and the fifth century CE, outlining the theory and [...]

Five Ways to Live a More Yogi Life2020-02-05T14:02:02+00:00

Why India is the best destination for your yoga teacher training

2020-02-05T14:06:30+00:00

Why India is the best destination for your yoga teacher training A friend of mine refers to India as the ‘mothership’ – the place to which all humans gravitate, particularly those with their hearts and minds open to everything the universe has to offer. It’s safe to say that it’s definitely the mothership for those who are interested in yoga, as this its homeland – yoga was first mention in sacred texts, or Vedas, over 5,000 years ago (some say up to 10,000 years ago) in the Indus Valley. Yoga as set of beliefs and practices was further refined here [...]

Why India is the best destination for your yoga teacher training2020-02-05T14:06:30+00:00

Six reasons why everyone should take a yoga teacher training course once in their lifetime

2020-02-17T11:36:57+00:00

Six reasons why everyone should take a yoga teacher training course once in their lifetime Most people will think of yoga teacher training as something you would only undertake if you were actually thinking of embarking on a career as a yoga teacher, or were looking to deepen an already advanced practice. What they might not know is that whatever level you practise at, a yoga teacher training course will have a profound effect on your life, not just your physicality. You will have a much happier relationship with your body. You may have pushed your body doing physical exercise [...]

Six reasons why everyone should take a yoga teacher training course once in their lifetime2020-02-17T11:36:57+00:00

Tortoise (Kurmasana)

2020-01-27T13:19:52+00:00

Tortoise (Kurmasana) Type: Seated forward bend Level: Advance Steps: Sit straight with your legs bent and wide apart. Bending forward put your right arms under your knee and thighs. Press your legs against your shoulder bones and bend your torso and head down towards the ground. Props & Assistance: • Sit on a folded blanket if you have tightness in your hips or lower back Preparatory poses: •Archer •Standing forward bend •Seated forward bend •Wide legged seated forward bend •Staff •Downward dog Follow up poses: •Childs •Downward dog •Corpse Benefits: •Strengthens the back •Tones the abdominal organs •Encourages flexibility in [...]

Tortoise (Kurmasana)2020-01-27T13:19:52+00:00

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana)

2020-01-27T13:23:10+00:00

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana) Type: Arm balance Level: Advance Steps: From seated pose with the legs stretched out in front, bend the right knee to the chest and bring your right arm to the inside of the bent right leg. Take hold of the right foot or ankle with both hands and begin to snuggle the underside of your right knee behind your right shoulder. Hook the right leg firmly behind the right shoulder. Place the palms down either side of your hips and spread the fingers wide. Keep the chest lifted and collarbone wide. Pick up the left leg and [...]

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana)2020-01-27T13:23:10+00:00

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

2020-01-27T13:27:43+00:00

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana) Type: Standing Level: Intermediate Steps: Stand tall. Lean over to the side to bring your hand to the ground slightly ahead of the foot on the same side of the body. Raise the back leg and start to raise the other arm up to the ceilng. Try to place the gaze at the hand raised above you. Props & Assistance: •You can perform the pose with your back leaning against a wall •Rest your hand on a block if you struggle to reach the ground •Keep the gaze looking down to the floor if that helps [...]

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)2020-01-27T13:27:43+00:00