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YTTC in India

Five Ways to Live a More Yogi Life

2020-02-28T11:57:38+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 Life2020-02-28T11:57:38+00:00

Why India is the best destination for your yoga teacher training

2020-07-18T08:52:37+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 training2020-07-18T08:52:37+00:00

Six tips for teaching your first yoga class

2020-02-28T12:07:22+00:00

Six tips for teaching your first yoga class Teaching your very first class can be an intimidating experience. You’ll have taught several times during your yoga teacher training course and probably found that fairly nerve-racking, but you were hopefully doing that within a supportive environment, and teaching fellow students who knew what they were doing and were willing you to succeed. But what happens when you are teaching your very first class back at home? How do you transfer what you’ve learned on your course to the real world? Here are six important tips to get you started… 1. Plan, [...]

Six tips for teaching your first yoga class2020-02-28T12:07:22+00:00

Five reasons to become a yoga teacher

2020-02-28T12:07:30+00:00

Five reasons to become a yoga teacher Yoga-teaching is seen as ‘living the dream’ to many people, because they will be focusing on doing the thing they love every day, and (hopefully) getting paid for it. Some are lucky enough to travel the world doing it, teaching in paradise locations. Whilst as a career choice it’s not all palm-fringed beaches and namastes at sunset, yoga teaching has many benefits that you may not have even thought of. Here are five of the main ones… 1. It is immensely rewarding Essentially, every time you take a class, you are helping people. [...]

Five reasons to become a yoga teacher2020-02-28T12:07:30+00:00

Why More and More Men are turning to Yoga Teacher Training

2020-07-18T08:57:28+00:00

Why More and More Men are turning to Yoga Teacher Training As opposed to my own 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training earlier this year where there was only one male student, I noticed that there were several men both attending and teaching the course at Sampoorna - Yoga Teacher Training School India in November this year. On International Men’s Day, I spoke to a few of them to find out how they’d got into yoga, a largely female-dominated activity in the west, in the first place, and what had made them want to take, or ultimately teach, the yoga teacher training [...]

Why More and More Men are turning to Yoga Teacher Training2020-07-18T08:57:28+00:00

Why you’re never too old for yoga teacher training

2020-02-28T12:07:42+00:00

Why you’re never too old for yoga teacher training I enrolled on my 200-hour yoga teacher training at the age of 52 and I almost didn’t, because I knew how many young people, mainly girls, were interested in it and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them or bond with the group. Happily for me, I stuck with it and found my own ways of connecting with my fellow students. Yes, most of them were in their 20s and at the start of their adult lives, but there was a sprinkling of women at [...]

Why you’re never too old for yoga teacher training2020-02-28T12:07:42+00:00

What do we mean when we say namaste?

2020-02-28T12:09:08+00:00

What do we mean when we say namaste? It’s one of those things we do almost without thinking, at the start and end of a yoga class, palms pressed together at our hearts, bowing our heads. Some have even turned it into a piece of theatre at the end of a class, prostrating themselves to floor in a gesture intended to show complete humility and gratitude. I remember the first time someone explained to me what the gesture and the word actually meant. A teacher at Sampoorna - Yoga Teacher Training School in India told us that it was an [...]

What do we mean when we say namaste?2020-02-28T12:09:08+00:00

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

2020-02-28T12:09:26+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 lifetime2020-02-28T12:09:26+00:00

Tortoise (Kurmasana)

2020-07-18T09:01:51+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)2020-07-18T09:01:51+00:00

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana)

2020-07-18T09:06:17+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)2020-07-18T09:06:17+00:00
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