Teacher training weekend 7 recap

This past weekend was our 7th weekend together. It was somewhat of a catch-up weekend, allowing us to revisit some poses and concepts in a little more depth. Our teaching practice focused on longer holds and getting comfortable with silence. We also had a couple of wonderful guest teachers who shared some special teachings. Read More


Teacher Training weekend 6 recap

This past weekend was our sixth weekend together. The asana focus was on seated poses, primarily twists and forward folds. These poses are important for everyone, although they are often not given the same amount of attention as the other pose groups. Seated poses are important for creating and maintaining openness in the hips. It is hard for many people to sit on the floor and we have limited mobility in the hip joints due to constantly sitting in chairs. So work on this can help to keep us healthy through old age. Read More


Teacher Training weekend 5 recap

The asana focus of our 5th weekend of teacher training was arm balancing and inverting. This is always a fun weekend to teach because there is always one or two breakthroughs with the students. Sometimes it is overcoming fear, sometimes there was a simple piece missing in a pose that made all the difference. It’s also a good opportunity to talk about honoring your own path and not being distracted by the journey (or handstand) of another student. We also continued to make our way through Pada 2 (Sadhana Pada) of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Read More


Teacher Training weekend 4 recap

During our 4th weekend together for the 200hr Teacher Training, we focus on back bends. This can be a difficult weekend physically because back bends require a lot of strength and concentration. We also discussed the anatomy of the back and how to stay safe in your asana practice. At the end of the weekend, Jacque gave a guest lecture on yoga therapeutics. On Friday night, we reviewed sequencing of standing poses, and then talked about sequencing an entire class. There are different strategies to putting together a class. You can build towards a peak pose, focus on an anatomical area, build a class around a philosophical theme, or just offer a generalized class. No matter what type of class you are building, you are trying to create a certain experience for you students. And the experience comes in part from how the class is put together. A class that starts with headstand is going to be a very different experience than a class that starts in child's pose. A class with 20 vinyasas will be a different experience than a class with 20 bridge poses. So we talked about strategies for putting together an effective class that would offer a positive experience for students. Read More


Teacher Training weekend 3 recap

Our second October weekend of teacher training focused on standing poses, sequencing, Pema Chodron and the anatomy of the hips. It was a busy weekend, following the previous weekend training by just three weeks. The students are making a lot of progress in their understanding of how to put together a yoga class, and how to transition between poses. Read More

Teacher Training weekend 2 recap

Our second weekend of teacher training this year coincided with the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. While the winds were blowing outside, we were snug in the back studio practicing standing poses, learning about the anatomy of the foot, and discussing the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras. Read More


Teacher Training September 2016 weekend recap

The first weekend of our 200hr teacher training is always fun. It is an introduction to all of the different topics we will cover over the 9 weekends we spend together - asana, teaching practices, anatomy, and philosophy. We are lucky to always have a group of students with a wide range of life experiences and interests. Read More


Birthday Bash and Open House!

The Blue Point Birthday Bash and Open House on Saturday was a smashing success. Check out the full blog posts for lots of pictures and tidbits about some of our favorite people! Read More


Yoga Lab: The Anatomy of Back Bends

Last Saturday we had our latest Yoga Lab workshop. Yoga Lab is a 12-workshop series focused on bringing the latest in scientific research right to your yoga mat! There are 8 more workshops planned. See the bottom of the page for the schedule. The workshop began with a discussion of the anatomy of the back musculature, vertebrae, spinal cord, and nervous system. One of the most important reasons to keep your back healthy is that the spinal nerves that supply most of your body exit the spinal cord between the vertebrae and muscles. If there is stiffness, dysfunction or pathology, the nerves can be affected, as can functioning of the muscular and organ systems. Another major benefit of back bends that we talked about was to the cardiovascular system. Not only do back bends stretch and strengthen the diaphragm, which is the major breathing muscles, but they also offer gentle stretch to arteries, which preserves their recoil function as we age. Read More