Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 3 recap

What an amazing weekend. The community this group has created is a joy to be a part of! Sara joined us to kick off our weekend with a discussion on mindfulness, using the text, The Miracle of Mindfulness, as a starting point. It was a rich, emotional and tender discussion, and it brought up ideas and concepts that we returned to throughout the weekend. Later in the weekend, we did other mindfulness exercises, including the Raisin Meditation (from Mindful Birthing, one of my all-time favorite books). Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 9 recap

This was the last weekend of teacher training for these wonderful students! It was a fun but busy weekend. On Friday night we talked about ethics as a yoga teacher. There are several ways in which we need to pay attention to ethical considerations. In no particular order, there are the ethics of the student/teacher relationship, the ethics of professionalism, and the ethics of knowing your limits as a yoga teacher. I like to tell the students that there are some things that should be obvious, but are not. For example, it should be obvious that a yoga teacher (who is not also a doctor) is not qualified to give medical advice. However, students will ask you all the time what they should do about various injuries. It's always important to listen to their concerns, ask if they're seeing a medical professional, and advise them against doing anything that aggravates their injury. But trying to diagnose or treat any condition is outside the realm of what a yoga teacher is qualified to do. Read More

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Teacher Training weekend 8 recap

On our second-to-last weekend together, we talked about teaching yoga basics. Teaching yoga to new students can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a yoga teacher. Yoga can bring so many benefits in both physical and mental realms and it’s wonderful work to bring those benefits to beginner yogis. But teaching yoga basics is also a huge challenge, and not one that should be taken lightly as a teacher. Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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