Yoga Teacher Training Journeys

The inspiration of teacher training

April 18th, 2010 Posted in AFTER Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments »

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At the moment I feel saturated with information, and feel I need to take some time to process it all and start putting it into practice. I feel inspired, and also a little bit nervous about ‘getting out there’ and getting stuck into teaching. Mostly however, I feel excited about being able to start applying all that I have learnt.

When I go back to Melbourne my plan is to work 2 days a week contracting in a corporate role and to start teaching yoga classes as soon as possible. I hope to get a class or two in my local yoga studio, an am also going to look at teaching at gyms and corporate classes, or wherever I can. Initially I want to keep my 2 days contracting so that I can have a reliable cash-flow, and can put my energy into teaching, and have to worry about how many students turn up to my class. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keeping our yoga simple: when less is more

April 6th, 2010 Posted in AFTER Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments »

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This week I attended my sister, Miranda’s,  debut yoga class at Red Tent Yoga*, here in Byron Bay.  My sister has recently completed the Byron Yoga Centre Level 1 & 2 Teacher training course, so she is ‘cutting her teeth’ as a new yoga teacher in town.   Now, with two yoga teachers in our family, we are all the more richer! Read the rest of this entry »

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Forget the science, save the planet!

March 26th, 2010 Posted in Yoga in the World, Yoga Teacher Perspectives | No Comments »

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Like you, I like to live a life which shows my passion about the environment. Like you, I recycle paper and glass waste at home. I try and buy locally produced food and goods from my neighbourhood greengrocer or weekly market, rather than those shipped half way round the world at the town’s corporate supermarket. When I visit an ATM I select view on screen rather than print a receipt. I try and cycle whenever I can. I even tear off the plastic window from bills envelopes (I’m told it’s the Virgo in me) when disposing off mail. And I practice yoga because of a sense of stillness and harmony a regular practice offers me. So when people more learned than me urge we tread lightly on the planet, I want to follow their lead because it sits comfortably with those values. Why then is there such a fuss over whether our response to climate change is right?
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Diving deeply into yoga

March 25th, 2010 Posted in Why enrol in Yoga Teacher Training? | No Comments »

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It’s time for me to cease being a dilettante and dive deeper. I have been practicing and teaching intermittently for ten years and my enthusiasm for yoga has greatly varied. In the last three years I have experienced lower back pain which has, at times, been quite debilitating.  This shook my confidence in my practice and my ability to teach.

I have taken this as a big lesson and I’m grateful that it has expanded my compassion and taught me to slow down, observe and accept. Of course, this lesson is a work in progress and I have times when I am impatient with my body for continuing to harbour pain. I would like to learn more about how I can manage my lower back to better strengthen, align and avoid future dysfunction. Read the rest of this entry »

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The challenge ‘to get up in the morning’

March 21st, 2010 Posted in Why enrol in Yoga Teacher Training? | No Comments »

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There are a number of reasons why I have chosen to undertake this yoga teacher training course. Firstly I would like to develop a strong foundation in my understanding of the practice of the asanas.

Over the years of practicing yoga I have been subject to a number of teacher and different methods of teaching. As is common practice I have been adjusted often however not always with insight and gentle spirit and often as a result of incompetent instructions given in regard to entering the pose-as a result I often hold tension when I am practicing because I am not sure if I am doing it correctly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yoga DVD’s available online

March 17th, 2010 Posted in BEFORE Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments »

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Purna Yoga – Making Yoga Complete

The yoga taught at Byron Yoga Centre is called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama breath control and the yogic personal and social code of ethics.

Byron Yoga – Purna Yoga Level 1 DVD

Click here to view the five minute intro for the 90 minute DVD of Purna Yoga Level 1 sequence, instructed by John Ogilvie, the founder of Byron Yoga Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yoga on a Yacht

March 11th, 2010 Posted in Why enrol in Yoga Teacher Training? | No Comments »

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I am English, 32 and left home when I was 18 for a “short” yacht delivery. I found my way to the Mediterranean and was introduced the Super yacht industry. Since then I have worked on my different kinds of yachts around the world and put myself through all the courses and thing needed to hold a Class 4 commercial Captains license to 3000t and a dive instructor’s license.

The first time I did yoga was about 5 years ago and I was hooked. Unfortunately, because on my lifestyle I have found it very hard to do more than sporadic small bursts of yoga since that time. Read the rest of this entry »

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A wonderful spiritual journey of yoga

March 9th, 2010 Posted in AFTER Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments »

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The yoga teacher training course has more than meet my expectations it has been wonderful. The first two weeks were emotional for me, but I had a big release and feel so cleansed and so safe, I would love the opportunity to stay and learn more.

I am amazed at how much everyone especially myself has grown a lot of what I have learnt here I will take with me and use in everyday life, it has been a wonderful spiritual journey which I did not expect and I think is the first time in my life that my soul feels right, thank you so much for having express my gratitude! Thank you.

J.Flowers

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Acting out our compassion

March 4th, 2010 Posted in Yoga in the World | No Comments »

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A yogic practice brings with it many blessings. For me, a welcome feeling of ‘sensory deprivation’ descends upon me as I ‘descend’ upon the mat. It brings my mind to stillness but also centres my heart in preparation for the nurturing sensation of yoga. My teacher brings to class a philosophical approach rooted in the training she has undergone steeped deeply in the eight limbed system of Yoga known as Astanga (Raja Yoga). Of those eight limbs, it is ahimsa, the first of the five ethical and moral observations we refer to as the Yamas which seem especially relevant at the moment.
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Yoga in remote Coober Pedy

March 1st, 2010 Posted in Why enrol in Yoga Teacher Training? | No Comments »

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Since discovering yoga one year ago, I have always wanted to develop my personal practice by enrolling into a disciplined intensive course to maximize the benefits within a defined timeframe. This is partly due to the remoteness of Coober Pedy and also because there are no active fitness programs up and running (yet!) in town.

Inadvertently, upon the community hearing of the news that I was contemplating this course, local council took initiative to raise interest within the community with the result being overwhelming; with sponsorship, venue discounts, individual donations and encouragement! Read the rest of this entry »

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