I’ve been holding back, thinking that the gym-goers wouldn’t want to go to yoga if there was ‘OMing’ involved or anything mildly spiritual. But somethings my teacher said Saturday, really hit home. Not doing those parts of class is like lying, or hiding part of yourself and part of the practice. Those are the things that make yoga yoga, and not just come crazy jumping … Continue reading Holding back, no longer
Don’t just do Crane pose. Be the Crane. This was a quote from my first Jivamukti class I took Saturday morning. I started doing power yoga over two years ago. I was drawn into it because unlike the other websites for studios, it didn’t mention any deities, mantras, or ways of being. It simply was about flowing, sweating and having a good time. The other … Continue reading Be the Crane
I spent the weekend at a kids yoga teaching program for a local non-profit. It’s called Yoga Kidz and they take yoga classes to local elementary schools. These schools have built a yoga class right into their weekly schedule, which is great! The yoga teaches the kids so many great things, plus kids love to move, so why not sneak some great lessons into the … Continue reading Teaching Kidz Yoga
I got hired at another local gym Thursday. Today was my first day teaching, filling in for someone else. The class was a basic Ashtanga class. Not my element. My third Ashtanga class is the one I’m teaching! I got to class early to learn the sequence. While the poses may be the same or similar to the power yoga sequence, the order is different. … Continue reading Out of your element
Teacher training is over, but the journey is just beginning.
Journey. Such a scary word when I am about to quit my job!
I got the job teaching 1 class a week at a gym, that was easy. I walked right in and said “I’m a yoga teacher.” No problem. It’s been harder to actually bring in the people and get regulars. I’ve had coworkers show up, and a friend or two show up. Which is great! It can sometimes be hard to teach friends and be serious about it, yoga by no means has to be serious, but when you’re with friends, you usually end up falling on the floor in a fit of giggles.
Friday I went Paddle Boarding for the first time! It was an amazing experience. Just like my first power yoga class, its one of those things where I’m hooked. I can’t wait to go again. Since it is a slightly more expensive class to go to, I probably won’t be going as often as I did when I started yoga classes, but still, I know I’ll be out there again, its just a matter of when.
When yoga is a process of looking in to yourself, why is it so popular to take pictures of yourself doing difficult yoga poses? I found this article on Yoga Journal, Yoga Photo trend.
I myself, not more than two weeks ago had my phone in class during a handstand workshop hoping to catch a picture of myself upside down.
When you first started yoga, why did you say you were going? Didn’t want to go to the gym? Friend made you go? Wanted to get ready for beach season?
Personally, I started because my back hurt. I didn’t want to go to a chiropractor, so yoga was the lesser of the two evils. Have someone crack my back, or strengthen my back and heal myself.
After two years of yoga, workshops, and teacher training, I’ve found many more benefits of yoga.
1. Less Physical Pain
I healed my back. I can walk for longer periods of time without pain, my feet aren’t asleep when I get up, and I can sit for longer periods without pain.
Once a week my friend and I pile in the car and drive through the sometimes sketchy trailer park to eventually get to the yoga studio. Its only a yoga studio a couple days week and the rest of the time, its all about Karate. Each session is 4 weeks long and goes over different aspects of circus arts. The first week started with aerial … Continue reading Aerial Yoga