Learning over the weekend

Over this past weekend I attended two 5-hour yoga workshops.

There were supposed to be three, but unfortunately the Friday Fibromyalgia yoga workshop was canceled.

I attended the two workshops at Piedmont Yoga Studio.

Piedmont explains a little about the workshops: Adaptive yoga is the tailoring of the practice to people who are not “sick” but have physical limitations. This 2-day workshop explains the benefits of yoga in helping with issues such as pain, mobility and emotional states.

Saturday was on yoga and Parkinson’s with one of my favorite yoga teachers and people, Vickie.

Vickie has been teaching people with Parkinson’s for many years and has learned so much along that journey.

During my yoga teacher training we were required to observe and assist 25 hours of classes with any of the teachers who were part of the program.

I observed some of Vickie’s Parkinson’s classes. It was fascinating and I always felt happy while there. And I learned so much. There are so many ways to do Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations).

And the best thing I learned was that yoga is accessible to everyone, no matter your limitations.

Something I really like that Vickie says is to teach to the … Continue reading

Yoga and access to it

Yoga is for all men, women and children, irrespective of race, sex, language or religion. Yoga, after all, aims at a union of individual consciousness. …”

B.K.S. Iyengar 1973

On Friday I attended a one-day conference at Berkeley called Yoga and Access: Questions of Inclusion Conference.

Topics that were discussed were how yoga can be (and has been) brought to underserved communities, yoga and capitalism, Orientalism, cultural appropriation, universalism, White femininity, social justice, healing, unrealistic ideas of the “yoga body,” trauma, body celebration, religious and cultural symbols, authentic yoga …

There were so many good conversations that got started (and will hopefully continue at the second annual conference). So many things to think about. So many ideas to ponder.

Once I am certified as a yoga teacher (just two months away!) I want to teach to the masses.

But I also have a passion to share my skills and practice in other ways.

Part of my teacher training includes observing and assisting with the teachers in the program. I have been able to O&A in classes for people with Parkinson’s. When I am in attendance I feel happy and grateful to be part of something … Continue reading