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Posts Tagged ‘yoga teacher training’

Observing & Assisting yoga teachers

Part of my yoga teacher training is to do 25 hours of observing and assisting various yoga teachers. I have set up dates and times with four yoga teachers in the Deep Yoga program, essentially working with one teacher each week for one class over the next four months. I observed my first class last […]


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone. A new year is always exciting. A clean state. A new start. Or maybe just a continuation of things already forming and molding and becoming. I have known for some time that January is going to be a challenging month for me. And I am trying to not freak out about […]


Taking an inward journey

On Saturday in my all-day teacher training class we focused on meditation. I think meditation is an important part of yoga practice and frankly, life. But I don’t have a regular mediation practice on my own. I can barely get in my 30-minute home yoga practice five times a week. Mary, who taught class on […]


A yoga breakthrough

Last night in yoga teacher training class Richard taught us about inversions and teaching beginners inversions. At one point we practiced Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) against the wall. (Which is not a beginner pose.) I prepared myself to go into the pose. But I didn’t invert like most of the class did. I have been practicing […]


Curbing sadness with yoga practice

Someone I care about has been sad lately. I want to help him. And anyone else who could benefit from this post. So I did some research on yoga poses to help with sadness and mild depression. In yoga teacher training on Thursday night we focused on forward bends. Forward bends bring your energetic level […]


Practicing Sun Salutations

In yoga teacher training class on Thursday night we worked on Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations). There are a variety of ways to practice Sun Salutations (aka sun salutes). The one linked here is basically what we worked on Thursday night. We built on the sequence in class. The idea was, how do you teach a […]


Yoga practice for low back pain

In the last all-day Saturday yoga teacher training there was a huge focus on standing poses. The second half we worked on chanting, which meant a lot of sitting. The next day my low back hurt. Standing and sitting are both hard on my lower back. Normally on Sundays I attend a rather active Vinyasa […]


Just Breathe

Breathing practice is a refuge. ~Richard (paraphrased) in last night’s yoga teacher training. In yoga teacher training class last night the first part of class was on back bends (baby back bends) and the second half was on Pranayama. Breathing. We focused on Ujjayi Pranayama. Over my years of practicing yoga I have learned how to […]


Getting grounded in my feet

Active legs, calm mind. … Feet are made for standing on.  ~Ann in yoga teacher training last night In yesterday’s Saturday yoga teacher training the first half of class we worked on standing poses, which was taught by Ann. Standing poses are structural and energetic. What happens in life if those are lacking? We really […]


Committing to your good health

I have been thinking a lot about priorities lately. About what is important for me and to me. And what makes me happy. (Don’t forget about Do you want to be happy?) One of my friends/co-workers told me that something I said to her lately really hit a chord. And she suggested this be a […]