My home practice

In my first Saturday yoga teacher training class we focused on home practice and I, of course, wrote about it.

To be a good and effective yoga teacher I must have a regular home practice. Five times a week for about 45 minutes is what is recommended.

I couldn’t commit to that at first so I have started with 20-25 minutes five times a week.

The first week that I committed to a yoga home practice I practiced five times (Monday through Friday) for 20-25 minutes.

The second week I tried a different variety of poses to practice and did it five times (Monday through Friday) for 20-25 minutes.

On the days I work from home I am able to make my practice a little longer. But on the days I have to go into the office I do a shorter practice as I am now getting up on those days at 5 a.m. (30 minutes early) to get my practice in.

I wanted to share with you the first week of practice I did. As the first week went on I adjusted my practice. I ended up holding each pose for six breaths.

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Learning about home practice

We’re not here to serve the (yoga) poses. These poses are here to serve us.

~Vickie Russell Bell in last night’s yoga teacher training class

Yesterday was my first Saturday class with Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga teacher training program. We have class every Thursday night and one Saturday a month.

Yesterday we got to get to know each other and we discussed home practice.

I loved working with others to brainstorm and giving each other advice and suggestions.

For most of us in the group our biggest obstacle with maintaining a regular home practice, which is ideally at least 45 minutes and five times a week, is time.

We talked about priorities in life and the “sacred hour.” What do we want to accomplish in the hour we set aside for our sacred hour?  Vickie said her four things in the sacred hour are writing, asana (yoga poses), meditation and restorative.

Before deciding how much time to spend on each we should ask ourselves: How do I want to feel? How do I get there?

Earlier in the day we talked about standing poses we liked and didn’t like. On Thursday Baxter assigned each … Continue reading

Yoga anatomy

Last night in yoga teacher training class we learned about bones, muscles, joints, connective tissue, etc.

It was fascinating and I learned so much.

It’s A LOT of information. But Baxter broke it down and made it easy to learn (and hopefully remember).

We had Pat, our skeleton, along with two huge diagrams on the muscles and skeleton.

We also had us. Baxter used markers to draw on feet and legs to show us where muscles and bones are placed. We also would feel around our own bones and bodies and feel things move or where something is placed.

I learn best when what I am learning is visual and I can also read about it. The dual learning works best for me. However others learn, all aspects are being used in class and in the readings we are assigned (lots of pictures in our books).

There are so many cool things I learned and I am still struggling with what I am going to share.

Did you know that we have 206 bones in our body? And 52 bones in our feet? The bones in our feet make up almost one-fourth of all the bones in our body.

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Establishing roots, structure

Doing a yoga teacher training and teaching yoga changes your relationship with yoga.

~Vickie Russell Bell, last night in class

Last night was my first night of yoga teacher training class.

I was excited, nervous, overwhelmed, tired and ready to learn.

One of my regular and favorite yoga teachers, Vickie, taught class last night.

The first Thursday night class was three hours of introduction to standing poses.

Just taking regular classes from Vickie has already provided me with a lot of knowledge about yoga and the body. But I know really focusing on alignment and knowing more will make me a better yogini and a good teacher.

Class consisted of talking along with instruction with a good amount of good questions, some note taking along with a lot of actual standing poses.

Alignment was a big focus last night. It’s important. And I don’t think I spend enough time really thinking about the placement of my body while in a pose.

Alignment is something that some of my teachers (like Vickie and Baxter) focus on. Not all my teachers focus on it as much. And I definitely need more of that.

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GFG! BIG announcement

In the past 10 months or so I have been doing a lot of thinking, exploring, reflecting and starting to make changes in my life.

I am excited and nervous about the opportunity I am about to take on.

Starting next week I will begin a 10-month yoga teacher training program at Piedmont Yoga Studio.

Going through this program is something I have been thinking about since last October/November.

Everything is lining up for me in my life with signs showing me that this is the right time and the right opportunity to take it on.

My life has been transforming and becoming more focused on health and fitness, including really focusing on Go Fit Girl! and how the blog helps me and my readers.

Two of my favorite teachers, Baxter Bell and Vickie Russell Bell, studied at Piedmont and they are teachers under the Deep Yoga program I will be attending.

The timing is just right as this program only starts in September. And I can still fit in my full-time job and most personal things in my life.

If you are familiar with the yoga world you have heard of Rodney Yee. According … Continue reading