If you know me as a yoga teacher, you know how it’s important to me to go and train every year so I can learn new things to share with my students. A wise yogi once told me that to be a good teacher you have to be a good student.
So last July I took a training with the great Maty Ezraty about hands on assist and it was brilliant. Maty is a super legit senior teacher, but not an instagram celebrity lol (If you dont know who she is, click here Maty Ezraty .)
Hands on assist have always been my weakness,. I’m not a physiotherapist of any kind and I don’t want to hurt my students. But her knowledge put a new light on that part of my teaching. Cherry on the cake, my friend and amazing teacher Krista Cahill was taking the training too, and as we partnered a few times, it was so amazing to benefit from her knowledge too! (is you don’t know Krista, she’s a fantastic american teacher in Paris and you can learn more about her here: Krista Cahill.
I’m not gonna lie, it was a tough training. I was emotionally in a dark place as my dog was super sick at home, and Maty is hard core. We were practicing for 3h30 to 4 hours before even starting the hands on assist part of the course, with only 15 minutes in between.
The room was filled mostly with ashtangi, as she was Pattabhi Jois’ student. But Maty’s practice and teaching evolved toward an Iyengar style after many trips to Puna in India. We used many props, lifted many heavy blocks. My shoulders were so soar., and the ashtangi so surprised ahahah.
I kept listening her slapping people buttocks when they were contracting the gluts, or telling them not to look up because “there is nothing up there”. She’s so tiny but at the same time has such authority and presence, it’s fascinating.
I’m now more confident in my hands on assist and I’m looking forward to taking more training with her in the future. In the meantime, I will go train in a few weeks with Maty’s teacher Dona Holleman and I’m very excited about it.
I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to train with great yogis, so I can share their knowledge with my students. If you’re a yoga teacher, you should definitely try to take at least a class with Maty, it will change your teaching for the best.