Week-end 3: It’s getting serious!

Week-end 3 was a good one, intense, interesting…

On Friday we had a class of anatomy. I thought it would be harder than that as english is not my first language, but it was ok.
Anatomy is so important for a yoga teacher. You need to understand the pose to get the most benefits of it. And of course you don’t want to injure your yoginis!
Anatomy helps you to understand the best alignment, and again this is really important. You want to know why your back foot is open at 45 degres in warrior 1, and you want to be able to explain it if somebody ask.

We practiced a lot too! We practice the postures and we practice how to teach the postures. This too will improve my yoga. Now when I go to a class I keep adjusting myself to be better in my posture, which can means to refrain to touch the ground with my hand in triangle pose for example, because by doing this I don’t open my chest that much.

Learning how to teach is fascinating. You have a choice to make, are you going to say all the details of the pose or are you just going to ask your yoginis to do it, assuming they will know how to do it (bandas, alignment…). I personnaly give some details but not too much, because when I’m in a class and the teacher starts to give many info on the anatomy I space out, and she or he loses my interest. I guess it’s different whether you teach a class or a private .

Sundays are made for philosophy. Because yoga is not only a work out, it’s so much deeper than that. We learned how to meditate, by chanting, or saying mantras, or using the malas. I personnaly meditate every morning since a few month and I feel great!
Meditating with the beads is a little bit hard for me, but I do it every day now, so I’m surr it will come up.

We also had a class about ayurveda. It was fun to find out about our dosha, (I am a Pitah) and what we can do to improve our health using ayurvedic medicine.

My entire body is sore with all the classes I take my brain is full of new information but my heart is enlightened! I love my teacher training!

This week-end we’ll help a non profit to clean the beach, it’s part of the training. I’m looking forward to it. Stay tuned!

Namaste!

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First teaching attempt!

Last week-end was the second week-end of the training and, oh boy, it was intense!

First I was happy because my very good friend Isabel joined the training, and it has a great signification for me.
4 years ago I was staying with her in LA, she was starting a new job and was a little stressed out. One morning she told me that she needed a yoga class and that we should go when she’d come back from work. I had a few unsuccesfull attempt with yoga classes. The first one was at my gym, i’m kind of a nervous person, and I didn’t know at that time that there were different kinds of yoga. So I just went. We had to breath one nostril at a time (Nadi Shodana), which I found ridiculous, and I came out of the class even more nervous than before!
So my friend had to basically drag me to this class! It was power yoga. I will never be thankfull enough for that! After the class I was feeling so great! Because of Isabel I start practicing yoga so I’m really grateful that she does the training with me.

In our training, Tamal, wants us to know how to teach. So we practice a lot with each other. And that’s how we ended up teaching Surya Namaskara A to the entire class.
When I stepped out of the mat my voice was shaking but I didn’t mess up the breathing part, and that’s great because breathing is one of the most important thing in yoga. If a teacher doesn’t teach you how to breath properly: Run Away!
The other tricky part of that exercice is that the other 27 students will have to teach you too! So we spent 1 hour doing sun salutations! It felt good good, but by the end of the day I was exhausted!

Tonight my week-end 3 starts, and guess what comes after Surya Namaskara A?

Stay tuned!

Namaste

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Week 1! Practice practice Practice!!

Last week-end, the first one of my yoga teacher training, Tamal said that we need to take at least 3 classes per week, and keep a kind of journal, with all the observations and comments about how the teacher was actually teaching the class, the theme of it….
I’m in LA one of the best (if not the best) city in the West for Yoga, and there are so many great teachers in this town that I’ve decided to take their class, to learn from the best!

It all started on Sunday night, after the training with a well deserved Yin yoga class, by Amy at Yoga Salt (www.yogasalt.com) What is Yin yoga: Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose is typical. (Source: Wikipedia). It really helps to open your body and relax. And, oh boy, Amy knows how to let you go deeper in the pose and relax. She even gives you massage while you’re holding it. It’s pure bliss!

And then I discovered that the world famous Shiva Rea was in town. I already took a class with her last year, and enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to take every class she was teaching during the week.
Who is Shiva Rea: She is the founder of Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga, an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga, and she is just amazing. Her classes are unique. Breating and moving are the key of her class, which is great because one of the first thing we learned at the training was how to breathe properly. It’s so important. Well, Shiva takes the breathing to another level and it’s quite amazing. Her classes are very spiritual and intense. I liked it so much that I registered for an other training with her after this one. I told you I want to learn from the best!!

My body might be sore after all those classes but my heart is light, and that’s why I’m happy to start the second week-end of my training!

Stay tuned!

Namaste!