Elemental Vinyasa: an intense teacher training immersion with Shiva Rea

A wise yogini once told me that to be a good teacher you need to be a good student, and I can’t agree more, that’s one of the reason why i’ve  decided to take more teacher trainings than my 200h. So here I am back to Venice beach, California, ready to train with Shiva Rea.

I’ve applied to do my 300h with Shiva Rea and learn her Prana flow method because every time i took her class i felt amazing afterwards, and I really want to be able to share that with my students. 

Shiva is a world famous and respected yoga teacher, and it’s an honor to be able to train with her. Her method is based on the fact that the breath is your guru, and you should flow on its rythm. You don’t really stay static in a posture you can pulse or take a body vinyasa, which is great because I feel like you’re able to create more space in your body by doing so.

Elemental vinyasa is based on the different elements that are: earth, water, fire, air and ether. According to each element you have an appropriate namaskar, some asanas and a more or less flowy practice. 

It would be too long to explain Elemental vinyasa in details and if you’re interested you should definitely read Shiva’s book: tending the sacred fire. (Or feel free to email me with questions) 

Anyway, Shiva’s training are always very intense. You do practice a lot!! And I’ve learned so many things on hands on assist. I was really fascinated. I was tired and could feel every part of my body, but it worth it.

The other thing that is great with Shiva is the community. You meet amazing people that shares the same interests and I’m grateful for that. I know that i will see some of them in other trainings. 

Now I’m half way of my 300 hours, and i can’t wait to come back in November for some Rasa vinyasa.

Stay tuned for more yogini adventures

Namaste

  

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Yoga Trance dance certification, or Sahaja Vinyasa.

Right after I was done with my 200 hours teacher training, I still had some time left in LA, and I decided to do another training, with the great Shiva Rea. I don’t know if everybody knows about her, but she is an amazing yoga teacher who leads THE Prana flow certification. I used to take a few classes with her every time I was in LA, and I was always blown away by how fast she build up the fire in our bodies, how “flowy” her classes are, how intense is the energy that came out of the group she leads. So when I heard that she was leading a small 30 hours training in Exhale Venice, I immediately signed up.

I’ve never heard about Yoga Trance Dance before, so I had no idea what I was going to learn, but I trusted her. After those 9 weeks of training I was kind of exhausted, and I had a bad cold, so I was far from being 100% in the class, but It was worth the shot! I can safely say that Oregano oil and sweating from all the dancing made me recover from my cold faster faster than I thought.

What is Yoga Trance dance? To quote Shiva “Yoga Trance dance is a meeting of two great rivers, yoga and dance.” Yoga in the beginning allows us to be present in our bodies, to feel the prana, it prepares us to go deeper in a free-form dance that helps us to release many things and allows us to find ourselves, into the power of the flow.

Even in the history of yoga you find Lord Shiva (how ironic?) who is seen as the first teacher of both yoga and dance. We have to keep in mind that a yoga pose was named after him: Natarajasana the lord of the dance.

So let’s just say, to keep it simple that the yoga trance dance is a form of yoga that with the helps of rhythm drives us to a free-form dance, a meditative trance, who allows us to experience the “unified self that is yoga”.

Sahaja is a Sanskrit word that means “spontaneous, natural, simple, or easy”, and it describes perfectly what is yoga trance dance, while starting with yoga poses we slowly goes to a spontaneous and natural form of flow.

On the Saturday evening we hosted a Yoga Trance dance for every people who wanted to join, and we were lucky to have live music from the amazing CC White and her band. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of CC White, I invite you to check her( CC White) you will thank me later! I loved how Shiva organized this by starting only with us (the students in the  teacher training), and sharing this moment of intimacy before the doors open to the public. It might be nothing but it made us feel special.

Sharing those intense moment with this great teacher made me want to pursue my yoga journey with her, so I’ve signed for the rest of he Prana flow certification. I wanted to achieve the 500h to be an advanced yoga teacher anyway. 200h is great but Yoga is such a big thing I have the feeling I will be both a student and a teacher for the rest of my life.

Stay tuned for more yoga adventures!