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Yoga and Art. Yoga is Art.

I know there is a controversy about people taking  yoga pictures everywhere, and I’m happy to say I’m one of those.

First of all I’m glad that other amazing yoga teachers started that trend a few years ago because it inspired me a lot. Suddenly I wanted to go deeper in my practice and experiement the same thing as they were.

then, it might not be obvious since I’m trying to hide this, but I’m super shy, so practicing yoga in the street for example, or on the beach,  in front of other people who are wondering what I’m doing, is somehow a way to overcome my fear of people focusing on me.

Some people migh think I’m bragging, well I’m not. First, on  most of the pictures I take, and sometimes post on social media, my poses are not “perfect”, which is awesome because there is no such thing as perfection in yoga. And,  I even surprise myself sometimes, so I want to share the good surprise with the entire world, just like a little girl. And yes, I have this little girl leaving inside of me and I’m happy to please her.

The other thing is: I love art, and I love even more street art. So when I’m in LA (or any other city that have a lot of amazing street art), I can’t help it, i have to contribute to this. My contribution is small,  I will more likely do a pose and share the pic with the name of the artist if I can find It. But I really think that yoga and art are made for each other, Isn’t yoga an art too in a way?

So please, you, who are posting beautiful artistic yoga photos, plsease go on, i will. The best reward is when sometimes people send me messages saying that I’m inspiring. Isn’t that the nicest thing to say? Let’s try to inspire the world, it needs it.

Stay tuned for more yoga thoughts and stories! Namaste y’all. 


(art by @findac : the Nade Shiko)

   
(artist unknown)

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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

  

My first experience as a brand new yoga teacher.

To be totally honest, I never thought I would teach yoga one day. I’ve studied the law for 5 years, and practiced it for a short while, and it turned out I was not made for this kind of carrer.

I’ve started practicing yoga seriously 5 years ago but I never thought I would be “good enough” to teach it. “Good enough” is a weird concept when you think about it. What makes someone “good enough” to teach yoga?

The seed was first planted by a good friend of mine 2 years ago. She just told me: ” you should do a teacher training, you have a regular practice, why don’t you do it?” I was just practicing for 3 years at that time, and it really felt inappropriate and pretentious to even only think about teaching yoga to people who were probably more into it, for a very long time.

But the idea started to grow, and when I felt I was ready I did the training. Awesome experience, by the way! I was lucky enough to be part of an awesome 200h training where we were asked to teach to each other all the time, to be prepared, to have not only some yoga knowledge, but some teaching skills as well. I really recommend Tamal Dodge’s training at yoga salt.

And here I was after the training, a brand new yoga teacher in front or 5 students, teaching my first class. I’ve started with giving a few private classes to friends, and that was not too bad, but 5 students seemed a lot to me at that time. I had prepared the class, the music, the room everything but my heart was ready to jump out of my chest. But then I remember what Tamal said too us: “be yourself”, and so I did. I started to explain the pose (most of the students were beginners), the breath, the importance of alignment.. I started to joke, I was myself. And it was easy, well easier than I thought… I didn’t do exactly the sequences I’ve prepared, I realized that i had to adapt it to my students, but I loved it: going with the flow, try to discover their needs… I was, I am hooked!

Now 4 months and more than 50 classes later, I’m happy to share the gift of yoga with other people, and they look happy to receive it. My students are amazing people with different backgrounds, but they all agree on the fact that they feel amazing after the class. That’s the feeling I have at the end of a class when I go as a student , so I guess I’m on the right path!

Stay tuned for more yoga teacher stories! Namaste y’all!

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!

Prenatal yoga fun!

Last Sunday we had a lot of fun learning how to teach a prenatal yoga class. Our teacher picked a guy in the room to be the pregnant woman and with the help of a block underneath his tee-shit, Sean looked like he was almost ready to pop!!!

Pregnant women can totally go on with their practice (unless their doctor is opposed to it of course), but there are a few rules to follow:

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Workshops at the teacher training.

 Last week-end was week-end 7 already (Time flies!!!), and we had people from outside on saturday and sunday who came to share their knowledge with us.

We actually already had an outside speaker the previous week-end, when i say outside I mean not in the training, but she’s actually a teacher at Yoga salt where the training takes place. Her name is Audra, and she was great. She talked to us about alignment, smart flow and how to build sequences. It was super interesting. She took her training with the famous Annie Carpenter, the goddess of alignment, and she was kind enough to share with us some key elements for a great yoga practice.

The firs guy who came to talked to us on Saturday, was teaching us how to act as a teacher with the students, the do and don’t, the kind of behavior you can have, how to react in certain situations…. It was kind of interesting, even tho pretty obvious most of the time. He was a yoga teacher too, but I was a little bit surprised by his way of addressing his advice to us. He was kind of aggressive, not intentionally, but it made the all thing awkward.

On the other hand on Sunday, we were lucky enough to have a 2 hours inversions workshop by the amazing Sean Gray.It was a delight, well at least for me, because I love inversions. I’ve learned so many things about handstand, forearms stand, tripod, head stand and shoulders stand, it was amazing.

I’m all for practicing Pinchamayurasana at the moment. I wasn’t practicing this inversion until my trip in New-York and my visit at the Jivamukti Yoga school. In that studio they practice serious inversions, and you’re not allowed to use the wall. It’s when I realized I had to work on my Pincha. It is a very tricky one as you are supposed to keep your forearms parallel to each other, which makes it harder.

I’m so grateful for the planning of this teacher training. I’m learning so many things at the moment, my practice is deepen, my mind is open, and I couldn’t be happier. I hope that by sharing my experience I’ll inspire the yoginis who read me to think about doing a thing like this.

In the meantime stay tuned! Namaste.

Birthday shenanigans

2 weeks ago it was my birthday. I usually love to celebrate with a big party, but since it was in the middle of the teacher training, I just organized a little get together with my friends here in LA. It was so nice for once to celebrate with them, since I’m usually in my country for this event.

I was super happy because my boyfriend came all the way from Europe to celebrate with me. I wasn’t really comfortable sharing this with my other teacher trainees, because I don’t know them that much and I didn’t think they would be interested. But in the training with me, there is my dear friend Isabel, and she’s not the kind of person who takes no for an answer.

I was suspicious that something might be organized behind my back, specially because I discovered that it was Rochelle’s (another trainee) birthday too. The D-day I received a message from Tamal, our teacher, and it became more and more obvious that something was going to happened. So when I stepped in the studio and that half of my fellow trainees came to hug me and wish me the best for this special day, I had no doubt that a cake will be involved at some point!

During our break they bring us the most delicious vegan cheesecake made by Sean, Rochelle and I were so happy. Stephen made me do acro yoga, we laughed a lot. I was really surprised by that kindness and generosity from people I’ve known for only 6 weeks! And that’s what the teacher training is about too: Bonding with some extraordinary people who share the same passion as you. I’m so grateful for that. Not only my practice is deepen in a way I couldn’t even dream of a year ago, but I hope I have found new friends for life!!

Of course Tamal quickly reminded us that it was training time, and I had the chance to practice inversions and arm balances for 2h30, and it was totally ok because I love that!!

Stay tuned for more shenanigans! Namaste.