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The Dharma Yoga wheel, my favorite yoga prop!

Last year, while I was doing my teacher training, the Dharma yoga wheel started to be everywhere on Instagram. I wanted to buy it bur thought it was a little expensive (almost a 100$ for a piece of PVC). One day one of the teacher I follow posted a discount code and I decided to buy it. 3 weeks later the wheel was there.

The wheel is a very nice prop to open your back. I’m doing a few exercises with it at the end of my practice almost every day. The only thing that upset me, is that you have to pay (again!!) to be able to download from the website a few pictures showing you what you can do with it. It seems that they wanted to make the more money as possible with it and in the yoga world this kind of attitude always disappoints me.

Luckily now you have the choice and many other brands came up with the same idea. Because except for the money aspect of it, this really is a great prop. Even for back pain you can massage yourself by rolling your back on the wheel. I even take it to the beach and use it to rest my back on it while I’m doing dolphin watching!

If you were hesitating, I strongly suggest you google it and find the one that suits you best, because it will take your practice to another level, and if you are a teacher, your students will appreciate the tool!

Stay tuned! Namaste.

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I’ve tried the new TEEKI yoga mat

If you practice yoga in the west, you have probably heard of Teeki or seen one of their yoga pants.  Teeki is a company who makes cool (and unfortunately pricey) yoga pants made of recycled plastic bottle, with amazing design.When I’m in LA (where the company is from) i can’t walk in a yoga class without seing at least one person wearing a Teeki pant, and it sometimes includes me.

I mean for a yogini who likes wearing cool stuff (I know that we are supposed to be not attached to material things, and I really made a lot of progress on that point, but I’m still a work in progress in the yoga sutras world 😀), the idea of having nice pants made of recycled plastic bottles, it kind of makes you feel good. 

I heard 6 months ago that they were working on a yoga mat. I have to say that i was not impressed by the idea, there are more and more yoga mats with cool designs, and I thought they were gonna be just one of them. 

As a daily yoga practicionner and yoga teacher I’m a Manduka devotee. I know they are super heavy and it’s a bummer to walk around with them, but on the other hand they are the best.

When I saw the design of the Teeki’s (the one with the buffalo skull) it was love at first sight! When I saw the price I held back!  More expensive than a regular Maduka eeew (110$). But after having a bad day I decided to indulge myself and order it. My alibi was (i always need an alibi lol) that I was traveling to LA for another teacher training with Shiva Rea, and that if i had it delivered there i wouldn’t have to travel with my heavy Manduka!

When I opened the package the first good surprise was that it comes with a little strap to tie it after you roll it and I really appreciate that. It’s a simple thing but it’s so useful!!! When I enrolled it I was in love again. It’s so pretty. The design is amazing. The material made me think of a tyre or something like that. But Teeki is a green brand so their mats are 100% green, made of tree rubber and  shell powder (as a vegetarian I just pray that no animals were killed in that process, I need to investigate that).

I’m using it for 10 days now, every single day, many hours a day (I was doing a training with Shiva Rea and we were practicing sometimes 5/6 hours daily), and I have to say that I can’t wait to be back home and compare with my Manduka because I think it’s almost as good! Or may be better because the Eko Manduka is not as comfy. I use the Pro at home. The only thing is that the Manduka might be a little bit harder (but I need to try them both at the same time to be sure) which helps me for arm balances and inversions.

The + :

Very comfortable, the recycled material, the design, not slippery even the first days you use it except when you step on the design who’s in the middle, the little strap, hard and soft at the same time, not as heavy as a Manduka pro (but not super light either), it’s a wide mat.

The – :

The price, the smell the first days. 

I seriously think that Teeki did an awesome job with their mats and I’m sure they will have many more designs to come! Good job!

Soon I will share with you my experience with my favorite brands of yoga pants! Stay tuned. Namaste

  

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.

Save the ocean!

Last week-end was a treat. On Friday I’ve decided to take the level 2/3 class that Tamal teaches before the teacher training, and it felt good! Like REALLY good! Since I’ve started the training I’ve taken many advanced classes, to improve my practice, challenge myself and mostly because back in my country i won’t have the oppotunity to follow this kind of classes. Tamal’s was one of my favourite, probably because of the handstand practice. You barely have a chance to practice handstands in regular classes, and I love that pose. It teaches me how to be more focus, and how to use my core. 

Speaking of core we had a great session about anatomy, watching videos. It is so important to understand how the body works, i finally know what’s the difference between tendons and ligaments lol. And now I have a better understanding of the poses.

We also kept practicing teaching on each other and I really start to like it.  Plus it makes me do some incredible improvements in my practice. For example knowing how to teach urdhva dhanurasana made me understand my own mistakes and now that i’ve corrected myself it looks and feels so much better!

Sunday was the highlight of the week-end: as part of the training, we had to volunteer for 2 hours to clean the beach. I found the idea awesome. Most of the trainees were there and some other people. Someone found a bone, like a big white bone, we all speculated on what kind of bone it was (i guess we might need some more anatomy classes!!).

 The top 3 of the things i found were cigarette butts (smokers pollute our air AND our beach! Seriously? Quit!), plastic bottles tops, and straws (the kind your kids use to drink juices in those little boxes…).

Then we had this amazing philosophy talk about reincarnation and Karma. Yoga philosophy is so interesting and profund! I really enjoy it. It makes me see the world from a different angle. 

I can’t wait for this week-end talk: the need of stop eating meat for our sake and the sake of our planet. 

Stay tuned! Namaste!



H – 8

Who said you were old at 40? My life is actually starting now. I mean, i did a lot of stuff before,: i had a kid, went to College, graduated in business Law, traveled the world… But something was missing.
Four years ago, my good friend Isabel dragged me to a yoga class and I immediately felt the benefits of it.
At that time I was struggling because my beloved aunt had just been diagnosed with pancreas cancer, and I loved her so much I couldn’t face the fact that I might lose her.
So yoga came in my life just like a benediction.
And here I am now, 4 years later. My aunt is gone, but I’ve found peace. So, I’ve decided to deepen my practice by doing a teacher training.

I chose to follow Tamal Dodge program, I took a few classes with him when he was teaching at Yoga Collective in Venice, Ca, (www.yogacollective.com) and I loved it. He teaches a dynamic kind of yoga: Power vinyasa. He learned from the best and is a great teacher himself. He grew up in an Ashram in Hawaï, so yoga has always been part of his life. I’m really looking forward to it.

When I woke up this morning i opened my computer just to see that I won a yoga challenge on Instagram, it’s nothing important, really, but I took it as a sign: i’m on the right path.

Clock is ticking now, the training starts in 8 hours.

Stay tuned!

Namaste

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