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A couple of weeks ago, a yoga friend and yoga teacher got in touch with me to tell me that she will be stopping by Kyiv the next morning. Just coming back from a yoga retreat, she had proposed to meet at a vegetarian cafe in the city center. While surfing the net for a suitable vegetarian cafe, I stumbled upon an Ayurvedic center that houses both a yoga studio and a vegetarian cafe, serving fresh and tasty vegetarian food.
Yoga’s health benefits are not just myths. Several scientific studies confirmed how beneficial yoga could be to anyone’s health. Yoga can help you get rid of back pains, ease anxiety and tension, and even increase your lifespan. And the best news yet is this – you can do yoga anywhere you are. If it’s too inconvenient, you can even do the poses without a mat!
Every once in a while, we experience pain and health problems. These can be caused by stress, inflammation, bad posture, or even muscle spasms. And although there are over-the-counter remedies for these problems, almost each one of them has a side effect that may have a negative impact on our wellbeing. A good solution to this may well be essential oils.
I must confess that in all the years that I’ve practiced yoga, this year will be the first time I am actually aware of International Yoga Day. First observed in 2015, the International Yoga Day is celebrated each year on the 21st of June by yogis all over the world. Come Wednesday, 21st June, I’ll be on my mat early in the morning, practicing 108 Sun Salutations to commemorate the day.
Now that you have been hit by the yoga wave, your only desire is to be an integral part of the yoga community. Not just as a member, but as someone who intensely participates in ‘spreading the word’. You do not just wish to practice yoga, but you also want to promote the magical essence of yoga by teaching this wonderful art form to others.
My first introduction to arm balance was this lovely pose right here – the crow pose. As I watched my teacher walk the class through the process of moving weight towards the arms and then lift off, I was in awe. It looked simple enough. So I tried. But instead of “lifting off”, I stumbled and fell flat on my face. And it wasn’t a pretty sight.
I am never a fan of long-haul travels particularly because it leaves my body aching and my hair in a mess. After years of flying, I’ve come to discover that a short yoga stretch just before takeoff is what I need to counter the effects of being stuck the seat on the plane for hours on end.
While we’re all familiar with the different yoga styles like Hatha yoga, Bikram yoga or even Tantra yoga, a few other, slightly peculiar styles have crept up over the years causing a stir within the yoga community. These new yoga styles have certainly given new meaning to the term “new age” – a term that’s frequently been used to describe the practice – and have us wondering whether or not we should take them seriously.
Over the weekend, I initiated a yoga session with my fellow yogi friends in a setting that was different to the one that we’ve been used to – the beach. It was a nice day to go out and seeing how close we all lived to the beach, it would have been silly not to take advantage of Mother Nature and get a dose of vitamin Sea.
In all the years that I’ve practiced yoga in a class setting, I’ve noticed the jarring absence or, at the most, the minimal presence of men in the class. Women dominated the room, and while there were a few men who came to practice, they were either extreme beginners or extremely advanced.
Over the past week, I witnessed an influx of students at my teacher’s yoga classes. It was a lovely sight to see so many people from all walks of life being drawn to practice yoga. These newcomers, I happily noted, came back day after day to class, motivated and pumped to learn more.
Over the course of a year as a yoga teacher, I have stumbled and tripped in my classes. As a teacher, I have had my highs, but also equally many lows. In this reflection, I share with the BookYogaTeacherTraining.com’s yoga community three of the most important lessons that I’ve learned. I hope you will find it useful as well!
As a yoga teacher, I see a lot of my students face the same problems – stiff neck, hunched back, and chronic lower back pain. These problems are extremely common today as we spend much of our day staring at a computer screen, often sitting in a position that is harmful to our body. Even as we log off our computers, we pick up another gadget that requires us to slouch – our phones.
So you’ve taken yoga classes for a while now and it’s become apparent that teaching yoga is the next step for you. You are now looking for suitable yoga teacher training courses that can help you deepen your practice. But with the vast availability of yoga instructor certification around, how do you choose the right one for you?
Something magical happens when you chose to leave your day-to-day life behind and immerse yourself in an intensive yoga training in a foreign country. Not only is a space for deep transformation, but you have the added benefit of exploring another culture while exploring the depths of the self.
Our body is a mini world made of five elements, Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Akasha (Aether), Bhumi (Earth) and Jala (Water); and when there is disturbance in these elements, it can lead to an imbalanced mind and cause our body to suffer from diseases. While it can be restored with the physical postures, drawn to bring awareness to the body and mind, there is more in all yoga styles that can help us balance all these elements within ourselves. Such is the case of the Mudras.
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The journey to become a yoga teacher is different for every instructor. Sometimes it takes you through only one studio in which you learn to master all the necessary knowledge from one experienced teacher; other times, the path is defined by several tutors in various places who mold the teaching style with different perspectives; and in some other occasions, the journey takes you all over the world before you find the right atmosphere to transmit your passion for yoga in a class.
Let’s admit that it can be fairly intimidating to start doing yoga, especially when you’re stiff as a board. We do realize that not everyone’s born with the flexibility of a pretzel dough, but everything seems impossible until it’s done. The key is to start with the simplest pose and sort of build your way up to a more complex position. While you’re getting comfortable with your Shavasana, we have compiled the top 5 most ‘impossibly possible’ yoga poses you could ever strike (under the guidance of a suitably qualified yoga teacher of course) to stimulate your mind and get your yogi dreams all set!
Have you ever played a word association or dissociation game? No? Let’s play one then. As a yoga teacher, you will have to unpack and deconstruct your student-teacher relationship to understand it more effectively. These are some questions for you to answer to understand where you stand as a yoga teacher.
If you are seeking to become a good yoga teacher. You should first seek out a good teacher – one who you can aspire to become. A good yoga teacher should ideally be someone who inspires you to practice yoga as it truly is, that is, as an art to help guide you to becoming healthier and more peaceful. He or she should also be someone who guides you to improve yourself as a human being. Practicing yoga is all about bringing peace to yourself and the teacher’s guidance should encourage this in you.
“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”, (Sage Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras - I.2). The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realisation that has been developed in India thousands of years ago. Through Yoga we learn to master our body and mind to cultivate inner stillness and an ever growing realization of the innermost essence (soul).
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