Wrapping up weekend 8 of Yoga Teacher Training means only 4 more months to go!!!!!!
It was around this time last year that I started debating on the idea of doing teacher training. A year later I have to say that I am so glad that I did. Life changer!
November’s training covered so much information.
1. Restorative Yoga – Yoga for Immunity - last month basically half the people in training were in some stage of being sick. This weekend our teacher decided to do a full restorative class with us. AMAZING!! If you haven’t done a restorative class I highly recommend trying it. I felt so relaxed yet energized afterwards.
So what is Restorative Yoga? This style of yoga, props are used to support the body during the poses. This allows the opening of your body through passive stretching. Props used during restorative include bolsters, blankets, blocks, and straps. Using props takes all the strain off your body so that you can get into the poses.
After training weekend, I bought some more props so that I can add in restorative to my practice.
2. Pranayama – Bellows or Bastrika: Breath of Fire. This month we focused on Bastrika’s breath. This pranayama helps in creating a gently heat in the body. During this breath, you inhale and exhale through the nose making sure to keep the inhale as long as the exhale. You use your abdominal muscles to work the inhale and exhale through exaggeration of the ab muscles. Basically when you inhale, allow the belly to expand and when you exhale, pull the naval toward your spine.
For Bastrika breath, you can use it at a slow and even pace then you can increase the pace.
3. Graduation Class: We had one graduation class this month. I did the beginning of the flow since it was all seated but once the poses moved to standing, I had to sit out (damn lungs!!). Then as the class moved back to the ground and laying, I was able to jump right back in. Great class!!
4. Iyengar Yoga: Iyengar Yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. It’s a form of Hatha Yoga. We had an Iyengar teacher come in and do an Iyengar practice with us. There is a great attention to detail with this practice, focus being on body alignment. This class was very verbal. The teacher would demostrate a pose, then we would go into it. If someone was out of alignment, she would go over to them and correct them immediately.
5. Philosophy – We broke into our philosophy classes to discuss The Path of the Yoga Sutras. We are almost done discussing this book in training! Once we finish talking about it, we start The Tree of Yoga. Well I guess I should say, we officially start reading The Tree of Yoga. I already started reading it but we won’t start discussing it until January or February.
6. Construction of a class Oh yeah, it’s getting real now!! We have been learning so many aspects of yoga. We spent time on Forward Folds, Twists, Sun Salutations, Inversions, and Seated postures along with the different style of Pranayama. Putting all of it together to create a class…EXCITING!!!!!!!!
Do you play music? Lights dim/bright? Started seated or standing? Do you start with breath awareness or just jump into the flow? Will your class work up to one “big” pose or will it focus on the lower back?
7. Anatomy/Alignment - This one kind of speaks for itself. We talked about alignment in postures and anatomy.
Oh and this happened. Acro is fun :)
Next month’s training should be a blast as well!! We are having our Christmas party!!!