Asheville, NC~ Living on the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Prama Institute for two, two-week modules~
I've learned from Nischala Joy Devi, Dr. Marc Halpern, Maria Kali Ma, Amy Weintraub, Neil Person, Laura Kupperman, Lilliah Schwartz!
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"Live it to give it!" June-July 2011
Sid McNairy and Lindsay Lusignea shared their yoga knowledge with eight teachers-in-training over the course of six weeks. Combined of three one-week long intensives and three one week long breaks, the teacher training covered everything from the art of assisting to the tone of voice used while teaching. I felt empowered learning the proper techniques for assisting, practices for alignment and the most crucial, the entrance and exit upon giving an assist to a student in a pose. Lindsay spent the first Saturday teaching about assisting, Sid spent the second Saturday speaking to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Saturday, July 16th, was spent practicing yoga, refining "voice," and practicing again during Sid's master class two hour workshop and concluded with an all vegan potluck at the studio owner's house.
In addition to the mechanics of teaching a class, the seven other teachers-in-training and I looked internally finding self-love and radiating it out of this galaxy! I encountered the joy and pain of being myself, a full-spectrum of emotions, and contemplated how interesting it is to be me! I found the freedom to take my practice to a new level as I learned how to bind my arms in Side Angle, Crescent Lunge and Chair Pose. On this note, my fear and preconceived notions faded as I found the freedom to cultivate peace.
Yoga Alliance is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. "We work in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction." Go to www.YogaAlliance.org for more information. 200 hour trainees: The teacher training program is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance.
The weekend of March 20-21 2010, I became certified to teach children's yoga from Sri Lani Rosen-Gallager. Through this two day, 12 hour teacher training I learned many new poses, yoga games and great way to keep children interested and active. On day one we worked with partners, breathing exercises and relaxation.
My favorite partner pose, partner trees, symbolizes the support of good friends and family through life. The partners hold one hand or two while doing tree pose, helping each other balance while making eye contact.
The breathing exercises were also interesting. I personally liked when we each received a peacock feather and saw how our breath moved the intricate and delicate feathers. I have peacock feathers and plan to use this exercise in my own teachings.
The best part of class, besides the fun stretching, is relaxing. The soft, eye pillows sent me deep into meditation as a hint of lavender floated across my nose. This made a lasting impression on me. I have made my own set of eye pillows for the children I teach. Lani has a sewing machine, so she was a big help in making them with me!
The second day of Lani's teacher training we learned about yoga books for children, different props, lesson planning, practice teaching and behavioral challenges. One book I have already purchased upon Lani's recommendation is YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child Through Yoga by Marsha Wenig. Another great picture book I have found on my own, Yoga For Children by Mary Stewart.
I have also taken Lani's recommendation for various props such as smiling suns, fabric flowers and hand stamps as an incentive. Finding my way through the yoga prop world has been an adventure in itself. I have picked out Hawaiian leis for a beach yoga class and large foam butterflies for fun. I am sewing zebra patterned bean bags for name games too.
Behavioral challenges can be difficult, but easily managed by an experienced yogi. My classes run from 30 to 45 minutes for children, so I do not let them leave the room to get snacks or water since it is a short class. Bathroom breaks vary between the ages of pre-school to firth graders. I encourage everyone to goto bathroom before class, but I only let elementary age yogis goto the bathroom alone. If a pre-school yogi has to take a bathroom break, the whole class comes along.