Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A nice Thursday morning mantra. Perspective is everything. Our happiness is under our control.
As part of my yoga teacher training homework this week, I had to attend a restorative yoga class. As a power yoga/vinyasa addict, I had never even been to a gentle yoga class, let alone restorative.
The class was an hour and fifteen minutes long, with only about 5-7 poses total and really long holds in each pose. All poses were either seated or reclined and we used tons of props! Two bolsters, 3 blankets, a sandbag, a strap, and two blocks. We moved into every pose very slowly, taking time to set up the props in the right way so our whole bodies were supported.
The class was extremely relaxing physically (I’m embarrassed to admit that a dozed off a couple times). It was interesting to notice that while sometimes I felt by mind relax in the poses, other times my mind modifications were running all over, thinking about the most random things.
Overall I really enjoyed the class and I think its great that my teacher training exposes us to all different styles of yoga.
Still, I’m probably sticking to a bit more active of classes in the future :p
Feeling so completely blissed out this evening. I feel so whole, so complete, so full of love, so smiley. This weekend in teacher training my intention was santosa, the second niyama meaning “contentment” or as I like to think of it, cultivating joy in each moment.
I will never be able to express how grateful I am to have yoga in my life. Yoga teacher training is truly an amazing experience.
All I can say is thank you. Thank you yoga. Thank you universe. Thank you God.
Namaste to all you beautiful beings of light <3
I’ve been in New York City for the past week with three friends to celebrate New Year’s, and today I was able to squeeze in a trip to Strala Yoga.
When I first started getting into yoga, Tara Stiles’s books were my main resource. I had always wanted to go to her studio, and it turned out that the apartment I’m staying in in NYC was only a few blocks away from Strala.
It was a really fun class - lots of movement and very flowy with upbeat music. I’m so glad I got to fit the class into my trip!
Tonight as part of teacher training I attended one of my instructor’s classes and gave adjustments throughout the class. Like what!! That’s like real life almost a yoga teacher stuff. I still trip out on it.
Anyways adjusting was much scarier than I expected. Going to class I was totally confident, not a care in the world. But once I was in the class with a room full of strangers, all who are focusing deeply and working through all kinds of things in their own practice, I felt like I didn’t have the right to intrude. I felt like I was infringing on their sacred time with themselves to practice.
Now I know this isn’t the case. Most people go to group yoga settings because they want to be taught and want to improve. I know I personally LOVE getting adjustments.
I started off adjusting the other teacher trainees in the class because I knew they’d like it, and then that gave me confidence to continue adjusting others. I gave a lot of down dog and child’s pose adjustments because those are the easiest and usually feel-good adjustments. I didn’t feel ready to perform some of the more complicated adjustments (Warrior 3, etc) but did get a lot of hip adjustments in.
I also didn’t give any savasana adjustments. I feel like this is something I really want to practice on people I am close with first. And people in savasana just look so vulnerable and peaceful, I was scared to disturb them.
I’ve also realized how many times I’ve used the word “scared”in this post. Fear and doubt are huge challenges for me in yoga, and life in general. But I will say I think a little self-doubt when adjusting is probably a good thing. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when touching other people’s bodies in yoga.
Moral of the story: one big yoga teacher training milestone has been completed!