Sunday, December 13, 2009

Well, what to say... The days here are so packed this time through. Not only have we had long days with the Immersion all week but I have gone to a few of the classes at Yoga OAsis and sat in on some meetings which has been really great for me. I had the opportunity to go to one of Darren's Yoga Hour Mix classes and also to go to Scott's Basic's class which was great. Scott has been doing the online mentor program with me and so it was fun to see how some of those lessons transferred into his teaching and to get a chance to talk with him about his class.

We actually had that discussion the the way to Yoga Oasis East last night where I taught a public class which is part of the tradition we have established on the Immersion weeks. I teach a night over there and get a chance to enjoy being with the greater Tucson kula beyond the folks in the immersion. I love teaching at Yoga Oasis East because it is the very first place I ever taught an out of town workshop. Darren invited me to teach shortly after my book came out and so it is, in so many way, a kind of home for me. The studio is so nice, the people are so sincere, dedicated and open. I really like it.

I taught about something Carlos mentioned when he was here in October teaching the Hatha Yoga Pradipka. He said, "We are dealing with prana, with the flow of life itself. Is there anything more unstoppable than that?" So I talked about how we align with the unstoppable power of Grace and we can create boundaries and channels for it to move through so that we might harness it. We did lots of thigh stretches and hip opening and some standing pose flows. I even gave some instructions about mula bandha which was a bit out of the box, in a way. I think the class was quite sweet and fun. I really loved it.

So that was last night, after a day with Paul Muller Ortega (philosopher, holy man extraordinaire) which is kind of hard to speak about in a way. He creates such a strong chamber when he speaks that I am always aware of several lessons and teachings going on all at once. He is one of the smartest of the smart so there is this level of teaching about information where he delineates philosophy with a kind of clarity and assurance that is most impressive. Then there is the insistent call to practice and since he is such a strong practitioner that call is fairly pressing throughout. And in the intensity and clarity I find him remarkably compassionate. And I have listened to him now several times and one thing I know is that for me the best approach is always to just let the mood of the meeting just wash over me and to not try to figure it out too much. Always and every time I feel some deep inner shifts occurring when I am around him that seem tangentially related to what he is talking about but in a way, not necessarily.

Wow- now all that sounds vague, doesn't it? Anyway- we began the day on Saturday with a fun group practice that I called "one hour to eka pada raja kapotasana" which was Matt's goal pose and I am happy to report he did it on both sides and "with no pain" he said. So that is cool. We had great tunes, good energy and ended with a group sing-along to Son of a Preacher Man, which was most excellent fun.

So that was Saturday- practice, Paul, talk with Scott, Class at Yoga Oasis East. Today we were in session with Paul all day and then I got to spend some time with Rachel and Meg (who were some of my very first yoga students ever who are here at the Immersion.) It is so amazing to still be practicing together and to still be growing up together even though we do not live in the same place anymore. Rachel now holds down the fort at Prescott Yoga and Meg is raising a family and teaching yoga in Viroqua, WI and yet the bond of love is still so very strong since it was most certainly forged in the fire of yoga.

All right then. Time to get to some email. I have been a bit negligent on that front so if you have emailed me recently and I haven't written back, it is because I am behind. Soon, I hope.


3 comments:

jsrsolution001 said...

Swami Vishnu-devananda was the first in the West to develop a training program for yoga teachers. He did this not only with the vision to develop yoga professionals, but also to give sincere aspirants the skills of personal discipline and to develop messengers of peace. The Course is a profound, personal experience, based on the ancient gurukula teaching system, integrating the student's daily life into the yoga training. By the end of the intensive four-week course the student will possess a firm foundation for teaching others, in addition to strengthening his or her own yoga practice with self-discipline and awareness of the nature of body, mind and spirit. Upon graduation from the course, students receive a certificate of qualification. The program has seen the graduation of more than eleven thousand students over the last thirty years. Men and women come from all around the world take part in the training, which is given in English with simultaneous translation into European languages, as well as Hebrew, Japanese, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.


we developed a program that teaches you everything you need to know to teach yoga AND run a successful yoga business - and you can learn it from home, at your own pace.

I call it the "Yoga Teacher Training Camp" for Home Study Yoga Teacher Certification.
And with the praise I've received for the original camp-in-a-box, I've been inspired to create a full collection of home study courses for popular and important Yoga Teacher specialities, such as Restorative Yoga Teacher, Kid's Yoga Teacher, Chair Yoga Teacher, Pre-natal & Post-natal Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer (level II), Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation Teacher, Yoga Anatomy and more.
Equally important, I've developed courses and tools to help Yoga Teachers run successful Yoga Teacher businesses. After all, it's one thing to devote yourself to doing what you love (Yoga), but it's quite another to be able to support yourself comfortably and securely while doing it. You won't learn these skills at a typical Yoga Teacher Camp.
Whether you're an experienced Yoga Teacher needing to re-certify or a beginner looking to become a yoga teacher - you've come to the right place. Our Free Yoga Teacher Community will help you find what you're looking for.
Read more about how and why I developed this program or visit our products page to learn more about the extraordinary value of these courses.
yoga teacher training course

jsrsolution001 said...

Yoga (Sanskrit, Pali: yĆ³ga) refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox (astika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal toward which that school directs its practices. In Jainism it refers to the sum total of all activities—mental, verbal and physical.

Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Raja Yoga, compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known simply as yoga in the context of Hindu philosophy, is part of the Samkhya tradition.[10] Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.

The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj," meaning "to control," "to yoke" or "to unite."[12] Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union," "conjunction," and "means." Outside India, the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) or as a form of exercise. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy is called a yogi or yogini

yoga

jsrsolution001 said...

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life. Read More
"Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person and emphasizes prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure."
Ayurvedic Medicine has become an increasingly accepted alternative medical treatment in America during the last two decades.
Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicines
* By using ayurvedic and herbal medicines you ensure physical and mental health without side effects. The natural ingredients of herbs help bring “arogya” to human body and mind. ("Arogya" means free from diseases). The chemicals used in preparing allopathy medicines have impact on mind as well. One should have allopathy medicine only when it is very necessary.
* According to the original texts, the goal of Ayurveda is prevention as well as promotion of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance.
* Ayurvedic treatment is non-invasive and non-toxic, so it can be used safely as an alternative therapy or alongside conventional therapies.
* Ayurvedic physicians claim that their methods can also help stress-related, metabolic, and chronic conditions.
* Ayurveda has been used to treat acne, allergies, asthma, anxiety, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, colitis, constipation, depression, diabetes, flu, heart disease, hypertension, immune problems, inflammation, insomnia, nervous disorders, obesity, skin problems, and ulcers.


Ayurvedic Terms Explained

Dosha: In Ayurvedic philosophy, the five elements combine in pairs to form three dynamic forces or interactions called doshas. It is also known as the governing principles as every living things in nature is characterized by the dosha.

Ayurvedic Facial: Purportedly, a "therapeutic skin care experience" that involves the use of "dosha-specific" products and a facial massage focusing on "marma points."

Ayurvedic Nutrition (Ayurvedic Diet): Nutritional phase of Ayurveda. It involves eating according to (a) one's "body type" and (b) the "season." The alleged activity of the doshas--three "bodily humors," "dynamic forces," or "spirits that possess"--determines one's "body type." In Ayurveda, "body types" number seven, eight, or ten, and "seasons" traditionally number six. Each two-month season corresponds to a dosha; for example, the two seasons that correspond to the dosha named "Pitta" (see "Raktamoksha") constitute the period of mid-March through mid-July. But some proponents enumerate three seasons: summer (when pitta predominates), autumn, and winter (the season of kapha); or Vata season (fall and winter), Kapha season (spring), and Pitta season (summer). According to Ayurvedic theory, one should lessen one's intake of foods that increase ("aggravate") the ascendant dosha.

AYURVEDA