I distinctly remember the trepidation with which I sent off my application for yoga teacher training last year. I had spent a good six months doing research, first into whether it was definitely something I wanted to do, then whether it was the right time for me to do it, and finally to find the right course and teacher. It felt like a big step but I kept nudging myself closer to the edge. Continue reading
Transitions can be hard. Those times where beginnings and endings exist simultaneously. It’s hard to know what to do with yourself. What to think. What to feel. I suppose that’s why humans developed ceremonies and why they persist today.
I have been thinking about the role of ceremonies and transition a lot this month. In the space of three days I attended my grandma’s funeral and completed the final yoga teacher training weekend before our assessments happen. These were two very different occasions but their transitional nature gave them something in common. Continue reading
A ritual, according to Wikipedia, is ‘a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, or objects, performed in a sequestered place, and according to a set sequence’. This definition refers mainly to religious rituals, but I’ve noticed I use self-care rituals to help me feel happy and well. Continue reading
I thought I’d reached that stage in the yoga teacher training learning curve where it would be upwards from now on. Last month was training weekend eight of eleven so we’re getting scarily close to our final assessment. So, I thought, surely now it will just be about refining what we’ve already learnt and growing our confidence? How foolish of me! Continue reading
There’s a myth that yoga is all about being ‘Zen’, allowing everything to wash over you as you remain unperturbed by the surrounding chaos. But that’s not it at all. It’s much harder than that. Yoga is about learning to be with those painful feelings, and then to respond rather than react to them. Continue reading
Our relationship began in a bewildering, emotion-filled blur. Or at least it felt like that was the beginning. As it turns out, my gluteus medius had been there all along, at the back of my pelvis, waiting for me to notice it, quietly supporting me as best it could as I gallivanted around believing I could do it all by myself. Continue reading
Do you ever feel anxious and agitated but don’t know where to start to find calm? Or tired and depressed to the point of not feeling able to move? Here’s how exploring Doshas (Ayurvedic constitutions) and Gunas (subtle energies) can help you balance your energy levels with self-compassion rather than through forcing a change. Continue reading
I recently started teaching yoga once a week to my colleagues. I’m lucky to have a group of such willing and supportive Guinea pigs to practice on and help me get more comfortable with this whole teaching thing.
And of course they’re lucky to have a chance to do some yoga for free, in the office straight after work – quite a few have never tried yoga before, or have only been to one or two classes, so it’s great to offer them a safe space to try it out. Continue reading
I spent last weekend at a three-day training course at Yogacampus, learning how to teach yoga for stress and burn-out. It was delivered by Charlotte Watts and Leah Barnett who are both wonderful, insightful teachers, weaving yoga philosophy with emerging scientific research into yoga and stress-related illness. I am still processing all the learning and will write more about this in future posts; in the meantime here are some reflections from the course about my journey towards teaching. Continue reading