"The pathway to a quiet mind is through non-judgement."- Thomas Sterner -
Finding a yoga teacher training course can be daunting. There are so many to choose from these days as the benefits of yoga have become mainstream and more accessible. When choosing there are a few points to consider.
How established is the course? What is their track record? What is the standard and experience of the teachers? Is the course a short intensive or do you have time to learn it over a year or two?
More often people embark upon a yoga teacher training course because they are interested in exploring the subject further, they may not be interested in teaching yoga at this point. Whatever your motivation it is a wonderful journey from the self, through the self, to the self.
Hatha traditionally means the physical side of yoga but in the West, it is translated into a slow, quiet practice with a deep focus on mindfulness, alignment and breath work.
Ashtanga is a strong dynamic practice. The sequence doesn’t change so you always know what’s coming next. The postures are directly linked to your breath so eventually, it becomes a moving meditation.
Has its roots in Ashtanga Yoga but the sequences change. It can be quite gentle or dynamic so check the level.
Yoga is a complete system. It incorporates physical, philosophical and spiritual practices. Here are a couple of philosophical practices that I regularly cover in my class.
Learning to be at one with yourself, to be the observer of your thoughts and emotions.; to explore your deeper being is a gift worth bestowing upon yourself.
Regular meditation has proven scientifically that it increases the ability to process information and reduces stress and anxiety.
Is a beautiful guided meditation for ultimate relaxation and transformation.
Do no harm, and this begins with taking responsibility for your self and your actions both on and off the mat.
Truth. We see the world through our education, family values, and social conditioning. When we learn to look past these things we learn to see the world as it is and not how we believe it to be.
The intellectual. Be conscious of your thoughts and actions because the ripples we make are powerful. Yoga isn’t a tool to help you check out, it’s the opposite it will help you to connect.
The practice of non-attachment. This doesn’t mean that you can’t own or love anything but what it can translate into is that there is no value in allowing actions, possessions or emotions trap us.