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Restorative Yoga and Therapy Teacher Training Starting January!

Dan Clement, source: http://www.indigo yoga.ca/yoga-instructors.html

Love yoga? Want to share your practice with others? Have a special interest in restorative yoga and therapeutic techniques?

A specialized training program with Open Source Yoga (Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance) will begin in January. This part-time weekdays evening course will focus on
empowering teachers to work with private clients and small groups in a home yoga studio setting.

Teachers in training will employ holistic biomechanics to work structurally to heal common injuries to the shoulders, hips, knees, wrists and neck. The balance of the course will cover all areas of yoga alliance certification standards at the 200 hour level, with components of restorative yoga for stress and illness, Ayurvedic diet, as well as Thai Massage and development of a home business plan.

Dan Clement and Carol Wray will be leading the training from a working home yoga studio. They are both very experienced teachers with extensive training in structural therapy, restorative and yin yoga, as well as micro-business development.

200 hour Therapy and Restorative Training
Dates: Jan 10- April 19 2012
Weekday evenings (Tues, Wed,  Thurs 6pm – 10pm) part-time @ Panorama Ridge, Surrey B.C.
Course cost: $2700, includes texts.

To Register: Please contact Dan Clement at [email protected] or http://www.opensourceyoga.ca/ and an application will be sent to you.

Semperviva Yoga Teacher Training

Have you been thinking about becoming a certified yoga instructor? Now might be your time to take action — Semperviva’s next 200 hour course starts January 18th!

With Semperviva’s Internationally Recognized Yoga Certification, you will be qualified to teach both here in Vancouver or anywhere around the world. What makes Semperviva stand our from the crowd? Semperviva Yoga is the longest running multi-disciplinary Yoga Teacher Training College in Vancouver, BC. It is the only training that includes Master teachers as guest lecturers. This truly sets Semperviva apart as a leader in Yoga Education. Guest teachers may include Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Max Strom, Nicki Doane, Michael Stone, Mark Whitwell, Janet Stone, Shiva Rea, Bernie Clark, and Paul Grilley. For more information, visit www.sempervivayogacollege.com.

Teacher Appreciation

As I have mentioned before, I am in the final stages of my very first Yoga Teacher Training program. Yesterday, I delivered my final practicum: a 60min Flow sequence designed by yours truly.

Despite having taught yoga before in a number of informal contexts, nothing really prepared me for teaching a group of 10 people staring at me wide-eyed and awaiting instruction. I learned something yesterday—teaching yoga is really hard! Harder than I had imagined.

As a teacher, you have to anticipate the mood and abilities of the students in front of you with every step they take. You have to make decisions about what to do next and how, all the while giving instruction aloud and making verbal and physical adjustments.

You have to modify the routine for particular students’ needs and time the class appropriately, which may mean diverting from your very secure, well-planned and typed-up sequence.

The teacher has to make sure that what happens on one side, happens on the other. That what you open, you also soften. That you provide safe and effective guidance, while creating a fun and uplifting atmosphere.

Today, after teaching my sequence and reaching the culmination of many weeks of training, reading and learning, I am thinking of the teachers who brought me to this point. I have had so many brilliant, kind, thoughtful and extremely talented teachers!

I am very excited to be able to give back some of the passion that I have received in my classes. I fully appreciate now that my journey has a teacher has just begun and it’s going to take a lot of hard work!

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More is Not Always Better

Today marks Day 11 of my month-long Yoga Teacher Training certification. With so much information – anatomy, philosophy, alignment, adjustments, sequencing, etc – every day is a densely-packed amalgam of more and more elements to learn.

I have been practicing on my friends and family outside of class, because with so much fun stuff floating around in my head, I just want to share it all! I want to use juicy, dynamic language, create amazing and inspiring sequences, give my students the best physical adjustments and verbal cues. I want to do it ALL!

Source: http://www.fabianpattberg.com/2010/01/important-for-sustainability-and-csr-keep-it-simple/

The other day I learned a very valuable and humbling lesson in my foray as a yoga teacher: more is not always better. My partner Andrew graciously volunteered to let me practice teaching a 15min beginner’s sequence on him. He worked so hard and I fumbled a few bits, so when he climbed into Savasana, I really wanted to treat him with something nice – a sweet shoulder adjustment. I’ve been practicing this on my classmates every day.

But I really wanted to give him the BEST adjustment possible. “How to do that?” I thought. I reasoned that the adjustment feels so good is because of the shoulder blade being pulled down the back. So I decided to give him MORE shoulder, so he could have a better adjustment. Not good. It was too much for his body and I tweaked a muscle in his shoulder/neck. Oops.

Feeling quite sheepish now, I have been volunteering my massage techniques (sweet and simple) to help him with his soreness. I’m glad I learned this little lesson now (sorry Andrew!) rather than with a student in class. I definitely have a better appreciation for the importance of keeping things simple and moderate. Next time I find myself thinking, “more would be better here,” I will definitely take a moment to remember that sometimes it just isn’t.

Teaching is Learning

Last week, I started my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification at Live Yoga in White Rock. Dan Clement is running the course, with guest speakers (Todd Caldecott!!) leading specialised components.

Today is Day 6 of the training. I am completely blown away by the amount and depth of information there is to soak in! With every day comes a huge and boisterous variety of new theory, practical applications and teaching methods to learn and apply.

Before coming in, I had no idea about the detailed philosophical and cultural trends in yoga’s history. I didn’t know about the joints and their movements. I had never heard of the acromion process or what it meant for movement in the shoulder. I knew how lovely physical adjustments were, but not how to do them. I knew what “Downward Facing Dog” looked like, but not how beautiful it sounds in Sanskrit.

With every day compounding more and more inquiries and explorations, the trainees are voraciously taking in as much information as our muscle memory and minds can contain. It is brilliant as a teacher-in-training to have the exposure to someone as amazing as Dan. He always seems to know the answer to every question and never gets impatient with our endless queries (he is teaching public classes at Live Yoga through July – check out their online schedule!).

I am realizing with every passing hour that teaching yoga is all about learning. Yesterday, Carol Wray came in to teach us Restorative Yoga and said, of learning, “it never ends.” She proceeded to lead us through a two-hour practice, before teaching us some of the ins and outs of Restorative Yoga. While I am very excited to learn more about the different styles and how to teach them, it was simply marvellous having an afternoon of supported poses, where my body and mind could relax and feel the simple sweetness of yoga. This practice has so much to give.

Dan Clement, Source: http://www.indigoyoga.ca/

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