Teaching is a learning experience. It is a lesson. The more you put into it the more you get out of it. And sometimes, the greatest discoveries you make are about yourself.
I’ve always loved connecting with students and helping others become more conscious about themselves, their inner world and their relationships with others. Still, for years, I wanted a more in depth approach to teaching yoga in the modern age.
Yoga LAB in Northern California starts this week, and I’m thrilled to finally have a way to share my experience as a yoga therapist with yogis from all backgrounds and skill sets. This week’s 500RYT Teacher Training Sessions will delve deeply into the Role of Teacher, Sequencing and Theme Development, as well topics like Anatomy of the Spine in Asana and lots more!
It’s juicy stuff and will give you lots of useful tips as a teacher and a practitioner.
As a special for Chinese New Year, I’m offering parts of the classes as half and full day sessions on Saturday and Sunday, so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us!
LAB is an acronym for Live And Breathe.
I use it as a reminder that anyone can do my yoga – just as long as you can live and breathe.
- New students broaden their practice and experience the benefits of yoga therapy.
- Seasoned teachers gain skills and knowledge to become competent yoga therapists.
It is my intention that Yoga Bloom LAB will support your growth and self-awareness through the synthesis of practical tools and traditional wisdom. I’m excited to join our LAB yogis on their new journey – I’ll be sure to keep you posted on their progress.
Until next time, read this issue’s article, Finding “Alambana” for Your Practice, to learn how to support your own yoga practice with props.
P.S. If you want to expand your yoga practice in LAB, classes this week. Act fast! Registration ends soon. Visit http://corawen.com/yoga-teacher-training.html to sign up today!
TENDING YOUR GARDEN
Finding Alambana for Your Practice
It has been said that the best tools for yoga are a receptive body and mind, yet sometimes one or both of these need a bit of support. My mind chatters and my body can be uncomfortable when practicing asana. Sometimes it’s difficult to find ease in a deep backbend or arm balance.
As you seek freedom and relaxation in a pose, the physical challenge is to find or create space and alambana in the body. Alambana is Sanskrit for support; in asana practice that support can come from using props.
As a yoga teacher who needs an extra suitcase just for my equipment, talking about props is one of my favourite things. What I love about them is that they help you extend your body beyond its habitual limitations with ease and confidence.
I've even created a special edition breast cancer "good karma" prop - The Three Minute Egg. Check it out and use code 3MEAcw6 for a 10% discount:
When you use props in your own practice, you can:
- Sustain poses longer
- Release tension
- Stretch and strengthen muscles
- Avoid joint injury
- Relax into asana with proper alignment
A prop can be any object that helps you stretch, strengthen or improve your alignment and balance. Many things can serve as props: walls, doors, towels, tables and more! I've even created a special edition breast cancer "good karma" prop - The Three Minute Egg.
Check it out and use code 3MEAcw6 for a 10% discount:
Try incorporating a few unusual props into your own yoga practice; you might be surprised by what you learn!
WHAT’S GROWING ON
Cora Wen Master Class – Nashville, TN
Weaving Tradition into Asana | Bringing Philosophy into Practice
We’re now proud to offer Yoga Bloom LAB, a certification for Yoga Therapeutics in addition to our 500 RYT Teacher Training.
Have you ever wondered why Garudasana is called Eagle pose? Do you want to know why Warrior poses are numbered 1, 2 and 3?
Indian spiritual life is a complex subject that can confuse and disconnect you from the physical practice of Hatha Yoga. After 20 years of study,
Cora Wen has sorted out the huge numbers of gods and goddesses and their changing role through the centuries.
Join us for a master class where Cora weaves traditional stories into an asana practice that will take you deeper into your yoga than ever before.
Sunday, February 24, 3:00-5:00 PM
406 N. Main Street
Kingston Springs, TN
Registration is $45 in advance / $55 at the door.
Connect your body and mind to the spirit of the Gods and Goddesses, nature spirits, and half-divine heroes of classical Indian epics. Contact Linda at 615.952.4864 or EZWellnessLM@comcast.net to reserve your space today.
SPROUTS OF KNOWLEDGE
It’s Okay to Borrow a Voice, Until You Find Your Own
When I first started teaching yoga, I worried that all I was doing was copying my teacher. I felt I used all of his sequencing, his language, and it made me worry that I wasn’t being authentic with my students. So I asked him about it.
“Don’t tell them. They probably don’t know; they haven’t come to class with me.”
With those few words, I recognized that it was okay for me to use what I learned to share with others. In fact, that was the point. Once I was comfortable with that, over time, my own voice started to shine through.
In the Zen tradition, people often start their meditation by naming their lineage of teachers all the way back to the Buddha. It’s a way to pay respect to those whose knowledge taught you, and honor your place in passing it on to others.
Yoga is a resonation from those who came before us. It moves through us and passes on to those coming after us. It’s not something any one of us owns; it’s something we all share together.
ABOUT CORA WEN
Cora Wen is an international specialist in yoga therapy and founder of Yoga Bloom, a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training. Teaching throughout Asia, Canada and the United States, Cora is a Yoga teacher’s teacher whose lineage is a virtual who’s who of American yoga masters. After careers in both fashion and corporate banking, Cora left the business world behind to follow her love and passion for Yoga.
Now with over two decades of experience, she fuses her training with her knowledge of anatomy and Chinese meridian magic to help students explore asanas, open to the beauty in the imperfect, and gain the acceptance of change in body, mind and spirit.
Cora’s goal is to help students develop every aspect of their individual physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual personalities. A favorite of yogis of all levels, Cora weaves stories and traditional wisdom into playful sequences that bring an extraordinary energy and life to every session. To learn more about Cora and Yoga Bloom, visit www.CoraWen.com.