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Tuesday
May062014

Deepening Your Yoga Experience

I teach Pilates and Gyrokinesis but I find learning how to teach Yoga a much deeper experience. This training is exactly what I was looking for: a perfect blend of physical, intellectual and spiritual knowledge and practice.

That's why I'm so happy to learn with Amy and Keri. They teach yoga and how to teach yoga in all its aspects, not only the physical aspect of yoga. They do so with experience, authenticity, knowledge, compassion and love. They are truly amazing teachers both alone and together. They care about us and they care about each other. I feel that their love for teaching and for yoga is the core of this training.

This said, it is not always easy! But it's always worth it. Sometimes showing up to my mat is more difficult, which is, of course, when I need it the most. Every single time, I feel better afterwards. It's one of the great things about this training : it makes my personal practice more consistent. And I can already feel its benefits throughout my life.

I also like the way the teacher training is structured. We get to sweat and experiment on our mats first. Then we share our experiences in little "feeling sessions" that we all love - best group therapy ever! - and only after do we get to learn about the poses and teach each other.

This group of trainees is great: different ages and backgrounds but we all share the same passion for yoga. We complement each other in many ways. This bound keeps getting stronger and plays a big role in how we all strive for learning. Amy and Keri definitely know how to create a safe environment for us to connect, share our strength and vulnerability and learn from each other. The more accepted we feel, the more receptive we are. It works wonders: after our first community class together, I was amazed at how everyone had made such big progress in just 3 weeks!

This teacher training makes me feel that I am a part of something much bigger than me. I am VERY grateful for that. Not only do I feel that I'm learning what it takes to become a good yoga teacher, it also brings more awareness into my life in general.

I wish this training would last much longer! I will enjoy every moment of this journey at Root, knowing that when it ends it will be the beginning of a new journey with new friends made along the way... as a yoga teacher.

 

Author: Marie Sabater

Monday
Apr282014

My Experience With Teacher Training - by Heidi

The decision to take Yoga Teacher Training with Amy and Keri is one of the best decisions I've made in my life.  I've wanted to take yoga teacher training for years, and everything just aligned perfectly for me to do this now.  I really had no idea what to expect, and I think that's really the best way to go into a training like this.  Not only are we immersed in the wonderful physical world of yoga, learning asanas, breath work, anatomy, and proper alignment, but we are also exploring the spiritual and emotional side of yoga.  We are asked to dig deep within ourselves, observe habits that don't serve us, and gently let them go. 

I'm blown away by how, after just one month, this training has made such a positive impact on how I see myself and how I see circumstances.  Even after just one week I noticed a difference.  I do tech support for a living, and instead of my normal short and aggravated response with customers who call in, asking the same questions over and over again, I found myself with the same patience and energy I would use in explaining a yoga pose to a student.  Not only do the customers appreciate my patience, but I feel more peaceful myself as well.  

As I'm learning, teaching yoga is not just a normal task where you are teaching poses and movement.  The energy and intention you put into your class, helping people to release and center, also comes back to you and leaks into all areas of your life.  Amy and Keri have poured their hearts into this training, and I'm so grateful to receive their wisdom and guidance.  My fellow trainees are also the most amazing group of people.  I'm learning so much from each and every one of them and I've found so much support from them as well.  I'm so grateful to be here with you all, as this experience will always stay with me. 

 

Author: Heidi Haskell

Wednesday
Mar262014

Feeding My Soul Exactly What it Wants

It's been almost one year since I experienced my first training with Ana Forrest. Almost one year since I took the plunge and decided to turn my practice into fierce medicine...

I've been looking through my notes reviewing our daily lessons about feeding the soul, elimitating the toxic wastes both physically and emotionally, and learning to live our practice. I can remember taking personal notes saying, "I need to do this. Why can't I be strong enough to make this decision? IS this really what my soul wants?"

It's terrifying having to make change. And as Ana says, you feel really silly talking to yourself asking your soul what it needs. But, since I started talking to myself and listening to my soul, I've started to live again. I'm healing! I'm breathing! Sometimes I have to remind myself to do it, but it's become less and less often that I forget.

Ana will be in town this weekend (March 28-30) and I am really excited to enter this space with so many people who have encouraged me to honor my soul. One year ago I was bawling my eyes out drowning in tissues and smart water just trying to grasp the medicine this practice offers. Now, I'm going to experience the yoga with a soul that is well fed and nourished.

 

Author: Giulia Pecone

Giulia is a 11 year practitioner who believes that yoga is what keeps her alive. Since the age of 15, she began practicing hot yoga with her mom and has been hooked ever since. In 2010, she completed her first 200hr teacher training and has since taught to numerous communities while continuing to further her education in yoga. She considers her yoga practice a sacred healing practice due to the many transformational gains it's brought to her life.

Wednesday
Mar122014

Yoga for Your Peace of Mind

If I was to prescribe one medication for all physical and emotional ailments, it would be yoga. Of course, I'm not a doctor, so what do I know about prescriptions? What I do know is what I've experienced, and for over a decade yoga has been my drug of choice helping me through almost all my physical, emotional, and spiritual traumas.

I've been on this kick lately bringing in the theme of embracing change. Since I was a little girl, I've never been good with change. I like routine and order and I fear the things I do not know. Routines are great, but let's be honest, they aren't fulfilling every day of your life. What's fulfilling is taking a step out of your comfort zone and exploring the unknown.

Emotions are the hardest things to understand in the process of change. Let's say you break up with a loved one or you leave a job that's paid the bills for the last few years. These weird floods turn on in your face, your stomache feels like it's eating itself, and your brain won't shut up. It's terrifying not knowing who you are without a certain someone or something, but sometimes when you take a moment to look at things, it's just as terrifying being stuck in once place.

How do we embrace change? How do we move through our emotions, let go of our pain and suffering, and start to live freely again? Well, here's my recommended medication... yoga. How much should you take? I would recommend about one dose (or one hour) a day. And ready? Here's the best part. You can't overdose on yoga.

I can't tell you how many times I've cried on my mat, how many times I've gone into a backbend and burst into tears. Yoga exposes your most vulnerable places, it sucks the trauma out and creates space for new experiences to form. As someone who doesn't like the unknown, I'm also pretty afraid of letting go of things that I find comfort in. And funny enough, I'm beginning to learn that for years, I've allowed my pain to be my comfort. It's easy to stay in one place knowing what's to come. It's not easy to take control and let go of something that cloaks you.

My mantra these last few weeks has been Inhale - Compassion, Exhale - Fear. If I have compassion for myself and honor the things I need, I won't live in a place of fear any more. I'll start to love myself again and I'll heal the trauma I've caused. But healing is something I can't do alone, that's why I have yoga. It brings me community, shared experience, and love that no other drug can provide.

 

Author: Giulia Pecone

Giulia is a 11 year practitioner who believes that yoga is what keeps her alive. Since the age of 15, she began practicing hot yoga with her mom and has been hooked ever since. In 2010, she completed her first 200hr teacher training and has since taught to numerous communities while continuing to further her education in yoga. She considers her yoga practice a sacred healing practice due to the many transformational gains it's brought to her life.

Thursday
Mar062014

Do Your Hips Lie?

The illustrious back bend.  We either jump with joy or cringe when the teacher announces backbends are class plan. For those of us who are blessed with flexibility they can be relatively easy, enjoyable even. For those of us who are not as blessed in that regard, they can be painful, fearful, even emotional.

We’ve all seen photos like these:

And we think to ourselves, "Where is their spine? I would break my back if I tried that."  Most of us will never be able to backbend like that, so for the rest of us there are many tools that can be helpful in making backbends, such as wheel, more accessible and pain free.

Lets start with the mechanics of back bends.  Turns out backbends do not happen only in our backs. Its a common misconception that in order to backbend more deeply you need to bend your back more. However, that is only one small piece of the puzzle. Safe back bending occurs when: the shoulders are mobile enough overhead, the upper back (the thoracic spine) contributes to the back bend, the hips are mobile enough to allow for back bending without direct compression in the low back (lumbar spine), when the core is strong and engaged, and when we have a firm grounding in our hands and feet.

Back bends challenge the position we find ourselves in the majority of our days: hunching over the sink washing dishes, sitting at our desks typing furiously, sitting in the car, preparing food, and soon.  All of these things contribute to tightness in our chest and shoulders, shortening of the hip flexors and rounding of the back.  Countering all of these things, all of the time we spend rounded, is physically and internally challenging.

Join us in putting the puzzle pieces together for your backbends.  

Amy & Keri