Practice ~ Teach ~ Shine in Tulum, Mexico A personal account of a special yoga retreat by: Sarah Krawiec, Aparna Ravichander, and Brittany Zick, ILYS Class of 2013 Three amazing graduates from ILYS class of 2013 decided to venture out and create their own yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico. Sarah Krawiec, Aparna Ravichander, and Brittany Zick traveled to the Amansala Resort in January of 2014 for four days of yoga, meditation, and relaxation. They decided to make the retreat part of their continued Yoga journey in the spirit of ILYS’s motto – Practice – Teach – Shine. From their experience, they crafted a three-part blog post (stay tuned for parts two and three) to share their exciting and trasformative experiences! PRACTICE – teach – shine (from Brittany) PART ONE: I could NOT WAIT for this trip. Between my full time job, teaching several yoga classes every week, and my volunteer jobs that take up the rest of my time, I was really looking forward to taking a little mental breather where my phone wouldn’t work and I could not multitask. I began teaching right after my yoga teacher training was complete in October of 2013, and I was starting to have trouble making time for my own practice. As I’m sure is a struggle for lots of yoga teachers, maintaining a home practice, or at least a practice that they are not personally leading is vital to staying fresh and in touch with what is best for you and your students. On this trip, Sarah, Aparna, and I had planned to teach each other different styles of yoga that we had been wanting to try in front of a safe, nonjudgmental, audience. I (selfishly) was mostly looking forward to taking their classes! I just wanted some time to really dedicate to myself… since I had been neglecting my own practice since I started teaching. All of my time had been dedicated to making myself a better teacher, but in the process I forgot that being a good student reminds you what you need to do as the teacher! On this trip, in those four days, I practiced yoga. Not just asana, but mindful awareness of the present moment. When you’re on a warm sunny beach in Mexico, if you’re not present in the moment, you’re missing out. This has got to be one of the easiest places in the world to live mindfully. We meditated on the beach, under the sun. We even did a sweet walking meditation coordinating breathing pranayama with steps – although I’ll admit it was hard to concentrate on counting my breath while such beauty was all around me! Practicing with these ladies and having them teach me was both a pleasure and an honor. They have styles completely different from mine and it was just lovely. I came back refreshed and ready to be a better teacher for my students. It was exactly what I needed! By: Brittany Zick Check back soon for part two and hear Aparna talk about how she thrived in the teaching role in Mexico!
A Journey to the Heart of Yoga Teacher Training By: Susan C Jackson “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson What exactly is Yoga Teacher Training? Taken at face value, it is exactly that: a program designed to teach yoga students how to become yoga teachers. We practice poses (Asana) and their mechanics, study anatomy, learn methodology for effective teaching (of ourselves and others), and through it all, become more disciplined in our own personal practice on our mats. We breathe together, move together, and meditate together. In fact, it’s pretty amazing how much one’s personal practice evolves in the course of 9 months of intense study. So what makes InnerLight Yoga School, different from just any old training program? “Not only did I learn about the asana part of yoga, the history of Yoga and different kinds of Yoga but I also learned so much about myself. InnerLight Teacher Training was an unbelievable journey and it has changed my life forever.” – A.E. – ILYS Class of 2013 Things are rarely what they seem at the surface [of the mat]. If we truly want to live deeply and happily we must begin at the depth of our being: we commit to digging deeper, we give ourselves permission to take risks, and we learn to live fearlessly not just on our mats but off of them. Thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson, most of us have been inspired multiple times to ‘go with the flow in good times and in bad’ by his famed quote: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” These simple and inspiring words convey a great truth that this moment, here and now, is the only moment we truly have. So why stop at mere inspiration when we have the flame of transformation already within us? Below the surface of InnerLight Yoga Teacher Training lies exactly that, and invitation to look at our whole journey – what drives us, who are we at our very core, and what is our purpose (Darshana) and path (Sadana) is in life? “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” -Steve Jobs When I envisioned InnerLight Yoga School I was determined that it would be more than just a teacher training program, more than just a place where students could improve the physical part of their practice and learn about someone else’s Yoga. Either this school would live up to its name and its philosophy or cease to exist. So what is the philosophy? There is of course the long “official” version but simply put, YOU are the philosophy. ILYS is a safe haven for you to learn more about yourself through the study of yoga…but not my Yoga, or the sage’s Yoga,…but a Yoga that is truly your own. “I came to ILYS looking for improvement in my asana practice and I was hoping for a bit of a mental makeover. My experience far exceeded my expectations; my individual practice makes me feel so empowered and confident (I can’t thank all of the instructors enough for inspiring me to try new and challenging poses!). The biggest thing I took away from my experience however, is self-acceptance: a willingness to accept my weaknesses along with my strengths. This has already changed my life and keeps me motivated to continue my […]
May Each Day Be Filled with Gratitude InnerLight Yoga School would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all of its students and supporters, past, present, and future. Thanks to each of you for making this world a better place simply by being present and living your Yoga. Check out out some of our favorite Gratitude Quotes below and learn how to start a gratitude journal! “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” -Albert Schweitzer “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley The Gratitude Journal Cultivating positivity in our daily life is one of the keys to lasting hapiness. While thinking about all that we have to be grateful for is wonderful, do not underestimate the power of the written word. Learn how to begin and keep a gratitude journal. It is easy and will be a lasting gift that you give to yourself each and every day. Learn how by following the link below: http://www.positivelypresent.com/2011/03/keeping-a-gratitude-journal-to-cultivate-positivity.html OM SHANTI
Congratulations to the triYOGA Fall Facebook Challenge selections in Week 4’s challenge of sharing your favorite Yoga pose! Allie, Brittany, and Shonagh all shared great pictures, and we’re thrilled to share them with you all today. Allie’s half moon is awesome, Brittany said she loves arm balances because of how they make her feel empowered, and Shonagh said she loves to watch her little Yogis in savasana. So fun! Thank you to everyone for sharing your pictures! These ladies have all been entered into the drawing for the great prize pack that will be drawn this week Stay tuned for the winner and thank you again to everyone for participating.
Please join InnerLight Yoga School and our partners, studioVIBE and lululemon athletica North Hills, for the 4th and final week of the triYOGA Fall Facebook Challenge! This week’s challenge is all about sharing a picture of your favorite Yoga pose. You can upload a new picture you’ve just taken or upload an inspirational image you have in your archives. Here’s how to enter the challenge: Head over to a sponsor’s Facebook page (InnerLight Yoga School,Lululemon North Hills, or studioVIBE). Add a post to the sponsor’s wall and include a picture of your favorite Yoga pose. You are welcome to add your picture to all three sponsor pages, and you’re also welcome to submit more than one picture to increase your opportunities of being selected. Please also feel free to include a few words about your picture, your Yoga journey, etc. While you’re entering, please also be sure you have liked the Facebook pages of all three sponsors. There will be a great gift package going out to a winner at the end of the challenge and we want to be sure we can get in touch with you later if you’re selected. Submissions will be accepted October 28 through November 2, 2013. Our favorite selections will be posted on all the sponsor’s Facebook pages on November 5, and then the final winner of the gift package will be announced November 6. If you have any questions about the triYOGA Fall Facebook Challenge, feel free to leave a comment below, post it on our Facebook page, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for joining the triYOGA Fall Facebook Challenge. We are so excited to meet all of you and see your inspiring Yoga pictures. For full contest details and rules, click here.