InnerLight Yoga School

A Yoga of Your Own – Finding Your Own InnerLight

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 […]

One Track Heart-The Story of Krishna Das

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share a fun community event with you featuring the great award winning documentary One Track Heart — The Story of Krishna Das. When:  Sunday, August 25 at 7 PM (one show only!) Where:  The Varsity Theater in Downtown Chapel Hill, NC What:  In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom—turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult.  He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of New York to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (or Maharaji).  One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist.  It’s the inspiring story of how one man’s journey continues to transform countless lives. Buy Tickets Now:  http://flyingmonkey.ws