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
We are so thrilled to share our first installment of the Inner-spot-Light with you today. Its purpose is to introduce you to InnerLight Yoga School Students and Teachers and to give these amazing Yogis an opportunity to share some of their Yoga with you. Prepare to be inspired! Today, InnerLight Yoga School is pleased to introduce Jeff Krenrich – father, brother, husband, Yogi (both Student and Teacher), and soon to be graduate of InnerLight Yoga School Class of 2013. Q: What drives my voice? Jeff: I want to empower people. I speak from a place of passion. I talk directly to you because I see IT in you and I want you to see IT for yourself. Yoga has given me the self confidence that I never had….rather it was there but yoga helped me see it and embrace it. Q: Who am I as a teacher? Jeff: I am the older brother, the father, the protective force that creates a safe place for you to express yourself as a student. I am here to allay your fears and to let you know that I am here for you. Q: What do I want for my Students? Jeff: To think of me as someone they can turn to for help. To leave with a feeling that they are better off than they were before. To walk away with a sense of confidence and acceptance, non judgement. Q: Most valuable lesson taught to me by a teacher. Jeff: A few years ago a yoga teacher read a passage that has stuck with me ever since. The ending sums it up: “When we are lost, when the way gets dark, sometimes we see things we never would have seen in the daylight. Sometimes, the lessons we learn in the darkness are breathtakingly beautiful.” The teacher had no idea that I was in the midst of losing my father. He had been suffering for a long time and we all knew that he was down to a matter of months if we were lucky. After practice that morning, after hearing and feeling that passage, I felt a shift. Turns out that we had 4 more months, and they were some of the sweetest and richest of my life – not just with my father but my entire family. I looked at and felt joy in those moments. I didn’t look ahead to the eventual pain. For the first time in my life, I felt present – and I helped my family do the same. The lesson was to take it all in, feel everything, its all a part of life. Embrace where you are now without judgement. Q: How will I pay what I have learned in my life forward to others? Jeff: Live by example. Help people find their path and accept where they are right now. Q: One word to live by. Jeff: Satya (Truth)
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