Gratitude Now and Always

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:  OM SHANTI

InnerLight Yoga School - Brittany

Student Spotlight – Brittany- Yoga Teacher Training Class of 2013

Meet Brittany- One of InnerLight Yoga School’s Teacher Training Graduates – Class of 2013 Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your interests and inspirations off the Yoga mat. A: I spend most of my time working as an automation engineer and I was looking for a little balance in my life. I started YTT because I love yoga and I enjoy teaching. Q: Can you share something about yourself that many people may not know? A: I am a karaoke addict. Q: What was the biggest surprise about your YTT experience? A: I came to YTT for a mental makeover, but was not sure what to really expect. I have been so pleasantly surprised how much it has actually improved how I feel. There is so much about this process that requires us as students to go inward and explore ourselves.  Susan gave us an assignment about “Finding your voice,” for which we had to answer questions and really take the time to think about these deep questions “ex: What is something that truly angers you?, When was the last time you cried?” This was a turning point for me. Being forced to really explore my feelings and having a structure to do it with was amazing. Q: When did you start practicing Yoga and why? A: About 10 years ago, I went to my first yoga class with my mom at the YMCA while I was in high school. We were just trying one new fitness class after doing aerobics, spin, kickboxing, etc. None of those classes fit me because I am NOT highly coordinated and I’d spend the class being frustrated because I could not follow the choreography and bike seats hurt. The yoga class was so much slower (which was good for me) and it was so challenging I was really surprised when sweat dripped off my eyelash in downdog – Ha!   Q: How has your perspective on Yoga changed since enrolling at InnerLight Yoga School? A: I look at Yoga as so much more than a workout now. I still use it to stretch out my muscles and gain strength and tone, but there’s more to gain than being proficient at asana. I use it therapeutically for my tight muscles and when I feel things are strained or pinched. I use it mentally to relax and keep my mind in a positive place. And experiencing these truly wonderful feelings inspire me as a teacher to pass those feelings on to my students. Q: What’s your favorite pose and why? A: I have so many favorite poses! I love headstand because it was the first goal I set for myself during my YTT that I achieved – practicing an inversion away from the wall. And pigeon. None of my practices are without pigeon (ironically this was also the first pose that made me laugh when I tried it because my body was soooo not ready for it). Q: What is your funniest and/or proudest Yoga moment? A: My proudest yoga moment was during one YTT weekend; I was teaching a short sequence to my fellow trainees. As I closed the class and the students opened their eyes, they couldn’t stop themselves from smiling because they were proud of me! Their support and genuine excitement for me was so special and it made me proud of myself too! Couldn’t be more proud of this amazing Graduate!  Congratulations Brittany!  

Yoga Teacher Training Info Session

Come on out to InnerLight Yoga School in Cary this Sunday, October 20 from 2-3 PM for a great FREE Yoga Teacher Training information session. Location: studioVIBE, 200 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 103, Cary, NC Whether you think you would like to teach Yoga or are just considering a teacher training program to deepen your practice, this FREE Info session is for you! The session will include information about InnerLight Yoga School’s 230 hour yoga teacher training program based on some commonly asked questions: what’s involved, investment/tuition, am I ready?, and more. There will also be time at the end for any specific question(s) you may have. Please sign up in advance for this seminar so we know to expect you and feel free to share this info with others that may be interested in learning more about the program.  You can comment below to RSVP or head on over to the event on our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Student Spotlight – Alison

We’re so thrilled to be sharing another InnerLight Yoga School teacher training student spotlight with everyone today.  Meet Alison!  Read on for more about what inspires her Yoga practice and what her proudest Yoga moment has been to date.  Hope you enjoy!  As always, feel free to leave a comment for Alison at the bottom of the post.  Have a great day, everyone! PS – it’s also not too late to enter Week 2 of the triYOGA challenge.  Here’s how. Q:  Tell us a little about yourself and your interests and inspirations off the Yoga mat. Alison:  My story begins with my proudest accomplishment, my wonderful family. My husband and I met in college at the University of New Hampshire and in May of this year, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  We have two amazing daughters who inspire us with their positive attitudes and great zest for life. I have moved 12 times but Cape Cod, Massachusetts has always be a constant among all the change and I am lucky to know such a special place. I work full time as a Project Manager, enjoy traveling, staying active, keeping in touch with friends and, of course, yoga.  I am constantly inspired by the power a positive attitude has on life.  Q:  How have these inspirations shaped your Yoga practice? Alison:  My family has been my biggest cheerleader. They encouraged me to sign up for yoga teacher training and have supported me the entire way.  Bringing  the inspirational positive attitude to my practice everyday is so important.  As we all know, some days are better than others and a positive attitude always helps me appreciate the time on my mat with the gratitude it deserves.  Q:  Can you share something about yourself that many people may not know? Alison:  I was 5’10” tall in 6th grade. Q:  What motivated you to do Yoga Teacher Training? Alison:  Teacher training is something I’ve thought about for a few years but the top three motivating factors to do it now through InnerLight Yoga School were; #1 – Susan Jackson, #2 – Susan Jackson and #3 – Susan Jackson. Q:  What got you hooked on Yoga? Alison:  Savasana – Where else do you get to lay down, close your eyes and think about nothing after you exercise? Q:  What is your favorite inspirational quote? Alison:   “Life is a Boomerang” (author unknown but it could be me!) Q:  How has your perspective on Yoga changed since enrolling at InnerLight Yoga School? Alison:   I have a new awareness.  This includes – my body, my mind, my spirit, my posture, what I eat, what I read, what I say, what I think, my surroundings, people – EVERYTHING. I’m a whole new me or maybe I am just now aware of me! Q:  What’s your favorite pose and why? Alison:  Trikonasana.  My body loves Triangle pose.  The benefits I receive from this pose carry me through my day. I don’t let my day begin without a few good Trikonasanas. Q:  What is your proudest Yoga moment? Alison:  During one Teacher Training weekend, I accomplished a handstand, headstand and backbend. I never dreamed I could do them. What a feeling that was! Q:  What was the biggest surprise about your YTT experience? Alison:  The biggest and best surprise has been the relationships & friendships I have formed with my fellow teacher training yogis.  The support and love from these people, who I didn’t know 10 months ago, is amazing.

A Day for Teachers Workshop

InnerLight Yoga School is proud to announce their partnership with Halcyon Days to provide A Day for Teachers on Sunday, September 29.  This will be a continuing education opportunity for yoga teachers and students alike in Augusta, Missouri.  Sessions will be led by InnerLight Yoga School’s very own Susan Jackson and Kathy Kessler.  Seven yoga alliance CECs and lunch will be provided. For more information about this day, please see the flyer below or go to the event website.