Going beyond flow to a deeper practice.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Going beyond flow to a deeper practice.

I am very excited to be offering the all-new 300-hour Transformation Yoga Therapy Teacher Training curriculum starting February 20, 2015. My intent continues to be that of helping yoga teachers to become the best they can be.

Various forms of flow yoga cover so much of the yoga market place, and it has value. However, there is a sensibility that gets lost as one moves quickly from one pose to another. In my experience rapid movement lessens the connection of my mind to my body making my practice more superficial and moving me away from the discovery and potential of yoga as a healing art.

I have spoken with many 200-hour teachers looking to deepen their yoga teaching skills and understanding in order to move beyond the basic flow information provided by their 200-hour programs. The course as I have designed it will integrate alignment, physiology, and bio-mechanics, teach intermediate sequencing, help you develop your skills to “truly see” your students, and give you insight in ways to apply the practices of yoga therapeutically.

The 300-hour program is unique in that we schedule virtual video homework reviews with group discussions and critiques. So each student has the opportunity to learn how to improve the sequence they created, as well as learn from the sequences designed by other classmates. No two students think alike so it really broadens everyone’s experience to see how a particular topic or pose can be approached differently still applying the same principles and have a very positive effect. I have found this process to be very rich and rewarding for all participants.

Another very positive aspect of the program is the time we spend together. In each teacher training group something special happens, we come into residence with each other, allowing for many more questions to arise and be answered then one could imagine. Through resonance you will learn to “truly see” the poses with new eyes, then return home to share your new insight with your students. You will be amazed as you begin receiving compliments from your students as they reap the benefits of your growing skill level. The process of integration cannot be rushed. When you graduate from the program in 21 months you will find yourself transformed with a new and stronger teaching voice.

For me teaching yoga is about service, about gaining insight and understanding to open to truth and evolve as a person, then share that skillfully with others. To do so one needs to have a relationship with their inner self by developing a meditation and reflective process that puts them in touch with infinity. With the aid of guest teachers you will be guided toward inspired self-exploration grounded in the philosophy of yoga.

I have included below several points and responses from an interview I did last fall about the 300-hour program. I hope you will be inspired and join me on the mat this February 20th in Asheville.

Information about reasonable places to stay found here. Or feel free to call. I love speaking more than typing! 828-273-9401

Yours in Yoga, Namaste, Lillah

Interview with Lillah October 2014:

Physical practice meets spiritual practice;

“In addition to the physical aspect of the practice I teach the spiritual aspect of the practice – because they go together. If you accept that our bodies belong to the earth, then you can address the physical aspect from the practices of asana and pranayama. In the spiritual aspect we contact components of the mind, beyond the ego, the higher aspirations of mind that govern our beliefs and manifestations. Where those two aspects meet is in the heart center, transforming our beliefs to manifest our true nature. Here they integrate through the heart as the wholeness of being.”

Yoga as a healing art;

“What excites me about the whole process is that I see yoga as an incredible healing art. My teacher Mr. Iyengar would say, “I’m not a healer. I teach yoga and bring people to balance. Nature heals.” And he is absolutely correct. But when I talk about myself, what I would say is that I’m helping people to learn and understand yoga as a healing art. So I’m helping them learn how to apply yoga to their needs, their life, and of course the life of their students. And if they’re going to go on to yoga therapy, then it’s perfect preparation.”

Even yoga teachers can harm themselves by not applying the right techniques;

“Often when I interview students for my 300/500 hour program, they tell me about all of the different types of pain they are experiencing and I ask them to show me their practice. And I tell them, “do you realize that what you’re doing in your practice is increasing your pain?” They say no and I tell them that if they were doing a good practice that they would eliminate their pain instead of increasing their pain.”

You can create true healing when you understand the body and how the poses really work;

“My practice has been about the wisdom key – understanding how the body works, how the poses work with your body, and getting your mind connected to all of it. When you understand how your body works and how the poses work, you can put it together and practice all the poses, not hurt yourself, and actually create a turnaround and create healing in areas of difficulty.”

 The purpose of alignment yoga is to bring about the experience of unity;

“The 300 hour program is alignment based yoga – but alignment is misunderstood. The purpose of alignment is to bring about that experience of unity. And in order to do that, a person has to be trained, mind and body. They have to have repetition. In this training we are going to see your poses, and your practice, we are going to help you adjust your practice, and help you understand and apply the poses better.”

 Alignment principles when applied, help heal;

“What’s unique about alignment based yoga is that you can actually know what’s going to help somebody. You don’t have to guess because there are principles involved. And by applying those principles, following the alignment, following the physical and physiological principles – you can know that it will help.”

In order to sustain alignment in dynamic movement, actions are always paired.

“I teach from the point of view of the pairs of opposites; Actions as pairs of opposing actions – like stretching a rubber band. Action implies that something is going on that’s creating and sustaining the alignment in the poses. Therefore, when a teacher is learning not just alignment but also the action principles, then they’re really able to open people up in a positive way. You’ll help your students find the support where they need it, and with the channels open, the energy flows.”

 Alignment connects the physical to the spiritual:

“The whole idea in yoga – is that it is a purification. It’s physical, physiological, and psychological purification as well as an inner alignment with your authentic self. So that comes back to the heart again. When somebody is properly aligned, not only do they have the benefit of good health in their body and a sense of nourishment for their organs, calm for their nervous system; Not only do they have those aspects – but their body is ready for the spiritual endeavor. Their minds are ready for the spiritual endeavor. And then they can move in that direction. It’s all there. It’s all part of alignment and action based yoga.”

 Building strong and effective sequences;

“When a student finishes class, their physiology, their anatomy, their nervous system, their mind – everything is in neutral and content. And that’s what a good sequence does. However most people don’t understand the deeper principles of sequencing. My 300/500 hour students are with me for 2 years because it takes that long to really learn to apply the sequencing principles. It just takes time. You build your sequence like a good piece of music. It starts slowly, it would build and then there would be resolution and completion. So that’s what a good sequence could do.”

 Sequencing as a living art

“Knowing the principles of sequencing gives the teacher full creative expression about how to serve the students that are in front of them. So it never becomes dogmatic. It never becomes a dead art, it becomes a living art. So understanding the principles is what makes it that living art.”

 The ability to truly help people and make a positive contribution through yoga

“The teacher who’s really looking to make a contribution with yoga as a healing art and a service to others to help improve the quality of their lives, is going to be interested in my training because they’re going to gain confidence in knowing what they can accomplish.”

The End.



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