Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Well we are wrapping up, and I can't believe it's almost over. What a fun day Monday: Thank you for the wonderful teaching Golden,Lucy, and Carol!
This coming week we meet at Jackson House at 9:45. We will split between the kitchen and the thrift store. We will switch midway through so everyone has a chance to see how both are run. I would like everyone to get a chance to work the window in pairs. I don't need to do it so from 12-1 I will pair you up so you can serve food.
Remember to bring a side item for the potluck at Golden's following our trip to JH.
Here is the recipe for the candy I made:
2 bags of good chocolate (I think 12 oz)
3 cups Mixed nuts, seeds, pistachios, and dried fruit if you like
Melt down chocolate in double broiler, or two pans stacked: one has water in the bottom on a light boil, the top pan holds the choc.
Line 2 rimmed pans: 9 by 13 with wax paper.
Pour hot choc. in pan
Sprinkle nuts on top (divided by two pans)
Cool in fridge one hour or freezer for 40 mins.
Take out and break apart.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Your homework is to finish your thoughts on Isvara Pranidhana (Surrendering to God)
If you haven't turned in your first two pages of the test I need them by Monday. Also I need your test by Dec. 21st done in full.
Write down 10 places you would like to share your yoga/teach from the basic to the outrageous: Let your imagination guide you!
I have gone over your hours; Those who are complete early are scheduled to teach first, those that came on a little later will teach later.
Dec. 7th 9:30 to 10:30 Kathryn
1:30 to 2:30 Daniela
Dec. 14th 9:00-10:00 Golden
11:00to 12:00 Lucy
1:45 to 2:45 Golden
Test are due in by the 21st
Dec. 21st 9:45Jackson House and Party at Golden's
Jan. 11th 9:00 to 10:00 Mi Mi
11:00 to 12:00 Sherry
1:45 to 2:45 Jennifer
Jan. 18th 9:00 to 10:00 Shelby
11:00 to 12:00Emmy
1:00 Fill out paperwork for Yoga Alliance
Be prepared to discuss the homework, practice Vinyasa's, have your test, and teach next week. Thank you!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You all are doing a great job teaching. Mary did a wonderful job teaching Sanskrit, I especially enjoyed the chanting.
Cindee will be covering the Chakra's on Monday the 30th.
Remember to journal and be ready to share on: (Cited from Yoga Journal,Judith Lasiter.)
Isvara Pranidhana (Surrendering to God)
Patanjali defines "isvara" as "Lord," and the word "pranidhana" conveys the sense of "throwing down" or "giving up." Thus, isvara pranidhana can be translated as "giving up or surrendering the fruits of all our actions to God."
Many people are confused by this niyama, in part because yoga is seldom presented as a theistic philosophy (even though Patanjali states in the 23rd verse of the Yoga Sutra that devotion to the Lord is one of the main avenues to enlightenment).
In fact, some yoga traditions have interpreted isvara pranidhana as requiring devotion to a particular deity or representation of God, while others have taken "isvara" to refer to a more abstract concept of the divine (much as Twelve Step programs allow participants to define "Higher Power" in their own way).
In either case, the essence of isvara pranidhana is acting as best we can, and then relinquishing all attachment to the outcome of our actions. Only by releasing our fears and hopes for the future can we really be in union with the present moment.
Paradoxically, this surrender requires tremendous strength. To surrender the fruits of our actions to God requires that we give up our egotistical illusion that we know best, and instead accept that the way life unfolds may be part of a pattern too complex to understand. This surrender, however, is anything but passive inactivity. Isvara pranidhana requires not just that we surrender, but also that we act.
Patanjali's teachings demand much of us. He asks us to walk into the unknown, but he does not abandon us. Instead, he offers practices like the niyamas to guide us back home to ourselves—a journey that transforms us and all with whom we come in contact.
Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., author of Relax and Renew (Rodmell, 1995) and Living Your Yoga (Rodmell, 2000) has taught yoga internationally since 1971.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Nov. 16th I am changing some things. My conscious has been bothering me about the a.m. public class.
The class population that is showing up is a very challenging group- somewhat atypical. It is a blessed situation in that you get to see some challenges that you may face. We have three more Mondays and everyone will get the chance to teach but I felt like it would be good for me to teach this class with you all assisting me and watching so you can learn. I will put three student teachers in front doing three versions of the poses. The rest of you will be on the edges observing or participating. We may do chair yoga for half the class. It's just to tough and there is so much learning opportunity here.
If anyone sees' Benny (he comes to Karen's class) tell him about the chair yoga. He loves it and ask me to let him know. I don't have his number.
In the afternoon I will teach a class just for you all, you all will partner up.
Then we will talk about ethics in teaching, marketing, and client dependency. The marketing will be a brainstorming type exercise. I'll guide you through some scenarios, so you need to be thinking about what you see yourself doing with your training, dream up whatever you want, it can be (I want to sub or volunteer to teach kids on occasion, or I want to teach Seniors,etc.....).
You all make me very proud. Having you for my first group has been very special to me.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday you will have an hour to prep with me, then "Free Community Class" From 10-11.
The afternoon will consist of R.Y.T.'s and E.R.Y.T.'s coming to answer your questions about your future in teaching.
We need sign ups for next week : Beginning and Middle of class.
Fourth week: All areas of class.
Your Comprehensive Exam is ready: You will be receiving it Monday. The first thee pages should be in the week before Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful day.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Assisgnments forOct. 19th.
9a.m. to 11:15 (lunch 45 mins)
- 1st Practice:Beginning :Kathryn, Middle: Golden, End: Carol
- 2nd Practice: Beginning: Daniela, Middle: Shelby, End:Jennifer S.
- Beginning = Opening Centering includes transitioning such as meditation with pranayama together or alone, opening poses from top to bottom or bottom to top, and a Half Sun Salute.
- Middle: 1 Full Sun Salute, Down Dog, Pyramid R/L, Hikers Pose
- End: Forward Fold, Cobra, Childs pose, Bridge, Reclined Twist, Ending Meditation.
Please read and study these in your books, write your thoughts on each one and be prepared to share:
12-3 Cindee Pranayama, Continue Sequencing, Partner Yoga.
I need confirmation on who is attending the Jackson House on the 21st of December. This is counted as a regular class day. We will probably work from 10:00 to 1:30 and then maybe we can go somewhere and have potluck if you would like. If anyone would like to host something at their home that would be great. I have kids and animals and am not in any shape to do so, or we could go to Nurture and have a potluck there.
I have copies of the Sequencing page and Principals on Teaching by Erich Shiffman, I will bring them Monday. See you at Nurture.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, (Peace for you mind, body, and spirit)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This month we are primarily gearing up to start practice teaching. Each class day you are assigned a part of class to teach. We are also going to focus deeper on the philosophical side of yoga: The Yama's and Niyama's, two a week will be assigned each week for you to explore.This month one of your other assignments is to journal on Empowerment and Disempowerment.
Starting on Oct. 12 I will be discussing Authenticity with you. Each part of this practice is to bring you to a deeper understanding of yourself and those you interact with. I am really enjoying working on it myself and find every day I need to be reminded, so I am very grateful that I have this class and you all to keep me focused.
Later in the month we will also be focusing on alternate types of Pranayama and have an afternoon study on the Chakra's. On the 26th those going to the Anusaura Workshop will come back and share what they have learned with the other students.
Each day with you all has been a blessing to me. If there is anything you need please feel free to email me. You can call me at the house also 262-9297.
Oct. 12th - Art Church
Oct. 19th - Nurture
Oct. 26- Nurture.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Please continue to study Forward-bends and Back-bends in your book.
Practice out loud, at home, with your family, your pets, whatever, just practice teaching out loud. You might want to record yourself, sometimes it helps if you say the pose out loud while doing it in your head.
Finish your worksheet on the Yama's and Niyama's.
Remember to do one Empowering Act this week, and record it, for yourself. You can share it if you like in class.
I have already been tested on this one today!!! The lessons never end:).
If you feel ready you might try drawing out a sequence. If you are thinking "No way" don't worry, we will be guiding you through this process soon.
I am really trying to pin down the times for the next Teacher Training and am pretty sure it is going to be Spring 2010 to Fall 2010, weekends.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
9- 14:Last week I learned something! Have a backup plan. Poor Cindee I am glad she did the right thing and stayed home. Not so glad I turned my phone off. Thank you for staying and having a yoga clinic on your own. Since we had an R.Y.T. on site it worked out really great. Thank you Kathryn!
Last Monday we covered what it means to be certified and registered with Yoga Alliance. Then we did Sanskrit Translation and it went surprisingly well (for me and you!). We also covered Sun Salute A & B.
9-21:Our next session has forward bends and back-bends on the schedule, however we need to start with standing poses due to the fact that we got a bit off schedule, plus I will assist you in charting them. Then we will practice teach.
9-28 I will chart Inversions and Twist, Cindee will come from 12-3 and teach a Clinic on those.
We will be practice teaching every time we meet. You can choose something to practice the week before that way you will feel prepared. Thank you for being good sports last week and pitching in for the improv teaching! You all are going to be fabulous teachers.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Pre/Post Natal
- A &P
- The Beginning of Class, Sun Salutes A & B, and a Vinyasa flow including Tadasana - Mountain), Vira 1,2, and Revolved, Uttanasana (Forward Fold), Adho Muka Savasana (Down Dog), and Balasana (Childs' Pose)
Starting in November there will be a free class for the community each Monday from 10a.m. to 11:00a.m. Teachers in training will teach. You will be ask to teach the Beginning, Middle (2 mid sections), or ending of a class at some point in November.
Starting Sept. 14th we will meet every Monday until December when we have two weeks off for the Holidays. Then we have two to three meeting dates before final graduation.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We had a wonderful day of yoga Monday with Elana teaching Pre/Post Natal Yoga. I learned so much and had a wonderful time. I must say it is just plain "fun" getting together.
When we meet on the 24th we will be doing a whole day of review from the past eleven classes. I will be preparing you for starting your practice teaching, we will diagram more poses, and review A&P and you will have your test.
Read the prior post to see what exactly you will be covering.
Keep checking this as I will be posting pictures and videos' soon.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Below is a copy of the handout I gave you. Check your email to see if you have gotten a link to the workbook, if you do not have Windows Vista you may not be able to open it. I can get you a hard copy in Aug. It is highly recommended that you fill it out. The additions from this point out will be required as homework for you to use as a guide. Please try to do the "Study of Me?" it is quite insightful.
Elana will work on Post/prenatal yoga on the 10th of Aug. This will be an all day course on this subject. I am going to ask her to teach asana practice for at least one hour.
We will do a class review for A & P on the 24th. For now study your notes. Cindee has requested that you study all your notes, especially what she pointed out in class. I gave Cindee the information I wanted you to know for A&P and she is writing the test.
Opening Series Activities:
July 20th A&P Cindee
Aug 10th Prenatal /Postnatal workshop Elana
Aug. 24th.& 30th: Back to school: opening series,
Create an opening series and understand why? See worksheet on Opening Poses
Be able to teach the beginning of class: Focused Meditation or Transition, Pranayama (three part breathing or ujjayi breathing, opening poses, be able to discuss why we do each of these things.
Why do we practice opening meditation?
Why do practice ujjayi breathing?
Why do we practice opening poses, what are the benefits?
• Use clarity of instruction and monitor your volume, speak like making an announcement in a calming and direct tone.
• Give directions of the movement, use descriptive language
• Be able to discuss the major muscles and joints.
• Be ready to teach the beginning of a class and two or three poses for the middle: These poses have been charted: Six poses to learn.
Down dog- Adho Mukha Shavasana
Warrior 1,2,and Revolve: Vira 1, Vira 2, and revolved
We will be moving to the middle of class, charting poses and learning three vinyasas:
Ardah Surya Namaskar-Half Sun Salute
Surya Namaskar-Sun Salutation
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Monday July 20th we will meet for our 2nd session on Anatomy. Cindee and I will put together a review sheet for you. I will be going over more anatomy throughout the course. There will not be a quiz until fall as I had to rearrange some things to fit everything in and want to make sure to get special populations in with Anatomy.
I have to say I really miss our Mondays and am ready to get back to the Monday classes. If you have been to all the classes, or missed only one class and took the workshop with me prior to school starting, and you have thirty non contact hours with an RYT teacher, you will be able to graduate the first Monday in Dec.. However you are welcome and encouraged to continue (and participate) to come to class as most of the students finish up through January.
Please review your poses that we diagrammed and start familiarizing yourself with the instructions in your I.G.to Yoga Book. We will be asking you to give instructions on poses. Don't let this worry you as we will be there to encourage you and help you along.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
There is a 2hr Restorative class Friday from 5-7p.m. $15.00 for teachers in training and please have anyone interested pre-register by Thursday at 4:30. 623-YOGA or(9642.)
These hours will count for your 30 non classroom hours. If you need to get some hours here is a reasonalbe and fun way to spend a Friday evening.
Monday, June 15, 2009
We may have a flip flop on "special populations" and "anatomy". If the teachers can work it out we will have Anatomy again on July 20th and Special Populations on Aug. 10th.
A few of you asked about homework and the short answer was "none," however that was not really correct in hindsight. You should review your books and study your poses. Practice teaching poses at home. We will work more on this together when we resume in late Aug. but for now you can work on saying them out loud, while doing them and while "not" doing them.
You will be given a study guide for the test on anatomy and I will let you know when that is going to be as soon as Cindee and I feel the time is right. I will also be including anatomy in my class on "Special Populations".
So for now: Review those Asanas! *Breath in on extension- exhale on flexion.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
June 15th: A&P with Cindee
July 20th: Special Populations, Prenatal, Elderly, Physically Challenged. Courtney and Elana
Aug 10th: A&P , quiz, Cindee all day.
Return for Mondays Aug.24, we will go every Monday excluding Holidays.
* Please remember the workshop "Art in Motion" will be held at the Art Church, Sat. June 13th.
If you need me to resend the flier e mail me.
You can get credit towards your R.Y.T. for this.
*Notice the lovely picture of Chana (a fellow yogini and Michelle my co-hort in environmental advocacy.)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance is a commitment of 200hrs. of training.
It is a time commitment so please give it serious thought. Teacher training is a wonderful expereince should you decide to join.
Please click on the Survey to choose your preferred method of training and we will try to accommodate the most desired time slots.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
- Everyone needs to be able to cover three opening poses.
- chart five poses
- Go over what you need to do this summer to assure you have enough contact hours met to graduate on time. We will cover upcoming workshops and summer class days.
- If we have time we will spend some time going over " The Business of Yoga"
- Cindee will come and finish up the Philosophy and History the last two hours of class.
If you haven't gone to Yogaalliance.org, you need to go to this site and become familiar. Click on
registered teachers and find out who they are in your area.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
- look at yogaalliance.org and become familiar.
- Study for your test using your key
- Review breath cues and opening mediation if you still need to do yours
9 to 11:30: If we have time we will do active practice as an extension of the opening poses, I have asked Cindee to include some active asana's in the afternoon.
Finish Breathing Cues and Sherry will do the opening meditation.
Everyone will need to teach three opening poses. Keep in simple. This is to get your familiar with speaking in public and cueing.
Cindee will come from noon to 3p.m. to teach.
You will all be expected to do each of these in order, you can combine pranayama and opening meditaion or keep it seperate as long as you cover all aspects.
Opening meditation, pranayama (three part or ujjayi), three opening asanas from the list you were given.
Summer Dates: Mondays 9 to 3:
June 15th: Anatomy and Phisiology: Cindee
July 20th: Elana will teach Prenatal
Aug 10th: A.& P. Cindee with Quiz: Cindee
TBA: Fundraiser for Charity, Yoga with RYT's and ERYT's one weekend day this summer. Will work as Karma yoga and makeup hours.
Over the summer it would be advised to acquire any missed hours you may need. I will be at the YMCA on Mondays and Wed from 9 to 10 and Cindee may have a class on Fridays. Any classes you take with an RYT or ERYT will count towards make up time. You can only acquire up to 30 hrs..
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Read pages 163-171 Postures to Calm the Body and Mind: Tips on Meditation and along with your handouts on Meditation.
- Be prepared to give three body cues to breathing. Remember to guide your student in standing, sitting or lying down.
- We will finish up 5 min. opening meditation.
- Chair yoga (forgot to count chairs, will need to make sure we have 14 to 16 chairs.)
- Be able to do an opening meditation.
- Be able to give at least three cues to three part of ujjayi breath.
- Be able to teach at least three opening poses.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Beginning of class: Learning the "Beginning of a Class"
9 to noon
- Meditation: First Group will share: we will do three at a time.
- Pranayama Instruction with handout
- Then Joint loosening poses by Mukanda Stiles with handout
- Second group will do med. project, last person will lead us into next set
- Pranayama, Active Practice with adjustments and corrections, shavasana
- 3rd group meditation
- Possibly a surprise, have to see how our time is
- Final meditation and go over homework
You will receive your study guide
The following week come prepared: You can use notes:
Step 1: How to sit or lay on your back
Step 2: Centering, setting intention, opening meditation (you choose)
Step 3: Basic three part breathing
Step 4: 2 Opening poses
Due to a miscommunication on my part (I initially asked for evenings in the summer and then changed it to Saturdays. I changed it on the calender but not my rental agreement.) Saturdays will not be an option as the studio is not available.
If you all are able could you meet 3 Mondays over the summer at our usual time 9a.m. to 3p.m. ?
Here are the dates available. Please look at your calender and we will do what suits the majority and I will work with those who cannot come on the side.
June 15th or 22nd
Aug 3rd or 10th
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes."
Sunday, April 5, 2009
April 13th,20th and May 4th, we will cover the beginning of class:
1. Meditation or centering
3. Joint loosening poses
May 11th you will have a quiz over what you have learned during these first three months of class, you will be given a study guide on April 13th.
We will also continue to practice a variety of poses, utilizing sanskrit and breaking them down. Please remember to bring your notebook to take daily notes.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- 9:00 We will have discussion for the first hour
- 10:00 Pranayama, Asana, Meditation
- 11: 15 Satsang
- 12:00 Cindee will be teaching on the ancient Text : Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's and the Gita. She may cover some others also.
*The next two classes in April we will start discussing how to teach the beginning of a class from opening meditation to joint loosening poses.
*In May Cindee will rejoin us for Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics. You will be given a copy of your first test to take home and will need to study for the test the second May meeting. Then we will break for a while until our summer series picks up in July and Aug. Please look for that soon.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
9:00a.m.to 12:00 Class time with a focus on the handout "Teaching a Class 101."
We will be incorporating some physical practice,meditation, demonstration,corrections, etc here.
12:00 to 1:00 Satsang
1:00 to 3:00 After lunch Cindee Zerr Franklin is going to teach "Sun Salutations and Sanskrit."
Homework: Read the forward in Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
We will break for two weeks and resume April 6th.
The morning of the sixth we will have physical practice in the context of "How to Teach"
Cindee will be teaching History and Sacred Text the afternoon of the 6th.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is a free Hatha Yoga and Meditation Workshop (donations are accepted)
You will need to take your supplies with you. Blankets available.
You can get up to 2 contact hours towards your certification with this.
Monday, March 9, 2009
What a wonderful day we had. Most of our day was spent reviewing what I learned at the Sean Tebor workshop. We did a restorative practice, with many adjustments using blankets,blocks and straps. Everyone partnered up and we had a little yoga party.
Today we went over Week one Worksheet and a Brief History of Yoga and the Eight Limbed Path with a discussion. What insightful students, I am one blessed teacher.
1.)Brief lecture and discussion on teaching a class: Handout Teaching 101 (please review before class.)
2.)Practice with use of props
4.)Film on Ashtanga Yoga
5.)Discussion on Teaching with Demonstration and Practice.
Two week break: Homework: Read the forward in Light on Yoga.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Definitions and worksheet to be completed
9:00 to 10:30:Asana,Pranayama,Dhyana
10:30 to 11:30 Discuss Chap 1
11:30 to 12:15 Satsung, Lunch
12:15 to 1:15 Brief History Of Yoga: Eight Limbs of Yoga
1:15 to 1:30 Break
1:45 to 3:00 Pelvis and Legs, Double Helix Workshop information
Friday, February 27, 2009
9:00Yoga Teacher Training Overview
Yoga Alliance info.
11:00 Satsung: Lunch
12:00 Brief History of Yoga
If time allows (eating the yogic way)
1:30 Practice: Meditation,Pranayama,Asana, Meditation
Bring what you have to class.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You will need to have the teacher sign and date your notebook to show me.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Calender for the year:
Spring and Fall: Mondays 9a.m. to 3p.m. First three Mondays of the month during a public school calender year. Classes let out for summer May 11th (last day of spring session):
Summer: The summer session is tentative and subject to change: Sat. 9a.m. to 3p.m. June 13,27,&July 25. Fall session resumes Sept.14th and go through March 1st.
Daily Schedule will be:
9 to 10:15: Pranayama, Asana, Meditation
10:15 to 11:15 Lecture and discussion of daily material
11:15 to 12:15 Satsung: gathering for lunch. Focus will be kept to matters of school. Students need to bring lunch daily or we can preorder weekly. I will discuss this option with you the first class.
12:15 to 3:00 Afternoon sessions will begin: lecture, demonstration, discussion
Cost of the program is $1950 per tuition year. Students may makeup work in the following year at the same class that they missed previous. Other arrangements to assist with ERYT's in the field may also be used to makeup some hours (the student should be aware that they may incur a fee to assist with a teacher.) The student has three years to makeup classes to acquire certification.
A deposit of $150.00 will secure your spot with an interview and completed registration packet.
Host site: Nurture Day Spa and Yoga Studio, On the Corner of Hickory and Ouachita in Hot Springs. Tuition includes yoga classes at the studio.