Monday, August 30, 2010

Moving into Fall

Hello Dear Yogi's:

Next time we meet on Sept 10th we will start to practice with your cards on Friday night.
I will have a handout on "Adjustments" for you that we will apply, and I will review the bandha's with you briefly.

Please start practicing and memorizing the Half Sun Salute and the Full Sun Salute. R

You will also need to start memorizing the "Arc" of a class:

Here is the order that you can find (similarly) on your "How to Teach Yoga 101" sheet.

  • Introduce and ask about health concerns
  • Opening Meditation -Setting your intention
  • Pranayama
  • Joint Loosening- Opening Poses
  • Salutations
  • Standing Poses & Balancing
  • Backbends
  • Forward Bends
  • Twist
  • Inversions
  • Back Bends and Forward Bends along with twist as counter to Inversions and prep for Meditation
  • Savasana - Meditation
You all will start to learn and teach in three parts as stated above. Each of you will have twenty minutes. We will start this on the weekend of Oct. 8th.

Here is your schedule of practice teaching:
Oct. 9th: 4:00 to 5:00 Stacey

Oct: 10th Sunday
1:45-2:45 Emmy
3:30 - 4:30 Linda

Friday Nov. 12th
6: 30p.m. - Mary
7:45- 8:45 Brandi

Saturday: We will go in the pavillion
9:45-10:45 Karin
11: 00 to 12:00 Leslie
2: 15-3:15 Angel
4:00 to 5:00 Pai

1:45-2:45 Debbie
3:30-4:30 Chris

On Sat. Dec. 5th we will review and do any necessary makeup
On Sunday Dec. 6th Graduation Day:): I will teach you a class for fun, then other yoga teachers will be invited to come and talk to you for Q & A. In the afternoon we will have catered snacks and I will help you all fill out your Yoga Alliance Registration forms and you will be presented your Certificate. You may invite your family to come at 4p.m. on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Please read for next class discsussion

Taken from
Beginner Yoga Hatha Yoga Yoga Poses Yoga Exercises Yoga Posture
There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. Although all of the styles are based on the same physical postures (called poses), each has a particular emphasis. Here is a quick guide to the most popular types of yoga that can help you decode the schedule at your gym and figure out which class is right for you.


Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga poses.


Like Hatha, Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that's done at the end of class.


Ashtanga, which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of poses is performed, always in the same order. Ashtanga practice is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next. In yoga terminology, this movement is called flow. Ashtanga is also the inspiration for what is often called Power Yoga. If a class is described as Power Yoga, it will be based on the flowing style of Ashtanga, but not necessarily keep strictly to the set Ashtanga series of poses.


Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into alignment.


The emphasis in Kundalini is on the breath in conjunction with physical movement, with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. All asana practices make use of controlling the breath. But in Kundalini, the exploration of the effects of the breath (also called prana, meaning energy) on the postures is essential.


Pioneered by Bikram Choudhury, this style is more generally referred to as Hot Yoga. It is practiced in a 95 to 100 degree room, which allows for a loosening of tight muscles and profuse sweating, which is thought to be cleansing. The Bikram method is a set series of 26 poses, but not all hot classes make use of this series.

* Note from Courtney: REMEMBER you only use the name Bikram, Anusaura, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and other styles of yoga if you are trained and certified under those teachers and in those schools, many are copyrighted. Often Hatha Yoga is used as a general term but often denotes a slower paced class. Vinyasa style is not copyrighted and often denotes a faster paced class.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Hello, If you have not read Mondays post, please do so.
I'm in the midst of doing paperwork and wanted to send out some reminders.

In my Black Box there is a purple plastic file folder, there are copies of nearly everything you have received. When you have time compare with your neighbor to see if you are missing anything, then you can look for extras in the folder. There is always a hole punch in my black box. You are welcome to either of these items at any time.

We have six openings for the retreat. If you are a teacher and you wish to attend please send in your deposit by 8/29. This is the date I have to confirm with Ferncliff. Dep are $70. After the 29th I will open up the open spots to the public as I will need to fill them. This is a small retreat of twenty people.

Emmy and Leslie: The copy of your exam is in your folder.
I emailed out the Comprehensive Exam and Workbook to each of you also.
There are extra copies of the calender in my purple folder.

I will return your test to you by the 29th.

Have a wonderful week. :) Love and Light to you all.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Looking Back, Looking Forward, Being Present

This weekend we covered:
1. As you go our into the world of teaching handout, basic guidelines for classroom management. And notes on a blue print for the classroom.
2. Had two yoga sessions, one with Daniela and one with Sherry (public class.)
3. Covered Standing poses and back bends with Cindee and got our groove on with some dance:).
4. Covered Sanskrit with Mary S.

Our next weekend we will meet only S/S the 28th and 29th of Aug.
1. Yoga Asana and Meditation will be with Christina, Ashley, and public class with Sherry. We will outline and practice the cards I gave you, bring them back to class please.
2. Sunday Mary will cover Bandha's, Ahimsa (Non Violence) and a Vegan Diet, and Forward Folding.

* A reminder: I spoke to you about building stamina, a great way to do this is to walk fifteen to twenty mins twice a week, then thirty mins once a week, and forty five mins once a week for a total of four walks, rest in between. This is a 5K schedule I use in addition to my personal yoga practice. My personal yoga practice varies depending on whats going on in my life, but it usually includes one or more of the following:
1. Taking other teachers classes.
2. Twenty Mins of personal practice followed by five mins of meditation.
3. Up to an hour of personal asana followed by twenty mins or more of meditation.

Be present and study the first worksheet, your notes on the blue print of a class, and prepare to teach your assigned index card. I hope you have fun with it all and enjoy learning.

Much Love and Light!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Aug. 13-15th

We are smack in the middle of our teaching and after this weekend we will move from theory to practice teaching. We will have you ready :) No worries. Remember "ENJOY THE JOURNEY".

  • Fri.13 Arrival 6p.m. Test handout, set up, discussions....Daniela will teach 7:15-8:15- Test Due Quiz Due, discussions 8:50 Dismissal

  • Sat 14th 9:00 a.m. Discussion 10:30-11:30 downstairs for public class with Sherry, Lunch 11:45 to 1:15 ,1:30 -5:00 Standing Poses, Backbends (props/modifications)with Cindee 5-5:30 Courtney, updates

  • Sun 15th:1:30-5:00Mary will teach on one or more of these topics: Sanskrit, Bandhas, Ahimsa,Vegan lifestyle, 5:30 Dismissal

Our next class Ashley and Christina (a member of our Turquoise Tree affiliate) will be practice teaching.

The Aug. 28 and 29th class will be all about putting the work you have done so far into practice. I'll lead you through it all weekend.

Look forward to seeing you all.

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