Yoga Teacher Training

Meditation Tips from Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training

Meditation can seem like a daunting practice, but it can actually be quite simple when correct techniques are applied…here I will tell you the key elements that will lead you to your own successful meditative process.

With regular enough practice to build up a connection within, you might feel the benefit and natural desire to have a regular practice, even if it’s just a few minutes morning or evening and cultivating a meditative state of mind throughout your daily life.

Sitting Up Right
First and foremost is the upright spine. Extending the spine to feel tall physiologically creates a feeling of wakefulness. It is also the best action for reducing inbalances in the curvature of the spine and promotes balanced 3-dimensional actions of breath. Sitting upright is initiated by many muscles but focusing to the deepest abdominal muscle, the tranverse abdominis, will improve your posture and increase your endurance…

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Yoga Teaching Tips and Advice

1. Teach with candor. Be frank and honest about yourself and share your experiences, even if that experience is nervousness. Most people can already tell how you are feeling by observing you. If the nervous teacher comes right out and says “Well, ok, I’m feeling nervous but…” they’ll make a connection with the students who can identify with that feeling (which is most people)  and they’ll display confidence for being able to admit it.
2. When you’re sure all of your students are adept with a certain flow of practice(and keep checking anyway!), a warm up if you will, lead with unrelenting focus and energy. Don’t let them, or you, slip off into some tangent. This is to get everyone established in the streaming focus that is the paradigm of many yoga practices. Speak rhythmically, directly, and concisely with a encouraging power in your voice. Keep coming back to the…

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Last Day of Vikasa Teacher Training

Congratulations to our first Vikasa Yoga Teacher Graduates!

What an amazing month! The course ended spectacularly with deep practices and insightful discussions.
Kosta covered the business of yoga; how to market yourself, build networks, set attractive deals and membership packages, and gave advice for free-lancing and managing a studio. His last class in Asana practice was absolutely epic. Thee minutes in Dhanurasana, we did it. Tingting taught Yin counter practice immediately following and the results of the combination in shavasana was tremendous contentment.
Ram lead a very deep final lecture on all the implications of being a yoga teacher and how to flourish as well as be genuine to your spiritual practice. We also re-kindled the lantern of the most sincere aspects of the nature of Yoga and human evolution to which I added many of my own thoughts. We breached controversial subjects such as the future of Yoga Alliance,…

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Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training: In the Midst of Transformation

Our first Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training at Koh Samui, Thailand is already to it’s midpoint! We couldn’t be more pleased as everything came together with perfect timing for us to welcome 26 amazing people from all over the world as our students. Like the relaxing pace of the island life style, it’s going by smooth with teachers and students getting closer with one another. There is a great deal of respect between all of us. I’ve seen many nice relationships developing, and also amusing, or provocative interactions amongst us all. We have a crew of characters, comedians, and instigators that make things interesting. pushing the boundaries a little to help us all see more clearly what is important to each of us. It also racing by. Two weeks already? Where did the time go? Maybe the techniques are working and just like a perfect stillness the concept of time seems…

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