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My yoga journey

Tummee Yoga Sequence Planner

I’ve been trialling Tummee for planning yoga classes and for sequences to be able to send to people. I have been working on expanding my one to one teaching and feel that being able to give hand outs or email them after class will help with this and the person doing home work between sessions.

It’s a nice little website and is fairly simple to use. There is a directory of poses that you can narrow down by style of yoga, body part, chakra, level. It often comes up with other poses similar to the one you had in mind so is quite good for using different poses from your usual ones.

They have more than 1950 poses (I’m not sure why they don’t say 2000) so you can find most of the ones that you’d use and they have a feature of requesting poses to be added.

There are a number of shared lesson plans which doesn’t seem to include many yin classes but good for getting ideas from and maybe little parts of sequences. I’ve not explored this part fully yet but it’s nice to know that if I was teaching more dynamic classes I could use them.

The sequences that you create can be shared either by email, by pdf or be printed out. It took me a couple of attempts to get them formatted correctly and showing the information that I wanted but I think I’ve now set it correctly. I’m going to use these both in one to ones and also for homework of a yoga challenge that I’m going to be running in September.

In general it’s a nice website and worth £48 per year to allow the hand outs to be nicely formatted and add value to classes.

Full disclosure, if you sign up via the links above I get extra months membership added to my subscription.

 

 

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

In March I travelled to Milton Keynes and to the beautiful White Space Yoga studio to do a restorative yoga teacher training course.

It was four days and fairly intensive but at the same time a lot of the course was about reducing stress and ensuring that you are in a place to be able to give your energy to others. I really enjoyed taking time to fully appreciate the poses.

I have started putting some of the poses into practice in my normal yin classes and the feedback has been good. It certainly helps people relax and I’m going to start doing one to one classes soon.

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Become a Pilates Instructor for £12

I love Pilates and want to get back into classes as I feel that it compliments my yoga practice well. However when I see things like this it worries me. On a deal website Wowcher you can buy a Pilates Instructor Training course for £12

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Perhaps unsurprising it’s an online course but it is described as enabling you to teach.

Would you like to do a class taught by a teacher who’s teacher training was entirely online and was only an investment of £12? I’m not sure I would.

I know that some teacher training courses aren’t great anyhow and some teachers are great despite it. However it worries me that with just online training and no in person requirement people can get qualified and insured to teach.

I’m not 100% convinced about requirements to sign up for Yoga Alliance or other training bodies but at the same time it gives some certainty around what training a teacher has had.

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Shoes in the studio

So I’m slightly worried that this may make me come across as crazy but still, who cares what random people on the internet think of my opinion.

Shoes in the studio. Just no. I’ve a sign on the door, one on the shelves that are right next to the door and I always ask people to removed their shoes when they come for the first time.

Why on earth would you then keep your shoes on and walk across my studio and that them off sitting on my mats. Ugh.

I want to be able to but my face on the floor knowing that it’s clean-ish and wearing shoes on it doesn’t.

Maybe I should make the sign bigger or be braver at telling people to stop until they’ve removed their shoes.

Don’t even get me started on the lady who stood on my mat wearing shoes…

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Teaching Poses I dislike

At the end of last year I realised that there are certain poses that I dislike, both in terms of personal practice and teaching. So I haven’t taught them often. One of my teaching aims in 2018 has been to teach at least one of them each week.

So far I’ve taught four poses that I dislike,

Square pose – I just don’t get it. I don’t get that great a stretch in it and I don’t think that I’m ever going to get my knee to my ankle.

Cat Pulling it’s Tail – I like this pose but I don’t like teaching it. Someone always gets the wrong foot, rolls off there mat, can’t reach there foot or just generally hates it.

Melting Heart Pose – Yep my heart doesn’t love this. It just isn’t that great a chest opening for me.

Mermaid – It’s not that I don’t love this pose personally it’s just some people look so awkward in it and start to squirm after 30 seconds and I feel that I need to try to make them have a better alternative.

 

It’s great to expand the poses that I’m teaching and it’s certainly something that I’m going to continue to do over the next couple of months.

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Losing my practice

So here goes. Confession time. I am a yoga teacher who other than demonstrating poses and taking photos for Instagram has done about 5 minutes of yoga in the last month. Yes that includes meditation practice.

As a result I’m stressed, run down and now ill. It’s also not helped by that I’m eating badly currently.

I know that I just need to get on the mat and start again but it’s hard. Having a dog also adds complications in terms of it being difficult to go straight from work to yoga or leave her for too long.

Videos I know will be the way forward but again starting is hard. My aim for tomorrow is 15 minutes of yoga. Not a long video but long enough to get started. 15 minutes 3 times a week should be achievable but at the moment it seems so far away.

Practice not perfection as always.

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Bad Yoga teacher for eating meat

I have recently started dating someone new, it’s still early but it’s lovely. He’s described me to his friends and go a lot of ‘oh is she really bendy’ comments. Sigh.

The other comment that he told me about is that people expect me to be vegetarian. I don’t eat much meat and try to only eat organic and free range meat but I still eat and enjoy it. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher? No I don’t think so. I know the principal of ahimsa, non-harm but to me animals raised for meat if they have a good life and are killed quickly and humanely then it’s ok.

I don’t agree with not eating the whole animal and using as much as possible. I don’t see why tongue and offal shouldn’t be consumed as well as the prime cuts. If they go to waste then it’s more harm.

Also humans are designed to eat meat. When I was a strict vegetarian then I regularly was anaemic and had to take iron supplements. Now I eat a little meat and feel much better. Surely harm to myself should be important and it’s always better to get nutrient via diet rather than supplements.

Still I enjoy not being what people expect.

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Un-Yogi Yogic Thoughts

I am starting to teach more classes over the next few months. I’m back to two classes on a Wednesday with different times and we’ll see how that goes on, I’m teaching a monthly Friday night class and another monthly yoga with alcohol class. In general I’m busy with yoga and it’s a good thing.

I also am trying to teach a morning class at my office every two weeks. This is going to be by donation (to our office charity of the year), in my own time and very chilled.

However, when I sent an email out about the class stating that it would be on one of two mornings. This was as I can make these mornings on a regular basis and it suits me. I got a reply back from one of my colleagues asking if I could hold it on a different day that suited them better.

Erm no. I’ve offered to teach it when suits me. I already teach four classes most weeks and am trying to work on a personal practice too. I don’t want to change things so I don’t get to do things that I enjoy doing because it suits you.

It made me really annoyed. I ended up taking a couple of deep breaths before replying that days other than the ones I stated didn’t work for me but if they were ever available on the mornings that I’m teaching then they’d be welcome to join in.

It’s hard to be yogic about yoga all the time.

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2017 Aims Q2 Update 

This year seems to be flying by. It doesn’t seem that long that I gave my end of March update.

Do at least one yoga class per week.

I’m still not there with this. I’m trying to be better but life is super busy and it’s being a challenge. I’m getting better at doing short practices in the morning even if it’s just 5 minutes.

 

Look into and book Yang Yoga Teacher Training – probably not starting until 2018 but at least sourcing a course that I want to do.

Nothing yet booked but a few options that I’m looking at. I’m hoping to have something booked by September.

 

Make the studio cost neutral.

It’s still making money and I’m happy with how things are going. I’m still working on class timings for after the summer but I think I’m going to go back to three classes a week but with different timings.

 

Teach 3 workshops.

I’m still working on planning for this. I’m confident in teaching hour classes and have started expanding these to longer 90 minute classes but I think of workshops as being at least two hours long. I’m hoping that within the next quarter I’ll try one but I’m certainly growing towards this.
Find out cause of Hip pain and path to solve it.

I’ve got the cause of the pain formally diagnosed. I’m still working on how to minimise it for as long as I can. I have been swimming lots more and it’s not causing me too much more pain. I’m also taking a lot of different supplements which seem to be helping.

 

Travel to two new cities.

I’ve not been anywhere new this year yet but I’m headed to Toronto and Niagara Falls in September.

 

New kitchen fitted.

That’s the kitchen done and it’s beautiful. I’m enjoying having everything back in it’s proper place and bring able to cook.

 

Already completed. 

Finish my 200 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

New Aims

I’m not 100% sure on what to add, I feel that I need to focus on adding yoga into my life on a more regular basis. I miss it and I know that I feel better when I do more classes. I need to find a way of making time for classes or get better at home practice.

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Summer classes

This week I made the decision to cancel one of my classes over the summer. I’ve only got two people signed up and one is away for two weeks. I’ve managed to fit both into the earlier class so it’s not a loss in revenue overall. 

Still it feels a bit like I’ve failed. 

I teach two classes a week that are full, that have no spaces on a regular basis. I’m making money from my studio, it’s profitable. Or a more accurate description is, it’s starting to repay me the investment that I had to put into the studio to get things going. 

Maybe the time of that class is wrong? Maybe it’s not a good fit. I don’t know. I’ve got 6 weeks to think about it and decide if I want to keep the class going to try for a different slot. 

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