Sleeping in Savasana

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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Seeking Direction

I’m at a bit of a cross road just now. I’m not sure where I want to head, both in my yoga teaching life and life in general.

I’m considering options for Yoga Teacher Training either later this year or in early 2019. I think I’d like to do a more dynamic style of yoga so that I can teach classes flow classes with more confidence. I occasionally teach very slow flow classes but they aren’t that great and I’d like them to be better.

I also would like to teach a retreat at the end of next year and to do this I need to teach flow as I don’t think I’d get people coming along just to do yin and restorative. I need some flow classes for the morning yoga classes.

I also want to learn more restorative and yoga therapy work. Yoga Therapy teacher training is generally two years long and a huge commitment. Also would involve travelling to either London or Amsterdam for the two courses that I am considering. The Amsterdam one does a 100 hour intro to yoga therapy which I think might be a good starting place to it rather than just signing up to the full 500 hours.

In the interim I’m doing a short chair yoga course to work on getting moving slowly and mindfully. It’s a good starting place.

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Yoga Retreat as a Yoga Teacher

This time in Omassim I wan’t a yoga practitioner, a going to start YTT or a just qualified YTT like I had been before. I was a yoga teacher with her regular classes, additional training and a fair bit of experience teaching.

It was a bit different from going as a non-teacher. Although I have always made adjustments to suggested poses but I no longer got questioned about my adjustments. I made the same adjustments pre-teaching as I know my body and my injuries and know that full deep squats held for more than one breath are not for me.

I know that one of the teachers was a little nervous at having me in classes, she didn’t have that much experience of teaching yin and it’s my specialism. It was fine, her classes weren’t pure yin and there are things I would have changed but it still was a nice stretch and gave me ideas for some different transitions that I hadn’t tried before.

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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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The problem with yoga books

I love yoga books. I have half a bookshelf of them. However sometimes I hate yoga books.

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I hate how yoga books always use super flexible models to show photos of the yoga poses. They show an unrealistic ‘perfect’ pose for 95% of people and don’t show how most people will look in the pose.

I have one yin yoga book that suggests that in butterfly pose, baddha konasana, you should come forward until your forehead touches your feet. In the yin version. Where the same book has an intro that says that the aim of yin is to relax into poses and not force yourself into them. Even in a dynamic practice having done lots of hip opening and warming up fully I’d have trouble getting my forehead to my feet and holding it there without a lot of pushing forward. That to me is not yin.

It frustrates me greatly when I know that even at my fittest when I practiced yoga 4/5 times a week I still wasn’t able to do some poses as shown in books. They never show more than one adaptation and usually that’s to make the pose harder rather than easier.

I would like a yoga book that shows you the different options in poses and the ‘beginner’ or less flexible options as well as the more advanced options. I don’t know if such as book exists but if you know of one let me know and I can add it to my library.

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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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