Archive for ‘Yoga & Exercise’

April 15, 2013

Why Yoga Teacher Training Isn’t Just About The Certificate

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

*This article of mine recently posted on mindbodygreen.com, and I wanted to share it here as well! Enjoy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I recently completed a yoga teacher training. What did I expect going in? Well, I thought that I’d get the tools I needed to teach yoga, which has been my passion for a long time, and get to deepen my own practice and knowledge of yoga’s history and philosophy. I thought if I was lucky, maybe I’d make a friend or two and have some good times to look back on. What I got was so much more.

In September 2012, I headed to my first hour of my 200-hour training at the Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio in Yardley, PA, after a fiasco involving my husband and a new motorcycle he just purchased. I met a group of beautiful people, and we all took our first deep breaths together as a team, leaping headfirst into the training journey.

As the weekends progressed, we studied asanas, philosophy, anatomy and life in general. We laughed, we cried, we had serious moments and ridiculous moments. We practiced gratitude and loving kindness, and learned about how much good the world has to offer if we all just pause and look around us. We also learned about how much beauty we have inside of us to share with the world if we take some time to open up our channels and access it.

Five months goes by really, really fast, and before we knew it February was upon us. The last weekend of training was immensely difficult. I felt like I was leaving not just new friends, but an entire new family. In the beginning, I thought I might make one or two friends, but I ended up walking away with eleven sisters and a new brother.

The last class we practiced together in February was one of the more painful moments I’ve gone through, and is forever seared into my memory, but the pain was still there because I was leaving my new friends.

For anyone who has ever considered yoga teacher training, go for it. Just take the plunge and do it. I promise it will be worth your while. Yoga is a gift, and having it to share with the world is priceless. Not to mention the fact that it comes with so many amazing memories and experiences you’ll carry with you in your heart for the rest of your life.

To those who aren’t into yoga, find what your passion is and pursue it. Following your dreams will round out your life and reach into depths of your being you didn’t even know existed. We were all put here for a reason, and we were also put here to make the absolute most of every single moment we have on this earth. By following your passion, you open up doors that lead you to a better life, and you make amazing memories and relationships along the way.

No words can express how grateful I am for my yoga teacher training. I thank all of the circumstances and crazy twists and turns my life has taken to lead me here, and of course the people who helped make it possible. To my yoga family, you all have a permanent spot in my heart.

August 8, 2012

What Makes You Feel Like You?

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

Have you ever had those days where you just don’t feel like yourself? I think that in many ways, feeling like “yourself” can really be attributed to your actions and how close you have come to putting your values on the

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August 6, 2012

Beach-Ready Yoga!

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

Sweet Summertime! This is the season where people relax the most and life is full of joy and fun. This great yoga sequence, which

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August 2, 2012

It’s a Full Moon! Try Some Moon Salutations In Your Yoga Today

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

In honor of the full moon today, I’d like to put a spotlight on Yoga’s Sun Salutation’s lesser-known sibling, Moon Salutations. While traditional Sun Salutations are known as a

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July 27, 2012

Have You Challenged Yourself This Week?

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

The importance of getting out of your comfort zone cannot be understated. SO many people just sit in cruise control, not realizing that their life is slowly flying past them in a blur of colors. It is up to you, and

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July 26, 2012

The Meaning of Namaste

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

In most yoga classes you will hear the teacher, and maybe the yoga studio owner and other students saying the word “namaste” to one another. Maybe you

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July 24, 2012

Twist and Stretch

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

There are some days where I just feel like doing twist after twist in my yoga practice. Since twists are known to help digestion and detoxification, maybe it is my body’s way of telling me I need to

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July 18, 2012

Stop Fighting and Start Surrendering

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

Years back, I used to get completely out-of-synch if something came up that would make me miss my daily workout. If I found out last-minute that we had dinner plans when I was planning to do yoga, I would get into a funk for the rest of the day and

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July 12, 2012

Distracted During Savasana? You’re Not Alone!

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

In my opinion, Savasana can be one of the most difficult poses in yoga to get comfortable with. After years of doing yoga, I still struggle with

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July 11, 2012

Sun Salutation B Tutorial

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

If you are familiar with yoga, surely you have heard of and practiced at least one sun salutation. But did you know that there is more than one variation? Today I’m going to walk you through the “B” series, the “A” series’ lesser-known

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