Teaching Yoga Has Never Been Easy


WITH SINCERE THANKS ,
DEDICATED TO MR PAALU (THE MOTIVATOR) and MISS SATYA WEILING (THE EDUCATOR) and to all Aspiring yogis from Tirisula Yoga School. OM

Lets  remind ourselves that yoga teachers are people too (it’s the truth!), and they have all the burdens and financial responsibilities that we and everyone else in this modern world have. So us yoga teachers, if we want to put food in the mouths of our children and a roof over their heads too, still have to run a viable business, just like everyone else.
That’s fair enough, right?
That means that yoga teachers have to follow all the same principles of business success that everyone else does right?  … and every business owner, whatever their industry, knows that long term success rests on creating happy, repeat customers, right?
Put it this way. If I were a disposable razor company, I would be competing with other disposable razor companies to make the best darn disposable razor possible, wouldn’t I? The problem is that it can’t be too good!  After all, I don’t want my customers to never need another razor!
But is that really the right attitude for a yoga teacher to have? “I want to be a good teacher, but not so good that you’ll never need me anymore?”

NO WAY!
In fact, that attitude, and it is more prevalent in the modern yoga world than we might think because it is the underlying attitude of the modern business world, not only hurts so many sincere, aspiring yoga students, but it ends up killing a yoga teacher’s business, not helping it to grow and flourish!
With the logic that you only give your customers enough to keep them coming back, teaching people how to do yoga on their own, at home, would most certainly lead to the eventual demise of a teacher’s livelihood. … right? But let me tell that this fear is completely irrational. In fact, it is an assumption, that is just plain wrong! When our students grow, through our instruction and guidance, into practitioners of yoga who have the knowledge, wisdom and experience to practice yoga on their own, they will NOT disappear! In fact, they will become even more dedicated to us because we have proven to them that we are indeed a GREAT TEACHER.

It means that they will keep sending new students our way! Swami Gitananda used to tell people that his aim was not to create perpetual students, but to create eventual yogis! And he did!  Yet as he sent knowledgeable, confident yogis, one after the other back out into the world, he continued to have an endless flood of new students. … Tens of thousands of them!But what if we’re not a Great Guru, or even a really good teacher for that matter … at least not yet anyway? Then teach what we can, as best as we can, to students who can benefit from our current level of knowledge and experience. Above all else, keep studying hard, practicing and growing! Our students don’t need us to be an enlightened master. But if they see us living what you are teaching, and if they see us growing and transforming as time goes by, then they will continue to follow us, and they will encourage others to follow us too!
Unfortunately, most teachers do not approach their yoga classes from this perspective. In fact, most yoga teachers have been trained to run classes which are not geared towards teaching their students how to practice yoga on their own at all.
But they should! Learning how to help our students “learn to practice yoga” is an essential skill that a good yoga teacher must have. Do we want to have students who think that we are an amazing yoga teacher? Do we want to have students who recommend us to others time and time again?Then help them to gain the knowledge, the ability, the confidence and the experience to properly practice yoga, on their own.
Help them to NOT NEED YOU anymore.If we do, then they’ll be more dedicated to us than ever before!
Simply put , positivity increases when it is distributed with selflessness.

Lord Shiva Said:  “Those who are instructed by a knower of Truth, they become knowers of Truth… Those who are instructed by beasts are known to become beasts themselves.”
~ Shiva Puranam

Some Recommendations for a Sattvic Yoga Diet


1. Try to each fresh, leafy greens in great quantity. These should be included in every meal, and are best eaten at the end of the meal. These vegetables contain many essential mineral for metabolism such as iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium and chromium.  A yoga diets high in these foods forms a foundation for combating disease.
2. Vegetables that grow beneath the ground should be used sparingly, with the exception of carrots.
3. All fruits and vegetables should be taken fresh whenever possible. They are packed with nutrients, providing vitamin C, beta-carotene, riboflavin and other vitamins, iron, calcium and fibre. Use tomatoes and over-ripe bananas sparingly.
4. Avoid canned or preserved foods.
5. The yoga diet includes a regular variety of nuts. These, however, should be boiled or steamed, and not fried or roasted.
6. Legumes, which is another name for beans, peas and lentils, are all good sources of fibre, protein, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins.
7. Soymilk and soya products are an excellent source of B vitamins and calcium and should be included in the daily yoga diet.
8. Make plentiful use of pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, squash and other vine-grown foods.
9. Avoid fried foods!
10. Whole grains are rich in fibre and other complex carbohydrates, as well as protein, B vitamins and zinc.
11. Drink a lot of (pure) water daily. Water (not cold!) may be taken with meals, but in small quantities and should not be used to “wash down” the food.

Simplest Form Of Yoga…?


The world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in milliseconds, over and over again. Nothing is solid. This is the world of YOGA . Ancients have proven that thoughts are what put together and hold together this ever changing energy field into the ‘objects’ that we see. So why do we see a person instead of a cluster of energy? We have 5 physical senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste). Each of these senses has a specific spectrum (for example, a dog hears a different range of sound than you do; a snake sees a different spectrum of light than you do; and so on).In other words our set of senses perceives the sea of energy (SHAKTHI) from a certain limited standpoint (MAYA), and makes up an image from that. It is not complete, nor is it accurate. It is just an interpretation. Our thoughts are linked to this invisible energy and they determine what the energy forms. Our thoughts literally shift the universe on a particle-by-particle basis to create our physical life.
Look around. Everything we see in our physical world started as an idea, an idea that grew as it was shared and expressed, until it grew enough into a physical object through a number of steps. We literally become what we think about most. (As a man thinketh so he becomes) Our life becomes what we have imagined and believed in most. The world is literally our mirror, enabling us to experience in the physical plane what we hold as truth … until we decide to change it. YOGA shows us that the world is not the hard and unchangeable thing it may appear to be. Instead, it is a very fluid place continuously built up using our individual and collective thoughts. What we think is true is really an illusion, almost like magic. Fortunately we have begun to uncover the illusion and most importantly, how to change it.
What is your body made of? Nine systems comprise the human body including Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory, Skeletal, and Urinary.
What are those made up of?  Tissues and organs.
What are tissues and organs made of?  Cells.
What are cells made of?  Molecules.
What are molecules made of? Atoms.
What are atoms made of? Sub-atomic- particles.
What are subatomic particles made of?  Energy + Information Field
We are pure energy-light in its most beautiful and intelligent configuration,   Energy that is constantly changing beneath the surface.  A Spiritual Being Having A Human Being Experience.
If we could see ourselves under a powerful electron microscope and conduct other experiments on ourselves, we would see that we are made up of a cluster of ever-changing energy in the form of electrons, neutrons, photons and as is everything else around us. YOGA tells us that it is the act of observing an object that causes it to be there where and how we observe it. ( Eg : watch the flame from a candle, see the light it emanates. The question is where in the flame is the light coming from? The candle, the wax, the wick  and so on )
An object does not exist independently of its observer! (MAYA), as we can see, our observation, our attention to something, and our intention, literally creates that thing. Our world is made of spirit, mind and body. (3 gunas  sattvic , rajasic , tamasic )
Each of those three, spirit, mind and body, has a function that is unique to it and not shared with the other but need each other with different proportional levels. What we see with our eyes and experience with our body is the physical world, which is known as the Casual Body. It is an Effect, Created by a Cause. It has no power to create, although it gives the illusion of power to do so. This illusion MAYA, is the cause of much frustration to all. Casual Body is purely an effect and has no power to cause or create. It can only experience and be experienced … that is its unique function.
This cause is THOUGHT.  (Where does it begin? What causes it? That is our Mission on this Earth to identify, to dissolve into ourselves) .
Thought cannot experience … it can only make up, create and interpret.
It needs a world of relativity (the physical world, Casual Body) to experience itself.
Spirit is All That Is, that which gives Life to Thought and Body.
With the Body and Thought we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that, suffering produces Perseverance; Perseverance to Character; and Character to Love. The key with all of this information is how do  we learn to see the Universe differently than we do now so that we can be who we truly are meant to be.In my personal opinion, in our quest to our higher self, we seek to find but we forget the fundamentals. All this knowledge passed down through the ages were tools meant to accelerate our evolution. Somehow the truth has been lost or kept secret only for the true aspirant. ‘When the student is ready, The master appears’. One thing all the great Masters had in common was self-inquiry. They knew that by asking the mind the one thing that it could not answer, auto shut the senses and opened up the higher regions to be able to see the truth. With all my 33yrs on this planet of existence plus with the experiences that I was given, a conclusion dawned on me. In Yoga and everything else you have to develop the sense of seeing things in reverse: going within; to go back to the point where the egg and the sperm met to divide and create a being, even deeper it is to go within the egg and the sperm.  (In all Hindu Temples the exterior walls are painted white and red to symbolise this sperm and egg process. The ‘moorthy’ in the inner sanctum represents the GOD within. The temples are built such that they hold PRANA within at the highest vibration possible in accordance to the positions of the chakras in the human body.The secret, look at the number of kalasa of khumbas in the gopuram.)
Yoga is but a tool that shows the way back to ourselves creating a union with the GOD within. Just by understanding this,  A whole lot more is achieved in the journey to our destination. All the books that we have read, if we piled them up and stand on them would we be able to see the truth know the truth and feel the truth..?
We look but do not see, We hear but do not listen , We touch but do not Feel, We talk but do not Speak, We sniff but do not Smell
Known is a Drop; Unknown is an Ocean, One Who Knows Himself Knows All.
Who am I, Self-inquiry is the simplest form of yoga to liberation. This is My Nindo. This is My Way. This is My Mantra.
This is not an original by me for these words existed before me. ALL IS HIS .O ARUNACHALA.

Defeat Your Worst Enemy

“ I find my worst enemy is the same enemy we all have…ourselves.
What I fight against really does not exist,
It is only distorted reflection of true self.”
When we’re distracted, we cannot concentration
Without concentration, there is no meditation
And without meditation… there is no yoga!
Embrace discomfort like the champions do. Soon it subsides, we enjoy the benefits of the change and the pain is forgotten. we’ve reached a new, higher plateau of achievement. Enjoy the view for a short while. But be on guard because it’s not long before that higher level becomes our new comfort zone and then its time to press on again.
A gram of practice is worth a ton of theory.”
Saints have described the Mind as a restless monkey having taken a full dose of an alcoholic intoxicant, at the same time possessed by a demon. A monkey is usually restless; if you give alcohol to him you can imagine how restless he will be. If a demon enters in, you can well imagine. So, the human mind has been compared to a monkey in this condition. The greater achievement of the practice is the attainment of extreme love and positive attitude, love for God, love for the spiritual masters and love for all beings. That is the main thing without that, without the love for the one Soul, and without realizing your own soul; YOGA will be mere exercises giving limited benefits.
Most of the time we are our own worst enemy, and any pain, aggravation or stress we’re experiencing is simply coming from our own actions and reactions toward everything. Just by changing our actions and reactions to everything, we can, and WILL change the results. In yoga, It’s called Pratipaksha Bhavana, which refers to a conscious effort to immediately, by an act of will, replace any negative or lower thought as soon as it arises, with an opposite, more virtuous and positive one. Maybe that simple attitude adjustment sounds like a bit of “wishful thinking” sort of stuff, but what we’re doing here is actually very scientific and profound. We might think that everything we say and do results from a process of lucid, rational thought? That is just not true. Pretty much all of our daily actions and words are actually just unconscious reactions, things that just “come out of us” as a result of a lifetime of conditioning, with very little conscious thought ever entering the MInd. What we’re doing with the practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana is creating a Stimulus-Response Gap … a short pause between the “taking in” of an external situation, and our reacting to it  … a brief moment to stop and consciously formulate our actions and words instead of letting the autopilot “auto response mechanism” decide what comes out of us. We are taking control of our thoughts and actions, making them positive, beneficial ones, instead of just letting ourselves “mindlessly react.   ”Creating conscious actions, instead of unconscious reactions! The more we do this the more we re-condition our behaviour and reformulate that set of reactions that used to get us into trouble in the past. By consciously thinking before we speak or act, over time we are able to shorten that stimulus-response gap to the point where we’ve re-trained our subconscious to spontaneously act and re-act in a more positive, evolutionary way to everything. And guess what? We naturally produce less stressful results for ourselves. Doesn’t that make perfect sense? But even if we don’t care about the science behind it all, it still works.
The Power is, as they say, IN THE PRACTICE.

Mahamudra

THE GREAT SEAL
The visible body has head (inside is the brain), neck which connects the head with the trunk (thorax, abdomen and pelvis) and the two upper limbs, the two lower limbs. This gross body houses the brain and spinal cord (the most important structures for God realization),
Of greatest importance is the Brain which contains cerebrum, cerebellum, mid-brain, Pons, medulla, pituitary, pineal, the limbic system and the cranial nerves etc. And it is through the cranial nerves and the spinal cord, the brain controls and regulates the entire body and every point on it and in it. Now we will discuss how the “Mahamudra” during its three main postures exercises, energizes, vitalises, purifies and refines the different parts and systems of the entire gross body and the invisible body. It also burns up the seeds of sinful acts of prior births and prepares the Susumna for the upward movements of the Kundalini. The Maha Bandhas, (MULA {ROOT} , UDDIYANA {CORE}, JALANDHARA {THROAT} ) performed in this asana is in sync that the level of difficulty is VERY HIGH
Stage I: Sitting On The Left Leg posture
The body weight rests on the left leg which is folded under the left thigh and the heel pressing the ‘Toni’ or ‘Kanda’ (space between anus and root of penis or generative organ). The right leg is first folded and pressed firmly against the abdomen and chest, there is special breathing technique and movement of vital force along the ‘Susumna’.
The results are: (I) All the muscles of legs, thigh, hands, arms, abdomen are contracted and pressed (II) All the big and small and smallest arteries, veins and lymphatic are pressed and squeezed. So there is no stagnation of blood and more blood is made available to heart, lungs, spinal cord and brain. This prevents varicose veins, myalgia, fibrositis, sciatica, lumbago etc. Muscles power also increases. By the pressure of right thigh over the pelvis, right half of abdomen and right lower chest, cecum, ascending colon, ileum, jejunum, Liver, gall bladder, stomach are pressed, massaged, exercised. The flow of bile and other digestive juices flow freely and there is good digestion and bowel movements. Constipation is cured. The right kidney, ureter, adrenal glands are exercised. So there is no stone formation in the Kidneys. High blood pressure is prevented and endocrine glands remain healthy. As the lower chest is pressed, toe pressed, the topmost of lungs open up and properly ventilated and lungs are remain healthy and powerful. T.B., Bronchitis and lung cancer are prevented. It can utilize more oxygen. In the next movement the leg is stretched and spine is bent forward. The pressure over abdomen is release and chest which become healthier and stronger. When we bend forward the spinal cord is stretched and massaged, the inter-vertebral spaces open up and tiny blood vessels get filled up with pure blood. When we become erect again, these contract to get pressed, pushed the pure blood into the spinal cord.
Stage II: Sitting On The Right Leg posture
Here the body weight rests on the right leg which is folded and pressed against the left pelvis, left abdomen, left chest. As a result, the rectum, sigmoid colon, descending colon, spleen, stomach, portal vein, left kidney and left adrenal gland are pressed, impure and stagnating blood is pushed out and when pressure is released, pure blood rushes in. All the benefits of stage one are repeated so that there is double benefit.
In ladies, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are exercised. As a result menstrual disorders, sterility, painful periods and menopausal syndrome are prevented and cured. As the perennial muscles and abdominal muscles become stronger, delivery becomes smooth and youthful figure is maintained. In gents and particularly in young people it helps in Brahmacharya and celibacy. It prevents and cures wet dreams, premature ejaculation and impotency. It cures obesity and prevents protuberant abdomen.
Stage III: Both Legs Folding Stage
In this stage both legs and thighs are folded and pressed against the pelvis, abdomen and chest. There is threefold increase in the benefits of above two stages. Pancreas is exercised, so diabetes mellitus is prevented and in early stages cured. All the splanchnic blood vessels in the abdominal cavity which keep the blood stagnated are pressed and the extra blood released is made available to the brain and spinal cord. In the Stage-I, Prana flows in Ida, in the Stage II, Prana flows in the Pingla and in Stage III, Prana flows in the Sushumna nadi. Kundalini is roused and as the sushumna path is opened by above practice, this Divine power Kundalini ascends up the sushumna. If this sufficient effort is made and contained at this stage, Kundalini (Shakti) rises upto Sahasrara in the brain and enters the Absolute (Siva) or the non-functioning column in the pineal. And the sadakha attains the stage of Nirbikalpa Samadhi and becomes Brahmavidya and Jivanmukta.
In the Shastras it is mentioned about Mahamudra:
It relieves all diseases, increases gastric fire, gives lustrous and glorious body. It destroys old age and death. It gives the Sadahka satisfaction of all virtuous desires. It subdues and destroys evil propensities. All these are acquired by the yogi when he keeps on practising ‘Mahamudra’.
 
 

The Ganapathy Pose

ASANA WITH VINYASA
An Age-Old ancient Asana to improve mental health and acuity has been going viral on the internet lately. It was featured in a Los Angeles CBS News report that has an MD, a Yale neurobiologist, an occupational therapist, educators, and parents endorsing it. It is a simple routine, and it has created positive results for the healthy, the learning disabled and autistic children as well as older Alzheimer’s victims. And it’s useful for any kind of brain fog or dullness, even emotional instability. It can improve memory and focus, and it’s even made some a little smarter. It seems to work for everyone regardless of mental condition. ( this should be included in the warming down before meditation )
How to Do This Simple Asana with Great benefits.
With your feet pointing straight ahead, spread them apart about shoulder width. Grab your right earlobe with the thumb and finger of your left hand. Cross over your left arm and do the same using your right hand on the left earlobe. Then squat as fully as you can, feet flat on the floor, Breathing in. ( That’s a little counter intuitive, but that’s what you do.) Hold the breath in the Squat  for 3-5 seconds. Then breathe out as you stand still hanging onto the earlobes.
Here the breathing needs to be synchronized with the squats. Continue this motion repetitively while holding both earlobes for one minute. One can go up to five minutes, but three is good enough. This can be done by anyone at any age and should be done on a daily basis until the fog lifts!  Thus the objective of Asana & Pranayama is to stimulate, communicate, regulate and control the vital life-force that exists in the body. The practice of yoga asanas produce a measurable increase in the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. .Gamma aminobutyric acid helps induce relaxation and regulate anxiety. It also contributes to motor control, vision, and many other brain functions. Gamma-aminobutyric acid stimulates the anterior pituitary and increasing the levels of the hormone HGH, which contributes significantly to muscle growth, while preventing the creation of fat cells.
How It Works
Physicians say that the brain cells and neurons are energized with this simple asana. (One example of this is a youngster doing poorly in school. After being introduced to the exercise, that child went on to become an A student). According to Yale Neurobiologist Doctors the earlobes grabbed are acupuncture points, a pool of about 3000 nerves that stimulate neural pathways in the brain. The brain’s hemispheres are in opposite sides of the earlobes. Using opposite hands for pinching the earlobes, have a lot to do with the way our subtle energies are arranged. Results from EEG (electroencephalography) readings after doing this exercise indicate the right and left hemispheres of the brain had become synchronized. In modern terms, the brain is actually lateralized. This is an ideal hemispheric arrangement.  Active meditation benefits.
( EEG readings measure the neuron firings in the brain via electrodes on the scalp, and are used to determine brain wave normalcies and abnormalities)
Digging a little deeper into the history, this Asana is used by the Hindus during prayer in front of the Great Lord Ganesh and also as a form of Punishment in Schools.  But without the knowledge of its importance it is just a another form of punishment or exercise. With the veil of ignorance lifted, with knowledge it becomes a tool for meditation , a tool for liberation.

Ten Simple Rules To Life

The Purpose of Life is to …

1.  Share Your Love.  Truly pursue this purpose in life with passion, and all the others will follow naturally! Love everyone, and start with those closest to you.

2.  Give to Others. You can make a difference in the world! Choose to serve and give in small ways right now. One purpose of life is to serve others.

3.  Increase in Light. Your spirit and body can actually hold light.  Learn to flow with light, bringing it into your life and letting it flow out to others. Increase your light bearing capacity by following the truth you know.

4.  Learn Wisdom. Pursue wisdom not as your final purpose, but for the love of Wisdom and also to better serve others with increased talents. Read the best books and learn all you can. Truth is eternal, and you can take it with you! (

5.  Accept Yourself. Love Yourself. Your birth, body, parents, strengths, weaknesses and nationality all have a purpose. Accept your purpose and your talents. Feel your emotions and allow them to flow without attachments.

6.  Enjoy the Mystery. Wonder at the beauty and richness of life, without trying to figure it all out. See the world in childlike simplicity and joy. Know that GOD is here, but do not try to understand.

7.  Create Your Reality. In this Worldly Sphere, you choose with your thoughts what to create. Be bold in life, and decide what you really want. Move toward all your dreams with a powerful vision! You can learn to consciously create your life. Choose NOW to maximize your creative mind.

8.  Follow the Higher-Self. Trust your inner voice that leads you and prompts you into the higher paths. Learning to follow the Higher-Self it is one of the purposes of life.  As you listen to the spirit, you will achieve greater inspiration for all your daily activities.

9.  Revel in the Present. Find joy, focus, and engagement in every present activity. Your point of personal power is the present moment.  You can only act in the present.  As you live in the now, you conquer the illusion of TIME and begin to live in TRUTH. Know what happened happened for the BEST. Know whatever is happening is happening for the BEST. Know whatever is going to happen is to happen for the BEST.

10.  Experience Joy. The ultimate purpose of this life is joy and happiness. We maximize our joy by pursuing it indirectly. Simply pursue the first nine purposes of life and the Joy will flow magnetically to you. SAT-CHIT-ANANDA

EVERYTHING ELSE CAN WAIT BUT THE SEARCH FOR GOD CANNOT WAIT – PARAMHAMSA YOGANANDA.

Reiki

The higher-self within started focusing on a higher power reception which eventually had me searching. Then it appeared REIKI!!!!
My search eventually ended at TIRISULA YOGA. No matter how hard I tried to search for other alternative, a voice kept directing me there. Succumbing to the voice within, I arrived at the destination. A sense of calm assured I was at the right place. There I met Mr Paalu ( The Motivator ) and Miss Satya Weiling ( The Educator ).
There ensured a lot of Q & A, after which I was enrolled into the REIKI course plus the 200hr yoga course with my minimal experience in Asanas.
First day into the REIKI , gave me the understanding of its origin and depth of its purpose and value. The first attunement gave me a sensation that I had experienced before. During the process, the whole body including the surroundings felt connected but I had a rush of energy that made my hairs on my body stand. After the attunement a new feeling had ignited, the upper forehead had begun to pulsate and throb. Now usually during my own meditation practices I will always have a throbbing sensation at the brow chakra (ajna) or a whirlwind sensation at the crown of the head. This new sensation gave me a boost for my curiosity and I wanted more of it…
Second day was interesting where we got to learn how to use REIKI to transmit and heal. Then we had a second attunement. This time round the throbbing on my upper forehead intensified. During the whole process I focused on the sensation in the forehead, suddenly my whole being relaxed into a state of bliss and awareness. I was able to sense every movement that was made, every breath, every sound was heard crystal clear. Then all I could hear was a ‘zinging’ sound in my head. After the session we had to experiment with our new improved energy with two cups of coke. One of the cups with coke we had to use REIKI on it. The other we had to compare the taste without REIKI. Focusing my new energy with the intent to heal, I placed my palms onto the sides of the cup and send REIKI for about a minute. To my surprise, the coke in the cup started to bubble more. We could actually see the bubbles forming. Then came the taste test. We had to taste the original coke and then the other with REIKI infused. My fellow learners claimed that theirs tasted better with REIKI infused whereas mine tasted like it received a turbo boost. It tasted stronger and gaseous. The original tasted better. Guess I need more practice. Next we had to try test the energy on one another to get our sensations and feelings right. We all had different sensations but we understood it to be unique to own individual feel. We all had questions to try to understand more that was taught to us from the symbols to the sensations. Our two teachers made it clear to us that they can only show the way, the journey is our own. The destination is now the present.
Coming out of this two day sessions , I feel my purpose on this planet has been heightened and has confirmed my path or destiny. For all this events , I must thank Mr Paalu and Miss Satya Weiling for the experience. Above all I thank the higher power within that will be guiding me for the rest of my journey.
O ARUNACHALA from the first time I laid my eyes on you you attracted me with your love just like a lover falling in love at first sight, the heart fills with your name. Every moment you are my thoughts , my breath. Oh great Father how many lifetimes have I waited , but now I have arrived with thy grace.
O ARUNACHALA SIVA

Teaching Yoga

Focus on the students’ needs, not how you perform
The first few times I tried teaching a class (I relief teach for my yoga teacher whenever she goes overseas), I was pretty self-conscious. So many thoughts were going through my head: Am I speaking perfect English? What if I say the wrong things? What if I can’t balance myself when I demonstrate half moon? What if the students do not like me? What if I forget something?
Then, it hit me one day that a good yoga teacher needn’t be flawless in performing the poses. A yoga teacher has only one ultimate purpose: to focus on helping the students improve, so that they enjoy the session, and they feel good about themselves.
That was indeed a breakthrough. I immediately felt more at ease while teaching, and have students telling their teacher ( ie me), “You’ve improved!”
Observe the students’ level and adjust teaching accordingly
Students have different levels of experience, and different expectations of a yoga class. How do you meet all their needs? To me, this is oftentimes the most difficult part of yoga teaching.
The best solution is of course to offer different classes catering to different needs, from beginner to advanced, stress-relieving classes to strength-building ones, and more.
However, when you have students of varying levels in class, the best way is to still demonstrate each posture before the students do them, at the same time demonstrate the advanced version of the posture to challenge the higher-level students. Demonstration is for the benefit of the beginner students, and it serves to remind the experienced ones of the little details they might have forgotten. Challenging the latter with advanced versions will also ensure that they do not become bored with the class, thinking that the postures are all “too easy”.
Learn to be a teacher by remembering how you were/are as a student
When I learn yoga, I always appreciate it when the teacher gives me feedback, be it positive or negative. After getting into a posture, I tend to expect the teacher to come around to correct me, or even just to give me a simple instruction for me to improve, or just to say that I have improved.
It takes experience to tell how a student is doing a posture wrong, or how the student can further challenge herself should the posture be “too easy”. There’s no shortcut to this, only conscious persistence and focused observation can do the work. But for now, a simple complement or a slight adjustment of the arm or foot direction is all a teacher needs to do to be appreciated. Addressing the students by their names will work even more wonders.

Yoga Nidra

i get all excited thinking about going on and on with this topic! haha; and im sure many of you know’s the reason why. c’mon who doesnt when you know you can finally unwind through the day, the week’s or even the month’s worries, troubles or just tiredness in a simple shavasana (corpse pose) and allow the mind to just drift into whatever fairytale land we have in our kiddiest state, or even better, in a state of complete blankness and just shut off the world and the mind and the soul. (wow, typing this now in the sunny weather blasting outside my window, i just want to retreat into this state like IMMEDIATELY,plsss)

Yoga Nidra, definded as a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs,  is also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, is a relax and rejuvenation technique that was originated manymany centuries ago.  Initiated to induce a full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness, this is one easy practice that is becoming very well liked by people these days due to our hectic work schedule that even in our sleep, we dream of our work, school and more stress! Therefore, this has been proven to be more effective in the form of psychic and physiological rest than our conventional sleep !
Normally done with a guided teacher around, this yoga nidra can also be done on your own if your already familiar with the sequence. so, help yourself, get rid of all the unnecessary tensions around the muscles, your emotions, and mentally. Do this at least 3 times a week and you’ll eventually find the difference in you and allow the new self to strut down the street with confidence without slouching the back, without the heavy burdens bringing you down anymore!
and this is my favourite part of the relaxation text:
“Feel the breath, Feel each inhalation as it enters the body, and each exhalation as it exits the body. Let the breathing be soft, full, easy. Continue to observe the breath, letting your body sink deeper and deeper into relaxation. Let the body sink deeper and deeper into the support of the floor”
Visualisation:
“You feel the gentle warm breeze on your face, in your hair and under your feet. You feel yourself sinking down into the sand a little as it supports your whole body. Your body is feeling heavy and relaxed; Feel the breath, let it slow down deeply, let your tummy rise as you breathe in and tummy fall as you exhale. You lay there for awhile, hearing the waves,feeling the soft warm sand beneath you.”
Relax. Rejuvenate to a Whole New You.