Ayurveda Body Type

Ayurveda is the complete knowledge of life. It is derived from ancient India Philosophy. Based on the philosophy of Ayurveda, it say that all the matter in this universe are made of 5 elements: air, water, space, fire, and earth.  They are made by this 5 elements with different proportion, so that there are variable creation in the universe with different characteristic.Read More

Bhujangasana

We had our final exams today, it was a very intense and sweaty practice but fun at the same time.  You can see everybody at their best alignment, drishti and pranayama.  Everybody looked so graceful and beautiful with all the asanas.  At some point, there were cards layed on the floor for us to teach with a time limit.  Tadah!!! I picked a card and got Bhunjangasana – Cobra Pose.Read More

Learning to Teach Yoga

We started practical training for teaching a lesson plan this week, this was something I was really looking forward to because it’s pulling everything we have learnt together and feels like we are getting much closer to achieving our original goal of becoming yoga teachers. It’s not as simple as the teachers here and my teacher at home make it look, and this is what I have learnt about the way a good class should be delivered.

Firstly it is important that you project your voice and personality without being too serious remembering that people go to yoga classes for fun. I learnt during my first 30 minute teaching trial that I speak too fast and should speak at 50% of my normal speed to ensure I am teaching and giving instructions clearly enough for the class to hear.

When teaching a holding position we may need to include counting, this is way more tricky then it sounds. From practicing with a fellow trainee it seems easier to count down in breaths because if it is a very challenging pose the students will know how long they have left and doing it in breath means the class will be more in unison and as the teacher you will know everyone will be ready to inhale together for your next instruction. Sometimes you will need to adjust the alignment of the student and it can be very difficult to correct everyone in time while counting. If this is the case it’s best not to count down, maybe either count upwards or don’t count down till everyone has been adjusted. While practicing it was funny when my fellow trainee started to click instead of count and it added an element of sassiness and fun showing her personality more. I might try and put this into practice to see if it suits my teaching style and see how students react to it.

It was overwhelming to try and put a lesson plan that has been in your head or on paper into words for the first time so I didn’t stick to my plan. I realised my beginner lesson plan was far too complex for someone who hasn’t got the foundation of the asana and alignment yet.

Although it will take time to get used to the multi-tasking aspects of teaching, as we practice we will evolve and progress our teaching methodology.

I really enjoyed my first time teaching 30 minutes of yoga and if I get that buzz every time I teach I’m sure my positivity and joy for yoga practice will spread.

Bettina x

The Art of Teaching

How many times did you feel happy and grateful after a nice class? How many times did you said I’ll never come back to this place? I can say in my experience there were fewer classes that I’ll love to come back than the ones I prefer to forget.

It doesn’t matter the location, if it’s a nice Yoga studio, someones house or a gym. I think what made that classes memorable was the teacher. That’s for me the most important thing when I attend a class. When I feel the teacher is good, it keeps drawing me to their classes. 

I felt this way with only 2 teachers in Singapore, and funny enough both of them did their training at Tirisula. Now it’s my turn to follow their steps and raise the bar =)

Having this in mind puts a lot of pressure on me now. I know what I like and what I do enjoy during their classes, so I’ve started very very slowly to replicate that on my style of teaching. Watching my friends teach also benefits me a lot, I can compare ours styles and define mine even more. It’s like a mirror, I learn from the different reflections.

I realized that YTT 200hrs is a very good foundation, but for me it’s just the beginning of this new journey. To be a great teacher you need to research many things that maybe are not that related to Yoga but when you put them together makes a difference in your class. 

I’m starting step by step to create my own style, including all these little things I like from their classes. My intention is that after the class the students feel happy and relax about the class and they feel drawn to come back.

Even thought when I started the course I was doing it for myself, now I’m looking forward to teach and create great experiences for others.

Luciana

Prejudice

  • In the second week of our YTT we had an open discussion about the different prejudices we have.

Master Paalu spoke about how he likes to bring up controversial topics. He fully achieved his goal in this lesson however he does this in a neutral way which provokes conversation raising awareness of our different prejudices and how ridiculous they can be.

At first I felt uncomfortable discussing what prejudices are learnt from our up bringing but as the group opened up about their different prejudices it opened my eyes to show that we all have them and it is our choice whether we let them impact our actions.

I found this session particularly interesting because the group of trainees we have is so diverse coming from all different backgrounds which really raised some key prejudices we grow up with in our different cultures. We have Yogi’s who are originally from India, France, Columbia, Indonesia, England, China, Argentina, Italy, Russia, Japan and the Philippines.

Some of the prejudices we have and discussed in our lesson:

The French are rude and arrogant.

Some of us judge each others personalities on the type of pet we choose (dogs owners are more friendly then cat owners).

British are drunks.

British don’t know what good food is.

Chinese people spit.

Latinos are always late.

Filipino always say yes mam.

Ex-Russians are Rude.

Russians drink vodka like water.

Indian’s have a funny head movements.

Japanese work too much.

Argentinians are over confident.

Some countries don’t like others because they were used as servants to others historically.

These are just a few of the examples we came up with we yet as a group of multi-cultured individuals we can all come together and forget all the prejudice we have been taught.

This session taught me it is so important that we try to drop all pre-conceived opinions we have of one another and also the opinions others have of you.

Treat everyone as a human, do not judge as we are all individual.

Bettina x

 

Learning Contentment – Santosha & Aparigraha

Learning Contentment.

I went through a drastic change in my life last year which I hadn’t foreseen, I had always planned to live an ordinary life in the order a lot of society expects us to. I always had my ducks in a row which started with a good stable job, a boyfriend who was a perfect balance of attractive and caring, we bought a home together, got a dog, got married, moved to a bigger home and were lucky enough to go on several extravagant holidays each year. Our plan kept evolving and the more we had the more greedy we became.

Unfortunately as the greed took over we forgot about the little things in life that really count and the appreciation we always had for each others qualities was evaporating. Life became a battle against each other as we were always trying to top the previous year and thought about what we wanted ourselves rather then compromising well to suit both our needs.

When I was approaching my 30th Birthday ‘The Plan’ we had of our future family changed and we couldn’t reach a compromise. I had to reevaluate what was important to me in life and put myself first so our marriage broke down. 

Now I am piecing my life back together starting from the beginning and still don’t know what I want for my future so I know I need to learn to be content with what I have in the present rather then always looking forward to what the future holds. This is a lot harder to practice then it sounds.

This is probably the biggest thing I have taken on board in the first week of my YTT, and after doing the homework we were given it YTT yesterday to explain a psychological concept I think I have discovered I might have mild suffering of Chronophobia. This is a phycological disorder which means to have anxiety of the passing of time. Some examples of this are that I hate it when a party or a trip is over that I worry about it being over before it has even started or the thought that my life might end without experiencing all I could and would want to.

This has changed the goal I started YTT with and contentment has become my new goal, however as Master Paalu says I will try not to focus on my goal and just let it happen.

Bettina x

My 1st week at YTT

I’ve never thought I’ll be doing this training. Coming from Argentina where Yoga was seen as an activity for old or crazy people when I was a kid, this is a big step. Till today people said it’s a terrible practice and it’s dangerous because many people get injured.

I’ve started practicing Yoga when I moved to the US, I fell in love the minute I’ve started. I kept practicing it on and off (3 kids and 3 different countries in between) mostly for 15 years now. I tried different types of classes, different teachers and I’ve realized that it’s not that easy to find good ones that can really teach what Yoga is. That was my main reason to start this training. For the 1st time I found a teacher that showed me the other side of the practice. It’s not all about the body, it’s a balance between body and mind.

She encourage me to do the YTT and seek more information, and here I am 1 week into the YTT getting surprise of how much I love being here, and absorb all the new concepts.

I’ve never tried to know myself, I just accepted what everyone thought I was, so in this path I’ve just started there are many different doors opening that I’ve never thought I’ll have. 

During this week, we worked hard on our Asanas, which was the only part of Yoga I’ve knew well, but we also learn Pranayama and how it helps as to be focus and relax our mind. It’s amazing to see how you can apply it to every day life. Another thing we’ve learnt this week was Ayurveda, another practice that helps us be in balance.

Understanding what Yoga is in a week is impossible but “Creator” Paalu has a great way of transferring knowledge, and starting to learn Yoga Theory has been very enjoyable and not boring.

If you’re reading this blog and you’re doubting as I did to join the YTT don’t be afraid, get the courage you have inside and you won’t regret it.

Luciana

My Yoga Journey (so far)

I would say my yoga journey started when I was just a young girl watching my grandfather practice his yoga sequences and occasionally joining in. All I remember from those occasions was that I had a lot of fun. As the years went by, life took over and soon yoga became a distant memory.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago when I started putting significance and more time aside for exercise, I would join in for yoga classes here and there. It was only really the start of this year when I joined a yoga studio and signed up for one month of unlimited yoga classes. It made me realize how much I was enjoying myself during the classes but then after a while that wasn’t enough for me. Yoga classes especially beginner classes can only teach you so much and I was yearning to deepen my knowledge. After lots of research I decided that joining a teacher training course would be the best path for me. This way I could learn the foundations of yoga for my own yoga practice and also have the opportunity to be certified as a yoga teacher, opening up doors for me if/when I was ready to take that step.
As I sit here writing this blog post days from my teacher training course coming to an end I realize that I have gained so much more from this course than what I would have expected. The amazing teachers, Paalu and Wei Ling, have not only taught me about the many limbs of yoga but also about life perspectives and well-being. My fellow students have inspired in so many ways and I will always be grateful for the generosity they have shown by sharing their knowledge with me. I truly feel blessed to have met all of you. Since this is my last post, I would like to dedicate it to my dearest husband for supporting me throughout this journey and for being my very first student.
Namaste!
By Rhadhika

Backbends & Shoulder Flexibility

I find it counter intuitive that the quality of your backbends is directly related to the flexibility in your shoulders.

After all, the word “backbend” suggests that you bend with your back. Shoulders seem like an unrelated anatomy. But you should give attention to the flexibility in your shoulders if you wish to improve your backbend technique: so that you can bend more from your thoracic spine, rather than your lumbar spine.

Here is one of the sequences that I really enjoyed in the course of Tirisula’s YTT training. It leads you through poses to prep your shoulders before going on to backbends. 

  1. Sun Salutation A x 5 
  2. Sun Salutation B x 5 
  3. Pigeon pose > head down > elbows under ankle > hands on floor and lift chest 
  4. Shoulder opening on wall > place armpits on wall > chin on wall > chest on wall > stomach on wall 
  5. Shoulder opening on floor > chest on floor > bend knee to touch head
  6. Wheel pose > with hands on floor > elbows on floor > touch feet with hands 
  7. Camel pose > move hand to knee > crown to floor > elbow to floor
  8. Transitions > crow to tripod headstand > to chaturanga > to crow 
  9. Headstand variations > lotus pose > backbend to floor > transit to camel pose with elbow to floor 
  10. Side plank > left > centre > right > centre 
  11. Handstand 
  12. Savasana 

I find this sequence helps me get deeper into my backbends. It’s tough and effective. And don’t try this at home unless you’re prepared to get the walls dirty!

Here’s us working on item 4 (shoulder opening on wall – chest on wall) during the YTT course. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Vanessa Tang –