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Yoga is one of the increasingly popular practices for a generation filled with curious minds. Primarily, it’s a spiritual practice that aims to bring awareness and connect the body and mind. Through a series of postures and stretches, yoga enables you to enhance not only your flexibility but also your mental focus.
There are many benefits of enrolling in a yoga teacher training program. Not only will you delve deeper into the study, but this opportunity can help you train more yogis and encourage them to become teachers in the future too. Likewise, this will help you refine your teaching skills, especially if you have a strong desire to impart your knowledge to others.
Yoga Teacher Training Program 101
With the influx of training programs accessible in various mediums, you may have become interested in what these courses offer. While it can be easy to sign up, you need to take into account several factors before you enroll yourself in a program. Below are four factors to consider when looking for a yoga teacher training course.
1. Choose The Right Instructor For You
Looking for the right yoga instructor will influence your motivation and vigor to show up for classes. It'll also encourage you to open up with your concerns regarding the schedule or if there are lessons not clear to you.
Considering this, choose an instructor with whom you feel comfortable working. Before enrolling in a course, do your research, skim through various digital platforms, review their credentials, read student feedback, and more. Know their teaching style, the number of years they’ve been in the practice, the teacher training program they’ve previously attended, and the like.
If you’re on Facebook, try to reach out to Blooming Lotus Yoga on Facebook and other similar yoga courses. These credible programs can help answer your questions regarding their yoga instructors. You can also ask for your yogi friend’s recommendation.
Additionally, take public classes with these teachers. This can help you decide whether or not a certain yoga teacher is the right one for you.
2. Review The Program’s Certification
With the number of yogis wanting to become yoga teachers, it may not be surprising how more training courses are popping up. However, keep in mind that not all programs are accredited by Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance provides fundamentals and standards needed for every registered yoga school (RYS) to adhere to. Governed by this global alliance, these schools can safely conduct 200-hour yoga teacher training and courses. They also offer several benefits, resources, and more that’ll make the entire program engaging and fun.
While many yoga studios would tell you they’re credited by the governing body, it'd be best to do your research. Websites such as blooming-lotus-yoga.com and others allow you to easily navigate and skim through their list of credentials.
If you’re covered by insurance, signing up for a registered yoga school will allow you to use your insurance policy. This is a great way to feel secure, especially if you’re going to travel and train in a distant area.
3. Choose A Flexible Training Course
Because the teacher training program will take a big chunk of your time, make sure you’re able to commit to the schedule. While it'd be best to go on a retreat program, you don’t need to do so if you can’t leave your job and other obligations.
Instead, consider enrolling yourself in classes with flexible training classes. Look for programs with weekend or late afternoon sessions. This is one way to help you become consistent with your wellness in a busy work-life schedule.
If you know you need more time to learn concepts, it might be best to enroll in a program that gives you special, one-on-one classes with the instructor. Find out what works best for you and negotiate with the instructors to ensure yoga teacher training success.
4. Look Into The Program’s Syllabus
Each yoga school has its specialization, and it’ll be emphasizing certain facets of the practice. Considering this, evaluate the syllabus and study the curriculum as you shop for different yoga teacher courses. Make sure the teacher program matches your chosen niche, preferences, and certain priorities.
For instance, if you dislike lengthy anatomy-related subjects, consider signing up for courses delving deeper into the holistic approach of yoga. See the number of hours dedicated for that area. On the other hand, if you prefer to teach hot yoga, you may want to take on a class tackling less about the spiritual aspect of the practice.
Wrapping It Up
Whether or not you’ve been practicing yoga for years, becoming a certified teacher may have already crossed your mind. While it can be easy to sign up for any course, make sure the program will suit your preferences, learning style, schedule, and other priorities.
By considering the following factors above, you’ll surely find a yoga teaching course that’ll prepare you to become the best yoga teacher as to how you’ve envisioned.
The Lake Tahoe Yoga School has been offering individualized and group training in RajaHatha Yoga since 2012. Learn more about our in-person and live virtual training at LakeTahoeYogaSchool.com.
We are tribal creatures who enjoy engagement, connection, conversation, and presence. The practice of Yoga is one of union. Virtual classes provide much, but the connection we feel to others while practicing in person is much deeper.
The transition to more virtual classes as well as those that are on-demand has opened many doors. You can now access any teacher from anywhere and attend practices that may not have previously been available in your area. The opportunity to learn from new teachers, instructors, and guides has given many of us a chance to expand our knowledge and skills.
As we transition from "at home" back to "real life" many of us will continue to practice virtually as well as through on-demand classes. Being able to join in whenever we are able and to re-attend classes we wish to repeat are conveniences we previously didn't have.
Missing from virtual and on-demand practices are the qualities that we seek out as community creatures; connection, energetic exchange, engagement, conversation, and presence. The virtual world is one of connected disconnect.
While joining a practice with people from all over the world we get the chance to see, but not to know them. Our guide may be able to provide verbal adjustments and suggestions, but they aren't specific to our individual needs. We see a two-dimensional figure in a flat space and have to shift our bodies and perspectives to see them, then readjust ourselves into the posture. There are sound delays and internet issues that make participating challenging and, sometimes, impossible.
If you've ever been to Tahoe you know how magical this place is. There is no way to experience the size of the lake except for being at it. You can't experience the magnitude of the mountains unless you stand among them. An entire tree can't be seen to it's fullest magnificence without your own eyes. To see is to feel, is to experience.
Our new practice space at Bliss Experiences has been designed to capture the experience of being at Tahoe whether you are in the basin, or joining virtually. Our intention is to give everyone an experience of being present even if they are unable to be in the space. Of course, there is nothing quite like being within the four walls of our space. Visually and energetically, the experience of being present and with others is unparalleled.
As we begin offering indoor, in-person practices again, we will also continue to invite you to attend virtually. You are welcome to join the practice in whichever way you feel most comfortable.
Spaces will be limited in our indoor sessions. Proof of vaccination or a mask will be required to attend. Physical adjustments will only be available during Individualized Private Sessions. We suggest that you bring your own tools. Mats will be available for rent. You may pay a monthly fee to store your materials in our space. Memberships and registrations are required to attend.
Outdoor classes will continue to be offered on beach and paddle board during which we will not be requiring masks. We ask that you do a health check prior to attending: if you feel sick, have a temperature or Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend. Bring your own beach towel, water, and sun protection.
Please practice satya (truthfulness) and ahimsa (non-harming) by honestly sharing your vaccination status. Our ability to continue to offer indoor, in-person classes depends upon your honesty and consideration of others and our small business's need to follow the current directives to be able to remain open.
Becoming fit and flexible can help you to better manage stress in both body and mind.
What is Fitness?
I used to hear the word fitness and an image of Jane Fonda or Arnold Swarzenegger would pop into my head. After years of living a fit and healthy life as a yogini the images that come to mind are, now, very different. My perception of fitness includes more than physical appearance. I define fitness as: overall wellbeing. I strive to feel fit in body, energy, and mind.
My day begins with a mindful focus practice. Either the sun or my alarm wake me each morning. I prop myself up to a seated position and begin. I mindfully focus upon a mantra (sound vibration practice) while setting an intention for the day. I like to do this practice in the morning before I actively engage in the world because it is the time during which my mind is most clear and my body is naturally relaxed.
The rest of my day is driven by the intention I set. It is guiding me throughout my day as a reminder to keep practicing with care for myself and awareness. I think about it while I move around, sit at my desk, teach others, take a walk, eat, etc. Sometimes I forget, or get distracted, but as soon as I catch myself I get right back to my practice.
I've been known to call out practitioners who rely on mobility instead of strength to access postures. There is a delicate balance between flexibility and strength that, when found, provides us with deeper access to our selves. To be overly mobile can result in injury just as being overly strong can do the same.
Consider your parents. Possibly, one was very strict and the other less so. When my parents divorced my Dad became the strict one, while my Mom became more flexible with the rules. The imbalance allowed me the opportunity to break rules and push limits that I never would have had they remained together. In your body and mind the same imbalances are present. It's up to you to identify and address them.
As one of my clients recently said, "It's nice to take an hour to do something for myself and to get away from work." It's easy to become rigid in our work schedules, weaken our self care, and too flexible when it comes to indulging.
One way to engage in self care and create balance is Yoga. It helps to reduce rigidity, build strength, and manage mobility. Allowing an hour of time to engage in self care during a Yoga practice can have a significant impact. Embedded in that hour is more than movement. The combination of intentional posturing, directed breathing, mindful movement, and guided focus can transform your perception; it can shift the way you in which you engage in the rest of the day.
Fit & Flexible
If you could set one intention for the rest of your day, week, month, what would it be? Try beginning your day with this intention in mind - use it to help you feel fit. Allow it to lead you as you live, work, eat, engage, and experience the world.
Consider the things about which you are rigid/strict/stuck, etc. and, in compliment, in which ways are you are too willing to be flexible or "go with the flow." How can you bring these ideas into balance?
Engage in self care; practice, play outside, create, explore. An hour a day is more powerful than you think.
Simple changes create significant effects. Practice becoming fit and flexible to reduce stress and feel more balanced.
Jenay guides Private Therapeutic Yoga Practices that focus upon your specific needs. To learn more or to begin developing your fitness and flexibility visit: https://www.therealignmentcoach.com/
Did you know that postures were not originally included in the practice of Yoga?
Raja Yoga is the oldest form of Yoga and included mindfulness practices. Later, kriya (purification) techniques were added. Later, still, asana was added.
According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika Yoga is the union of prana and mind with the Self. Getting there isn't so easy. For you cannot control the mind with the mind. Thus, Hatha Yoga and the practice of asana is done to initiate the process of physical awareness so we can become better aware of the more subtle aspects of ourselves.
Hatha Yoga is the process of establishing prefect physical, mental, emotional and psychic equilibrium by manipulating the energies of the body.
We don't do Yoga poses to look good. We do them to feel well. The better we become at doing poses with awareness, intention, steadiness, and balance, the better we feel. If we become skilled at moving through poses with grace and they become a part of our daily lives we have developed equilibrium.
Strength can be weakness. I was recently reminded of this as my left trapezius muscle tightened up into a large marble. I had been repeatedly turning my head to the left without rotating the rest of my body. I know better, but wasn't consciously moving. The result was neck pain and an inability to turn left (I was stuck like Zoolander :D). Awareness, rest and heat were the only cures for the damage I had caused. The strength of my muscle had become a weakness.
Every pose has aspects of strength and mobility. We may be steadying ourselves with our legs while attempting to open our arms and chests. In every sequence of postures we should be moving our bodies in all directions so as to awaken areas that have become rigid and engage the parts that are overly mobile. Practice observing your bodies strengths. Where can you become more mobile? Where can you actively engage?
The main objective of Hatha Yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind, and energy. This is perfection.
Nothing is flawless or perfectly symmetrical. All things are always transforming, transmuting, and metamorphizing. We practice Yoga asana to change our bodies, pranayama to shift our breathing, pratyahara to become more aware of our energy and emotions, and mindful focus to develop self control. Continuous practice results in continual change. All of the systems of body, mind, and energy interact and effect each other. They are in a constant state of transformation. Rather than remaining stagnant, still, and stuck, practice Yoga and become perfect at change.
When you have a small light in a room at night, the whole room is illuminated. Sadhana is your practice; your light. Like a seed, you must protect it, feed it, and nurture it.
If you talk about, demonstrate, and boast your attainments it develops your sense of ego or "I-ness." You have probably heard me say, "It's not a Yoga show." When guiding a practice my demonstration of the postures is not to a performance, it is a visual aid intended to help you see the intended result. My personal asana practice is done privately. My sadhana is my lifestyle. The pictures I post of myself in postures are intended to enthuse you to try, to join in, to continue to practice, and to engage in your own sadhana.
Keep practicing; keep shining your light. Allow the seed of Yoga to be protected and nourished so that it, and you, may access equilibrium.
To join a scheduled class or book a private session visit our website. Learn more about the practices of Hatha and Raja Yoga through the other articles on our blog. We look forward to sharing the practice with you.
Should music be played during Yoga? The shift to virtual classes has us questioning the necessity of music as part of the practice.
The Sounds of Silence
Originally, there was no music played during Yoga practices. Search YouTube and you can find videos of B.K.S. Iyengar and Patabhi Jois as well as lesser known practitioners guiding others in silent rooms where the only sound is that of their breath.
Fast forward to 2019 and you would be hard fast to find a class that doesn't have music playing. It had become to so common that a silent practice felt uncomfortable. One of the few lineages that continued to offer classes without music were those who practiced in the Iyengar style.
From Mantra to Hip Hop
I began attending Yoga classes in 1999. I wore street clothes to class. There was no music played. As my interest in the practice grew and I began to explore lineages beyond svarupa (my first), I stepped onto the path and never looked back.
I learned that vinyasa simply means an interconnected series of movements done with grace. These classes almost always included recorded music being played in the background. It was most likely Krisna Das mantra. It wasn't until 2003 that I began hearing popular music played during class. At Gold's Gym, where I was introduced to my teacher, she and others would mix in popular music with the traditional chanting recordings.
Adding to the Distractions?
When I was given the chance to choose the music for my classes, I was excited to begin creating mix CDs that included my favorite combinations of mantra, pop, jam bands, and rock. I had cases of music that I would carry with me to every class I taught. Each mix was curated to shift the energy of the practice intentionally.
The longer I taught, the less excited I was about the music I used. Making mixes became tedious, my Ipod could only hold so many songs, and then streaming channels became available. This made my life so much easier.
Is It Free?
For years I had a collection of channels on my Pandora or Spotify that I could easily select and play knowing that the music playing would be just fine for whatever I chose to teach. The songs themselves became less important. The energy of the music needed to align with the energy of the class. As time passed, though, discussions over the legality of using music and requirements for licensing began to rise in the Yoga community.
Now, Yoga studio owners have to cover the cost of licensing to play music as part of their classes. It is a growing issue and the question of whether we are performing and choreographing to the music is the main reason this new issue has arisen.
Back to the Basics
I began using less music, at lower volumes. In my own practice, I do so in silence. When the pandemic hit and we could no longer practice together in groups my virtual classes naturally shifted to be guided by voice only. No one seemed to mind. Of course, if they want to, anyone can mute themselves and play music in their own home while they practice virtually. However, in many discussions among those who join me, they agree that the silence is quite nice.
Keep the Peace
You'll notice that there is music added to the recorded classes we offer on YouTube and On-Demand. However, when you join a live virtual session it will be in silence unless you choose to play music in your space. If you haven't tried a silent practice, perhaps now is the time. I find that it provides an opportunity to truly connect with your breath, remain aware of your body, and spend time with your thoughts.
Join a Live Virtual Practice with Lake Tahoe Yoga by becoming a member of Bliss Experiences. When you register your account will receive one (1) credit to join any scheduled Monday class.
The practice of Yoga includes one very difficult aspect: give generously and without the expectation of receiving anything in return. How good are you at this practice? I know I can be better.
Break Your Holiday Habits
My family still does the whole Christmas Tree gift giving thing. We live thousands of miles apart and getting together is not easy, especially during the holidays. I think that giving gifts is a way for us to feel close. Unfortunately, it also adds to the feeling of distance. We write our list, send it off to all interested parties and receive exactly what we asked for.
Break out of the habit of holiday gift giving by keeping a list or purchasing items that you think those whom you love would like. Instead of thinking of items for yourself last minutes, keep a list of things that brought you joy throughout the year. When the holiday season comes it might guide you in suggesting gifts your family can give you.
Give Into the Moment
I feel like words are losing their power. Materials items have taken over. To be honest, I struggle with this. I am not the best at remembering to send gifts or cards. I appreciate receiving cards, and know that some people are really good at making them, but can't help but feel like I am wasteful when I toss them in the trash.
Use your words to thank people. Think about how you can best express your appreciation for what they have done, given, or said. Spend some time practicing words of thanks and gratefulness so you have them ready to go when the time comes.
The struggle of the small business owner is real. Those of us dedicated to the pursuit of entrepreneurship can feel like we are on the ocean and the storm never ends. We are doing our best to provide the best service, unique products, and special touches you can't get from Amazon or big box stores.
When you feel the need to give a gift begin with your local shops. Think about the person you wish to buy for and ask the shop owner what they recommend. Consider a piece of locally made jewelry, artwork, a gift certificate for a class or treatment, a kit or a piece of memorabilia from time shared together.
Give What You Like
What's the Golden Rule again? Treat others as you wish to be treated? How about we give to others that which we want? When you see, experience, or feel something that you really like think about who in your life might also like it, or who might need it. Instead of making the purchase for yourself do so for someone else.
A good way to practice getting good at this is to notice what your friends say about your stuff. What do they like? What do they notice? What do they comment about? Step back and look at your life, experiences, and stuff through the eyes of others. It might help you not only identify what to give, but also what you can give up.
Overwhelm, aggravation, annoyance, frustration, irritation, unsettling. . .What other words can you think of to describe our current circumstances? Luckily, there is a cure for all of these feelings. You already know what I am going to say: Yoga.
The world of virtual meetings has expanded and many of us are forgetting to build in time for ourselves between them. Remember when you used to have to commute to work? You had to plan driving time? You got to listen to your favorite music, podcast, radio station, etc. while you traveled to your place of work? Do you remember how that time in the car gave you time to think, to plan, to ponder?
During the practice of Yoga asana we build in moments of stopping. Between postures we pause to breathe. At the end we stop moving and rest our bodies so that we can absorb all the benefits of the practice. When was the last time you just stopped? Maybe you should build in some opportunities to do so from now on.
What Will You Change?
When the pandemic began there was so much uncertainty. We sheltered in place to stay safe. We did our best to sort through the information that was rapidly being provided and did our best to follow the directives that seemed to change daily. Now, we’ve all develop our own practices based upon our understanding of the pandemic and our individual levels of risk aversion.
Throughout this time the weather has been fairly pleasant. During the Springtime many of us were able to go outside and play. During the Summer we took advantage of the outdoors. As we transition into Autumn and Winter what will you do to remain healthy and safe? How will you make sure that you are doing your part to keep others safe? Yoga includes the practice of Ahimsa: non-harming. As the seasons change and we are more likely to be indoors, consider how you can behave in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy.
Stand Back & Observe
It can be easy to get stuck in our own bubbles. Social media algorithms show us what we want to see. We encircle ourselves with people who agree with us. We go to places that align with our beliefs.
Viprittakarani translates to mean “reverted process.” I often refer to this practice as “shift in perspective.” When practicing Paddle Yoga one of my favorite moments is when everyone moves into downward facing dog and gazes upon the lake with it appearing up-side-down. No photo can capture what you see in that position. It is a moment to enjoy viprittakarani. Consider how you can incorporate opportunities to stand back, observe, and shift your perspective.
By this time of year most of us in the service industry are at our wits end. We have answered the same questions thousands of times. We have been cleaning up after others. Our patience has been tested in every way possible. It can be easy to fall into a state of angry bitterness.
Every practice I teach ends with three statements of aum shanti (ah ooh mm shahn-tee): salutations to peace. I say these words throughout the day, as well. I use them as a reminder that there is peace in me, in you, in everyone and everywhere. Even though the behavior of others may stir up anger or frustration within you, remember that there is peace all around you. Feel free to practice as I do and apply aum shanti to remind yourself.
Let It Go
I am a Summer person. I like warm evenings, hot days, cooling off in the lake, the smell of barbeques, and all the sounds of Summer. One of my good friends is a Winter guy. He gets so excited when the weather begins to shift at the end of Summer he starts waxing his snowboards in anticipation.
In every season there is wonder. Behave as we Yoginis do and attempt to experience each new season with a beginner’s mind. Observe how this season is different from the last. Enjoy the moments as the daylight shifts and the leaves change. Take a deep breath and enjoy the smells of the season. Reflect upon Autumns past and Winters gone. Enjoy this one as another opportunity to shed the past and detach from that which was. Let it all go.
When a pandemic hits the best practice is one of consideration. Learn more about how Lake Tahoe Yoga is adjusting to the changes brought on by Covid-19.
As most of you know one of the best parts of sharing the practice at Lake Tahoe Yoga is receiving physical adjustments. All of the teachers trained at the Lake Tahoe Yoga School learn how to provide supportive and effective adjustments that help you to either deepen or develop awareness during your practice.
Well, we can't be doing that anymore. So, we're adjusting our approach. Rather than provide hands-on support we will be improving our verbal instruction while continuing to demonstrate every posture during the practice. As always, we ask that you ask questions for clarification. If you think you have misunderstood, the teacher misspoke, or you have just become confused feel free to speak up. We are here to teach. Help us to improve by letting us know what you need to know.
Keep It Clean
Yoga studios are notorious for sharing. We share space, tools, products, thoughts, philosophy and conversations. We can continue to share the latter, but spaces and tools have to change.
Now is the time to invest in the tools that you like to use when you practice. Lake Tahoe Yoga has access to wholesale pricing and discounts. Reach out with questions about the best mat for your practice, which blocks will last, the best strap, bolster, or blanket.
We have always used antimicrobial mats and regularly washed all blankets, blocks and straps. If you've ever met Jenay you know that she is just a little intense when it comes to cleanliness and tidiness. You can rest assured that when you practice with LTY everything will be up to the CDC cleanliness standards.
Yes, it is more difficult to breathe when something is covering your nose and mouth. Engaging in physical activity with a mask on is no one's preferred way of doing so. Getting sick is way bigger bummer. I like to breathe. I enjoy being healthy and active. I would rather wear a mask than get or give Covid-19.
Find a mask that is an expression of you, how you feel, what you're thinking, or spreads joy. Make it an additional accessory that expresses who you are. Work on making your eyes sparkle, stretch out your upper face muscles, and express your third eye.
Let's practice together while remaining considerate of the effect we could have on those around us. Stay and keep others safe by wearing a mask while in groups and classes.
Lake Tahoe Yoga remains open for businesses. We have been continuing to offer classes via Zoom. You can purchase access on our website.
We continue to accept and book live sessions for the future. Book now and we can practice together later. There are no cancellation or change fees. We are flexible and ready to adjust to any changes that have to happen.
Paddle Yoga and Beach Yoga plans are in the works. Our scheduled and privately booked sessions will be made available as soon as possible. We look forward to practicing with you, outdoors, safely.
Wishing for individualized treatment to address your specific needs? You can request private therapeutic sessions to be in-person or virtual. Don't put off returning to health, creating harmony and developing wellbeing. Now is the time.
At Lake Tahoe Yoga our motto is "Practice Yoga Everywhere." Yoga is what you do beyond your mat and while out in the world. Join us to learn more.
Yoga is Time with Loved Ones
Attending a scheduled class at a Yoga studio is a great way to be guided in movement and be around others who enjoy the same thing.
If you're looking to connect with family or friends a Private Yoga Session is the best option. It reduces the variety of aspects that make people uncomfortable. The teacher is there for you, there are no strangers to compare to, you get to choose when and where to practice.
1) You all know each other
2) You can share your private jokes, converse and enjoy each other's company
3) The session is catered to your wants and needs
Yoga is Body Fitness
We use the hashtag "more than poses" in just about every social post we create. This is because we know that Yoga is not limited to the postures you see people doing on mats, or on Instagram. Any physical activity that keeps your body fit and allows you to clear you head is Yoga.
Of course, combining the postures described by Yoga Asana practitioners to compliment whatever physical activities you enjoy can make a significant difference. Be sure to stretch before and after aerobic activities to keep your muscles happy and your body moving well.
Yoga is a Long Walk
There is beauty all around you. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the space in which you live. The practice of Tantra Yoga includes feeling passionate about all things, including the mundane.
A slow walk around your apartment or home may reveal things to you that you typically ignore. Take a slow walk around your building or neighborhood. Cruise around the edge of your property. Do your best to view these areas as though they are unfamiliar. Enjoy a long walk.
Yoga is Self Care
Spa treatments are nice, but the best way to get to know yourself is to take care of your self. When we wash our hair, trim our own nails, apply a face mask, even brush our teeth we are spending time gazing upon our own bodies. The more we do so, the more familiar they become.
Treat yourself to a deeply moisturizing hair treatment. Soak your feet in essential oils. Apply your own paraffin to soften your hands. Paint your toe and finger nails in crazy colors. Do it for yourself and to get to know your self.
Yoga is Knowing Your Sign
tYou don't need to be an oracle to use cards, crystals, feathers and incense. Maybe you like to collect pretty rocks. Perhaps you're into plants. Some of us look to the stars for guidance.
You already have practices that you enjoy, make your day a little better, and even though they might be considered weird by others, they provide you with some comfort. From making your bed a certain way to having fresh flowers in the house, we all engage in practices that give us peace of mind. Stick with whatever it is that serves you. If you want to explore other practices, we can probably steer you in the right direction.
By Alex founded localfreshies.com® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.
My First Experience Before Lake Tahoe Yoga
Since I’ve been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis I’ve been on a search to feel better and get healthier. I stopped smoking. I got into the gym doing exercises specifically geared towards my condition. My diet has changed. So, when I first did yoga, I chose to do a free introductory class years ago. It was ok, but it didn’t really help me.
Breaking Down The Barriers
I won’t lie Jenay and I are good friends and for many years she’s been trying to coax me into doing a personal session with her. The first (and only) class I did with someone else left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt like it was mumbo-jumbo. For those free-spirited individuals. I balked at the cost as well. Why the heck would I spend a $100 for one session?!?! With the help of my wife I reluctantly said “yes.”
Not Just Yoga… A Physical Therapy Session
Before we even had our 1st session she read up about my illness, looked at my x-rays, had me ask specific questions to have my doctor answer, and did a bunch of research on what things to do and not do. As we started the hour-long session… the type of yoga moves we began with warmed up the body. She explained each posture and why it was important to me. It felt less like a yoga class and more of a physical therapy session. I began to sweat. My muscles began to quiver.
My First Personal Course – Mind Altering
By the end, I was exhausted physically, mentally, and spiritually. As I woke up the next morning it felts as though every muscle had finally let go. A release of pent up tightness that I didn’t know existed. It was then that I realized what Yoga is. It isn’t just stretching. It is a way for those of us who have disabilities to get better slowly. It was worth EVERY penny and I now budget my life so that I can do it every other week.
The Difference Between Each Type Of Class
Over the course of the past few months there have been times when I couldn’t do the personal session and have done different levels and I’ve finally realized you get what you pay for. For those with physical issues the 1-on-1 is a MUST! You’ll get more than you’ll ever dream, but it isn’t cheap (and rightly so). The virtual 1-on-1 class is the second best, but not even close to as good as the in-person course. Last but not least, a group class with Jenay is a good substitute but it will never give you the results the other two sessions above will.
If you’re in pain, tweaked something in your body, or just feel tight I HIGHLY recommend you scheduling a personal session with Jenay. You won’t regret it.