Yoga Teacher Training Day 2

TRAINEE’S LOG: September 20, 2015

And we’re back at it – however, today the faces and the space are more familiar – consider the ice broken.

Read about Day 1 here.

We began this morning with some guided breathing exercises – first bringing awareness to how we breathe naturally, then practicing deep belly breathing and yogic (or 3-part) breathing. Fabulous way to start an all-day class, right? A perfect segue into our first session of the day – the Science of Breathing which we began by discussing how various organs play a role in breathing and the effect breathing has on all systems in our bodies.

In training day 1, we touched on pranayama or the act of bringing energy into the body from outside – like when we breathe and eat. So even if you can’t pronounce “pranayama”, it’s something we all practice everyday – but practice does not necessarily make perfect…practice makes HABIT.

IMG_8458When inefficient breathing becomes habit, our organs can’t perform the basic but essential tasks assigned to them, wonky stuff starts to happen and we get kinda miserable – often without even knowing why. But it’s really a double-edged sword because we also can’t get rid of all the carbon dioxide and other toxins building up in our bodies. Over time, the good stuff can’t get in and the crap can’t get out.

So what’s the take away here? Clearly, the act of breathing itself and the quality of the air we breathe is important but so is the method – just as it is with food. Casually eating an apple and rapidly downing a bag of candy corn will both give you energy but one of these will probably also make you sick (don’t ask me how I know that). When it comes to providing energy, we accept that not all eating patterns are created equal but the same principle also applies to breathing patterns. Something to chew on…

IMG_8510Later in the day, we got an introduction to the Yoga Sutras. The Sutras contain 195 principles intended to guide each of us to realize our own full potential through certain physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual practices.

Prior to today, I’d never studied the Sutras but I have studied many religions – a topic that has always fascinated me. The Sutras align very nicely with the principles of the spiritual belief systems that I’ve studied with one major exception.

IMG_8465The Sutras lay out a method of living for which a person can gain some wisdom or benefit but – unlike religion – there’s no threat of punishment for failure. In other words: if you mess up, you don’t go to hell. The Yoga Sutras don’t ask us to be perfect, we’re only asked to practice. Fascinating stuff! As an imperfect human being, I’m intrigued…

The day ended with a 15-minute silent meditation. Isn’t it funny how sitting in silence with your eyes closed can be such a tremendous challenge? My thoughts still want to go 100MPH when I try to sit quietly but it’s a massive improvement from where I started not all that long ago…I guess that’s why it’s called practice, huh?

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Wanna learn more about the next 200HR Yoga Teacher Training at Thrive Yoga? There’s a free info session on January 14, 2016 at 7:30PM – get yourself registered and check out the details of the program HERE.

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