YTOC Workshop – Singing Bowls with Chuna Rai Nelson

Sound Energy Meditation with Singing Bowls: Vibrational Energy is one form of energy that feeds our body. Unlike food and oxygen, vibrational energy helps the nerve connections and balances out hormones. This is why music feels good and is both relaxing yet stimulating. Since it works on the nervous system, it also calms the body and mind. Vibrational energy has healed our bodies for over thousands of years. This is the reason that large singing bowls are called healing bowls. Changing or singing sends vibrations through the body. Atoms, which make up everything, vibrate, but sometimes atoms, due to electron orbit placement into abnormal orbits, vibrate at the incorrect frequency. To reset these vibrations, we “bathe” the human body with vibrational energy (music). Relaxing the mind, through meditation calms the entire body. This reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves overall health. The combination of meditation and singing bowls creates a very positive environment to allow the body be in the best position to heal itself.
Singing Bowl Workshop
with Chuna Rai Nelson
Saturday, June 8th 4-6pm
Palangi Fit
6350 Wadsworth Blvd unit A
Arvada, CO 80003
RSVP in advance: click here
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Preventing Injuries in Yoga – Active vs. Passive Stretching

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How we transition between poses and hold ourselves in certain poses is very important. Many students fail to engage certain muscles, compensating and overusing muscles where they’re already strong and flexible leading to injuries.

To increase body awareness, strength and control, we need to actively engage muscles, especially those we don’t use on a regular basis. This helps strengthen our muscles so they can better protect our joints and decrease injury.

In today’s chat with Kylie Rayne, we’re talking about:
👉 the difference between active vs. passive stretching
👉 mobility vs. flexibility
👉 the science behind outdated cues
👉 the importance of being mindful and educated in our teaching language

Tune in every Wednesday at 2PM for our FREE FB LIVE series with Yoga Teachers of Colorado. RSVP receive a reminder FB message.

About Kylie:

Kylie’s teachings has it’s basis in the traditional Vinyasa style but has evolved as it became increasingly disheartening to teach class after class in which her students could achieve a crow pose or stand on their heads but struggled immensely with simple mobility work.
She makes it her goal to maintain a breath-to-movement style while also implementing innovative movements that help to target places in the body that can be neglected by traditional poses alone. She aims to teach body awareness from an educated and intuitive perspective.

Follow Kylie on IG: @Kylie.rayne.yogi
Check out Kylie online: https://www.kylierayneyoga.com

Key Takeaways

[00:18] About @Kylie.Rayne.Yogi
[2:28] Active vs passive stretching and the injury potential
[4:14] Flexibility vs. Mobility and the injury potential
[6:10] Common yoga injuries and ways to prevent them
[7:55] Difference between connective tissues and how to strengthen the connective tissue
[12:49] What is muscle tightness?
[13:57] Cuing to prevent yoga injuries
[15:06] Keeping the knee behind the toes – WHY?
[17:23] The importance of advancing your yoga teacher education
[18:53] Are your cues based around fear?
[23:35] Sequencing for a peak pose – the Foreshadowing….. 😉
[25:35] Mobility exercises to bring into your yoga classes
[33:32] Let’s get Kylie to do a workshop for YTOC!!!!
Watch Kylie’s amazing mobility videos on IG @Kylie.rayne.yogi

Quotes from this episode

“How should we cue to prevent injuries? Before cuing, ask yourself the question “Why?.” Anytime you cue a pose, know why you’re cuing that pose or why you’re cuing a certain way.”


“When it comes to cuing, think of the bio mechanics behind what is happening in your body.”


“Passive stretching is the majority of what we do in our traditional poses. It’s whenever you use an external force to achieve a certain range of motion, like using your hands to lift your leg.
Active range of motion is using your muscles to do the work. It’s the ability to lift your leg without pulling it with an external force.
And it’s good to have both.”

“It Is What Is” – Maintaining Your Body-Mind Connection in the Present Moment

About Elaine:

Elaine has been interested in yoga since she was a teenager, practicing since 1981 and teaching yoga since 1999. Elaine Schuhrke holds an MAT from Colorado College and is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a certified Life Coach. She revels in introducing the practical, healing applications of yoga to people in every walk of life. Most of her yoga training has been in the Kripalu Lineage.

When you attend one of Elaine’s classes, schedule a private session or contract her for services with your business, you are sure to receive a personal and professionally competent experience that best fits the areas of your needs and concerns and aspects of your life where you feel you need the most assistance.

You can learn more about Elaine at ColoradoYogaDipika.com.

Let’s start the interview!

Allison: Let’s get started! One of the things that I know you’re really passionate about is helping people with the, um, with your upcoming program, which is going to be focused on reestablishing that brain body emotion connection. Is that correct?

Elaine: Oftentimes in our regular, everyday ordinary life, something happens that’s an upset, whatever it might be. It might be something that really makes you angry or irritates you and you find yourself completely distracted. And you find yourself four blocks away from your house and you get to the second stop sign and you think, “How’d I get here?”

Your mind is taking your attention and running off with it. This happens in bigger ways where months go by and you’re like, “how did I get here?”

What I love about yoga is that it teaches us to stay present and focused with what’s going on in front of you without resistance and without attraction. And we can do this with a tool we have every single day – your body.

Allison: There’s a stigma around yoga teachers. Our students, friends and family may look at us and think we have our lives together. We “figured it all out” and we don’t have any problems. But that’s really not true. We get just as distracted as everyone else, we sometimes end up at a stop sign 4 blocks away too. But the difference is we have the tools of yoga to bring us back on track. Yoga helps brings us into this awareness that we are 4 blocks away. Some people may “drive” for miles without noticing but yoga brings us back quicker.

Allison: So I know that you have a retreat coming up where you’re going to help people reestablish this balance and learn to stay in the present moment. What are you going to be doing at the retreat and is it open for everyone?

Elaine: This retreat is open to all levels but we aren’t going to do Hatha Yoga 24/7. It’s a Friday evening, all day Saturday and a half day on Sunday. I adjust the yoga class to the people who come. I have taught yoga to a wide variety of people over the space of 20 years. I’ve come out of public education. And before that I was the lift operator and a construction labor. I’ve gotten really good at making yoga accessible to just about anyone.

Allison: Can you attend if you can’t touch your toes?

Elaine: Of course!!!! The only way people will benefit from yoga is if they do it. You can sit in a chair or in the front seat of your car (with it in park) and, and practice yoga.

Yoga is more than just asana and the postures. I’ve been doing a lot of mudras with my class recently because I work with students who are not very ambulatory. I can’t put them in a dangerous situation because of their balance issues.

But I can teach them mudras that energetically help them align and energetically balance their physical, mental, and emotional states. It is such a rich understanding of how human bodies work in relation to the universe. It is continually fascinating to me.

So many people who come to me for yoga do it for free stress reduction of some sort. They, they realize they have disconnected from something and they want that connection back. They, they know that it’s there and they want that.

We can help them find that through the power of yoga.

Allison: This retreat sounds like it can help people re-balance their body, mind and soul and learn to come back into connection. Tell me more about the retreat- What’s included in the retreat?

Elaine: On Saturday morning, we will start with a Hatha class and a wonderful vegetarian breakfast which is included in the price. The Abbey staff makes wonderful vegetarian fare!

Then, we’re going to use a technique out of yoga therapy that integrative Amrit method calls energy diffusion technique. We use the felt sense of your body to become more present and put your attention on some outstanding sensation and work at that edge consciously and deliberately using your breath and practicing what I like to call nonresistance, just being present with it as it is and allowing it to be in your presence and you to be in its presence.

Our body typically avoids these sensations that we feel in our body and judges them as bad. But when we bring awareness to this area, your mind becomes familiar with that quality of sensation and your conscious attention activates the intelligence of Prana.

Prana is energetic intelligence. It’s not just fuel, it’s intelligence.

It’s running your body all the time. So we want to use Prana to our advantage, to dissolve and resolve mental and emotional blocks that you may carry in your body. We use Prana to dissolve and resolve the blocks that your mind keeps on saying, no, I don’t want to deal with that.

That will be the majority of the work on Saturday. We’ll do some yoga nidra on Saturday night to wrap up, then go out for dinner on your own.

On Sunday morning, we will have morning yoga, breakfast and another session to tie things together and expand upon some of the things that people have experienced.

One of the things about yoga is that if you haven’t experienced it then you’re only talking about it.

That’s intellectual understanding. That’s nice. But it’s not application and it’s the application of yoga that has effect . When you can feel that you can know through experience – that stays with you. It’s not that you memorized all the Sanskrit terms for 108 Sun Salutations. Yoga happens when you have it in your body.

To really experience it in your body, find a pose that you really need and hold it for at least three breaths. Come out of the pose. Feel the release of that Prana that was dammed up in the pose and relax with it and use your breath to keep your mind’s attention on experiencing that expansion of energy because the energy of your body follows the attention of your mind. And by putting your mind’s attention where your body is, not only do you conserve your energy more and more, but the level of energy in your body goes up and washes out some of these mental, emotional, habitual holdings in our body.

And that’s the other reason you’ll usually feel better after a yoga session.

Allison: You’re so amazing! Where is the retreat held?

Elaine: It’s at the Abbey in Canon City off of Highway 50. It’s a former Benedictine monastery. Monks aren’t there anymore. It’s now privately held. My yoga studio is onsite at that campus. This retreat will be held in the Abbey’s room in the community events center You go around the church part of the monastery and in the back there’s a rather modern looking building that’s the event center and there’ll be signs on the stop signs and stuff directing people where to go.

Allison: When and how can people register?

Elaine: The deadline for registering is this Sunday, April 21. If you’re interested, make sure that you visit my website and either call me or email me.
The amount is $195. There is lodging at the Abbey that’s very inexpensive and you can reserve with the lodging and events coordinator, Leslie Durham. That information is on the event flyer on my website.

Hope you enjoyed Elaine, I sure did! Until next time,

Allison
Yoga Teachers of Colorado – President

Mandala Flow Yoga Sequence

As yoga teachers, we can get pretty burned out teaching the same flow over and over again. I mean, seriously, how many sun salutations can we teach in a day???? 

Our students can feel pretty burned out as well. Often, I see my students “going through the motions” rather than actually taking the time to mindfully move.

This Mandala Flow is super fun and breaks the rut for teachers and students!

HOW TO TEACH

This is a powerful sequence that you can teach as quickly or as slowly as you’d like.

I typically work through the full mandala (both sides) slowly the first round. This allows the students to learn what we’re doing, deepen into the poses and I can cue the kośa allowing them to experience more mental and emotional benefits (see below).

On the second round, we move faster, with our breath (see cues below). We may go through it 1-3 times depending on how everyone is feeling.

This sequence is challenging and powerful, not only for your students but for you as a teacher.

I usually demo while I teach this sequence to keep my Right and Left sides straight. On the first round, as you demo, move around the room so the class can see you. For example, if you ask your students to face the side wall, then you move to the side wall so they can see the next few moves. When they face the back wall, move to the back wall so they can see the form for a Warrior III.

On the faster rounds, you won’t have time to move around the room so keep it easy and demo and cue from the front of your mat. Make sure to keep your Right and Left sides straight!

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Change up this mandala flow to make it your own. Sometimes, I add a Goddess pose instead of Wide Leg Forward Fold. Sometimes, I add a Balancing Half Moon or Warrior III squats to increase the intensity. The options are endless! Just make sure your sequence creates a circle around the mat.
When you teach this sequence in your next class, tell me how much your students love it by tagging me on Instagram! Have fun ya’ll!

As yoga teachers, we can get burned out teaching the same flow over and over again. This super fun Mandala Flow breaks the rut for teachers and students!

CUES WITH BREATH

*note: This is just an example. Feel free to move and cue with your own breath.

Mountain Pose

Inhale arms above head

Exhale Forward Fold

Inhale Half Lift

Exhale Forward Fold

Inhale step left leg back, pause for an exhale

Inhale rise up to High Lunge, pause for an exhale

Inhale straighten front leg

Exhale turn to the side into 5-pointed star

Inhale deeply and exhale into Wide Leg Forward Fold

Inhale twist to the right, exhale fold

Inhale twist to the left, exhale fold

Inhale rise up

Exhale twist to the back of your mat

Inhale arms up

Exhale Left High Lunge

Inhale fully

Exhale hands to heart

Inhale lift the back leg off the ground

Exhale Warrior III

Inhale fully

Exhale Forward Fold

Inhale step left leg straight back, pause for an exhale

Inhale rise up to High Lunge, pause for an exhale

Inhale straighten front leg

Exhale turn to the side into 5-pointed star

Inhale deeply and exhale into Wide Leg Forward Fold

Inhale rise up

Exhale twist to the front of your mat

Inhale Left Warrior II, exhale pause

Inhale Reverse Warrior II

Exhale flow through a vinyasa

Repeat on the other side

CUING THROUGH THE KOŚA’S

Allow your students to move beyond the poses and into the mental and emotional aspects of the practice by cuing through the kośa’s. Click here to learn about the kośa’s.

  • I love teaching this sequence because it allows the students to experience a change in perception. Have they ever noticed the back wall? What else are they missing in life that is “right behind them?”
  • People in the back row suddenly get to experience life in the front row (and your front row people learn about life in the back). Encourage your students to think about other areas of their life where they may need a change in perspective.
  • When your students turn to face the back wall, challenge them to listen to your cues rather than watch your demo. Ask them questions about how well they listen in life. Can they hear the cues or are they easily distracted?
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YTOC Holiday Party

GET YOUR JINGLE ON!!!
YTOC CHRISTMAS POTLUCK
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH FELLOW YOGA TEACHERS!!
WHEN: SATURDAY, DEC. 15 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: 13501 W. 25th AVE., GOLDEN, CO 80401

Seeing and Understanding from the Base with STEPHANIE QUIRK

THE CORE
The Base
The Spine
The Lower Back
This 4-Day Course is one part of an ongoing series of 7 study modules intended to introduce to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (of all levels) some basic adaptations that will assist the students who attend their classes with commonly occurring problems and conditions.

Experienced intermediate students are invited and encouraged to attend Day 1 or Days 1 and 2. Day 1 is a prerequisite for Day 2. Single session attendance is not allowed.

The study begins at the already established base of the teacher’s practice. Teachers are then shown how those practiced asanas are linked to modifications that will assist their students.

The emphasis is on the teacher learning the asana from the inside out, recognising what is the experienced feel in tone, intensity and form, as well as elemental changes of gravity, balance, space, movement and stability according to the arrangement and adaptation of each asana.

Each 4-day subject specific course is an independent individual module within the seven part series.
Seven Subject Topics:
The Karmendriyas (parts 1 and 2), The Core, The Energetic Embodiment (parts 1 and 2), Systemic Imbalances, Listening/Seeing/Realizing

Prior attendance at a previous subject course or workshop is NOT required. However, participation in all 4 days of any separate subject topic is a requirement for CIYTs. The extent of the subject studied is appropriate for the certified teacher who is looking for solutions to the common difficulties and obstacles that many of their students face.

Day 1 Attendance by Experienced Intermediate Students $110

Days 1 and 2 Attendance by Experienced Intermediate Students $220

Days 1-4 Attendace of 4-Day Course by CIYTs $440

 
Day 1 Morning Session  with Stephany Quirk
Sat Date: 5/12/2018 From: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Day 1 begins the initial stage of study, observation and investigation of The Core through asanas taught in a general class. Here Stephanie will be showing and revealing aspects that are relevant to the subject of The Core: the base, spine, lower back.
Day 1 is open to experienced students as well as Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers.
Day 1 Afternoon Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Sat Date: 5/12/2018 From: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Day 1 begins the initial stage of study, observation and investigation of The Core through asanas taught in a general class. Here Stephanie will be showing and revealing aspects that are relevant to the subject of The Core: the base, spine, lower back.
Day 1 is open to experienced students as well as Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers.
Day 2 Morning Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Sun Date: 5/13/2018 From: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The work commenced on day 1 continues in the 2nd morning session.
Day 2 is open to experienced students who attended Day 1 and to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.
Day 2 Afternoon Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Sun Date: 5/13/2018 From: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
In the afternoon Stephanie will begin the very important aspect of observation.
Day 2 is open to experienced students who attended Day 1 and to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.
Day 3 Morning Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Mon Date: 5/14/2018 From: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
In Day 3 course participants will be learning more specific adjustments and adaptations for their students who require
help and are attending their yoga classes. Adjustments can be carried out for a variety of reasons; to enable, correct, and to educate the student, so that the pose works more directly for them.
Day 3 is open to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.
Day 3 Afternoon Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Mon Date: 5/14/2018 From: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
In Day 3 course participants will be learning more specific adjustments and adaptations for their students who require
help and are attending their yoga classes. Adjustments can be carried out for a variety of reasons; to enable, correct, and to educate the student, so that the pose works more directly for them.
Day 3 is open to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.
Day 4 Morning Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Tue Date: 5/15/2018 From: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Adjustments and adaptations continue throughout day 4. During days 2 & 3 running parallel to adjustments and adaptations is the introduction to understanding the purpose and correct usage of props. Props, as with adaptations, can be for enabling, correcting and educating. Props can alleviate situations difficult to bear as well as provide a portal for the student to understand their inner body.
Day 4 is open to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.
Day 4 Afternoon Session  with Stephanie Quirk
Tue Date: 5/15/2018 From: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Adjustments and adaptations continue on day 4. During days 2 & 3 running parallel to adjustments and adaptations is the introduction to understanding the purpose and correct usage of props. Props, as with adaptations, can be for enabling, correcting and educating. Props can alleviate situations difficult to bear as well as provide a portal for the student to understand their inner body.
Day 4 is open to Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers attending Days 1-4.

Introduction to Jyotisha as a Tool for Self-Awareness

This workshop will usher participants toward a practical understanding of how Jyotisha, Vedic astrology, can be used as a means of self-realization.

Kerry Shamblin will introduce the basic concepts of jyotisha to provide a foundation from which students can begin to access the wisdom that comes through jyotisha, the science of light. Then, she will lead the group through the exercise of drawing out the birth chart to read and interpret an individual’s karmic map.

See more information and register here:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef9kqvagdaf80782&llr=ovhjdadab

Spring Cleanse Workshop

In this enlightening workshop, physically detoxify in an invigorating asana practice, learn purifying pranayama practices, and experience firsthand a number of ancient techniques for cleaning the self from the inside out called sat-kriyas. The workshop will also include time for reflection and a short talk on organization and keeping your home or office free of clutter.