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Seismic yoga

Practise, practise, practise is the message I’m getting from my teacher right now. Not my own practice, my teaching practice. He encourages me to get used to verbalising instructions so the words aren’t a foreign language in my mouth. This is surely right and I’m happily muttering instructions to myself as I wander to and from…

Back to earth without a bump

Back to work today after 2 long weekends of Yoga Teacher Training and a bit of holiday between times. I wasn’t looking forward to this very much. Last night my head was full to bursting with new ideas and facts after fours days of philosophy and anatomy study; today it was all meetings and a very…

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Yearning for the beloved

Last week while I was in Greece Hubby and I were talking about our favourite time of day. We agreed that (at least when we’re in the Mediterranean) it’s the early evening. The moment when the work of the day is done, the temperature’s cooled off a little, and the freedom of evening beckons. The light changes…

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Feeling the fear

Everyone is afraid. I can see it in their taut bodies and hear it in their brittle voices. Since the beginning of TT I’ve had conversation after conversation about facing concerns, doubts and fears. I want to help those around me with what support and help I might give. Their fears are not the same as my fears, so I…

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Corpsing in class

At the beginning of teacher training we were asked what our favourite and least favourite yoga pose was. As my least favourite I settled on Tāḍāsana. Though it was a close call between that and Śavāsana. No-one else seemed to get the difficulty I had here; these are simple poses right? Huh, well not so…

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Together alone

I’ve just left Hubby in Greece. He’s staying out longer than I can, given my other commitments. We have a long history of airport/train station goodbyes as our relationship gradually shifted from two separate continents, to the same continent, then to the same country, and finally to the same town. What we don’t know about…

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Under observation

First days of TT offered all sorts of new experiences — obviously. One major feature was observation in various ways. We practised watching each other in a pose; we were asked to begin to reflect on anatomical alignment and energetic qualities. This needs much more experience and understanding than I currently have, but these first…

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Gaining the upper hand

Some of my fellow trainee teachers have arranged to meet up today for some practice together. I’m feeling a little FOMO. Only a little — I’ve never been a tribal kind of person, so I’m pretty happy walking my own path. But the path feels a little cluttered just now, as I try to negotiate a balance between teaching…

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First practice (again)

I’ve just done my first home practice after the initial teacher training weekend. A practice I’ve been looking forward to and dreading in equal measure. Of course it all feels weirdly different and I’m as self-conscious as a beginner! Now I have part of a teaching script running in my head, and the first part…

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2 days in

Ok super-quick post —  just because friends have been asking… I’m two days into teacher training. I am already Tired (note the capital T). But also Exhilarated (also a capital!). It’s been amazing to start in baby steps (increasingly quick ones today) to teaching one other person some simple stuff. So many small difficulties, so many…