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February 18, 2016

12 Ways to Prepare for Your Yoga Teacher Training

You are an interesting anomaly in the modern world. By becoming a yoga instructor, you are choosing a career path that will help you enrich the lives of others as well your own. And you are proving yourself to be willing to do the hard work necessary to make it happen. As your yoga teacher training approaches, how do you prepare yourself — physically, spiritually and plain old logistically — for an experience that will be demanding on so many levels? We offer twelve pieces of advice, from the practical to the spiritual, to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for what promises to be one of the most transformative and intense experiences of your life. Practical considerations Whether you choose an intensive teacher training in a locale far from home, or a nearby program that spreads lessons out over the course of six months to a year, there are a number of […]
November 20, 2014
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Are You Ready To Become A Yoga Teacher?

It’s a question you may have been asking for a while. You are not sure whether you are ready for a career as a yoga teacher. Is your yoga practice ‘advanced’ enough? Do you have what it takes to be a teacher? The answer may surprise you: you actually don’t have to be a master level practitioner to become a yoga teacher. The most important quality required for teaching is your love and passion for yoga.Don’t doubt your own abilities. Why not you? You can always expand your abilities as you go. Find peace in your calling. Release yourself from the 9-5 mentality and begin savouring a life built on the power of yoga. About a month ago our autumn 200h Yoga Teacher Training programme in Kullu Valley, India, came to a close. Powerful yoga teachers were created and lives were changed. It was an amazing experience for everyone. But […]
August 8, 2014

The Biggest Misconception About Yoga (Styles)

Written by Ganga Devi The Most Common Misconception About Yoga Styles It’s easy to get confused about the many yoga styles offered in the world today which can make it quite difficult to choose a teacher training course. The biggest misconception about them though is the belief that any one style is authentic yoga. It is not. Yoga styles are a rather modern invention and didn’t exist some 50 years ago. In traditional yoga we only ever had lineages and schools of yoga, so a student or disciple would approach a teacher to learn from him/her and stick to that teacher for the rest of his/her life. It was a highly individualized approach in which a teacher would tailor the practices according to the student’s needs and abilities. Sometimes the teacher would refuse to accept a student and if the student was persistent s/he would have to undergo a series of […]
July 25, 2014

Marvellous South India – Our New Ashram Site

Written by Ganga Devi Visiting a model community in India Last year in autumn we went to visit Auroville in South India spending a few days in this fabulous community which inhabits people from more than 70 nations who have come to live here and build a model society. Auroville is an experiment and is based on the principle of ‘Unity in Diversity’, where people of all nations would come together to build a model society. Today some 2300 people live and work in Auroville, which used to be a desert but has today become a beautiful green oasis. Auroville is a universal city in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. A goal which is gradually being achieved. What struck me the most is the fact that Auroville has been an experiment not just in human unity and consciousness, but also a […]
July 3, 2014

20 Ways to Re-Use Your Old Yoga Mats

The possibilities for recycling your worn out yoga mat are limited only by your imagination – don’t throw it away, do something useful with it! 1) Donate to homeless shelters for extra padding to sleep on 2) Donate your old mat to an animal rescue centre such as RSPCA. Most of these places need soft, durable mats, rugs, towels, & blankets to line crates 3) Use it on the beach instead of a towel 4) Draught excluder – plug up draughty windows and doors to save energy and keep warm 5) Door stop – cut bits out and fold over to fit the gap under your door 6) Old mats can be used for pet’s beds too – they insulate from a cold hard floor and protect the floor from any straying paws 7) Make waterproof cushions for outdoor events: Easy to store, lightweight, washable, reusable, and comfortable. Cut the mat into […]