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Monday, August 28, 2017

What's next for your Yoga Studies? 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY

 



    There's a fantastic 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training starting September 6th at Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York. I will be teaching along with several professional teachers from Birchwood Center's enthusiastic and excellent faculty.

    This 300hr training is designed for 200hr certified yoga instructors to complete their 500hr Yoga Teacher Certification. What I love about this training is it includes everything I intuitively sought out after I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training. When I graduated 300hr trainings did not exist. I had to travel on planes, trains and automobiles for over a decade to find the teachers who taught the topics I craved to understand after my 200hr yoga teacher training. Fortunately Birchwood Center's 300hr offering takes place in one location-85 S. Broadway Nyack, NY starting September 6th through April 28th.


Here's an overview of what the 300hr training includes:


Asana

   Advanced Asana Techniques

   Applying Asana Techniques to All Levels

   Alignment Clinics- For foundational through advanced postures

   Class Structure and Sequencing- Planning for all levels

   Case Studies- Teaching one-on-one and special needs

   Vinyasa- Finding the thread of flow in transitions



Pranayama Techniques

    Pranayama and Shat Kriyas for Health and Healing

    Pranayama for Meditation and Inner Awareness

    Pranayama to Sustain and Enrich Asana

    Pranayama and Movement



Mantra Chanting, Mudra and Meditation


    
Practical Yoga Philosophy

     Vital Concepts

     Yoga Sutras

     Bhagavad-Gita

     Hatha Yoga Pradipika

     Ayurveda



Power of Word

     Developing Clarity in Communication



Anatomy

     Posture Anatomy

     Anatomy for Injury and Special Needs

     Anatomy of the Energy Body



Specialization Project

     Development of an independent project based on a chosen teaching specialization



Please visit www.birchwoodcenter.com to learn more and to register.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Touching the Earth with Gratitude and Forgiveness: Lammas




     The sun is in Leo and nature is at its peak. You can feel, see and even taste what has ripened on the vine for you. Today August 1st, the harvest celebrations begin. The ancients call this time Lammas, the first of three harvest celebrations. It is a time of gratitude where we appreciate the fruits of our labors. When we slow down and notice all we have created, nurtured and protected.

      This time is also about forgiving what we have worked for and lost since the new year. The time and efforts spent in foreseeing, planting, taking care of and protecting our creations makes it easy to be attached to what could have been. Letting go and doing so with love keeps our heart soft so new seeds can take shape for the next cycle.

      During these first days of August make some time to touch the earth. You can touch the dirt, grass or sand. Touch it and reflect on gratitude and forgiveness for all you have grown this year be it big or small. Seeing with thankful rather than resentful eyes is a pure and deep emotional state. One that is free from ego. These are the eyes that can witness when the harvest's magic appears.

      On a personal note I find August 1st's ancient Lammas sentiment of reflecting on gratitude and forgiveness to be perfectly synchronistic with the birthday wishes of my Father in Law's Guru, Dada J. P. Vaswani from the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India. Dada is celebrating 99 years of life on August 2nd. His birthday wish is at 2 pm wherever you are to take 2 minutes to forgive and experience the calmness within. To read more about A Moment of Calm please visit www.momentofcalm.org


"Hearts at peace will create world peace."  -J. P. Vaswani