We get lots of people asking us this.
The short answer is yes.
Fiona is one of Australia’s leading specialists in Mindful Eating and the NonDiet Approach & supports eating in an individually tailored way that supports every person’s unique needs, in alignment with the HAES (Health At Every Size) (R) paradigm. I have a long working relationship with her business partner from Body Positive Australia, Sarah Harry, and to say I love what these ladies are about is an UNDERSTATEMENT.
But here's the weird thing: Fiona didn't know I'd been working with Sarah when she applied to this training! The world works in strange ways sometimes.
Did you see over on instagram that I tidied my yoga corner? And yes, I do sometimes wonder if I'm the only one with a spine, a skeleton, and Buddha sitting side by side.
Which summarises what I am craving when I go to yoga class: I want to feel embodied in movement but also learn something new. It might be a big ask. Maybe I'm fantasising about it more now than usual because I was in a car accident over the weekend.
Events like this do make you stop and think about life and your priorities.
In this next 'meet the graduate' interview, I talk to Dr. Sarah Jane Perri, chiropractor extraordinaire (I see her for treatments actually) and yoga teacher. Sarah undertook teacher training with us during her last year of chiropractic study which was truly impressive, as if a difficult degree at uni wasn't enough! Here she shares what she found tough but also what she found rewarding about our course.
Like I mentioned last week, it's SO GREAT when I run across people - like Lucy - who believe as I do that yoga is for everybody. It's also great when they can put their belief into practice by modifying the practice for people's needs. It's a skill that comes from knowing how human bodies work, I believe.
Have you experienced a number of teacher trainings? Have you thought about what you’d want in your first one? I'd love to know!
I know that back when I was doing my first teacher training, it was very evident to me how BAD THAT TRAINING WAS, EVEN while I was doing it.
I teach the way I do today - and train other teachers the way I do - because I learned from a series of bad teachers how NOT to teach, and, fortunately, from a series of good teachers how TO teach.
When you first start doing yoga, half the time you are having trouble with left and right, so how can you be expected to evaluate your teacher? Here's a handy checklist of 11 of the worst offenders for yoga injuries, to help you avoid them.
Kinetic Chains are groups of muscles that work together as a team. There are chains like this running all though our bodies.
If one link of the chain is tighter or shorter or weaker and you get disharmony in how they move your skeleton. Not pretty. Not comfortable, either.
Folks, I had to share this.
You know how we tend to believe it's inevitable to get more hunched with age?
It's not true.
The only reason we hunch more as we age is that we've had more years to practice bad habits. I was very motivated, back in 2009, to change my habits because I was in a lot of pain. Like, could barely walk pain. In fact, it seems blindingly obvious now, looking at the picture below, that thrusting my ribs forward and not using my posterior muscles at ALL was exacerbating, if not causing, the problem.
Yes, I am not ashamed to admit that the ass in the 2009 picture was a droopy one. No muscle use there, and it jiggled when I walked. It doesn't now. Those muscles are too busy propelling me forward.
Now, in a perfect situation, all my joints would be lined up vertically. I am still not there - my ribs and pelvis are still thrust, among other things , but oh my, the progress.
You can see in the 2009 picture that I had clearly subscribed to the idea that pushing my ribs forward & lifting my chest was good posture. It's a myth.
In fact, there are loads of unuseful myths about posture out there.
I'll be teaching a workshop early next year on how I made (and continue to make) these changes but here are the basics:
If you have pain, or think your posture could do with some work (hint, everyone's could) I encourage you to try some of these for yourself. Regular practice will create small changes quickly, and over time, big changes like the ones you see above.