Over the years of working with people with conditions of chronic pain and inflammation, I’ve come to understand that sometimes yoga helps.
And sometimes it doesn’t...
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.
Last week's blog post about headstand seems to have ruffled a few feathers. That wasn't my intention, but if we all start thinking a bit more about why we do what we do, that can only be a good thing.
Because, you see, we get the most benefit from the simplest things in yoga.
We love this simple advice from Flow Magazine (which we also love). Maybe not the bit about pulling your shoulders back - that's a myth about good posture - but all the rest is ace.
We KNOW that our happiness is about how we relate to our world much more than what the world is actually doing around us. But we also all need a lot of reminding...
I mentioned last week that I read (and loved) Thich Nhat Hanh's book, Making Space, Creating a Home Meditation Practice.
This book is simple and oozing compassion. Plus, Hanh has a deft poetic hand. Here are some gathas from the book, which I made up in a pretty font so you can download them, print them and pop them around the house (or your desk) as a reminder.