BE YOURSELF, HOW YOGA ERASES SELF-DOUBT
The Heart is the Sun of the Soul - Shine out!
November 14, 2010
The definition of self-conscious is "to be Conscious of one's self as an object of the observation of others." There are good things and interesting things about this in that every day the way we live our lives we either serve as a positive example or a warning to other people. We are under some scrutiny whether we like it or not. As Sally Field says, "It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes." It is only when we allow the good opinion of other people to be more important than our own, that this self-consciousness becomes deeply detrimental to our happiness.
As a result of coming to the yoga mat I have grown both more aware of others judgments and less self-conscious all at the same time. We step into the poses and we are alert to the presence of others but instead choose to focus on ourselves. We do the practice to be more conscious of our innate happiness and go beyond self-limiting belief. We move and breath with the freedom that only comes from the light within: our hearts dancing with joy, long-held inhibitions vanishing until all self-doubt is erased!
To be honest this process may take more than just one class.
"We live in the most self-conscious society in the history of mankind. There are good things in that, but there are also terrible things. The worst of it is, that we find it hard to give ourselves to the process." - Larry Harvey says. I agree. The day I knew this enemy of love, self consciousness was no longer driving my life was when I felt the FLOW of the yoga poses and let the breath move me. I gave myself to the process. And everything changed. I started to drop self-criticism along with being critical of others. The judgment I feared from others no longer had power over me. And in this video you can see how this translates into movement.
The choices I make I now honor as my own. And with every day I get more expert at doing the hardest yoga pose of all....Being Myself. This is the pose I want you to learn more than any other too. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia
HOW TEACHER TRAINING HELPED ME FIND MY PURPOSE BY GUEST BLOGGER JANEEN HEINMAN
OCTOBER 5, 2010. On October 13th we start our 9th teacher training study group! I know I can't believe it either. Wow! I've seen so many amazing breakthroughs and incredible growth as a result of facilitating these trainings. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of previous trainees and send them love and gratitude for they have served as my teachers as much as I have been their teacher. And I have been deeply honored to see them all grow in discovering their Dharma, their purpose.
It's such a simple question: Why are you here? Or let me put it like this, What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you want to study yourself, then our program is for you. Enjoy this perspective from one of our 2009-2010 Graduates. Love in all ways, Silvia
How Teacher Training Helped me Find my Purpose By Guest Blogger Janeen Heinman
Last fall I took the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Total Body Yoga. I had only been a student of yoga for 2 Ĺ years when I signed up for the program, so I was a virtual beginner. But for me, yoga had opened up so much. My health was better, my attitude and anxiety improved, and I was more relaxed. I felt like I had found something totally real. I spent time reading books about yoga, taking workshops and classes, but there was still so much I didnít know. I enrolled in Silviaís program to expand my knowledge, but I didnít have a solid idea of what I wanted to do when I finished.
We learned a lot right away in the training, including asanas and how to teach them, yoga history and philosophy and some basics of Ayurveda. I learned a lot for myself, but even more so, I wanted to share what I was learning. After all, who couldnít benefit from practices like a full three-part breath, or viparita karani? I tend to get anxious when speaking in front of groups, but the training program was a really safe place to practice. I worked on finding my voice, which in turn led me to discover my purpose.
Through the Yoga Teacher Training, I was able to look honestly at some dissatisfaction I had with my career in psychiatry. I realized I was not offering my patients enough, in my mind, to truly become well. Yoga was the next step. My goal now is to incorporate yoga into my career by offering people tools to help themselves . The training helped me open to possibility and realize I donít have to follow the beaten path, but I can chart a new course!
I am only in the early stages of developing my new job description, but I believe the teacher training started me on this path. The practice itself keeps me open to grace, and I have enjoyed unbelievable support from my colleagues and peers so far. I was stagnant, knowing I was not fulfilling my true purpose professionally, but fear held me back for a long time. The teacher training program forced me to look inward, and that practice of self-study has led me to something totally new. I donít believe I would have come to this turning point without the support and guidance of my teacher, Silvia, and my fellow trainees.
JOIN US FOR IN DEPTH STUDY OF YOGA, OF YOURSELF
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010.
If you plan your social life around your yoga, have a mat in your car, talk about yoga to friends and strangers then it is a really good bet that Yoga is important to you. And you're thinking "how can I bring more yoga into my life?"
Super Duper Namaste,
If this sounds familiar then spending time in our In-Depth Studies Program known as Yoga Teacher Training starting either Fall October 13, 2010 with Rachel and Silvia or Winter January 28, 2011 with Mara and Silvia is a fantastic idea! The program is not about how physically ready you are for the poses but how emotionally and mentally ready are you to gain deeper insight into who you are.
Do you want to know why Yoga makes you feel better not for just one hour but all day long, why when you practice yoga do you grow more patient with the annoyances of your life, why do you feel happier from doing yoga? This program helps give you the answers to those questions. It gives you time to become more aware of why you treat others better and why you want to treat yourself better: learning how to love who you are and refining what it is you are supposed to be doing in this life. This program is about doing yoga from the inside out and really studying how much heart you are putting into designing your BEST life ever. To be honest, in my perfect world every Yoga Student would attend a Teacher Training Program. Why? Because we are all models for living our yoga and making the world a more peaceful place. We'd love to help you celebrate you! Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia
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LEARNING ABOUT YOU, DESIGNING YOUR LIFE
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010. If you want to get to the root cause of what is stressful in your life, what is holding you back, what is it that you really want for your life then our certified training program (that by the way qualifies you to teach yoga) is for you! I encourage you to fill out the application, and then read it to yourself and see if this reveals to you whether you should apply or not. This is not about teaching Yoga to other people. THIS IS ABOUT LEARNING ABOUT YOU.
CYT – Certified Yoga Teacher Application (YA 200 hour)
Send completed application and materials via email to:
Please include: name, emergency contact, address, city/state, zip, day/night phone, cell phone, and e- mail address.
STEP 1: PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
-How long have you been taking yoga classes and/or practicing? -Who have been your most influential teachers and why? -List any trainings, intensives or retreats attended and why? -What style(s) of yoga do you practice?
-How often and how long do you practice?
STEP 2: WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS PROGRAM?
-Why do you want to be a certified yoga teacher? -What are your expectations for the training? What do you hope to gain, learn, or improve? -Do you teach yoga now? If so, please describe in detail. -If you plan on teaching after completing the program, why do you want to teach yoga?
STEP 3: WHAT DOES YOGA MEAN TO YOU?
-Describe how your life has been impacted by practicing yoga. -Tell us about your hobbies, interests, community service, etc. -Describe your physical health (major illnesses, surgeries, physical conditions). -Tell us about your emotional and mental health. -Do you have a support network of friends or therapist? -Does your family support this journey you've decided to take? -This program requires a significant time commitment. Do you have any other major commitments (grad school, 2 jobs, etc) that would prevent you from participating fully?