Please enjoy this entry from our guest blogger, Derrick. He is currently taking yoga teacher training with the Maritime Yoga College.
Week 9 - March 21st & 22nd:
Through my experience with the Maritime Yoga Teacher Training I have developed a more dynamic yoga practice. During each week of training I have found that we gain more confidence in our ability to teach and expand our potential to hold space. I have also noticed that with each week of training our instructors have continuously opened our awareness to the many layers of experience that is available to us, beyond just the positioning of our bodies in the asanas. It is through teacher training that we have been assisted in fostering a dimensionality in the asanas and been given the conceptual tools to find balance.
It is standard that at beginning of any yoga class to have some sort of pranayama - or breathing exercise to increase life force. The breath is the most essential source of life energy, it is the fundamental point of departure for any and all activity we participate in. From the opening breathing exercise we begin to move, to stretch, and to strengthen. The next tool that assists us find balance is the engagement of the muscles to contain energy. Then we activate the muscular energy loops that are a part of our make-up.
Each time we work in the studio we are developing a more intimate knowledge of our bodies and we help each other find our natural synergy. Once we find this stable foundation i.e., of conscious-breathing, engagement of muscular energy and the energetic loops, we can then find our expression of the asana. Expression is the controlled outward flow of our life energy - it is what makes a simple physical posture become a vibrant and radiant asana.
With these tools of balance we develop a more dynamic and empowering yoga practice. Although I have attended many yoga classes over the past couple years it has been with this teacher training program that my practice has taken on the dimensions that are assisting my growth and actualization of my fullest potential.
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.