We’re already done with week one of CorePower Yoga Teacher Training (TT)! How is this possible!? We started off class today with a brief recap of the cueing formula (breath, posture, verb + your + body part + direction) that we learned on day two. The more we go over the formula using live examples the easier it is to comprehend! Side note… I cannot describe in words how excited and thrilled I feel walking into the studio each and every day! I HIGHLY suggest signing up for TT if you’re interested in deepening your practice and learning the back end of the sequence.
Breath is so important! Once you flow and break down the Sun A together, you begin to cue your students breath to movement (versus explaining how the postures should look again). For example: Inhale mountain pose. Exhale forward fold. Inhale halfway lift. Exhale chaturanga dandasana.
After going over the formula a few times, we moved rooms and did a quick flow through our Integration and Sun A flow (child’s pose, downward facing dog, ragdoll pose, Samasthiti, mountain pose, forward fold, and chaturanga dandasana). The main focus of flowing through the sequences prior to discussing was to become aware of how our bodies felt within the postures. We focused a good amount of time on our chaturanga and upward facing dog as they are postures that many yogis do incorrectly. One of CorePower Yoga’s principals is to provide safety and alignment for their students.
We worked on jumping forward and backwards with BENT elbows! BENT ELBOWS EVERYONE! I’ve been doing yoga for a little over a year now and cannot tell you the number of times I’ve jumped back with little to no bend in my elbows. While I’ve never jumped back with locked elbows, I always assumed the instructors just meant jump back with a slight bend. You really want to jump back into a low plank with your elbows glued to your side. As for forward hops to the top of your mat, you also want to create a generous bend in your elbows and knees. The key here is to engage through your abdominal lock and try and get your hips over your shoulders, if possible.
Plank pose is pretty much your foundation to chaturanga. Keeping your arms glued in towards your ribs at a 90 degree angle is key to chaturanga. Your elbows shouldn’t flail out to the side, and your chest shouldn’t dip lower than your elbows. The key thing we learned on day two and day three was to start from the ground up when providing deepening cues. Chaturanga is a little different and I along with a few instructors I spoke with mentioned they usually start from the hands down to the feet. For example, we would start with the following: “Stack your shoulders over your wrists. Dome out through your shoulder blades. Bump your glutes/hips in line with your shoulders. Press your heels to the back wall.” The most important thing about learning how to cue is putting yourself in your student’s shoes. Think about teaching someone who’s doing yoga for the first time.
Mountain pose is a foundation pose that you come back to in various poses throughout class. You’ll find the same upper body sensation in chair pose or crescent lunge as you would in mountain pose. For example, your arms would be reaching to the ceiling or front of the room, biceps in line with ears, lifted chest, and an engaged core no matter the posture (asana).
We ran through our integration and intention series first. Just like previously trainings one student would head to the middle of the mat and our instructors would walk us through the anatomy, energy lines, modifications, misalignments, and benefits of each pose. From there, we split off with our OMie (like homie haha) and guided one another through the flow. The KEY to cueing how to come into the correct posture is again, to start form the ground up. I kept bouncing around at first by fixing alignments near the head then back to the feet and then the midsection. Once we practiced a bit more I was able to get the hang of ‘from the ground up.’ We did the same thing for Sun A after demonstrating each pose in the middle of class. For those of you considering TT, this might scare you but don’t be nervous! Everyone is new to this training and we’re all in the same boat. Trust the process and have fun with it! Everything will come together in time.
At the end of class we always gather in a circle to ground out with one another. I led this round and shared the idea of trusting the process. We typically focus on the end goal and whether or not we’ll be capable of achieving that goal rather than focusing on the steps it takes for us to achieve the final goal. All of the teachers at CPY started from square one and built their way up. That being said, so can we!
I am PASSIONATE to learn, grow, and share with the world around me.