CorePower Yoga Teacher Training day thirteen was packed with SO MANY laughs! Today was probably one of my favorite days of training because we all seemed so close knitted and free spirited (I know, I’m starting to sound like an official yogi now).
Our two teachers started off class by asking everyone how they felt at this point in training regarding the material as well as our energy levels. We enjoyed this question more than “how are you feeling” as that question seems to get very little response. Of course, all of us have stuff going on outside of training (some are in school, working overtime, etc…), but we all agreed that everything is starting to click a bit more.
Assists Part Two
After we chatted a bit about where we’re at in the training, we moved right into finishing up the hands on assists portion. CorePower Yoga is veering away from calling them adjusts as this word may come off negatively to some people. As I mentioned in day twelve, assists do not mean that you’re always doing something wrong.
We flew through more than half of the sequence’s assists on day twelve, so we only had a bit more left. Today was focused on the hips, spine, and surrender series of the sequence (AKA THE BEST PART)! After we walked through each assists individually, we broke out with our OMie to practice the assists on one another. This was basically a mini massage session which felt amazing (maybe because our bodies feel so tired and overworked from continuously staying up past our bed time haha).
If you’ve ever had an assist during class you know how amazing it feels; however, i’m sure you have all experienced as assist that was a little too much. Teachers must be careful as to how much pressure they’re applying when assisting. There are also assists that you typically only offer to students who you’re close with or have been taking your classes for quite some time. We call these the ‘Friends and Family’ assists. Why? Because some of them are more intimate or really help deepen the stretch more than usual.
After assists we moved right into Sanskirt. This was a blast because we all kept laughing with one another at how goofy some of the postures sound (plus we were trying to pronounce half of them upside down). An example of Sanskirt would be Tadasana (also known as Mountain Pose in English). Another common one teachers use is Uttanasana (Forward Fold). Asana means “seat” and refers to postures throughout class (hence why many of the Sanskrit terms have the term asana included at the end).
Classes sound so beautiful when teachers incorporate Sanskrit; however, the terms can be intimidating at times. Some teachers use sanskirt while others veer away from adding the language. CorePower Yoga teachers always say the English term first followed by Sanskirt (inhale Mountain Pose – Tadasana). This makes it easier for students to understand what’s coming next especially if they’re new to yoga. One might not know what Tadasana means, so if you said Tadasana instead of/before Mountain Pose, they may not know where to go. One of the aspects about CorePower Yoga that truly attracts me is their teaching formula. The teachers are trained to cue so well that you could take the entire class with your eyes closed and still know what to do. Ok, you’d probably lose your balance one or ten times with your eyes closed, but you get the picture!
We’re moving onto one or two round robin teaching sessions next class and I can’t wait to dive into teaching again! Namaste my friends!
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