A few weeks ago I participated in my first 300 Hour Teacher Training with Asheville Yoga Center. I didn’t plan this at all, but with being in our new abnormal, I was eager to expand my education, for both my personal life and to help others.
I signed up for Senior Yoga TT because it’s a passion of mine to help others as they mature, as well as keep myself physically and mentally healthy to live my life to the fullest.
If you know anything about me, you would know that I believe age is just a number. But, with that number comes changes in our body and mind. It also requires for us to do the work, because we cannot perform at our best without self care. In any area of our life. If overwork, overeating, overindulging, drinking too much, not drinking enough water, not enough sleep, too much time in front of a screen, etc, etc, has not caught up with you, it will. It’s only a matter of time.
What was also super intriguing about this course was a lot of it covered chronic pain as well as physical and mental health conditions. A win win!
It was taught by Libby Hinsley. She is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and a E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher. In English that means, she has achieved over 500 hours of teacher training, and has taught over 2,000 hours of yoga! 500 of those hours need to be taught after receiving your 300 Hours! She also studied at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India, with her inspiration being on Viniyoga. She is an outstanding instructor and I look forward to doing more training with her.
What is Viniyoga, you ask? I found the best explanation from the Yoga Institute in Australia. “The viniyoga of Yoga can be described as the intelligent and systematic application of yoga tools and techniques according to the unique needs and circumstances of the individual.”**. Believe it or not, I was not familiar with Viniyoga and what really resonated with me is that it’s not tied to any specific style, but instead adapted to the individual who is practicing. So if you think you can’t do yoga, think again.
While I learned so very much about teaching chair yoga, gentle yoga, restorative, and balance, the biggest nugget was this. Yoga is really a practice for life, not a workout, which is what many of us have made it given the popularity of classes like Hot Power Vinyasa.
To paraphrase Libby, by being slow and intentional and paying attention to each breath and movement, we are able to sink our awareness into what’s happening in the body. By practicing that in yoga, we get opportunities for that state of awareness in our day to day life, in areas that matter so much more.
The true essence of yoga is breath, focus and movement that we can take with us as we walk through life no matter what obstacles may come our way. And the more you practice this on the mat, by slowing down, your other workouts and more intense yoga practices will improve. Trust me. I do all kinds of workouts. Stairs, Running, Lifting, Cycling, Hiking and Hot Power Yoga. The benefits of slowing things down have only enhanced everything else I do. It’s been especially telling since the pandemic started.
But the big win is how much it will impact what really matters. Our overall existence. We are all in a new way of living that sadly, doesn’t appear to be ending soon. And it’s hard. Damn hard. That’s where our practice really matters. Inhale then Exhale. Steady the gaze, steady the mind, and then one foot in front of the other. You’ve got this. Namaste.
To learn more about Libby click here: https://www.libbyhinsley.com
To learn more about all Asheville Yoga Center has to offer click here: https://www.youryoga.com