Recent Posts by Susana Saumell

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra means “sleep with awareness.” It’s a meditation technique from Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, India. This technique allows us to relax, recharge, rejuvenate and awaken higher consciousness. It’s practiced laying down and after you relax your physical body you can move your awareness to other layers of yourself such…
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Prenatal Yoga: Tips for mothers to be

Now days, Prenatal yoga is widely recommended for pregnant women. You can start practicing prenatal yoga after your first trimester all the way to your third trimester depending on your pregnancy. It could help alleviate common discomforts associated with a pregnancy, help the mother to be to relax and control her breathing. However, there are…
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Teaching Yoga – The other side of the mat

Yes, the time has come and we are starting to teach our first classes! Time has gone so slow and so fast at the same time… I felt so ready but so nervous on my first class! You would think after so many years of teaching (school children) I wouldn't feel so nervous, but you’re…
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Restorative Yoga: Supine Bound Angle Pose/Supta Baddha Konasana

Part of our Yoga Teacher Training involves learning different styles of yoga to be able to teach a variety of yoga classes. One of those is Restorative Yoga. I recommend everyone to take a Restorative yoga class or practice some poses at home after your regular yoga routine. In Restorative yoga, we use lots of…
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Supta Matsyendrasana: Reclining Spinal Twist

Supta Matsyendrasana is part of the finishing poses and it goes with any yoga sequence. I love to practice this pose after Badha Konasana and before Savasana. It’s the perfect pose to practice before the final relaxation. After you lay down in your back, bend you knees and bring them close to your chest (take…
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The Chakras

Part of our teacher training includes Subtle Anatomy. Under this section we study the Chakras. There are seven principal Chakras and each one associates with different aspects of our existence. They can relate to the physical body, energy flow, and spirituality. Starting from the base of the spine with Muladhara Chakra- Root Chakra. This Chakra…
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Badha Konasana: Cobbler’s Pose

Badha Konasana is one of my “go to poses.” Do you know at the end of some yoga classes when everyone is getting ready for Savasana, sometimes the teacher might invite you to do another pose? A pose that you’re working on or that it’s good for you. Well, that’s what I mean by “go…
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Vrksasana: Tree Pose

It’s a literal translation from Sanskrit. Vrksa means tree, and asana means physical yoga posture. Everyone loves Tree Pose! I believe Tree pose it’s an iconic yoga pose. When I have told my students in conversation that I practice yoga, the first pose they want to imitate (to let me know that they know what…
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Five Yamas from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As part of our Yoga Teacher Training we are studying The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In book two, the eight limbs of Yoga are described and the first one is Yama (abstinence.) It goes on listing and describing the abstinence principals into the five yamas (non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence and non-greed) I don’t see it…
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Pranayama: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Pranayama is an essential part of yoga. We have been learning a variety of breathing exercises in our teacher training which I happen to enjoy very much. This week we are practicing Alternate Nostril Breathing which creates whole brain functioning by balancing the right and left hemispheres. To do this breathing exercise you start by…
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Revolving Side Angle Pose- Parivritta Parsvokonasana

Revolving side angle pose is one of the poses that has truly grown on me. As a beginner yogi I really struggled with this pose. I always felt really clumsy and I couldn’t twist my upper torso too much. Of course, there was also the balancing act! I still like to place my knee on…
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OM Meditation

Yoga teacher training is teaching me to get out of my comfort zone (I don't feel comfortable chanting since I'm constantly out of tune!) This week I will be practicing mantra meditation. Meditating by chanting the oldest mantra, OM.  Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training Program www.lightrailyoga.com
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