Category Archives: Teacher Training

THE GITA

Hola, at the last stretch of Ben & Radha's TT😊 It's been a lot of work, physically, spiritually and I can't wait to be able to have more time to read the books including the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is to the Hindus like our Bible is to us. It is estimated to have been…
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Ahimsa Towards Our Planet

Choosing Organic This week, we were asked to be conscious about how we practice Ahimsa. Ahimsa is being kind to all living things on earth and showing compassion towards others. A part of Ahimsa is being one with nature. By showing respect to nature, it will show respect to you. This is why I choose…
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The Yoga Sutras

As a requirement for the course we had to get several books, some on the physical anatomy and other on the history and philosophy behind Yoga. One book that has really intrigued me is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, i like to compare it as somewhat of a bible or guideline for people who have…
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The Keys to the Peace Garden

I.33 from Patanjali Yoga Sutras says: maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” This yoga sutra, teach us how to deal with people’s attitudes. In this sutra, Patanjali…
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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

1 large onion (yellow or white), chopped 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), chopped 1 medium yellow squash, chopped 1 (32-oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (15-oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed* 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed* 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce 1 (8-oz) bag frozen corn* 1 (4.5-oz)…
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Yoga Studio

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention the beautiful yoga studio that we are privileged to practice in.   It's Upstairs Yoga tucked in the middle of Coral Gables.   Once you walk up the flight of wood steps you encounter a quaint and cozy yoga studio.  The studio is filled with as many props as you may need.  It's…
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My practice of Ahimsa

I practiced Ahimsa the other day towards a customer at my work, she was finishing up her lunch then asked for her check. I brought her check to the table and walked back to my station, i then noticed her fumbling around in her bag taking everything out frantically looking for something, which i assumed…
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Ahimsa is the root of yoga practice

Practicing ahimsa is the root of the spiritual practice of yoga. All of our actions create an impression in our psyche and the universe. Making the conscious choice for loving and positive action is the first step of practicing ahimsa. We love summer time, it is warm and welcoming, we eat a lot of vegetables,…
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Sunday Saucha

Within the 8 limbs of Yoga (according to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra), there are five Niyamas, or internal restraints. Each acts as a sort of ethical guideline intended to help guide the practitioner toward the transcendental reality. Saucha, or purity, is about cleanliness, both internal and external. Saucha is achieved on an internal level through meditation…
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The Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)   Sometimes in our lives we live such in a hurry, and end it up forgetting  to pay attention at our surroundings and to breathe.   To make a change start practicing four rounds and gradually build up to twelve rounds, right after you get out of the bed. Making…
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Discovering the Chakras

This week we learned about the seven chakras and we were given a self evaluation test to discover what our strongest and weakest chakras are. I found it interesting that my strongest and weakest chakras are somewhat contradictory however, the stronger chakra is definitely what I have been using to strengthen my weakest chakra. In…
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Daily Sadhana

One of the most challenging things for me in this teacher training is my morning Sadhana. My body and mind are usually at odds when my alarm first goes off. Sometimes it's my body, other times my mind, that wants to get up and practice more than the other--the other is busy making an argument…
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Rainbow Salad

Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated, delicious and nutritious foods can be easy. My inspiration this week is the seven main chakras. Chakras are wheels of energy within the body and that the seven main chakras form a vertical column along the torso. Keeping the chakras open and balanced allows energy to flow freely and…
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Dedication to my classmates and teachers

This is a dedication to my classmates and teachers in this new journey! Last week, I have just completed my first four-weekend Yoga Teach Training with Radha and Ben, and I am sure it won’t be the last. Every week I was really excited to meet them to be able to share this amazing experience. Even when…
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Yoga Sutras and Asanas

In weekend three we learned about Patanjali's Yoga Sutras which are a collection of 196 short verses organized in 4 chapters or books .  I feel interpreting and understanding the Sutras is going to be a life long study and will require reading them over and over.  I am very curious to learn more about Patanjali and…
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Dancer Pose is my current favorite pose

My current favorite asana, pose is Natarajasana or Dancer Pose. Not only is this pose beautiful to look at but there are so many beautiful things going on at the same time! The standing leg is being strengthened while to opposite leg is being stretched. The glutes are being strengthened as well as the back…
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Practice and Patience is the Key

Week 3 of our Teacher Training done, this weekend was my favorite so far, practice and patience is the key.  I noticed the progress i had made after the first two weeks of training and i felt like my body had more energy & stability and i was more able to keep up during the yoga…
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Yoga is My Religion

Up until recently, my interest in yoga was purely the physical practice, the Asana, and I shied away from any aspect that might involve spirituality or embracing a religion. Even as a young girl, I took issue with organized religion--so many horrible deeds have been committed in the name of God, and many followers shun…
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Rest and Relaxation

Second week of TT and for me it has been challenging but enjoyed some Rest and Relaxation with my granddaughter on Labor Day!  In week two, we practiced hard and went over the different forms of yoga and by Labor Day I was ready to chill so Sofia and I headed out early to the beach…
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Namaste!

I am so grateful to finally have yoga in my life! I have always been intrigued by it but never could afford to start to learn...then I found out about third street beach yoga, a donation based class.  Since then I've found tons of donation based and cheap yoga events in my city. The more…
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~What Yoga is to me~

The first time I took a yoga class about a year ago , I've felt a grounding sensation I've never experienced before. I felt more connected with my mind, body, and soul as if the 3 were resonating in harmony with each other giving me a euphoric sensation filled with love. Awakening me to a…
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MY OWN CHALLENGE

I am not really good at this thing of writing or talking out loud; actually, this is my first blog ever! I always keep knowledge and information to myself, I am a really good listener but I am about to change or at least I am going to try and let’s see what happens. It…
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It’s never too late!

Hola! it's never too late to want to learn more about yoga! I'm Evelyn, week one of the TT at Lightrail Yoga and the oldest yogi of the group. I was afraid to start - haven't been to school (that would include doing homework) for 35 years but it is something that I've wanted to…
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The Bhagavad Gita and Self-Realization

The Bhagavad Gita is a classic book of Indian Spirituality and it brings out many timeless teachings. It is a dialogue between a Warrior called Arjuna and his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna. The dialogue begins when Arjuna turns to Krishna to look for answers to the fundamental questions of life as he is about to…
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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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Scheduling

I think it is very important to set a time and day for every class to get recurring students. I notice it is very hard to fit a lot of peoples schedules especially in a city like Miami Beach, where half of the people work at night and half regular office hours. I think the…
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Alternate Nostril Breathing exercise

For the past weeks we have been practicing pranayama (=breathing exercise) called Alternate Nostril Breathing. At the beginning it was very hard for me and I was struggling with the exercise a lot. But, yet again, miracles happen in Yoga : )….this week we had a chance to change it to another pranayama exercise, however…
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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

Teaching was simply a pleasure. I had the opportunity to teach in the Flamingo park on Thursday under a tree, and what better place to be than surrounded with nature. I was not nervous at all and was in great company. After having this experience I have decided that I want to continue teaching community…
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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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