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LIVING IT: THE YAMAS & NIYAMAS OF YOGA
Join us for a ten week deep dive into the philosophy of yoga: learning via readings, discussion, asana practices and meditation. Commit to a 2.5 month journey that will transform your study of yoga and also your teaching of yoga (if you are a teacher - but you don't need to be!)
WHAT IS THIS Program About?
Light Watkins posted something recently on Instagram that I resonated with. He said, "How can meditation help resolve conflict in the world? Let's be honest: it can't. But what it can do is it can help to facilitate inner peace. And when more people are operating from inner peace instead of inner chaos, we can come up with more peaceful solutions to our individual and collective problems."
I've been thinking a lot about in times of chaos, what we can do to help the world? So much is out of our control. But what is in control is how we show up. if we implement our practices of asana, meditation, and wellbeing, then we can show up in the world from a grounded place - a place of peace. That is what it means to live yoga.
What does it mean to "live yoga" beyond the mat? What are the routines and rituals that a student of yoga can implement in their daily lives to live their yoga every day? What are the conversations we need to have about the practices of yoga philosophy that can help us transform our ways of being? How can a teacher of yoga implement yoga philosophy into their teachings to lead more inspiring, heartfelt yoga classes?
Many people don't realize that the study of yoga goes much deeper, beyond the asana (postures) - to a philosophy that can change the course of your life. This is a ten week, live on Zoom YACEP course (Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Program!) which will cover the basics of yoga philosophy in depth.
HOW WILL YOU
During this class we will:
Engage in a deep discussion around the Yamas and Niyamas every week, to gain a better understanding of your values, relationships, and behaviours, as they align to living yoga, leading to a deeper sense of self.
Participate in one asana practice, geared around the yama and niyama of the week, with a peak posture. With this practice you'll receive a matching lesson plan which will outline the practice. If you are a yoga teacher, you can use this lesson plan during your weekly yoga teaching.
Help you develop a strong spiritual foundation for your life and improve your relationships with others.
Lead to spiritual growth, personal growth and improve your well being.
Help you develop a regular asana practice and meditation practice.
If you are a yoga teacher, this class will help your classes become more profound, meaningful and resonant with your students. You will truly start to embody your yoga.
This class is suitable for Yoga Teachers, as well as Yoga Students. It counts as a 20 Hour CEC (Continuing Education Credit) if you are a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. If you are later interested in taking the Yoga Sutra Study or Yoga Teacher Training, this is a great foundation.
All students in the program will receive ten yoga class lesson plans created by Alex. (Every week you will get a new yoga class.) This class will be sequenced strategically with a peak vinyasa posture, relevant quotes, and teaching points around the relevant yama or niyama of the week. If you are a yoga teacher, this will allow you to integrate the yamas and niyamas into your regular asana teaching. You are free to use this lesson plan in your regular teaching. If you aren't teaching yoga, the lesson plan can also be useful for a self led practice.
All students in the program will receive one meditation script created by Alex each week of a meditation related to the subject at hand. This script you are free to use in your work and life. You'll also recieve a recording of the meditation for daily practice during the week.
Daily written short readings, questions and discussions will take place in our community Slack Group.
An in-depth manual (eighty pages) overviewing each yama and niyama in depth.
THE PROGRAM MODULES
WHAT YOU'RE LEARNING
What will a class look like?
Each class will begin with a 15 minute check in, followed by an introduction to and discussion around the yama and niyama of the week. These are: ahimsa (nonviolence), satya (truth), asteya (nonstealing), brahmacharya (moderation), aparigraha (letting go), saucha (cleanliness), samtosha (contentment), tapas (discipline), svadhyaya (self study), and ishvara pranidhana (spiritual practice).
After the discussion, we will have a short break, and then join in an asana practice. The asana practice will be a public practice (open to paying members of the community to join who are not in the Yamas & Niyamas program).
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MEET YOUR GUIDE, Alex
Alex is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Life Coach, entrepreneur, podcaster, and Ontario Certified Teacher. Since a very young age, she was drawn to yoga as a way to calm her mind and manage an undiagnosed mood disorder. She began practicing yoga daily at the age of eighteen and completed her first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 at Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico. In 2017, she completed her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Zuna Yoga in Bali.
Since then, she has taught yoga internationally, and she now resides in Bali, Indonesia. Alex has participated in several additional trainings, including Yoga Workshop Design for Teachers with Rolf Gates, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Kids and Trauma Informed Yoga.
SOME KIND WORDS FROM OUR
Meet our students who've been part of past programs.
"I found Alex McRobs and Sober Curious Yoga after I had gotten sober. I'd gone down a rabbit hole of Instagram following yoga and sober hashtags when suddenly I saw a comment Alex had made on a post. I messaged her and joined Sober Curious Yoga and immediately fell in love with the community."
"So excited to sign up for Sober Girls Yoga again with Alex McRobs.
Alex McRobs and Sober Girls Yoga has made a massive impact on my Sober Yoga Journey, for which I will be ever grateful."
"Soooo happy to be 4 months alcohol free. Honestly the best decision ever. Massive thanks to @alexmcrobs for inviting me to the Sober Girls Yoga challenge to get me started. Are you sober curious? This movement is growing - come join the fun!"