Yoganic Teachers’ Graduate!

After 8 months of study, experimentation with different styles, and practicing yoga together I am pleased to certify six beautiful ladies as Yoga Instructors. The emphasis in the course has been the techniques of the Krishnamacharya lineage which includes rigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa, precise Iyengar techniques, and therapeutic Viniyoga methods. I feel confident that the newly certified Yoga Teachers will have the knowledge to use yoga in ways that will be beneficial to many students by addressing the needs of their students. By meeting the qualifications of the Yoga Alliance, the new instructors can be certified as RYT’s (Registered Yoga Teachers). Please enjoy the photos of our graduation ceremonies and festivities. You can click on the images for a larger view.

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Course Instructors: Anne Nowell and Skyler Myers

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Course Participants: Samantha Smith, Lisa Marchesini, Anne Nowell, Adesh Kaur, Skyler Myers, Keryna Johnson, Janet Dehart, Jennifer Shultz

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Keryna Johnson

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Janet Dehart

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Jennifer Shultz

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Samantha Smith

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Adesh Kaur Khalsa

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Lisa Marchesini

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Artist Laura Rogan gifted the graduates with beautiful henna tattoos.

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Kirtan (devotional music) performer, Thierry, performed on sitar and harmonium, leading the group in devotional chanting.

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Happy Graduates: Lisa and Adesh

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Happy Directors: Anne and Devi Kirn (Yoganic Studio’s Assistant Manager)

Congratulations Ladies!
Please enjoy these new instructors as they offer classes through out San Diego.

End of Course Exam

On a cold December afternoon (yes, even in San Diego there is winter!) our Teacher Training group met to complete their course work with a final exam. In order to become registered as a Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, there is a specific syllabus involving practical, theoretical, and philosophical criteria. In the past 7 months our group has logged 200 hours of training in the teaching of asana as fitness and therapy,  in studying the necessary philosophical and theoretical foundations of yoga,  and participating in related studies such as Ayurveda and Anatomy.

The photos show the practical teaching portion as well as the written Q&A and essay examinations. I am happy to report that all the candidates did exceptionally well in their exams! Please excuse the poor lighting in the photos.  Stay tuned for graduation!

Yoga Anatomy

In the Yoganic Teacher Training course we have studied this excellent book, authored by Ray Long MD, as the text for our Yoga Anatomy course. Dr. Long describes the book as “Your guide to Functional Anatomy”. As any student of Anatomy can testify, it is a subject that may seem tedious with the memorization of Latin terms. The following photos depict the book’s use of  computer graphic imaging, which offers the yoga student a clear break down of the muscles and bones and their actions in the yoga asanas. I highly recommend this book, which can be purchased at http://www.bandhayoga.com

Virabhadrasana II:  skeletal bones; muscles of the torso

This posture opens the hips and helps to develop strength and stamina in the limbs. Virabhadra is an aspect of the Hindu god, Shiva, in his role as a warrior and protector. The psychological attitudes developed by this asana are courage and fearlessness.

Siddhasana:  muscles, bones of the lower leg, abdominal organs

A siddha is one recognized as having developed a high level of control over the mind and body. This intermediate posture requires flexibility in the hips and knees. It provides a stable base for extended periods of pranayama and meditation.

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Our Teacher Trainees practice palpating the muscles of the shoulder girdle, a fun way to learn the location of various muscle groups.

Anatomy course instructor, Dave Garza, demonstrates flexion of the ankle. Dave has an extensive background in a diverse range of massage techniques, martial arts, and yoga. An instructor in the massage schools of San Diego, he is a talented and passionate lecturer. Thank you, Dave, for your insightful and fun Anatomy instruction!