human doings or human beings

“Human Doings” or “Human Beings?”

Human Doings or Human Beings?

Numb is the best word I can find to describe myself after ten hours of learning, doing, and literally breathing yoga, every day for the past month.  As I finish my yoga teacher training on the precious island of Bali.

The official 200-hour training has just concluded and while I am “paper certified” to teach, I understand it is still a long stumbling journey ahead.
From the small surface area of the yoga mat to the swallowing waves of the ocean, one’s ego is put into check without difficulty.   We fall from imbalance, trip over our own two feet, get pushed down – dragged.  But each and every time we get up again and it seemingly gets easier as we become stronger and more resilient.
I only started yoga because of its healing benefits on the body – merely physical I should add.  I am, or was, a full-time runner that ran everyday for about 10 kilometers before work.  Such strenuous activity resulted in lower back and knee injuries and thus I sought a cure like many do, to yoga.
Running for me was merely physical.  My ego admired the physique of a runner, the mind craved for nothingness, and the body loved the adrenaline rush during and post-workout.  But something must be said about high-adrenaline sports such as running, biking, or snowboarding.  It is that exactly – high-adrenaline – we have turned into chemical-loving junkies.

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a day in Ubud

A Day in Ubud

A pink smudge begins to push back the grey light of pre-dawn, and heralds the rising of that great giver of life, the sun. Like clockwork, a chorus of roosters begin their morning crescendo of cock-a-doodle-doo’s, my new alarm, and a sign that it is time to get up.

In my opinion chickens could be seen to represent the overriding theme of life here in Ubud. A grounded, earthy feeling seems to infiltrate daily activities, as humans and animals alike,  go about their business searching for food and shelter. Yet, every so often, a rooster will lift his head and call to the heavens above, crying out to something larger than life itself. In much the same manner, the local people will regularly take 5 minutes out of their days to light some incense, and make an offering to the sacred spirits at one of the many shrines that adorn each and every single house in Ubud.

Today is my first day off since I started as a student on Shades of Yoga’s RYT 200hr Teacher Training course offered here in Ubud, Bali. It’s been a long week, filled with both physical and mental exertion, and I’m incredibly happy with how much I have learnt thus far. However, I have been so focused on my course work that I haven’t spent much time absorbing the culture of this beautiful city, and have decided that today I am dedicating to exploration.  I considered renting a scooter for the day, but in all honesty traffic here is crazy, and I don’t trust my own ability to safely navigate my way through the streets of Ubud without doing myself some kind of harm. The last thing I want is to jeopardize the rest of my teacher training course due to injury. I figured renting a bicycle would be a great way to see Ubud, as well as go off the beaten tourist track. It would be great cross-training as well.

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Testimonials – Yoga Alliance RYT 200

The Shades of Yoga TTC (RYT 200) was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. On a practical level, it took my yoga practice to a whole new level in terms of fitness and strength, and taught me how to teach yoga in a safe and relevant way.

On an emotional and spiritual level, it opened up my heart to evolving through life’s challenges, unplugging from things that no longer serve me and letting the universe guide me along my path. The group discussions taught me as much, if not more, than the textbook content and all materials were taught, presented or opened up for discussion in an accessible and down-to-earth way.

 

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Green Juice green detox

Time to go GREEN

Green Detox

We hear it all the time “eat your greens” and most of us have no doubt in our minds that this has its benefits.  Here are a few good reasons to integrate green foods, particularly leafy green vegetables into your diet.

Greens are alkalizing.

The modern diet tends to lean more toward acid forming foods like meat and carbohydrates.  In order to maintain health and balance it’s important to keep your PH at a healthy level and vegetables, particularly greens help to do this.

Greens are mineral rich

Greens are mineral rich and supply the body with many vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamins, including vitamin C, K, E and B vitamins.

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What our qualified students are saying about our course

 

One of the best decisions of my life was to take the Shades of yoga 200 hour RYT (RYT 200). 

I’ve been doing yoga for many years and have had many wonderful teachers in my time and I will admit it has never been an aspiration of mine to flaunt the label “yoga teacher”.  However, I have experienced profound benefits from having a somewhat erratic yoga practice – I confess to not being the disciplined type!   I travel a lot and even though I don’t practice every day, I find that having a yoga mat close at hand and doing a few poses a day is incredibly beneficial for keeping me fit and flexible.

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What Is Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

Vinyasa Flow Yoga links breath with movement. There is no “perfect form”, one follows the movement that is right for one’s own body. Emphasis on the coordination of breath and movement, drawing the awareness inward. A dynamic …

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