Beach Yoga and Surfing Day

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The numerous benefits of having a regular yoga practice have been written about and expounded on many occasions. Yoga’s ability to calm the mind, create body awareness and aid in the rehabilitation of injuries are second to none. I have found however that one of the great by-products of having a regular yoga practice is that it prepares the body and mind to take on any of the other challenges and physical activities that we choose to attempt through the course of our lives.

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In this regard we at Shades of Yoga offer a day of beach yoga, cross training and surf lessons to the students as a way for them to not only un-plug for a day from the rigours of successfully completing their RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, but also as a way for them to truly appreciate the diversity of benefits one can receive from a strong, daily yoga practice. Few can deny the feeling of achievement, the sense of freedom and joy that comes from riding a wave. However, surfing is not an easy sport to get the hang of, as it requires strength, balance, timing and perseverance, but the rewards are substantial.

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YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CLASS

Ku De TA – Restaurant, Waves and Sun.

Shades of Yoga run their highly popular and successful RYT 200 hour Teacher Training course in the beautiful Balinese town of Ubud, a place that lends itself to yoga in many ways. Great food, arts and crafts, yoga and spa centres, a sense of spirituality not found in many other places in the world and of course, the tranquil and serene mountain slopes and rice paddies.

During our course, our students have the weekends off so we like to encourage them to go out and experience all the many splendours that the magical island and sweet paradise of Bali has to offer. This not only allows our students an opportunity to have some fun, but most importantly allows them to ‘unplug’ from the course for a couple of hours, ensuring that when they return on a Monday morning they are feeling refreshed and invigorated and raring to go. One of the most popular destinations for our students is Ku De Ta Restaurant, perched right on the endless stretch of pristine Balinese beach that is Seminyak.

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Do Auras Exist?

According to Wikipaedia, “an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object.  It is said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura.” Wether Aura’s actually exist or not, is a topic of much contention largely due to the fact that they are invisible to the naked, or untrained eye. Many people claim to be able to see and ‘read’ aura’s. How? Why can they see them, while most people can’t? More importantly, is there any way to prove that they actually exist?

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“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 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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Time to go GREEN

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.

Green juice - detox for yoga

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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