The Shades of Yoga/Taksu Experience

By Natalie Thomas – May 2018   My time in Ubud, Bali during my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training If someone would have told me at the beginning of April what the month of May had in store, I simply would not have believed them.  As fate would have it, I wound up receiving an opportunity […]

A students experience of Uluwatu

Uluwatu Yoga Teacher Training

Shades of Yoga recently added a brand spanking new location and venue for their yoga teacher trainings that I was lucky enough to be a part of. The location is the beautiful area of Uluwatu, famous for its magnificent beaches, stunning sunsets, and surf. The venue is Hidden Valley Resort, a somewhat secluded holiday oasis […]

What you need to know about Yoga Teacher Training Programs

All that you need to know about Yoga Teacher Training Programs

Congratulations! So you’ve finally decided to take up Yoga Teacher Training. But with numerous options for yoga training out there, how can you decide on the right program for you? Be it traditional, exotic, new age or sporting, there is no lack of trainers/studios anywhere in the world. Choosing the perfect program is no easy task.

What happens in a Yoga Teacher Training?

A 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training overview. You’ve been doing yoga for a while now, you love it, as it makes you feel great. You have decided that you are ready to start teaching your own classes. So you do your research and book in to a yoga teacher training in an exotic location, far […]

Go Outdoor and Find Your Inner Peace, Yogis!

find your inner peace

Go Outdoor and Find Your Inner Peace, Yogis! Slow Down, and Tune in with Nature During your teacher training with us in Ubud, Bali, you will notice that the Balinese are striving to live in harmony with nature. Respecting nature is a part of Balinese philosophy called Tri Hita Karana. It believes that there are […]

Self Practice Focusing on Core Strength

The Advantage of Core Strength

The Advantage of Core Strength Most people think about a six-pack when they hear the words “core strength”, but core strength is actually more than that. Core muscles consist of various muscles and their main function is to stabilize the spine. To have a strong core does not mean simply to be “strong” (Core stability), […]

Nothing is Worth Closing Your Heart Over

Yoga Teacher Training

What does “Closing” the Heart mean? There is energy flowing inside our bodies and it is called various names in different traditions, such as Chi, Prana or the Soul. The heart is the center of this energy and it facilitates the movement of it around the body by closing and opening, just like a valve. […]

Surrender to the Now; Acceptance to Release Suffering.

Surrender to the Now; Acceptance to Release Suffering.

Surrender to the Now; Acceptance to Release Suffering. Surrender Instead of Fight Eckhart Tolle said: “Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whenever it is you are feeling at the moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” […]

The Art of Teaching with Love

Art of Teaching with Love

The Art of Teaching with Love Teaching is Living Your Passion As many other teachers in the world, I believe that teaching is my dharma – my purpose in life. Both my parents were teachers, and I have always drawn into teaching. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a teacher is a person or thing that teaches something; especially: […]

The Path of Yoga Spirit or Physical?

8 things you don’t need to become a yogi.

Yoga Spirit Spiritual or Physical? Yoga means to “yoke” and to put it simply, the purpose of yoga is to connect back with the Divine, to experience oneness with the Divine. So yoga is a spiritual practice. In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali describes 8 steps to reach the goal, known as “The Eight Limbs of […]

Mindful Travel to Transform Yourself

Mindful Travel

Mindful Travel to Transform Yourself Travel and Discover “The world is flat”, said Thomas L Friedman in his book “The World is Flat”. I like the book because the first time I read it, I was travelling during a break from studying in The Netherlands, thousands of miles away from my home. We are all […]