Sun, Sept 30
Today was a long day at the Yoga Lounge! Most of us were there from 12:30pm – 8:30pm! In addition to our normal teacher training class (12:30pm – 6:30pm), we also had two of our classmates final project classes scheduled after class – one at 6:45pm and one at 7:45pm.
The teacher training part of the day was really interesting. We focused on sound and rhythm in yoga and all of the things we talked about fit into that theme. Michelle was our only teacher and she rocked the class! We started the class in a very cool way. We OM’d as a group for 15 minutes! For those who do not know OM is a mantra, or vibration, that is sometimes chanted at the beginning and end of yoga classes and is the sound of the universe.
Here is a little background on OM: “Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.
Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.”
For me this experience was very cool. The 15 minutes went by really fast and I felt energized when we were finished. It was neat to feel the vibration both in me as I OM’d, but then also amongst the group when I was quiet.
Next we went over the Sanskrit pronunciation of all the poses. It is a beautiful language with the “ahh” sound throughout the alphabet.
Next we talked more about the 7 chakras (energy sources in the body) and learned about the meaning, the syllable (vibration) and color that goes with each one and the poses that can activate each one. There are lessons associated with each chakra as well as physical dysfunctions associated with each one based on that part of the body. This was so interesting. I just summarized it here.
1. Base (Mulahdhara) – syllable – LAM; Color – Red; Base of spine, legs, bones, feet, rectum, immune system
“I am a part of the living universe. I acknowledge my connection with all living beings”
Poses: Mountain, boat, seated poses
2. Sacrum (Svadhistana) – syllable – VAM; Color – Orange; Reproductive system, hip area, lower back
“I have the power to create. i am able to bring something new into this life”
Poses: Child’s Pose, Triangle, Pigeon, Hero, Forward ben
3. Solar Plexis (Manipura) – RAM; Color – Yellow; Abdomen, stomach
” I am in control of my own power. i am able to make my own decisions.”
Poses: Twisting poses, wheel
4. Heart (Anahata) – YAM; Color – Green; Heart, lungs, shoulders and arms
“I feel compassion for all living beings.”
Poses: Bow, Upward Dog
5. Throat (Vishuddha) – HAM; Color – Blue; Throat
“I express my deepest thoughts and feelings with clarity.”
Poses: Camel, Fish, Shoulder Stand, Bridge, Wheel
6. Third Eye (Ajna) – OM; Color – Indigo/Purple; Brain
“I am in tune with an infinite source of guidance.”
7. Crown (Sahasrara) – Silence; Color – White; Beyond physical – union with God
“I am what I am.”
Next we did an exercise about pacing for a class. We practiced doing a few rounds of Sun A and Sun B with two different types of pacing – one was slow and the other was double time. Our challenge was to breathe a full round of 4 count breath to last through each pose. It was interesting hearing what people preferred. I like the faster one more because I enjoy faster paced classes, but not everyone agreed. It made us think about pacing for the classes we will be teaching.
Our restorative class was only okay for me today. I realized when I got horizontal that I was really congested. I had been sneezing on and off through class and am finally coming to terms with the fact that I actually DO have a cold. Yuck – not time for that!
After restorative we had some specials guests come in to talk about chanting with us. I enjoyed this the most! We learned and practiced a few of the most common chants used before or after a yoga class. They are used to set a tone or to invoke a feeling or message. Then one of the women played guitar and another instrument called the quitar (sp???) and taught us some other chants of devotion or celebration. These were call and response chants so they were really easy to learn and fun to sing.
The last part of the evening consisted of both Shelly’s class (my partner so I assisted!) and then Jillian’s class. They both did great! I think we were all happy to have the evening finished!