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Ever wanted to know the ins and outs of a Power Living yoga teacher’s life? We are starting our new yoga teacher feature series with Sol Ulbrich. This super soulful, hilarious and generous-spirited yoga teacher gives us insights on his former life as a professional contemporary dancer. 

We will find out why he turned his professional dancing shoes in to become one of the most chilled out, light-hearted yoga teacher’s around. Furthermore, Sol will let us know what his favourite yoga pose and teaching style is.

Power Living: Where is your hometown?

Sol: I grew up in Adelaide, but Sydney is now my home with my wife and three kids.

Power Living: How and when did you first get into yoga?

Sol: I had dabbled in yoga while I was training as a professional contemporary dancer. I first really committed to my practice in 1999 under the guidance of Gary Cook at the Hatha Yoga Shala in Adelaide.

Power Living: Where did you do your yoga teacher training?

Sol: Originally, I was teaching yoga informally, as well as teaching dance, following the guidance of David and Simi Roche my Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers. I formalised my yoga certifications with Duncan Peak at Power Living in his first ever Teacher Training. Since then I have completed the 500hr pathway with Power Living as well as many other complimentary pieces of training in Shadow Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Kids Yoga, Lotus Flow, Ayurveda, and different related specialisations.

Power Living: What is your daily personal yoga or general exercise routine?

Sol: I still follow a fairly Ashtanga Vinyasa based personal practice – although I modify considerably. I love attending the classes taught at Power Living, varying Vinyasa and Yin styles with all the magnificent teachers. I also love to throw in some gentle cycling or swimming. Plus an occasional pump class or resistance session at the gym.

Power Living: If you had to describe your yoga teaching style in 3 words they would be?

Sol: Steady, simple, and light-hearted.

Power Living: What is your favourite yoga pose?

Sol: It’s hard to go past Trikonasana.

Power Living: Words to live by?

Sol: New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

You can practice with Sol in person at one of the Power Living studios in Sydney. You can expect to have plenty of laughs and insightful yoga practice. Not living near a studio, no worries, hop onto Yogaholics to join Sol in one of his Soul Train videos. Not a Yogaholics member? That’s cool, join today for a 10-day free trial.

Written by Katie Fowler

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What’s the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning? How many times do you pick up your phone and almost mindlessly scrolling through your social feeds? Are you checking your emails while sitting on the bus on your way to work? Isn’t it funny how times have changed over the last years?

Nowadays you hardly see anyone without headphones on and their head buried into their phones doing things. Our mobile phone has become a constant companion. We are reachable 24/7 – we are always on. It’s not only our phone addiction that we would need detoxing from once in a while.

Netflix binge over the weekend, anyone? That was us!

Our daily lives revolve around screens, big and small. It’s time to unplug and detox from digital devices once in a while.

You know all about the health benefits of the latest juice detox, so let’s get you up to scratch why a digital one might be just what you are craving right now. The benefits outweigh the first withdrawals, we promise…

You will be happier and calmer. 

There have been thousands of social experiments where people have taken a break from technology, and the participants are almost always surprised to find themselves less stressed because of it. When you’re still on your phone or absorbed in your emails, you’re not living in the present.

Try taking a walk without your phone. You look at your surroundings instead of your screen. Once your phone or tablet isn’t buzzing or vibrating in your hand or pocket every few seconds, you begin breathing deeper and being less on edge. You relax and slow down. Plus, you might strike up a conversation with a stranger that might become a friend.

You’ll be more productive.

A lot of the time, you’re mindlessly checking your social media and scrolling through your friend’s travel pics. We hardly ever directly respond to messages or even connect with others by calling and talking to them. Detoxing from technology will show just how much time you waste on it. It’s worthwhile checking your phone’s screen time overview to gauge how much time you are spending being productive vs just browsing online. Is it a surprise or shock? Spending time off socials might even spark some great ideas for your next project or travel adventure. Try it out for yourself!

Your relationships will be healthier.

Your social connections in real life can take a back seat, while you’re stuck in the virtual space. In Australia, 43% of people who are in a relationship believe their partner uses their phone too much, and 70% admit to using their phone during mealtimes with family or friends. We all know that person who doesn’t get off their phone when out with family or friends. Don’t be that person! Next time, try to create the no phone rule so that no one can check their socials during your get together. You will be surprised how deep you can connect when everyone is present 100%.

Your physical health will improve.

You’re glued to the screen sitting, slouching or lying down. In Australia, a growing number of people are obese, partly because of a lifestyle tied to the couch staring at a screen.Being glued to a screen is also not beneficial to your waistline, it’s also potentially impacting your lower back and neck. Tech-neck has become a thing these days, by hunching over your phone or starring into a work computer for extended periods.

Unplug, go outside and get moving. You will feel so much better afterwards. Now is the time to take up running again or take that yoga class you always wanted to do. I

f you do have to be in front of a screen, at least do it as a means for supporting the physical exercise. With Yogaholics, you can even practice yoga in the comfort of your living room – all you have to do is leave your sofa and roll out your mat. It does wonders to your body and your soul.

Your sleep will improve a lot.

We all are guilty of scrolling on our phones just before settling in for good night sleep. You don’t need to worry; you are in good company — 46% of people in Australia are using their phone immediately before going to bed. A quick 30 minutes scroll turns into 2 hours in the blink of an eye. All your intentions and calculations about how much time you need to sleep goes out the window.

Your body knows it’s time to sleep, your brain releases a chemical called melatonin. It helps the body relax and prepare for sleep. Science has shown that when you look at a screen before bedtime, you trick your brain into thinking it must remain alert and awake — therefore preventing melatonin from being released.

Tonight, declare your bedroom a no-tech zone and diffuse some lavender oil before you drift off to sleep instead. You might be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes.

These five reasons to digital detox your life sounds pretty compelling.  Anne Lammott’s quote sums it up in the best way “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Play around with some time away from your screens and see if you feel the difference for yourself.

Craving for more time to re-connect with yourself? We have the perfect retreat coming up for you just in time to kick off Spring. Join Troy Abraham for his upcoming retreat to unplug and ditch your digital addictions for a well-earned weekend retreat only 90min from Sydney. Allow yourself to immerse in nature, community and self-enquiry! Over two days you will learn the 1 Giant Mind Learn to Meditate method with Troy, take hikes in the national park, enjoy fireside Satsang (conscious discussions) and nourish yourself with locally sourced organic foods. All with your devices handed in from the outset – your digital detox awaits. Sign up here!

Let’s start now – switch off your phone, go out into nature or roll out your mat! Get in some time for yourselves, yogis!

Original article by Beyond Blue

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Creating rituals (some may think of them as mindful habits or routines) can create purpose and give greater meaning to your life. Consider making a ritual out of something as simple as making your bed each morning – ready to start your productive day because making your bed symbolises a new start. You actually feel better in yourself. Lighter. 

You can also weave in more mindfulness or significance by including crystals. If crystals are significant to you, creating rituals around your crystals can have a more powerful effect.

Here are three ways to use your crystals during your meditation or asana practice to make their effects even more powerful.

1. Meditation

Holding a particular stone (or keeping it nearby) while meditating can enhance your practice, deepen your consciousness and strengthen your connection to the earth.

Ritual: Choose the stone you want to work with (fluorite, celestite, and smoky quartz are good options). Find a quiet place to sit. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths, close your eyes and quiet your mind. Hold the stone you want to work with (or set it nearby), and imagine its energy permeating your body and soothing your mind. Focus on your breath as you hold space in this energy.

2. Physical contact

Placing stones directly on your body, especially over chakras, can help clear energy blocks and guide specific benefits to the areas that need the most healing.

Ritual: First decide which chakra you want to work on and pick a crystal that supports it. Lie on your back, take a few cleansing breaths, and quiet your mind. Take the crystal and place it on the chakra you want to cleanse, open, or heal—for instance, amazonite on your heart or iolite on your third eye. Visualise its energy radiating into your body. Continue for several minutes or until you feel called to stop. Take a deep cleansing breath and express gratitude, either internally or out loud, for the work that was done.

3. Sleep

Keeping crystals on your nightstand, or even under your pillow, is an easy way to benefit from their energies while you sleep. Calming stones like dumortierite are best for this practice.

Ritual: Just before you get into bed, dim your lights, hold your chosen crystal, and take a centering, cleansing breath. Visualise the crystal’s energy and the deep sleep you know it will give you. Place the stone in your pillowcase or under your pillow, and then drift easily to sleep.

Interested in delving deeper into the chakras, complementary and holistic approaches to wellness and exploring your yoga practice with expert local and international facilitators? Check out our retreats and workshops.

Written by Lisa Butterworth from Yoga Journal

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I’ve tried many different meditation techniques. Many of them held my attention for a period of time but none of them set me up with a purpose or allowed me to feel content with what I was trying to achieve which I presumed would be a state of peace. I knew meditation was the answer to the anxiety I experienced in my life, but I was confused as to what it actually was and how to do it.

I was first exposed to 1 Giant Mind through the app which eased me into a technique of effortless meditation that I actually looked forward to each day. I did the teacher training in July last year. The things that appealed to me were:

1. Effortless technique
2. Anyone can learn it – no previous experience required.
3. Causes deep rest, recovery from fatigue and stress
4. Present moment awareness
5. Increases self-confidence
6. Increases capacity to meet challenges and demands with a creative perspective rather than being reactive
7. Makes you more adaptable to unmet expectations
8. More easily able to recover from unmet expectations
9. Enables you to embrace the reality of what’s going on more easily

What was the moment you realised the app was allowing you to tap into that ‘meditative space’? How did that feel?

The method explained on the app allowed me to feel almost instantly at ease. It was so simple and accessible. Other methods I had tried made me feel like I had to do lots of things while I tried to meditate but the being technique took the pressure off me and I felt like I could finally just relax. It wasn’t wrong for me to think, I was allowed to feel comfortable in my seat and if I didn’t, I could adjust and move. Even nodding off was a perfectly normal and acceptable part of the meditation journey.

What then inspired you to do the training?

To be honest, as I was waking up one morning I heard a voice say “meditation is the answer”. Maybe it was the end of a dream or a voice from beyond, whatever it was, it rang true for me and made me realise that not only was it important for me to maintain my daily practice but also to share this calming influence on my life with others.

What’s one thing the lessening of anxiety has gifted/ allowed you?

I wouldn’t say I don’t experience anxiety anymore but, because I allow myself this experience of stillness every day, I carry with me a concrete example of what calm feels like. So when I’m in the midst of anxiety I can remind myself of what it actually feels like to be quiet and peaceful in my mind despite what is happening around me.

How often do you now meditate?

I practice 20 minutes once a day regularly and twice a day when I’m feeling particularly motivated. The once-a-day habit wasn’t too hard for me to create knowing that there wasn’t a particular time I had to sit. I found times that worked for me on particular days, as my schedule is not routine, and I look forward to those moments of rest.

Leigh will be leading a 3 day Learn to Meditate program in Fitzroy in August. Can’t get there? Yogaholics offers a range of online meditation classes – sign up for 10-day trial access

Written by Leigh Houghton

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If you’re like me, most of the time a lunch break at my job is spent mindlessly devouring something I’ve thrown together from the night before.

If not, it’s spent wandering the food choices available in my local work area with another 10,000+ hungry nine to fivers. Then I wait another twenty minutes in a line to order before I quickly devour the meal at my desk and realise my choice of food really wasn’t that great after all. Phew, I’m simultaneously exhausted and a little bored just thinking about it.

It’s high time we get more life balance and make lunchtimes worthy of something to write about. Because, just think, that’s one whole hour of me-time! Yes, it’s time to indulge in all things that actually make you happy in your lunch break. It’s time to add a few of our favourite self-care moments to your weekly lunch date.

Get Zen-ed

Quite literally the hottest wellness trend right now: an infrared sauna. This is one trend that has a five-star review before even being reviewed because it’s seriously like all your best self-care in one tiny box.

Do a 30-minute session that boasts stress-relieving, immune-boosting, and “detoxifying” benefits. Plus it’s “hello-perfect-place-to-meditate” as the heat heightens. It’s all about calming the mind and the body, leaving you refreshed for the afternoon.

Sweat It Out In Your Break

We all know what regular exercise does to the body and mind. A whole lot of good. But if, of late, your sweat sessions mostly consist of sprints to catch the train during rush hour, then it’s time to get your sweat session down pat in your lunch break.

Whether that be at your gym, a run around the block, or head over to get that full body sweat and stretch at your local yoga studio. Power Living has studios across Australia. Find your nearest Power Living Studio and feel the joint benefits of mindfulness and a sweat session all in one class.

Friend Zoned

This is the kind of friend zone you want to be in. Make the most of that lunch break to catch up with those people in your life that you’ve just not made the time to see on a regular basis.

Whether that be friends, family, a distant relative, a potential date or a long lost lover. It’s also the perfect excuse to try out that new cafe that’s opened up that you’ve been dying to check out.

Try to stay mindful in your next lunch break by trying some meditation. In our Power Living Retreats, not only do you learn how to deepen your yoga practice but there we also focus on meditation and uncovering your true self. Check out more about our retreats here.

Written by Courtney Meyer

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We rarely pay attention to our breath, let’s be honest. It is something we do naturally, on auto-pilot. The only time we seem to pay attention to it is when we have trouble breathing, or when we (seem to) almost forget to breathe and we have to take a big gulp of air to get back on track.

We literally catch our breath sometimes. And that is most likely NOT because you were running. Our breath becomes shallow, rapid and irregular when we are stressed out and our bodies are in flight or fight mode. Typically, this occurs to most of us when we are completely stressed out at work with a never-ending workload, a demanding boss or team, or an overflowing inbox you never seem to be able to catch up on.

If this sounds even remotely familiar, continue reading. We will show you below two simple breathing exercises that instantly will make you feel calmer and energized without even needing to leave your desk.

One of the secrets to quieten your stressed out mind is nothing more than consciously focusing on your breathing. Slowing down your breath will not only lower your stress levels but also enhance your concentration, whilst easing anxiety or agitation. Just take five minutes for pranayama, or breathwork, right at your desk. Pranayama, which means controlling your breath and its energies, can be a powerful reset for your body and mind. Five minutes (or even three) is all it takes for your body to adjust.

To help you manage the daily grind, we will share two simple breathing practices to try at your desk when you’re having a rough day. Pick one and try it out straight away.

1, Mindful Breathing

One of the best (and unnoticeable) ways to start bringing a breath practice into your workday is to bring your awareness to your natural breathing process.

Sit in a comfortable posture in a chair with a straight back. Relax your whole body and don’t force your breath. Just focus on the breathing process. Feel the rhythmic flow of your breath into your nose, and the warm flow out of your nose.

Next, bring your awareness to the flow of air through your throat. Feel the expansion of your lungs as you take in air, and its contraction as you breathe out. Feel the upward rise of your chest and belly as you inhale, and the downward fall as you exhale.

Finally, bring your attention to the whole breathing process from your nostrils to your belly. Observe your physical body as one unit. Practice this mindful breathing technique throughout your day and for as long as you feel comfortable.

2, Chandra Bhedana Pranayama (Moon Breath)

Chandra Bhedana Pranayama is for channelling the cooling energies of the body and mind. This pranayama involves breathing from the left to the right nostril, inhaling in ida (moon energy) and exhaling out pingala (sun energy). Chandra Bhedana can calm your mind and improve concentration.

Sit comfortably with your head and spine upright. Relax your body and close your eyes. Position your right hand in front of your face, with your index and middle finger between your eyebrows and your elbow lifted.

Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril slowly, deeply, and without strain. Once inhalation stops comfortably, close your left nostril with your right ring finger and release the pressure of your thumb on your right nostril.

Exhale from your right nostril slowly and steadily until your lungs are empty. Both the inhalation and exhalation should be equal. This is one round of Chandra Bhedana.

Start with 5 rounds and slowly work your way up to 15 rounds when you have the time.

You should feel so much calmer and more at ease now. And that’s just by consciously focusing on your breath for a few minutes. It’s like an internal reset button for your body to quiet down and relax.

These are also quite handy when you have a big meeting or presentation coming up. Yet these are obviously not limited to stressed-out office workers. If you are a busy mum or dad, have anxiety around that next big flight, or a big social gathering ahead, you can feel super stressed out and anxious. Anytime you need to create some space for yourself to gain clarity and return to a more neutral state of well-being, try these on. You will feel the instant benefits.

Written by Mia Caine
Need a little more guidance? Yogaholics.com has a range of online yoga and meditation classes to choose from, including this 5-minute breath meditation

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At the beginning of your yoga practice, your teacher might have asked to set an intention for yourself or to dedicate your practice to something or someone.

Setting an intention is not only a beautiful way of practicing on your mat but also a powerful energetic tool to take into your daily life. When you’re focusing your mind on a specific intention during your yoga practice, you are bringing it to your focused mind, your thoughts, your heart … and, in turn, helping to bring it into reality. We’ll show you how this works and how you can implement it into other aspects of your life.

Before we dive deeper, let’s explore the difference behind both intention and dedication.

Your intention can be anything from gratitude, playfulness, being present in the moment, bringing more awareness to your breath, love, being kind, listening to your body or releasing negativity. Aim to keep your intentions positive and uplifting. Your intention is the link between what you practice on your mat and what you continue to focus on when you are off your mat. It will uplift your own energy and increase your vibration in your life. Whether you realise or intend it or not, you are acting as an example to inspire the lives of those you encounter. By embodying this energy and keeping it with you, once you stepped off your mat, you are expressing a more authentic you.

Beyond setting an intention, you can also dedicate your practice to something or someone. The difference to setting an intention is that dedication is the conscious decision to send positive energy to someone or something other than yourself, something which inspires or motivates you to stay present on your mat. By dedicating your practice to someone or something, you share the positive energy that you cultivate on your mat with the community and world around you, thereby making the world a more peaceful, loving, joy-filled place, one person at a time.

You can also dedicate your practice to a person or situation, that is challenging you in your life right now. Sending light and love to circumstances in your life that have caused discomfort may help to alleviate the negative energy connected to that person or situation. This, in turn, creates an opportunity for growth and self-acceptance, overcoming the obstacles in life that you will continue to encounter.

This quote by Buddha summarizes everything beautifully:

 “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Next time when you step on your mat, set an intention that resonates with you deeply. Know that, by focusing your energy towards your intention or dedication on your mat, you can also change your own energy and vibration off the mat. It will manifest in your life, inspire and uplift yourself and like a ripple effect of positive vibrations everyone around you.

Pack your mat and choose your next class in one of our Power Living studios. No studio nearby? No worries, we have plenty of online classes for you just one click away, so you can bring your favourite Power Living teacher into your living room and flow.

See you on the mat, yogis!

Written by Ahlia Hoffman

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It’s getting to that time of year when the coughs and sneezes might catch you out. You may well not want to, or feel up to, doing a hard work out. It’s good to know though that you can still practice yoga when you feel like you’re getting a cold or are right in the thick of it. It can actually help your body to fight the nasty bacteria better and boost your immune system. 

If the prospect of the heated yoga studio calls, just note that a heated power vinyasa might not be such a great idea right now. Adjust your practice to a slower and more restorative one, like a Level 1, yin or nidra practice.

Not feeling up to getting to a studio? We’ll show you three poses that can help you relax, breathe more easily and feel better quicker. All you need is a bolster, some blocks and a yoga mat. Let’s get started:

Reclining Spinal Twist

Lie on your back on your mat, draw your knees into your chest and rock a little side to side. After a few rocks, let both knees fall to the left side at the same time. Do your best to stack your knees. Place your left hand on your right knee and reach your right arm out at shoulder height,  right palm facing the ceiling. Keep your neck neutral with your gaze on the ceiling but feel free to close your eyes. This twist will help stretch your intercostal muscles, which run between and around the lungs. If you’ve been coughing a lot, your body will appreciate this. Work on breathing more deeply while you’re here. After a few slow deep breaths, carefully lift your knees up and switch to the second side.

Supported Reclining Butterfly Pose

Ideally, you’d use two blocks and a bolster for this supported posture. Our aim is to keep the chest lifted and open and without any strain on your neck, shoulders, or upper back. Place a bolster behind you on your mat; the bolster should run along the length of your spine. Support your head with a block so your head is higher than your hips.

Back your hips right up to the bottom edge of the bolster and lie down onto your back with your head at the highest point. Bend your knees and draw your heels up to your hips. Gently open your knees out to the sides of your mat. Feel free to prop up your knees with pillows or blankets so you don’t feel too much pulling on your inner thighs. Allow your arms to rest off to the sides and turn your palms to face up toward the ceiling.

Close your eyes and rest here for a few minutes. Feel your breath moving into your upper chest and heart. See if you can deepen and slow your breathing down and, of course, breathe through your mouth if your nose is stuffed up. To come out, slowly lift your knees in toward each other and then roll over onto your right side, coming completely off your bolster set-up. Rest on your right side for a few breaths before coming up to a seated position.

Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose

Move your mat over to a wall. Sit sideways on your mat with your left hip touching the wall and carefully come onto your back, swinging your legs up the wall. Wiggle yourself as close to the wall as you can without overstretching your hamstrings. Place your hands on your belly or out to your sides in a goal post/ cactus position.

Bring your attention back to your breath and stay in the pose for a minimum of 10 breaths. If it’s comfortable, you can stay for as long as 5 minutes. To come out, roll onto your right side and rest here for a few breaths.

These poses will leave you feeling relaxed, calm and also cost little energy, so you can let the pose do its magic on your way to recovery. Soon you will be able to step on your mat again and heat up your practice.

If you don’t have any yoga props at home, check out the amazing yin yoga classes at your nearest Power Living studio or try out our online classes at Yogaholics.

Written by Claire Mark

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Written by Monique Craft

We’ve spoken about the benefits of yoga a lot at Power Living and how breathing, meditating and moving has the power to heal. Through Yoga, we can see ourselves more clearly. Focus on the present moment and work towards a more peaceful state of being.

We speak to Power Living ambassador, Monique Craft where she reveals her personal journey with yoga and how it taught her to slow down.

Two years ago…

If you had asked me to be an ambassador for a yoga studio I would have thought it was a joke. Fast forward to today and I couldn’t be more proud or humbled to announce my ambassador role with Power Living. Oh, how life has changed for the better!

Being overworked, overtrained, and under-eating, I had a breakdown. But sometimes we have to get knocked down to stand back up stronger and wiser. Believing that everything happens for a reason and so much good has come from this hardship, kept me going. Yoga was one of those good things.

Over the years I’ve learnt it’s definitely not weak to speak. And I’ve experienced so much help from others opening up to me, so I want to now do the same. Let me hopefully help and inspire you by sharing something that once scared me (and still does at times) anxiety.

In February 2017, I had my first ever anxiety attack and was diagnosed with PTSD. I had time off work and spent hours with doctors and psychologists. I was also medicated and felt downright lost. It was the lowest of times I can recall but a time I’m actually grateful for. I wouldn’t have found yoga if it wasn’t for this experience.

Transforming

I grew and learnt so much from this time and have come out the other side so much stronger and more passionate than ever about mental and physical health!

For homework one week my psychologist asked me to go to yoga. I had been to yoga a few times in the past and I can tell you each time I didn’t enjoy it. But when I went back this time it was almost like magic.

The class I attended in that week really resonated with me. The slow but gentle movement released endorphins and the way the teacher lead me to slow down and take deeper breaths made a huge positive impact.

Once I started to see these effects, I knew how beneficial the practice of yoga truly is. And I knew it was something I needed to regularly incorporate into my life.

The ongoing benefits mentally and physically were and continue to be incredible.

Take note that I am a workaholic and a fitness fanatic. So to take an hour to slow down and even find that hour is tough. But when I do, that hour produces many following hours of grounding and of feeling much less anxious. I enjoy a clearer mind and also a releasing of muscular tightness.

Yoga

Yoga is now an essential part of my life. It’s in the diary and it is part of my Sunday scheduling. I try and attend a minimum of three Power Living classes a week.

If you haven’t tried yoga and you think it’s boring, a waste of time, or too hippie for you, I understand as that used to be my thought process. Like I said I didn’t even enjoy yoga when first doing it, probably because not being good at something really frustrates me. I didn’t know the movements and I wasn’t flexible and I struggled to sit still.

But, like anything, if you push through, you improve and then you enjoy accomplishing the classes, challenging yourself to hold different poses and seeing where you can now take your body.

If you create a routine or habit, it will then also becomes easier and apart of your lifestyle. I also started to see the incredible benefits of it unfold in my life, which is now a healthy addiction.

I now love yoga and I hope to inspire you to find this love, and experience its vast benefits.

Discover your passion of yoga at any of our Power Living studios. or try our online offering in the safety of your own home!

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Yoga teacher training is life changing. It’s a big deal. So we’ve put together a small guide for you with what really happens during yoga teacher training – everything you need and want to know before you sign up and commit to it. 

Most importantly, keep in mind that yoga teacher training is not actually only for aspiring teachers. It’s for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice and gain a better understanding of yoga philosophy and its origins. What you are gaining through the training relies not on your yoga experience or on how flexible you are, but on your passion and enthusiasm about the practice.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 101

You will start to look at your life through a different lens

Influenced by the philosophies of yoga, there’s no doubt that embarking on your YTT will invite you to reassess aspects of your life. It often happens that, after completing YTT, students feel empowered and inspired enough to turn their life around. It’s an awesome opportunity to take a look in the mirror. It will challenge, clarify, or even shift your values and beliefs which may lead to some big life changes.

You will embrace the challenge

The training will challenge you physically, mentally and emotionally. You will need to surrender control of your schedule to the training, which can be physically and mentally draining (or a dream)! Expect around three hours of asana practice per day with lots of sitting and taking in information in between. At points, you may even begin to feel overwhelmed. However, this is the sweet spot – where you begin to observe your patterns when you’re uncomfortable. You’ll shine a light on the parts of yourself that you may not have witnessed before, and they’ll come to the surface in all their glory. This is where the true yoga begins.

There’s always an incredible opportunity to let go. On your Power Living 200hr training you will go on retreat to Bali. There you’re invited to take a deeper dive into your practice, confronting the beliefs that hold you back and discovering your ultimate self. It’s truly transformative.

You will want to teach, and you can

Many have embarked on a teacher training with no intention of ever teaching. Be prepared for the possibility that that may change as the process unfolds. Remember to not let the fear of not being good enough stop you from sharing. Be uniquely, authentically you, and know that there are students out there who’ll love you exactly as you are! They’ll resonate with your way of teaching and being in the world.

Now you understand that yoga teacher training is both a process of professional training and personal development. It’ll probably challenge you along the way. It won’t even necessarily be an easy ride, but it’ll be so worth it in the end. There’s a good reason why we’ve had thousands of graduates go through the program!

Feeling curious enough to check out and sign up to one of Power Living’s upcoming teacher training? Whether you’re still wondering if you’re ready for this transformation or not, just join one of the many upcoming yoga teacher training info sessions at one of the Power Living studios. This is your chance to meet some of the teaching team to answer all your questions and practice the complimentary class beforehand. What’re you waiting for?

See you on the mat and let your journey begin!

Written by Jessica Humphries

The post What Really Happens During Yoga Teacher Training appeared first on Power Living.

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