What teacher training really taught me about Yoga

As I completed the application form for the two year Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training, I was excited about two things: 1. Deepening my physical practice and 2. Graduating with the ability to stand on my head. Little did I know that while I’d certainly reach the first goal, I wouldn’t so much stand on my head as completely unravel my psyche.

“It’s like peeling an onion,” said one of the teachers on our first day.

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Claire NettleyYogaComment
It's not about the nail - the practice of empathy.

We talk about the importance of family but how much do we really see and hear the people we care about most?

When someone tries to reach out and share a problem with us do we jump in to fix without being asked? Does the discomfort of a possible confrontation or badly timed conversation cause us to run for the hills? What would happen if we stopped what we were doing, sat with our discomfort and gave the person our full attention?

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Claire Nettley
Swadhyaya - is self study selfish?

Swadhyaya or self study is one of the five Niyamas (personal disciplines or observances) from Patanjali’s eightfold path and frankly, the point of Yoga! 

There can be a tendency in the west to refer to self study as selfish, self-involved navel gazing. For others, it can simply be a case of not wanting to go 'there'. 

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Claire Nettley
Supported back bends

I had an interesting experience while supervising my massage and myotherapy students at the Wellnation Clinic in Melbourne.

A client presented with back pain that she felt was the outcome of her recent Yoga class. She had stopped attending classes for 2 weeks due to the pain experienced. Since I am a Yoga teacher, a trainer of Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists as well as a Myotherapist these types of comments from clients always require a few more carefully worded questions

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