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  1. afriske liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Yoga "language"   
    Sanskrit is SUCH a beautiful language! It is sometimes complex, but can be broken down to about 20 KEY terms and you sort of learn from there.
    In yoga, poses are often named after animals so learn animal names.
    The direction you face is often included, so learn directional words.  
    Body parts are also commonly mentioned in poses, so learn the basic ones there.
    Once you get that foundation, it will begin to make sense! Asanas are broken down in Sanskrit literally most of the time (ex. handstand: Adho Mukha Vrksasana/Downward Facing Tree. Adho-Mukha = "facing downwards" Vrksasana = "tree"  I hope that makes sense!
  2. AnandaYoga liked a post in a topic by Missyjean in Yoga "language"   
    This is all great. Thank you all.
    Think it will defiantly take me some time to learn it but I’m excited to start learning.
  3. AnandaYoga liked a post in a topic by yogafire in Yoga "language"   
    Great resources so far.  To build on what @AnandaYoga has said, here is one site that shows the root sanskrit words, so you can see how the very long pose names are just compounded together with direction + body part or animal.
    http://www.expressionsofspirit.com/yoga/sanskrit-names.htm
     
  4. yogafire liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Moving between levels: Beginner to Intermediate   
    Yes! Second everything @brenskip55 mentioned.  You can always go to beginner OR intermediate classes at your studio or in your home practice and modify wherever you need to.  I too was in the awkward spot and I specifically remember one time the teacher cued Pincha Mayurasana which was so NOT in my practice at that point so I did a headstand instead! Your practice is YOUR time so do what you need to do.  It sounds like you are already very in-tune with knowing when you are ready to add new postures to your handbook so keep on keepin on!
  5. AnandaYoga liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Any Sanskrit Experts Out there?   
    I have 'om sri ganesha namaha' tattooed in sankrit on my arm and I was terrified before getting it because I could only pick out the om. I wound up going to this website where you can hire freelancers. I put in Sanskrit expert, and hired three different ones and asked them to send me the phrase in Sanskrit. They were all exactly the same and matched up with my google search as well, so I went with it. I think it was elance.com that I used. Fiverr.com is also another place to look. Hope that helps! 
  6. AnandaYoga liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in YBC forum update...new group designation 'Yoga Instructor'   
    We are please to roll out a new feature at our forums.
    As you may know, these are open forums where anyone is free to ask or answer any question (within reason, of course). The answers might come from people with a wide variety of expertise or experiences. As such we wanted to offer a spotlight on our members who've achieved the level of Yoga Instructor (in the US, individuals have taken 200 or 500 hour courses in training).
    An answer to a question isn't necessarily right or wrong based on the level of training, or lack thereof. Good advice is good advice (the same goes for bad advice).
    However, along with the training, might come a deeper understanding of the issues at place. As such, we wanted to offer our visitors the opportunity to communicate with and benefit from the accumulated wisdom gathered during their training process.
    Individuals who've announced themselves to this forum's moderators will have the group title Yoga Instructor and a starburst badge icon  appearing below their avatar on their profile page as well as in each post they create throughout these forums.
    Again, the goal isn't to imply that advice from a Yoga instructor is better than advice from a regular forum member. Rather we aim merely to highlight posts from individuals that have achieved instructor status. As with any advice obtained from the internet, you should take it with a grain of salt and employ your own good common sense to assure the information gathered is appropriate for your own personal situation.
    If anyone reading this is a yoga instructor and wants the designation shown here, please reply to this thread or send me a private message
    Currently we have the following forum members listed as yoga teachers...
    @brenskip55  @AnandaYoga  @YogaByCandace  @heatherlynne @sandrayogawpg @LaurenG @Marija @Yagmur @jeevmoksha @blissedoutnatalie @Lorelei @JenJenJen @YogiKris @Breathe @LissaYyoga @kindtribeyoga  
  7. yogafire liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Struggling in YTT   
    So, I'm in week 4 of my 12 week teacher training.  My first class is on April 18!!!! I am so nervous, and I feel so unprepared.  I expected my teaching voice to come naturally, I consider myself an advanced yoga practitioner and I thought that would translate to being a great teacher...but boy does it not.  Students do not care if I can do scorpion, handstand, or grasshopper. They only want me to lead them through an hour of yoga.   This is probably such a duh thing for most people, but I truly didn't think I would have such a hard time finding my teaching voice.  Definitely a very humbling experience and an ego check.  I'm really struggling with what to say during the silent parts, like when they are resting in down dog for 5 breaths.  It just goes silent and is so awkward, my mind goes blank and I can't remember ANY cues.  I would so appreciate any advice that anyone has to offer, I'm really losing sleep over this. :/
  8. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Struggling in YTT   
    That was really, really helpful thank you!! It seems like everyone else is just so natural at it, but that may be my own perception.  The lead instructor is begging me to breathe when I teach and I find that SO hard because there's already so much going on in my head, how dare you ask me to breathe??
    You are so right that it's way more difficult than you imagine.  In many ways, too...mentally, physically, and spiritually.  I'm absolutely going to be a totally changed person after this!
  9. yogafire liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Struggling in YTT   
    So, I'm in week 4 of my 12 week teacher training.  My first class is on April 18!!!! I am so nervous, and I feel so unprepared.  I expected my teaching voice to come naturally, I consider myself an advanced yoga practitioner and I thought that would translate to being a great teacher...but boy does it not.  Students do not care if I can do scorpion, handstand, or grasshopper. They only want me to lead them through an hour of yoga.   This is probably such a duh thing for most people, but I truly didn't think I would have such a hard time finding my teaching voice.  Definitely a very humbling experience and an ego check.  I'm really struggling with what to say during the silent parts, like when they are resting in down dog for 5 breaths.  It just goes silent and is so awkward, my mind goes blank and I can't remember ANY cues.  I would so appreciate any advice that anyone has to offer, I'm really losing sleep over this. :/
  10. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Advice for Yoga on a Tight Schedule?!   
    Girl, if that was the case I would NEVER do yoga, LOL! I sneak in a sun salutation or two while I'm waiting on the microwave, practice inversions while "my show" is on, and start my morning with stretching.  For me, it was so easy to be discouraged by these amazing Instagram pictures but I have to remember that those people have been practicing far longer than me and that because yoga is their career, they have more time to devote to it.  At least that seems to be the case, correct me if I'm wrong Candace!
  11. AnandaYoga liked a post in a topic by brenskip55 in Struggling in YTT   
    Yep - I find that in general, in life, it's always about remembering to breathe. I tend to get nervous and talk to quickly, because time seems to go so slowly when you're in front of a room of students. So I tell myself before each class that my challenge is to slow down and savor the transition - the space between each breath, the space between each cue.
    And it comes with practice.  And yes! You will be a completely changed person when you come out. If you thought a yoga high was awesome. The yoga teacher training high is even better!
  12. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Are there any yoga teachers here?   
    I will be RYT200 in May!
  13. robert liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Ideas to help people feel more comfortable in class   
    Wow...that is pretty disruptive.  I was in a class one time and the teacher said, "before we take savasana, please feel free to make yourself comfortable with any additional poses your body needs." I usually take that opportunity for happy baby or childs pose if my back needs it to rest.  A student then pressed up into handstand and proceeded to take about a full minute of different variations before coming back down.  That was definitely interesting!
  14. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Alternative resting poses to child's pose?   
    I was just about to suggest downward dog to "rest" in! What about putting a block under your bum so that it isn't resting on your feet during Child's Pose?
  15. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Alternative resting poses to child's pose?   
    I was just about to suggest downward dog to "rest" in! What about putting a block under your bum so that it isn't resting on your feet during Child's Pose?
  16. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Struggling in YTT   
    That was really, really helpful thank you!! It seems like everyone else is just so natural at it, but that may be my own perception.  The lead instructor is begging me to breathe when I teach and I find that SO hard because there's already so much going on in my head, how dare you ask me to breathe??
    You are so right that it's way more difficult than you imagine.  In many ways, too...mentally, physically, and spiritually.  I'm absolutely going to be a totally changed person after this!
  17. yogafire liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Struggling in YTT   
    So, I'm in week 4 of my 12 week teacher training.  My first class is on April 18!!!! I am so nervous, and I feel so unprepared.  I expected my teaching voice to come naturally, I consider myself an advanced yoga practitioner and I thought that would translate to being a great teacher...but boy does it not.  Students do not care if I can do scorpion, handstand, or grasshopper. They only want me to lead them through an hour of yoga.   This is probably such a duh thing for most people, but I truly didn't think I would have such a hard time finding my teaching voice.  Definitely a very humbling experience and an ego check.  I'm really struggling with what to say during the silent parts, like when they are resting in down dog for 5 breaths.  It just goes silent and is so awkward, my mind goes blank and I can't remember ANY cues.  I would so appreciate any advice that anyone has to offer, I'm really losing sleep over this. :/
  18. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Advice for Yoga on a Tight Schedule?!   
    Girl, if that was the case I would NEVER do yoga, LOL! I sneak in a sun salutation or two while I'm waiting on the microwave, practice inversions while "my show" is on, and start my morning with stretching.  For me, it was so easy to be discouraged by these amazing Instagram pictures but I have to remember that those people have been practicing far longer than me and that because yoga is their career, they have more time to devote to it.  At least that seems to be the case, correct me if I'm wrong Candace!
  19. yogafire liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Ideas to help people feel more comfortable in class   
    In YTT, we are taught that you ALWAYS teach to the person most likely to injure themselves.  From there, you can give cues for higher level students. People who are more advanced are more likely to know what is appropriate so I would think priority would be given to the new students.
    Having said that, I shared in YTT last night when we were talking about this very subject that I feel like a jerk when I take wide-legged forward fold into tripod headstand, or bound side angle into bird of paradise, etc.  Everyone was shocked that I felt that way and said that they don't mind at ALL and even think it's cool and inspiring to see.
    That's just my two cents! 
  20. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Are there any yoga teachers here?   
    I will be RYT200 in May!
  21. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Advice for Yoga on a Tight Schedule?!   
    Girl, if that was the case I would NEVER do yoga, LOL! I sneak in a sun salutation or two while I'm waiting on the microwave, practice inversions while "my show" is on, and start my morning with stretching.  For me, it was so easy to be discouraged by these amazing Instagram pictures but I have to remember that those people have been practicing far longer than me and that because yoga is their career, they have more time to devote to it.  At least that seems to be the case, correct me if I'm wrong Candace!
  22. brenskip55 liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in YTT Nerves!   
    Thank you SO much for your response!! It really is just one of those things that you have to grit your teeth and get through! I think remembering that it is awkward for EVERYONE at first is helpful. I'm already friends with 3 of the people doing it so I know it's going to be a fun environment.  
    I have heard that YTT is a truly life changing experience.  I am SO excited for that aspect of it, I've been needing something to kick me in the a** and take my whole outlook on life to the next level. :)
  23. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Strength vs Flexibility   
    Gosh, you all are AWESOME!
    @JasmineI get into arguments with my cousin because she is CRAZY flexible, has only been practicing a month or so and almost has splits down! But you are right.  I have a bit on an addiction to power/Ashtanga style classes, so maybe slooooooooowing down and doing some yin/restore is a good option.  Thank you!!
    @scottcraftSo true.  So many people tell me not to look at them at all but Rachel Brathen inspires me beyond anything to practice when I don't want to, so I personally find it beneficial.  Reminding myself that they have been practicing consistently for years is a great way to keep it in perspective.  Thanks!!
    @brenskip55Ugh, the "P-Word!!" My ego HATES the idea of patience.  Which is a sign that it's something I really need to work on ;). I read a really awesome article about flexibility, that science is discovering that stretching doesn't come from a "loosening" of ligaments/tissues but the pain you feel when you have found your edge is actually a function of the central nervous system that sends a message to your brain to "STOP!" I just found that really cool, and gives me more hope that I will continue to progress!
     
  24. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in Strength vs Flexibility   
    I seriously feel like trying to balance the two is the bane of my yoga practice! I have always adapted to any new exercise very quickly and build strength easily.  As a kid, I played soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, gymnastics, ballet, karate, track - you name it, I did it! My body always welcomed the activity and muscle / strength building happened within weeks.  It has always served me well but I am SO frustrated when it comes to yoga!! I have been doing yoga for about 5 years now, but have only had a very committed practice for the last 4 months.  I have been able to learn all kinds of arm balances and inversions and could pop into headstand after two months, but I still can NOT touch my toes without a 20-30 minute warmup! I hope I don't come off as ungrateful, I am so blessed to have the strength and ability that I do have.  However, my ego is wanting me to do all of these beautiful intricate "Instagram worthy" flexibility based poses (King Pigeon, I'm looking at you!) and I am really struggling with balancing the two.  Any advice is so welcome! Thank you!
  25. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by AnandaYoga in YTT Nerves!   
    Hi everyone!
    I have been reading around the forum now for months absorbing information, and I decided that since I'm starting my teacher training in January I would go ahead and become an active member of this community! I am doing a 200hr program with my home studio that I LOVE and from an instructor that is a friend and someone I admire a lot.  I have so many questions and concerns that this might be an ongoing thread but to start I'll just address a few!
    I don't have a huge intention to teach, I am mainly doing this program to take my practice to the next level.  From reading all of Candace's and other's posts, I know that this is a pretty normal thing.  However, having to even do the practice teaching gives me a LOT of anxiety.  I am really not one to get up in front of people and be the center of attention, I had to take a Xanax to get down the isle on my wedding day! I would love some advice regarding getting around the fear of having to teach in teacher training (it sounds so ridiculous, I know!!).  
    I'll leave it at that for right now!! Thanks all!