There's a big difference. Depending on what you want to gain out of the trip you may want to take a closer look at these differences.
A yoga teacher training SHOULD be a YTT-200 or AYTT-300. This means it's going to be 200 or and advanced training of 300 hours. That's a lot of yoga, classroom work, lecture, study and yes, testing. These trainings teach you about yoga and how to teach yoga. Please make sure your school has been accredited with the Yoga Alliance. It may not be important to you now, but in the future it just might be.
A YTT has mandatory hours you must attend.
A yoga retreat does not.
YTT's and retreats have many things in common. Most yoga retreats offer lots of yoga and other fun adventures which are all voluntary for your attendance. Some may include food, accommodations, massages, what have you.
Many YTT's do not include these extras and you may need to find your own food and accomodations. YTT's are educational.
Yoga retreats may be about learning, but a large elelment of fun and adventure is usuallly included.
They are both costly. Most retreats are 4-7 days long. A YTT can be done in no less than 14 days. Many are a month or more. They both will expand your yoga knowledge and ability. A YTT much moreso than a retreat. Both may create life long friendships and have a profound impact on your way of life.
At Yoga Maya we usually have a three week YTT-200. This is a lovely mix of lots of yoga work and some free time for adventures and massages!
As always investigate your leaders and teachers. Creep hard! Ask questions like where and when they took their YTT (in what lineage) and where they teach. Do they do charity work? Yoga is about giving back, it's nice to know that your teachers are willing to donate their time to teach the less forturnate, incarcerated or the ill. I personally am not interested in taking class from a yoga teacher that does not give back. If they are "all about the $" this may show up on your retreat or YTT and leave you feeling short changed. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Any questions? Feel free to call or write us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the link below is some great advice. Strength and Stretch. Hips are a big deal, and when they hurt, you know it every minute of the day. Try some of these poses. They are good for you. I find firelog to be a total bitch, I still do it. I use a few blocks until I can calm down the knees and hips enought to relax into the pose. Your poses do NOT have to look perfect. Practice. Good clean fun, that's what you will have.
If you haven't already heard, turmeric may just be the best thing you can put into your body. Read from the link below to gain a full understanding o fit's benefical effects on our bodies and what to combine it with. I try to take it in the am in a slurry with hoeny and ginger that I've made when I find it fresh. It's a tea really. Honestly you should take it w a bit of cocnut oil to mulitply the effects.
Inflamation is now beleived to be a huge problem for many people. Stress too. Stress causes inflammation. It's an ugly circle.
You may buy in capsule form from many places if fresh isn't an option for you.
Watch this and tell me you don't think there's something fishy going on here.
No words are going to help with this post. So just look at the picture. Imagine your fabulous self here. The breeze is refreshing. We just finished a Yin class on the beach about 100 steps North of this place, Las Sirenas Beach Club. Would a cool margarita taste yummy after a glass of water? End the day with love and laughter in a chair on the beach.
You know that saying "life is good"? Does it get any better than this?
Remember, they use fresh lime juice. Fresh lime juice is good for you. It's called balance people. Carry on with your lovely little imagination.
You know when you were young all you wanted to do was fit in. For a brief time I actually wanted a house with a white picket fence. Lord how that scares me now.
What I enjoy more than anything is travel. Of course yoga, but travel, now that's the bomb. Experiencing new...well; new everything! New food, new transportation modes, new streets, new coffee, new clothes, new yoga classes. Probably the best part of travel is meeting the new people. I'm not exactly a people person, I love nature and animals the most, but I do love meeting others from different cultrues and lands and seeing that underneath it all. We are basically all the same. There's great comfort in that.
Get out there and do what your heart desires. That will fix the ordinary in you.
Considered a basic pose, this asana is not only a "hub" for many other asanas it is beneficial in many ways to the body. Heels to the floor is NOT important. Lengthening the legs is. If your heels do not reach the floor, it's fine. Just please don't stand on tippy toes nor force your heels to the ground. Neither are helpful in this pose.
1. It's a mild inversion. Your head is below your heart, so you reap benefits of turning the body upside down a bit.
2. Strong shoulders and upper body. Putting this much of a person's body weight onto their arms is a great way to build strength in the entire upper body and torso regions. Keep the shoulders stable and engaged to prevent injury. If the wrists becoem sore, consider doing dolphin pose which is very similar to Down Dog but on the forearms.
3. Imporved posture. Working on your Down Dog will imporve your posture. Keep the butt pushing up towards the sky and to the rear will lengthen the spine. You do not need to have legs completely straight. Protect your hamstrings. Try to keep the neck long and ears between the biceps. Posture, Posture, Posture.
4. Strengthen bones. Weight bearing activity strengthens bones. This asana falls into that wonderful category.
Youtube is so awesome. These PT guys are some of my favorites to turn to for advice and the most informative on youtube IMHO. PT and Yoga have so much in common, of course yoga can turn into crazy hard and complex poses that may cause injury, but the gentler yoga is where PT's foundation exists.
Bursitis can be caused by repetitive actions or an injury. Mostly by repetative actions though. Your hips are important so keeping them happy and healthy is key. Bursitis is more common in people who are over 40, but can affect anyone (remember repetitive motion).
See your doctor if you have pain and then do what he/she says. These youtube PT guys recommend ice, ibuprophen (for inflamation) and rest (possible cane use)...and a little PT. Check out their Yoga/Pilates PT regiment below.
As you can see in the picture there are several bursae. These fluid filled sacs are great for lessoning the friction load in a joint. The most commonly aggravated one is the trochanteric bursae, FYI. If you let this problem go unattended, it will likely get worse so take care of your body.
If you listen to your body when it whispers, you will never have to hear it scream.
Two fifteen minute periods a day can make all difference. A 79% decrease in suspensions among other things. Meditation replaces Mayhem. Like a boss. Wow. Watch this.
As you can see, there are similarities particularly in basic ethical conduct of not stealing and not harming. It is also an interesting choice of wording of “You shall have no other gods before Me” opposed to “Complete surrender to God.” I am not here to make any assumptions or commentary aside from just presenting the two side by side. But is it possible that those of us who believe in God, that we are all worshipping the same God?
On a historical note, Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras in 400 CE, but used what had been practiced for centuries and simply condensed and refined it. Yama and Niyama are in the second book of the Yoga Sutras.
The Ten Commandments were written around 1500 BCE which makes them older than the yoga sutras. The Bhagavad Gita, which had many concepts that were adapted to the yoga sutras was written at the same time as the Ten Commandments around 1500 BCE. Again, this is not a contest of which is older. So very interesting.
Basically what I believe is: Try not to be an asshole, even when you really want to be.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT
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