Saturday, 16 August 2014

Diary of a Yoga Teacher ~ Teaching... So Let's Begin!


Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you are all having a fab weekend. I have just started to teach my first yoga classes at some local gyms and it gave me an idea for a series of blog posts. I want to share my journey with you, it's exciting and scary at the same time as I am going through this big period of change in my life. I will be sharing with you all my journey from office girl to yoga teacher.

As you know I recently completed my training with TriYoga London's Mercedes Ngoh. The training was everything I could have hoped for but nothing is as nerve racking as stepping up to the front of that room to teach your very first class... that was me, last night. As Mercedes told us, there is no better experience then just jumping right in and starting to teach. Fresh out of training I was determined to start teaching as soon as possible to put what I had learnt into practice. So there I was on my mat with a class full of 20 people looking at me expectantly. The class I was covering was one I attend as a student on a regular basis which meant that I knew almost everyone in there. I'm not sure whether this was a good or a bad thing... On the plus side I knew the style of class they liked to practice but on the negative side I was thinking 'what will they think of me if I muck up?' Being someone who historically has never been very confident speaking in front of a group of people teaching a class is very much out of my comfort zone, but that's what I want to do so I faced my fear head on. I taught a strong flow class that evening and I got lots of positive feedback at the end ~ I felt on top of the world and instantly fell in love with sharing my passion for yoga with people. There is nothing to fear.

I have learnt never to listen to the voices ~ which is something Mercedes told us and she is so so right. I was worried throughout the class last night and again in my class this morning that people would hate it. I was worried that people might walk out. That it was too strong or not strong enough. It's hard to judge what students are experiencing in a yoga class, you cannot see into their heads so don't listen to the voices in yours.

I'm finding my feet, finding my voice and going with the flow!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Yoga Playlist #1


As part of our yoga teacher training with Mercedes we learnt how to channel our inner yogic DJ and create playlists. I know, awesome right? I have so much fun putting together playlists for classes that I thought I would share with you. You never know you might discover some new music. So get ready to get your flow on... 

Om - Nadaka
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Teardrop - Massive Attack
Dice - Finley Quaye
Now Church in the Wild - Jay Z, Kayne West
Feel it in my Bones - Tiesto
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
Somewhere over the Rainbow - Ismael Kamawool
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
The Seeress Prophecy - Achillea
Om - Nadaka
Mandalam - Nadaka

All my playlists are made using Spotify as I find it easier than having to buy all the songs and battle with iTunes. Breathe, flow, enjoy :)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

OM Yoga // Everything is Possible

 

Hello everyone! I am back from my yoga teacher training at Yeotown in Devon and after a hectic few weeks I am back blogging on a regular basis.

While reading the latest issue of OM Yoga Magazine I came across an article on how a regular yoga practice can make anything possible. Ever heard that positive thinking will bring positive things into your life? It's true and that's where yoga comes in. Personally I battled body image demons for years but it's only through yoga that I have conquered these demons. Yes I still have some bad days, but we are only human right? How has yoga helped me do this you ask... It has been scientifically established that exercise stimulates neurogensis - the creation of new neurons - in the part of the brain which is repsonsible for for formation of memories. By putting our bodies through regular physical exercise we are literally able to reshape our brains and improve the state of our lives.

Through yoga we are often encouraged to 'Get comfortable with the uncomfortable'. This focus, along with breath, brings more awareness and oxygen to those parts of the body which are stressed or tense. We bring a mindset of relaxation, calmness and letting go of that which no longer serves us. Hence for me I was able to let go of my body image demons. I felt free. Through yoga you move and flow in a way which feels organic to your body. In getting comfortable with the uncomfortable we increase our flexibility both on and off the mat. We learn to cultivate mindfulness and kindness to both others and ourselves.

Through yoga I found myself again. I have a purpose, to spread this light to others in teaching yoga classes. Everyone deserves to be free and everything is indeed possible.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Where have I been?


Hey everyone! Long time no blog... I have been in a little yoga teacher training bubble for the past 3 weeks. I am having an amazing time but it consists of long days, intensive morning yoga classes and lots of study! I am feeling stronger than ever both physically and in my self. 

I will be planning some yoga classes in Bristol for August so be sure to keep an eye on my upcoming website - jaynebeccayoga.com - or feel free to drop me a message. Thank you for sticking with me during this busy but exciting time! 

Nameste 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

USA Holiday Snaps!

Now that I have gotten over the post holiday blues I thought it was about damn time that I share some photos with you. We had such an amazing holiday, a once in a lifetime kinda trip. Matt and I spent 6 weeks in the USA in 2006 so it was great to not only revisit those places and see how things have changed but also experience places which we missed the first time around.




First up was an 11 hour long haul flight. We flew with Virgin Atlantic and they were really good, I ordered the vegan food option for the flight and to be fair, it wasn't that bad! So after a long flight and feeling quite tired we picked up the hire car then promptly exited the freeway much too soon and ended up in downtown San Francisco during rush hour. Oh so much fun! Not. Where we stayed in San Francisco we cheap and cheerful but pretty much close to everywhere we wanted to be. We walked so much in those three days we were in the city. Up and down those hills was a great workout!

Everywhere we went seemed to have a heatwave going on as well which was good for us. You can never complain at extra sunshine. During the midst of this heatwave we drove over to Yosemite National Park. I was so taken a back by this beautiful place that I got quite emotional at the top of Glacier Point. I cannot put into words just how breathtaking this place was.



We then headed back across to the coast and drove down to Santa Barbara via highway 1 and the Big Sur. This is such a gorgeous drive with amazing coastline.



Once we reached Santa Barbara I really felt that I had come home. I seriously could live there. You had the beach, the pier, lots of shops, fresh green juice and lots of yummy places to eat. I fell in love with Santa Barbara! 



We spent a day on the roller coasters of Magic Mountain before heading to Santa Monica to relax for a couple of days. Matt did a lot of driving! One of the highlights was riding the beach cruiser bikes from Santa Monica pier down to Venice Beach and back. even if I did get sunburnt! 


On such a gorgeous sunny day we headed to Newport Beach where we eat some delicious pancakes, walked on the beach and enjoyed the sunshine. 



After another 5 hour flight we ventured into New York City! Although the apartment we were staying in was small we were a lot more central than the last place we stayed in New York, only a few blocks away from Central Park and a short walk to my favourite coffee shop... Coffee Bean! 



Of course we had to sit on the met steps like Gossip Girl! We also went to see Chicago on Broadway. It was such a fun experience and we had surprisingly amazing seats! 

We did a lot in just two weeks and had a fun filled active holiday. I loved every minute and I am so grateful that I am able to travel to exciting places. 

All photos taken by Matt :)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Life Lately // Yoga, Holidays, Kayla Itsines and the bump back down to reality


Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I have had the best snoozy, lazy Sunday morning for a while. My usual 8:45am Sunday yoga class was fully booked so I took the opportunity to sleep in a little and start the day slowly. It's good for the soul! Made even better when your boyfriend brings you freshly brewed coffee with almond milk in bed :)

This week has been tough. Just for the simple reason of getting back into the 'going to work' mode following an amazing time away in the USA. I will be bringing you some photos from my travel this coming week so watch out for that post. The good news is that I am now only two weeks away from starting my Yoga Teacher Training adventure. I am so nervous but so excited at the same time. It is a residential course so I will be in a yoga bubble for the whole three weeks. I am hoping to bring you updates as and when I can.

I started a new workout plan then decided it wasn't for me. I started following the Kayla Itsines works on Monday. Monday was a leg workout, they are basically hardcore circuit workouts. There are two circuits which you follow twice through for seven minutes each. Boy did it kill my legs! I was so so sore for two days afterwards. On Thursday I did the abs and arm workout... I am still sore now. Yesterday I decided that although the workout plan is VERY effective (hello abs after 5 days) it isn't for me. I can't afford to be sore for days after a workout when I have yoga to practice. So it's yoga, yoga, yoga for me for the next two weeks with some light cardio thrown in.

While we were out in the USA we spent a day cycling up and down the beaches from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. We hired some beach cruisers and I totally fell in love with cycling again! Since returning home I have been doing my research and hopefully a pretty beach cruiser (with gears!) will make it's way into my life this summer. I think it's a great way to get out in the lovely weather and it will be a good way for Matt and I to get some fun workouts in while enjoying the weekends.

Have a fun week everyone!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Guest Post // My Path To Yoga


Hi there Miss Jayne Becca readers! I am so fortunate to be able to chat with you today as a guest post for Jayne. I blog over at Creative With Kristyn and wanted to share my journey to yoga with all of you.

Yoga came to me at a time when I needed it so very much in my life. I was very stressed out with my career and some personal things and had been eying up the local hot yoga studio for a month.

Finally, the first weekend of November in 2013, I decided I had waited long enough. I went on down and took my first heated vinyasa class. I had dabbled in yoga since I was in college, but nothing serious, and I had never done hot vinyasa before. I tried Bikram one time, and did not like it at all. So I was nervous and excited all at once for my first heated vinyasa class.

Seventy-five glorious minutes later, I was hooked. It took one class to have my full attention and from then I knew a healthy addiction was going to form.

And form did it ever. I started going to class 3 to 4 times a week. I had favorite instructors. I was never intimidated by what others could do that I was not able to do yet in my practice. My teachers would always say that yoga is a lifelong journey and where it will take you is the beauty of the entire thing. Yoga isn't just a form of exercise for the body, it's exercise for the mind and is so much more than even that.


My stress and tensions with work started to calm down. When there were ups and downs, I was able to work through them better by stopping and breathing through it, just like we do in yoga.

Other things in my life that were causing stress started falling into place. I do not know why, but I strongly feel yoga had a positive effect on this and my calmness that I developed from yoga helped with these particular life things falling into place.


I have grown so much as a person since starting yoga and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me. My best friend commented to me on a post I had written on my blog about how yoga has changed my life. She said to me that she can see the difference and the positive effect it has had on me and my life. Not that I was ever a bad person or was always negative, she just can see my whole outlook has changed. And now she has been joining me to classes.

My practice has come so far, and I can only imagine where it will take me. I would love to teach yoga one day. I have a passion for the practice and would really love the opportunity to take the teacher training course. I know that these opportunities will come and go and come again and that I will be able to follow those dreams when the time is right.

Yoga gave me the extra push I needed to complete and follow through with the dream of writing my first children's book, Seamore the Starfish. I could not be more grateful for yoga.

Yoga has taken me to a completely new world. It has opened my eyes up to new beginnings and new possibilities. Yoga is a lifelong journey. My heart and health are so glad I found yoga. Shanti, shanti, shanti: peace, peace, peace. Namaste.

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