Hello friends of Inner Power Vinyasa! I am happy to see on social media that some of you have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Many are still waiting for their turn and until then, we have to stay safe by observing the minimum public health and safety standards.
We were optimistic about holding an in-person teacher training in August 2021, but after the surge in March and April, we thought it best to do another round of online teacher training. I am personally loving this setup because the advantages of being at home and online add more value to the training. We also get to reach people we otherwise wouldn’t meet if we didn’t do it online.
Sadly, we can’t do in-person training until we get to herd immunity. Who isn’t excited to go outside again and explore nature with your fellow trainees after a day of lessons? Until then, let’s stay safe and keep demanding for an efficient vaccine rollout.
While we wait for that day, we can do some exploration within. I know it’s been more than a year but you will not believe how vast your inner universe is until you start on deepening your journey towards self exploration. Start with the small techniques: how about a body and mind scan while you do your asana practice? Or start your pranayama or breathwork practice? Maybe start meditating for a few minutes?
Yoga offers a vast array of tools for inner self-exploration. All you need is a teacher to guide you on how to get started. Find a teacher by following us at @innerpowervinyasa on Instagram and talk to the dozens of Inner Power Vinyasa graduates we follow. There will surely be one who resonates with you! Namaste.
- Teacher Ben
I used to have the misconception that Yoga was something strict and unchangeable. When I was a newer practitioner, I had so many misconceptions about the kind of person you had to be to be “legit” – vegan, celibate, in an endless good mood, strong in asana practice, and physically lean like most yogis were. Yoga felt like an impossible standard that I was trying to achieve. It took a good amount of time before I realized what Yoga was really about.
For anyone who has truly dived into Yoga’s history and Philosophy, part of why It has been around for so long is because it has adapted to the changing times and cultures. Yoga doesn’t need a prerequisite for anyone to take part in it because it exists for us to figure ourselves out. We do Yoga to connect to ourselves and peel away the layers what keep us from realizing we’re already complete. If you practice Yoga to “add on” to who you are, believe me when I say this might not be the route. Yoga is a practice that helps you explore and realize that you are more than enough exactly as you are. The practice teaches us to burn away what keeps us from seeing ourselves as whole.
It is definitely a process. And over a decade into this practice, I still have a lot of things to figure out and let go of. One thing that keeps me going is remembering that I have to take things one moment at a time. Mindfulness in my asana practice, my ability to be non-reactive, and a steady sitting practice helps too. Yoga doesn’t need us to be perfect. It doesn’t ask us to be anyone else except who we are. And the truth is? It’s a pretty fun process.