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If you think a yoga teacher training isn’t for you think again. It’s a life changing experience!

Whether you’ll ever teach or not it’s about doing the work and transforming yourself into a more authentic version of yourself.  You deepen your knowledge of an activity you love and as my teacher Alison West told me. Yoga will change your life. And boy was she right.

So I’ve put together the Top 10 Reasons you would want to take the Fuller Yoga Teacher Training.

  1. Learn more about the yoga practice you love. The history, the philosophy, lifestyle choices in being a “yogi” and why they work.
  2. Learn more about your body and how to keep it safe. Those who dive into a yoga practice without having good knowledge of body mechanics get injured more quickly than those who know how the body should and shouldn’t move.
  3. You get to throw around big fancy words like dosha, citta, samskara and vashistasana and actually know what it means.
  4. You will get an opportunity to understand yourself better. Fuller Yoga teacher training is about diving deeper to understand what makes you tick. As Socrates said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”
  5. You will get to do more yoga than you ever thought possible. Our training requires you to practice, practice, practice, and keep a record in order to get credit for all those hours on the mat.
  6. You will know how to teach to everyone. Our program is comprehensive. You won’t graduate only knowing how to teach to one type of yoga student. Whether they are beginners, devote practitioners, injured, or in their advanced years you will know how to teach a class specific to that demographic.
  7. Make new friends. Yoga Teacher Training is about sharing the love of yoga. Bonding over tea and texting each other to ask how you pronounce Utthita Hasta Pandangusthasana. Besides, these friends are embarking on a journey of health and well being which will be a great influence all around.
  8. Gain confidence! Whether you end up teaching or not you will gain more confidence being in front of people, sharing your experience and taking a leadership role.
  9. Giving is getting. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing someone say, “ah, that’s just what I needed, “or “thanks, my back doesn’t hurt anymore.”
  10. Make some money. You probably won’t retire on your yoga earnings but teaching and continuing to practice will keep you out of the old folks home with a little extra change in your pockets.

For more information on the Fuller Yoga Primary Yoga Teacher Training please contact or click here.

Feedback for Fuller Yoga

October 14, 2013
It is so great to get feedback on people’s experience of Fuller Yoga™.  After almost 10 years of developing this style (which is hard to explain) I appreciate another yogi’s perspective.  Every time I teach or practice Fuller Yoga my body opens in many new ways and releases some long held tensions that normal yoga just hasn’t.  I find new spatial relationships and become an endless creator of movement and transitions from one pose to the next.
 
“I just took my first Fuller Yoga class, the first of many!!! This is a unique and inspired class! I loved Justine’s description of imaging the dome above the round mat-somehow the dome became sky-like.Great combination of classic yoga poses combined with movement-all on the round Fuller mat. A great physical and spiritual workout!I highly recommend!!”  – Rachel Siporin

In traditional yoga school most are taught to set Warrior I up with the heels lining up.  The front foot is facing forward and the back foot is turned to a 45 degree angle but both heels line up with each other.  Not only that we are also taught to turn both hip bones or ASIS‘ to face forward.  However, years of teaching have taught me several things about Warrior I.

First, I had to take into consideration that yoga was practiced by men only.  Since men’s hips are more more narrow than a woman’s it makes sense to have the heels line up and therefore the hips would follow to face forward. 

Second, women’s hips are not as narrow.  This means that when we try to put the heels on the same line in can wreak havoc on balance and if your hips are tight you’d have to take a wrench to get them to both  face forward.  Fuugettaboutttit!

Third, every “body” is different.  I suggest to anyone whose hips are tight or where the hip bones are more wide, to place the feel wider apart.  So instead of having your heels line up with each other try putting the heels spaced apart as if you were on railroad tracks.  This should give you ample room to turn the pelvis forward to the front foot in a very square manner. Now, with the feet wider and the hips able to turn you will find more space for the lower back to release thus giving your abdominal (core) muscles the space they need to contract, lengthen and support the lower back in this pose.

Being able to access your core muscles is key to a dynamic and invigorating practice.  Once you are able to turn the core on in your postures you will find your shoulders, hips and neck release easily as the power of your core supports you.  And a little more core support can translate into radical confidence both on and off your mat.

Breathe,

How to Find a Hot Chick!

August 6, 2012

Now there are a lot of men across the country and in major cities who have figured this out but in our still new studio in the upper middle class, CrossFit, marathon runner town of Glastonbury, CT, the guys have yet to figure it out.  Yoga and Pilates classes are the best places to meet women.  Why you ask?

  1. Higher Standards:  Women who practice yoga and pilates (regularly and power yoga preferred) tend to be more loving to their body.  They want to look good, eat healthy, feel good about their purchases and most importantly they’re looking to keep it drama free.  How great is that?   But don’t think you can reap all the benefits of her consistent practice while you go to class a few times and then quit.  She will have higher standards for you as well.
  2. Prove Yourself: Unlike a bar, nightclub or networking event people don’t talk in a yoga class.  We’ve eliminated the opportunity to do the chest puffing, toy bragging, and one upping the guy next to you to get a great date.  You however will have to come face to face with all of who you thought you were in order to accept that yoga is humbling.  Consistency, dedication and commitment are very attractive.  (tip:  If she sees you are coming to class regularly and you don’t let the awkwardness, sweat and occasional grunts that rise out of your vocal cords stop you from being consistent she will know you are a man worthy of her attention.)
  3. Power It Up:  Heated, Power, and Vinyasa Yoga practices can really turn up the heat and attract women who like to challenge themselves on all levels.
  4. Show Some Skin:  Women who do yoga become more confident with their bodies and have less and less hang-ups about how they look as they work more and more on what their body is capable of.  As they gain confidence they will want to show more skin and curves, not for your benefit but for theirs.  And isn’t confidence sexy?
  5. Great Sex:  Women who do yoga are more in touch with and comfortable with their bodies and don’t forget flexible.  ‘Nuff said.
  6. Young At Heart:  Yoga whether it’s gentle or power attracts women of all ages who are young minded, vibrant and ready for something new.  I can’t tell you how many women I see in the yoga studio that are mature, emotionally aware of themselves, know what they want and don’t look a day over 45. They’re traveling, trying new things, taking on new careers and looking for a quality guy to have fun with.

So guys use the computer you’re now staring at to find your nearest yoga studios and start taking classes.  Try different styles and teachers.  Once you find a studio you not only like but you’re attracted to the women that go there; stick to it!  Give it 6 months to  a year minimum.  You may start out looking for a great partner or friend with benefits but you just may end up with a great life.

Recently I took a Power Yoga class from a newly certified yoga teacher.  We sat for about 2-3 minutes where she proceeded to bring us to notice our breath and then read quickly from a book about connecting to your breath is connecting you to your soul.  Then we got up and started our yoga workout complete with Sun A’s and Sun B’s, and the Black Eyed Peas.

It was jarring to say the least.  When my life is being bombarded by everyone else’s demands, technology butting it’s head into every waking moment, making sure gas is in the car (at a good price) and desperately trying to find something quick and healthy to eat, the last thing I’m looking for is a checklist for my spiritual contemplation. 

At break neck speeds we were ordered into a series of forward folds and back extensions that hit me like a train wreck in the middle of farmland in a sleepy mid-western town on a hot summer day.  Now I’m not out of shape by any means but the idea of what felt like throwing myself around in contorted postures without attention to breath and alignment made me question the direction of yoga as our Type A’s take a hold of the ancient practice.

And maybe my body needs this.  Have I gotten so comfortable with the same pace, flow and holding times in my practice that it’s time for a change?  Or am I so deep in my practice that I’ve settled down from the frenetic pace of a power yoga class that has to double as workout and quiet time?  Regardless, this entry point into yoga just might work as so many baby boomers are racing against the clock.  Fast paced Power Yoga classes offer a valuable entry point for those who may be hesitant or terrified to begin a long and intimate relationship with their body.  So go ahead do CrossFit, and Cardio-Yoga it’s a start.

For me, I suppose this is where years of practice and the art of detachment (taking yoga off the mat) come into play.  Now is the time to listen, feel, be judgement free, keep trying new things and after 14 years of practice and teaching young teacher, I just might meet you here.

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