M B Y WORKSHOPS
FIND YOUR FLOW
After returning home after I completed my first yoga teacher training without the encouragement of my teacher trainers and the support of my fellow trainees, I was unsure of the next steps on my path. I began teaching right away and I learned quickly on the job, but I craved more. Fortunately I had years of being a Dance Educator, and this helped me smooth out the roughness of being a new teacher. I did crave a yoga mentor however, or someone more advanced I could seek out and ask the questions I was unsure of, or to get advice on a new sequence I created or a dose of inspiration for a new playlist.
MBY mentorship course is for yoga teachers who are interested in taking their teaching to the next level. This is a one on one mentoring program suited to your schedule and personal outcomes. I offer a safe and confidential space where creativity and openness is encouraged. Together we will dive into topics that may include; class offerings, effective sequencing, using props, balls and straps, mastering your observation skills, how to create an effective playlist, hands on assists and how to avoid burn-out. We will also cover how to thrive in the competitive yoga market, how to teach and motivate a multi level class and how to find your unique teaching voice through the use of cues and gems.
Hands on assisting or adjusting a student’s yoga practice can understandably be intimidating for many, especially new teachers. Yet, you likely know from personal experience students greatly benefit and make their practice more effective when they understand how the body feels in optimal alignment. Learning how to safely and effectively offer an assist is an opportunity to enhance your ability see students bodies and recognize where you can be of service to help deepen their practice.
As a trained massage therapist and RYT200 Yoga instructor, I understand the importance of anatomical safety, personal boundaries and space.
Through this personal training you will learn how to become completely connected to the person you are assisting, while maintaining a global awareness for everything happening around you and in your class. You will learn how to safely and effectively start and finish your assists in a variety of poses as well as the right pressure of touch to use taking into account the individual student.
Artful assisting involves owning the space we are in and having a certain presence, and sometimes it takes a little work and confidence to get there. Its also watching for what is possible in another, and providing empowerment that will create new possibilities for students as well as ourselves. Hands on Assist training will offer tools that will guide you to develop your intuitive, creative, and connected self to better understand your students.
A yoga or mindfulness session is the ideal icebreaker or warm up activity to include in a wellness day or team building event. It encourages involvement in a physical activity, and leaves them feeling rejuvenated afterwards. A short stretching/mindfulness session can also be used to "take the edge off" before or during long conferences or after board meetings. It is amazing what a few deep breaths and simple stretches can do to elevate the corporate culture.
Introduction to Yoga
50- 60 minute introduction to yoga with a warm up and exercises to improve posture. We move to basic strengthening and balancing postures and flexibility exercises with the session ending in a well deserved relaxation exercise.
50-60 minutes of gentle stretches and twists which can be done on a chair, breathing exercises, introduction to mindfulness practice, and several techniques for reducing stress levels. I’ll incorporate simple exercises that have an immediate effect on the body, mind and stress levels of the participants and that can be easily remembered for practice at home. This can be done in a boardroom, conference center or any large open space.
Desk Yoga / Lunch Break Session
45 minute session to counter the effects of long periods of sitting at a desk hunched at a computer. In this session we use stretches to target some areas that are affected by long hours of sitting such as the spine, hips, shoulders and wrists. Breathing exercises and a mindfulness practice with relaxation techniques to give bodies and minds a well deserved rest during lunch.
50-60 minute collaborative and fun yoga practice. In this activity people work together in pairs or as group trying on poses which requires teamwork. Its an excellent team building activity or can be used as an ice breaker while it improves communication, trust and allows an abundance of fun and laughter in the process.
Any and all of the Team Building Classes can be energized by adding a specific playlist created for the intended atmospherics and outcome of the class.
Dance, especially ballet and yoga share a few important similarities: They are both rooted in elongating and aligning the body, using balance, fluidity and strength in the practice.
Yoga can be used to help dancers maintain their flexibility and balance during breaks, keeping the body open and muscles engaged. Many of yoga’s traditional standing poses, like Standing Bow/Standing Dancer, or Standing Head to Knee, target muscles that are used for developpes, while the upper arm strength gained from Downward Dog and Plank are beneficial for partner work and Pas De Deux.
Even the greatest dancers have tight areas which yoga can assist to improve an overall range of motion in the tissues, joints and muscles.
One of the biggest perks of yoga is the mental one. It keeps the body physically engaged but the mind quiet. Learning a slow even breath creates a relaxation response which can aid dancers in disengaging from distracting thoughts or anxieties, especially while performing.
Proper breathing releases tension, stored in the dancer’s body. When you link breath to movement, moving becomes easier, and it allows you to harness energy, to do more with less effort.
Ballet is often driven by the pursuit of perfection, but with the right teacher, yoga is the opposite: It’s about moving as you are, following how your body feels rather than forcing it to conform to a technique. Dancer’s will discover how to allow a sense of clarity and look at themselves honestly, rather than searching for flaws.
The practice of yoga is free from competition, which means that it gives a dancer an outlet to exist as they are. The result? More confident and well rounded dancers.
In MBY workshop for dancers will learn:
- to link breath to movement making movement easier and learning to do more with less effort
- assist tight areas, strengthen underused muscles, and improve overall range of motion.
- use yoga techniques to improve balance and floor strength as well as how to protect hyper mobility in the joints
- slow the breath to create a relaxation response aiding dancers in disengaging from distraction or anxiety while performing
- harness the breath to keep the body physically engaged while the mind is quiet.