HOW I ESCAPED ALIGNMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA

Before I began training as a yoga teacher, I would go to a mixture of classes.

๐Ÿ’š

Iyengar Yoga with the lovely South London legend Dorothyโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’š

Astanga Yoga with various strict peopleโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’š

Kundalini Yoga with starry-eyed ungrounded space-cadetsโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’š

And various other yogas, mostly at the Triyoga Soho studio, which smelled of Nag Champa incense.

๐Ÿ’š

Some classes I enjoyed, some less so.

๐Ÿ’š

But they would usually reduce my back pain and help support my mental health.

๐Ÿ’š

It was a chance to chill out, and switch off my busy mind.

๐Ÿ’š

Yoga classes were a regular part of my life for 10 years.

๐Ÿ’š

BUT thenโ€ฆ I started to train as a yoga teacher.

๐Ÿ’š

Everything changes when you start to train as a teacher.

๐Ÿ’š

You start to THINK about things.

๐Ÿ’š

Pose names. Sequences. Alignment.

๐Ÿ’š

And one of my first teacher trainers was obsessed with alignment.

๐Ÿ’š

That there was a โ€œbetterโ€ or even โ€œcorrectโ€ way to do Triangle pose.

๐Ÿ’š

And all the other schools/styles/approaches/alignments were โ€œwrongโ€.

๐Ÿ’š

We werenโ€™t even allowed to attend other classes.

๐Ÿ’š

And even after I finished that training, and went to other classes again…

๐Ÿ’š

I experienced internal conflict within my mind and my body.

๐Ÿ’š

The ALIGNMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA: โ€œDo the pose like THIS not like THATโ€.

๐Ÿ’š

It haunted me for a couple of years.

๐Ÿ’š

Until I came to a deeper truth.

๐Ÿ’š

We each have our own alignment.

๐Ÿ’š

We each have our own path.

๐Ÿ’š

While I can say with certainty, โ€œThis is my pathโ€.

๐Ÿ’š

It is not for me to say, โ€œThis is your path.โ€

๐Ÿ’š

Or โ€œThis is your yogaโ€ or โ€œThis is your alignmentโ€.

๐Ÿ’š

While I can offer suggestions… They are all things for you to feel, to explore, and to work out for yourself.

๐Ÿ’š

Anytime I hear someone say, โ€œThis is the wayโ€โ€ฆ whether thatโ€™s about yoga alignment, farming practices, QAnon, the best way to bake banana breadโ€ฆ or whatever.

๐Ÿ’š

I pause.

๐Ÿ’š

And I remind myself they can only truly say: โ€œThis is my way.โ€

๐Ÿ’š

Which is valid for them.

๐Ÿ’š

But we each get to choose our own path.

๐Ÿ’š

Thatโ€™s one of my personal philosophies that underpins the Inspiratrix Yoga Teacher training.

๐Ÿ’š

Where confident, authentic and inclusive yoga teachers are born in under 8 months (both in-person and online).

๐Ÿ’š

My 2021 training begins March 9th 2021:

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ACCREDITED: 200-hour training recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ COVID-PROOF: this course will run, and you will be able to complete it, whether you are present in-person or online

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ SUPPORTIVE: mentoring, feedback and encouragement from Claire, including personal tutorials

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE: with Philosophy tutor Craig Nadashakti Norris and Anatomy tutor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ INTEGRATE: over the 8 months of this course youโ€™ll have weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings and four intensive 4-day modules in April, June, August and October

๐Ÿ’š

What previous participants say:

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œClaire’s teaching really did give me the opportunity to find my own style of yoga and I never felt judged. Being encouraged to teach so soon in the course is what has given me the confidence I have now.โ€ โ€“ Nia D

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œAfter completing my 200 hour teacher training I can honestly say that Claire is professional, knowledgeable, patient, accessible and kind.โ€ – Elaine

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œNever before have I felt so connected. I have learnt so much and from such a holistic approach.โ€ โ€“ Nia R

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œI can highly recommend the course. Claire is lovely, approachable, and so knowledgeable in so many areas.โ€ – Me

l๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œThanks to Claire for passing on her skills, adapting the course to meet the demands of the changing situations and for keeping us all motivated.โ€ – Denise

๐Ÿ’š

This course is for you if you want to:

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Teach yoga in a safe and inclusive way

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Build confidence through developing skills from day one of the course

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Share more yoga in your community (you could even start teaching before the course ends)

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Have the flexibility of attending either in-person or online, or a mixture of both

๐Ÿ’š

This course isnโ€™t suitable if:

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธYou just want to do punishingly hard yoga and handstands

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธYou have no interest in teaching, but just want to develop your yoga practice (book in for private classes with me instead)

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธYou donโ€™t know if youโ€™ll be able to make the sessions because of life/work/childcare. This is a live course, not just a bunch of recordings and you DO need to show up

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธYou are not regularly attending yoga classes or doing self-practice

๐Ÿ’š

I am only taking on 12 people for my 2021 Yoga training programme.

๐Ÿ’š

I’m choosing to limit the number of participants because I don’t want this to be an impersonal online course with hundreds of other participants, where no one cares if you pass or fail.

๐Ÿ’š

In this programme you get individual support from me and my co-teachers.

๐Ÿ’š

Interested? Book in and chat to me about it