HOW I ESCAPED ALIGNMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA

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

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Iyengar Yoga with the lovely South London legend Dorothy…

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Astanga Yoga with various strict people…

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Kundalini Yoga with starry-eyed ungrounded space-cadets…

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

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Some classes I enjoyed, some less so.

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

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

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

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BUT then… I started to train as a yoga teacher.

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Everything changes when you start to train as a teacher.

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You start to THINK about things.

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Pose names. Sequences. Alignment.

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

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That there was a “better” or even “correct” way to do Triangle pose.

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And all the other schools/styles/approaches/alignments were “wrong”.

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We weren’t even allowed to attend other classes.

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

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I experienced internal conflict within my mind and my body.

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The ALIGNMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA: “Do the pose like THIS not like THAT”.

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It haunted me for a couple of years.

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Until I came to a deeper truth.

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We each have our own alignment.

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We each have our own path.

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While I can say with certainty, “This is my path”.

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It is not for me to say, “This is your path.”

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Or “This is your yoga” or “This is your alignment”.

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

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Anytime I hear someone say, “This is the way”… whether that’s about yoga alignment, farming practices, QAnon, the best way to bake banana bread… or whatever.

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I pause.

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And I remind myself they can only truly say: “This is my way.”

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Which is valid for them.

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But we each get to choose our own path.

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That’s one of my personal philosophies that underpins the Inspiratrix Yoga Teacher training.

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

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My 2021 training begins in September.

🧘‍♀️ ACCREDITED: 200-hour training recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals

🧘‍♀️ COVID-PROOF: this course will run, and you will be able to complete it, whether you are present in-person or online

🧘‍♀️ SUPPORTIVE: mentoring, feedback and encouragement from Claire, including personal tutorials

🧘‍♀️ DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE: with Philosophy tutor Craig Nadashakti Norris and Anatomy tutor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

🧘‍♀️ INTEGRATE: over the 8 months of this course you’ll have weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings and four intensive 4-day modules

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What previous participants say:

🧘‍♀️ “Claire’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.” – Nia D

🧘‍♀️ “After completing my 200 hour teacher training I can honestly say that Claire is professional, knowledgeable, patient, accessible and kind.” – Elaine

🧘‍♀️ “Never before have I felt so connected. I have learnt so much and from such a holistic approach.” – Nia R

🧘‍♀️ “I can highly recommend the course. Claire is lovely, approachable, and so knowledgeable in so many areas.” – Me

l🧘‍♀️ “Thanks to Claire for passing on her skills, adapting the course to meet the demands of the changing situations and for keeping us all motivated.” – Denise

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This course is for you if you want to:

🧘‍♀️ Teach yoga in a safe and inclusive way

🧘‍♀️ Build confidence through developing skills from day one of the course

🧘‍♀️ Share more yoga in your community (you could even start teaching before the course ends)

🧘‍♀️ Have the flexibility of attending either in-person or online, or a mixture of both

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This course isn’t suitable if:

🧘‍♀️You just want to do punishingly hard yoga and handstands

🧘‍♀️You have no interest in teaching, but just want to develop your yoga practice (book in for private classes with me instead)

🧘‍♀️You don’t know if you’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

🧘‍♀️You are not regularly attending yoga classes or doing self-practice

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I am only taking on 12 people for my next YTT.

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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.

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

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Interested? Book in and chat to me about it