Well, not always.
Over the twenty years I’ve been doing yoga I’ve had, or worsened, many injuries through yoga practice.
While many times I left yoga classes feeling better than when I walked in… occasionally I left feeling worse.
Wheel is an example of a pose that injured my back several times, leaving me with back pain for days or weeks afterwards.
I was encouraged to do it by more than one senior teacher whilst I was training as a yoga teacher.
That wasn’t a great idea.
Now I can do a version of Wheel now, but only after at least several hours warm up – actually make that a few days of specific warm up – leading up to it.
There are some poses I will only teach to experienced yoga practitioners, in a longer workshop, teacher training, or sometimes my weekly intermediate class (that’s Wednesdays 6pm).
Poses on my “maybe but with specific warmup” list: Handstand, Hero, Crow, Shoulderstand, Plough, Splits.
There are some poses I never teach because the risks outweigh the benefits, and the benefits can be found in places less likely to cause injury.
Poses on my “never” list: Headstand, Tortoise, Lotus, Fish, and Wild Thing. This is because there is a risk to more vulnerable parts of the body like the neck or knees.
I’m often working with middle-aged people with little history of sitting on the floor, squatting or extensive yoga practice.
Safety – and not getting injured – is paramount.
Creating an experience where people leave classes feeling better than when they walked in.
Teaching people to listen to their bodies, and to learn about their bodies.
It is fascinating work, and good work.
That’s what you get to learn in the Inspiratrix Yoga Teacher training.
Where confident, authentic and inclusive yoga teachers are born in under 8 months (both in-person and online).
The next chance to join a training is March 9th 2021.
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
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 lessons 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
I am only taking on 12 people for my 2021 Yoga training programme.
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.
In this programme you get individual support from me and my co-teachers.
All the details for you:https://training.inspiratrix.co.uk/
Book in for an informal chat about it here:https://inspiratrix.as.me/ytt