2017 Teacher Training

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We practice yoga because it makes our lives better – healthier, happier, more holistic.

This practical, foundation program will advance your practice, acquaint you with the many layers of yoga, build your confidence and help you find your voice.

If you aspire to teach, you are in good company: many of the Central Illinois Yoga Teachers started their journey here. We want you to master the fundamentals, so completing our program will mark the beginning of your successful career as a yoga teacher.
OUR 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

Advanced study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, and potential risks)
Principles of anatomy
Science and art of sequencing
Hands-on adjustments
How to observe bodies
Informed use of props to improve or modify a posture
Cultivating your voice
Confidence-building through practice teaching
Yoga history and philosophy
Sanskrit names of postures
The Business of Yoga

WHAT MAKES YOGA AT CONNIE’S TEACHER TRAINING UNIQUE?

Teaching Tradition Lineage: Krishnamacharya, TK Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of the bestselling book “Yoga Anatomy,” and Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
Intelligent Sequencing: Learn the art and science of designing and delivering a safe, dynamic class.
Learn to teach truly: Our program is not about memorizing and reciting sequences. Instead, an emphasis is placed on teaching principles for clearly instructing students bodies into alignment.
Find Yourself: We give you space and opportunity to find your teaching style.

Below is a “schedule” for our weekends.  I will do my best to stick to it, but please know that schedules are good to have but often have to be put aside when things come up.

 8 Weekends, Friday 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm: Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(140 contact hours)

Dates: March- May 2017

March 3 4 5

March 10 11 12

March 17 18 19

March 31 April 1 2

April 7 8 9

April 21 22 23

May 5 6 7

May 18 19 20

Our current schedule is as follows: 

Friday 6:30 -9:00 pm

6:30-7:30       Yoga Class

7:45-9:00       Into and Review

Saturday and Sunday 8:30-4:30pm

            8:30-10:00    Yoga Class

            10:15 – 12:45 Postural Training

            12:45-2:00     Lunch

            2:00-3:00       Session

            3:15 – 4:30       Session

 

Specific Session weekends:

Bio-Mechanics Workshop

Beryl Workshop

Please keep in mind the refund and make-up policy.  If you are going to miss any of a weekend, please contact me as soon as possible.

Refund Policy:

All payments must be paid when due.

Once the student begins the training, there will be no refunds issued.

If Yoga at Connie’s cancels the teacher training, a full credit or refund will be given.

Yoga at Connie’s reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.

 

 The Yoga at Connie’s Teacher Certification Fees:

$1950.00-when paid in full, February 28th 2017

$2500.00 –when paid in full, after March 3rd 2017
*Tuition does not include the price of books or elective courses.

Other payment arrangements may also be made.  Call 217-620-3306 to sign up or for more information.

deposit of $200 and an application are required to reserve your space by January 1st 2017.  Only 8 people will be accepted for each semester.

YTT Make-up Policy:

Although 100% attendance is highly encouraged, please note the following regarding making up missed work.  If a participant misses all or a portion of a YTT weekend, it is their responsibility, at their own expense, to make up the missed work by the next YTT weekend.  A typical YTT weekend consists of approximately 20 contact hours with an instructor.  These hours are part of the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification requirement.  Depending on the time missed, make-up work may include any or all of the following:  participation in additional classes/downloads missed, journal writing assignments, paper writing assignments, phone conversations with the instructor and private lessons with the instructor or other assigned teacher at that teacher’s private lesson fee.

The true meaning of APARIGRAHA (letting go)

 

 

 

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The true meaning of APARIGRAHA ( letting go)
This week has been troublesome. My father has COPD and was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday for breathing issues. He could not catch his breath which is life, and all I could think about was he was losing his. I wanted him to try harder because I know when the breath is held too long that what nourishes us can turn toxic. The hospital room was full of chaos that Wednesday evening before a nurse took my dad’s hand while he was grasping and began to pray for breath. There was a calm that came over the room, and at that moment there was peace. The nature of aparigraha is impermanence – everything changes. Falling back to the breath and watch the rise and fall of each inhalation and exhalation, we can feel the truth of the transience of all things. My dad’s fear was gone as he returned to his breath. Dad told me later he felt he had only a few breaths left that night. In my heart, I knew he was right.
APARIGRAHA means nonpossessiveness and can also be interrupted as nonattachment, nongreedy, clinging, better said “letting go.” Our journey in this life should be light while caring and enjoying thoroughly.
Why is aparigraha so hard to practice? Still unable to shake the worry and stress, so I then decided to dive deep into trying to understand better what practicing Aparigraha meant. Is it just letting go, detaching yourself? Or is there more to it. I wonder how many suitcases of expectations, plans, resentments, and unforgiven moments I carry around with me on a daily basis. “Aparigraha is taking what we need: taking what serves us and letting go when the time is right. Aparigraha allows us to become more present by letting go of expectations.” I remembered this quote from a yoga tape I once watched, and I wrote it down for moments like these. I sat for a long time in silence, contemplating these two sentences. I dropped into a place of mental stillness that had been evading me for days. My faith in God and art of the practice is finding space to think clearly enough to discern what needs to be held closely and what needs to be let go. “Aparigraha isn’t about letting go of all things – it’s about letting go of the right things at the right time.” Practicing trust will keep us in check and keep us open to life’s unfolding.

LABEL ME-I DON’T THINK SO!

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Throughout our lives: families, teachers, friends and rivals are constantly sticking labels on us, saying what we can and cannot become or do. At times this is good; such as building confidence and encouraging us, however, there are times that people put negative labels on us such as loser, crazy, fat, nerd, weak, and incapable.
You cannot stop the negative comments, prevent the negative labels, but you can choose to stop putting yourself down.
Walt Disney was told that he wasn’t creative, Lucille Ball was told that she didn’t have any acting skills; the basic denominator in the success of these people is they chose to remove the negative labels.
My experience was when I labeled myself ” you can’t write”” In high school, my creative writing teacher informed me that I would never be quite as good as the rest, so I decided I wasn’t going to live with that label. Through diligence and constant practice to learn how to write has helped.
I hear students labeling themselves and other students in yoga all the time- “inflexible,” “weak” or “incapable.” Yoga doesn’t discriminate and you comparing yourself is robbing you of satisfaction. When these negative labels come up is to think first – it’s ok. Wrong labels can keep you from your practice; don’t go the next 20 years allowing one negative label hold you back. Once you let go of what defines you, then there will be freedom and awareness about the changes happening “WITHIN” your body. Make sure that you’re wearing the right labels, and always do your best and let yoga do the rest!! Have a great week, Connie

Don’t Make A Resolution—Make A Commitment

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When Does Movement Become Yoga?

One of the (many) things I love about  yoga teacher training is the interesting conversations that come up. We have talked about the difference between movement and yoga.
Is it when you teach a particular set of positions or actions? Is it when you can perform a specific set of poses? Maybe when you’ve mastered the ancient philosophy?
IT’S VERY HARD TO BE PURIST ABOUT YOGA GIVEN THAT IT, LIKE ANYTHING THAT’S IN USE, IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING.
Languages change all the time as people use them. The only ones that don’t are the ‘dead’ ones like Latin. Bodies change all the time as we use them too – it’s called adaptive change.
YOGA IS NO DIFFERENT?
Yoga has, in being, a rather twisted history (pun intended) and what we call yoga these days bears a great resemblance to what people called street contortionism a hundred years ago.
And a WHOLE bunch of poses that are in standard rotation now didn’t exist, to the best of my knowledge, when I started practicing yoga. Because it’s constantly changing. Knowing this broadens the scope somewhat for what could be called yoga.
HERE’S MY  TAKE
Is it the mindful movement? Is there breath awareness?
YES? THEN IT’S YOGA.
So running can be yoga, as can walking, as can movement and bio-mechanical explorations. Surfing. Cycling. Of course, when people come to a yoga class they aren’t expecting to go for a run, but rather to do stretchy things and breathe, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying your run in a yoga-like way. The calm in the brain that keeps me coming back to my practice.
I have been known, quite regularly, to teach entire classes without ever teaching a ‘classical’ yoga pose. Guess I’m part of the living tradition then…

 

All I Want for Christmas is a Stress-free Yoga Class!

Dear Santa,

For Christmas, I’d like to take yoga classes I can zone out into my own peaceful state and not be compared to my fellow students. I want classes I take and teach to be filled with people of all sizes, those new to yoga and those who have practiced for years.

I want those yogis to be flexible and inflexible. I want Joe and Jane Doe to come in off the street because yoga is just as much for them as it is for me and you…

I want them to wear clothing from the Dollar Store instead of sporting matching water bottle, mat, hair band, top, and bottom sets from the various stores. I want to feel like yoga is truly for everyone, and not just for model-esque, elitist snobs who fill studios because they don’t have to work and because yoga is the cool thing to do…

In short: I want the true heart of yoga to shine so bright it feels like a sun-kissed summer day permanently lodged deep in the soul. Could you do that for me, or us, old guy. Could you? Hit me baby, just one time?

Unanimous 

Holiday Schedule

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On the days we are closed for classes, you may schedule appointments with instructors per their individual availability.

December 2016
Dec 24th Saturday Christmas Eve

7:45 am  Free Latin Dance   Connie Pease

:30 am  All Levels Yoga      Connie Pease

 

January 2017
New Year’s Day Sunday  – closed

 

Home Practice Sequence

Enjoy your time with loved ones.  Enjoy a home practice sequence.
Tadasana – Mountain Pose
Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana – Upward Arms in Mountain Pose
Parvatasana in Tadasana – Interlocked Fingers Arms over Head in Mountain Pose
Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle Pose
Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II
Uttthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle Pose
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Formation
Viparita Karani – Legs up the wall with bolster under pelvis
Savasana – Corpse Pose

 

 

Fall is the season of transformation!

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We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits,food choices and yoga practice…Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

Emotional Maturity

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In today’s world, we are always in motion, always exposed to the noise of information, to visual congestion, and to the media. Our instinct is to shut down and hide maybe even run away. It takes an enormous amount of “emotional maturity” to keep our options open rather than to submit to our instinct to flight or fight nature. Therefore, we never have time to be with ourselves or to relate to others and make excuses as I am too busy (overused words) which layered with cynical and egotistical attachments. Over-scheduled? Scared of downtime? Afraid of silence? Is busy-ness a choice? Is this why you are suffering? Sure, there are projects, appointments and plenty days with a full schedule, but how to approach those moments is entirely up to you. Begin with taking responsibility to stop what is stimulating the pain.
Yoga teaches us to slow down, to let go of the busyness, to rediscover how to feel, to tune into the body, to observe, to live mindfully and to silence to reconnect with our thoughts.
Have compassion for yourself and stop missing out on “your amazing life”!

How to Balance Better in Yoga

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How to Balance Better in Yoga

 

 
Date- November 13th

Time: 2:00- 3:30 pm

Cost- $10.00

 

When I’m teaching, particularly during balancing postures, I often see people rushing to get into poses and then getting frustrated when they can’t maintain their balance and wind up falling over. There are two ways to fix this, and they’re both relatively simple solutions.

You will learn the balancing secrets in this workshop…

Instructor- Connie Pease

reserve your spot www.yogaatconnies.com  click schedule and click on the event date…

 

 

 

 

yoga and wine- event is full

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“Practice yoga and enjoy your favorite wines”
Why Vino y Yoga blends so well. They are similar, like every pairing, every class is different and everyone will have their own unique experience each time.
Wines from “The Decanter Fine Wine and Spirits” in Decatur
Date: October 21st
Fee: $10.00
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Instructor: Connie Pease