WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is derived from the sanskrit word “yuj” meaning “union”. “Union” with what? Through the practice of Yoga, union is experienced through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Union is achieved through experiencing oneness with the universe and all of its creations. The union with love, compassion, awareness, breath and many other qualities. So Yoga is beyond a physical posture called “asana”. It is a way of being that can be incorporated into all aspects of our life if we choose to do so. This is a natural evolution and does not necessarily have to be your intention the first time you sit on a mat or try to do an asana. As long as you are open to experiencing Yoga, your first purpose may just be physical. And perhaps when you experience the physical benefits, you may be curious as to the other facets of yoga. Or maybe your practice will begin and end with asanas. Either way is wonderful, it is your own practice.
What is the Purpose of Yoga?
The purpose of yoga can vary from person to person. Everyone’s personal purpose may be different and that is En Light’s specialty. We work with many individuals who may have not been inclined to step foot in a yoga studio but are looking for a transformation in their life. When you type “yoga” into Google, there are many results that are found with individuals in extreme postures and individuals in many choices of provocative clothing. Yoga is the humbling of “ego”, it is not for attention. It is not the competition between others seeing who can do the most extreme posture. It is for everyone to travel their own path and do what is most comfortable. And as long as you practice, you will see your own progress. Yoga is not about attention to clothing or self. This misrepresentation or misunderstanding of Yoga leads many that are searching for a deeper connection or personal transformation to dismiss Yoga as an option because of the way it is commercialized.
En Light’s purpose is to preserve the authentic teachings of Yoga and teach others the essence of what yoga is so everyone can benefit from this practice, whether you are an experienced yogi searching for a deeper connection or you are a novice. Yoga is an eight step path with the ultimate purpose being “samadhi” or union with the universe. This is not something that is achieved overnight but it is important to note what is now called “Yoga” is a reference to the asanas (or postures). The asanas are not the first nor final step of Yoga. So what are these eight steps of Yoga? The first two steps provide a foundation to the asanas, which is actually the third step. If your foundation is strong, then everything that grows from this foundation will also be strong. If your foundation is weak then everything that grows from this foundation may fall. To learn more, please read our article “Yoga: Beyond Asanas”.
YOUR PRIVATE YOGI
Yoga is a very personal journey and can have enhanced benefits if practiced in accordance to your dosha or with the intention of pacifying any imbalances. My Private Yogi starts off with a brief dosha assessment so that the classes and understandings shared with you are customized to help you reach balance. My Private Yogi is beneficial for all levels. It provides the beginner with a customized practice that is gentle and takes your ability into consideration. This practice includes pre-yoga exercises to allow your body to gently awaken to the movements that are chosen specially for you. My Private Yogi also provides the advanced student or teacher an opportunity to continue their inward journey beyond asanas or body postures. The initial session is 1.5 hours since it includes a dosha assessment and the fee for this is $75. Each follow up visit will be 1 hour at $50.
YogiBeYoga and Ayurveda Teacher Training 200 Hours
For En Light, Yoga is not something we “do”. Yoga is our “being”. Our whole purpose of moving to Costa Rica and creating a space around living Yoga and Ayurveda was to provide students an opportunity to exist in this “way of being”. So the formalized education was not separate from daily living. And in this way, we could be true to the original teachings of yoga. In the past, students learned yoga from living with their guru. Teachings were delivered in dialogue and further reinforced by the experiences in daily living. Our Yoga Teacher Training is unique in that the 200 hours are spread out over 6 weeks. We will go through a practice together in the morning followed by theory. And then there exists plenty of free time during the afternoon for the student to explore and experience these teachings through life and nature. In the evening, we will reconvene to share, explore, exchange and create our understandings of yoga. Since this program is only open to 6 students at a time, there will be plenty of time for having personal exchanges with your guru and also diversity in thoughts brought by other students.
In addition, another unique offering of our teacher training course is that it has been created by an Ayurvedic Health Counselor to include an understanding of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science and the intention was for them to be practiced side by side. These two sciences complement each other and the benefits of combining them are exponential. The understanding of Ayurveda would also help build a deeper and more dynamic yoga practice.
Since one of the foundations of our “being” with Yoga includes preparing and nourishing with healing foods with high “prana”, there will also be additional training included on preparation of local foods. We will be preparing foods together and each student will be responsible for contributing their love and positive energy into our food preparation. For those that want to express their creativity with food, we welcome experimentation and exploration with foods. All students should know that a true yogi is always involved in food preparation and this will also be a key component of the course.
YogiBeYoga Teacher Training Sample Schedule
Since Yoga is a very inward experience, the ultimate purpose resting in “samadhi”, part of the day in the morning until Theory Classes, will be in silence. This will allow students to experience this deep inward experience during the morning practice and food preparation. As you experience the benefits of Yoga, your body will naturally awaken to this schedule. In the beginning, as long as you can make the commitment of waking up in the morning and coming to our Yoga/meditation space, the practice itself will energize your body.
4:30 AM: Morning Bell
5:00 AM: Meditation
6:00-7:30 AM: Yoga Practice
7:30 AM: Breakfast & Food Preparation
9:30 AM: Rest
10:15 AM -12:00 PM: Theory Class
12:00 PM: Lunch & Free Time & Exploration
4:00 PM: Dinner
6:00-8:00 PM: Yoga Exploration & Sharing
8:00-8:45 PM: Meditation
9:30 PM: Lights Out
This schedule will be followed from Monday through Friday. Saturday & Sunday will be dedicated to free time and exploration.