Yogateacher Training Weekend – Forward Bends, Seated Twists and Bhakti Yoga

This weekend I had my 7th Yogateacher training weekend. The focus of this weekend was on forward bends and seated twists. As a topic for philosophy we had a introduction into Bhakti Yoga and the Bhagavad Gita.

Friday evening we started with a blessing of the beginning of our now second year of our Yoga teacher training. Afterwards we had a soft yoga practice and short introduction into Bhakti Yoga.

On Saturday we started the day with a more intense yoga practice with focus on forward bends and seated twists. After a short breakfast break we did a session on didactics of these asanas and how to teach them.

These asanas we learned this weekend:

  • Dandasana
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Parivritta Janu Sirsasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Ubaya Padangusthasana
  • Parivritta Sukhasana
  • Bharadvajasana
  • Vakrasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana

After lunch we were divided into groups and some of us had to teach specific asanas to the others. I had Baddha Konasana to teach and again it was a nice and very insightful experience to sit in front of a class and teaching it. I also learned quite much from the feedback the other students got.

After a short teabreak we closed the day with chanting mantras and a short group discussion about God and our religious beliefs. It was a very interesting and inspiring talk I had with my classmates.

On Sunday morning we started again with a more intense yoga practice that had focus on forward bends and seated twists.

After a short breakfast break we had a session on anatomy, common problems as backache, lumbago or herniated vertebral disk. We also had a look at how the pelvis and spine are connected to each other via the sacroiliac joint and what to pay attention to in specific asanas.

We closed the weekend with a introduction into the Bhagavad Gita and a meditation session.

As a preparation for the next weekend I have to read the Bhagavad Gita and to mark the sections I am agreeing with.

Again a very inspirational and instructive weekend. Feeling now a bit tired but very happy.

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