5 Life Changing Benefits of Mobile Om Yoga Teacher Training

5 Life Changing Benefits of Mobile Om Yoga Teacher Training

Embarking on the journey of becoming a yoga teacher is about more than simply learning the knowledge needed to safely and effectively lead students through an asana practice. The path to becoming an authentic and empowered yoga teacher is a process of self-discovery and enlightenment through experience. 

I started the Mobile Om Yoga Teacher Training because I felt there was something missing in most of the teachers I saw graduating from yoga teacher trainings. While many of them were well equipped with technical knowledge of the asana practice, their teaching lacked the heart and soul that I found in the teachers who truly inspired me. 

As I developed the Mobile Om Teacher Training curriculum, I knew I wanted to create a program that was distinctively different, steeped in learning and experiencing the full spectrum of the yoga practice,as a journey inward. I designed the Mobile Om 200 Hour program as a unique and immersive journey into personal discovery and development. We take a practical approach to the traditional teachings of yoga, applying the ancient wisdom to modern life and fully engaging in all aspects of the practice. This journey takes our trainees deep into the heart of yoga and creates teachers who are able to share with authenticity and lead confidently through experience and compassion. 

Curious about what else makes the Mobile Om 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training stand out? Here are a list of 5 life-changing benefits of our training…

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1. Deepen your asana and meditation practice. 

The most fundamental traits of an empowered and inspiring yoga teacher is embracing the role of a perpetual student. To truly uncover the possibilities that lie in this practice, it requires first hand experience. Our teacher training will hold you accountable to a consistent yoga and meditation practice that will provide the breeding ground for your growth as a yoga teacher. Aside from the hours of group practices during our weekends together, you will be require to complete at least 20 yoga classes throughout the duration of training. 

2. Discover your deepest, most genuine self. 

Beyond the physical practice, the process of yoga is a journey inward, an uncovering of what lies beneath and an awakening to the truth within. The practices of yoga helps to uncover the layers of life that have been built and block us from seeing our innermost truth. Our teacher training program is designed to crack you open and break down the boundaries of your current beliefs about yourself and the world around you. In this process, you will learn to listen a little closer to your heart, allow space for inpiration and intuition and trust the guidance of your inner voice.

3. Uncover and empower your authentic voice.

A yoga teachers greatest skill is being a clear and powerful communicator. Whether using voice, touch, breath or body language, an empowered yoga teacher communicates through presence, compassion and authenticity. The Mobile Om teacher training program encourages students to drop the scripts, get out of their heads and learn to speak and lead from the heart, sharing from personal experience. We focus on staying grounded and engaged directly with your students to inspire others through you own yoga journey. 

4. Enhance your knowledge of yoga philosophy, anatomy and spirituality. 

Yoga teacher training is the perfect place to dive deeper into the more subtle realms of yoga practice and learn more about the history and philosophy of this ancient practice. Our program is steeped in exploration of the spiritual and traditional yoga teachings as well as applying this ancient art of awareness to modern day life. 

5. Connect with a tribe of spiritual comrades. 

One of the most beautiful things to blossom throughout training is the connection you cultivate with your fellow trainees. Throughout the training, you will laugh, cry and grow together, establishing bonds that will last a lifetime. Beyond your trainees, you will also become immersed in the Mobile Om yoga community at large. With an unlimited class pass along with serving through our Karma Yoga program and eventually leading your own classes, you will quickly become part of our tribe of OMies and we can’t wait to have you! 

Interested in diving in? Check out mobileomtx.com/teacher-training for more information or email me at  cassandra@mobileomtx.com

Cheers!
Cassandra

MAYurveda Monday : Intro to Doshas

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MAYurveda Monday : Intro to Doshas

by Rainbow Marin

What is a Dosha?  

Your dosha is your mind-body type, or your general constitution. The five great elements (mahabhutas: space,air,fire,water and earth), influence all other elements. Their qualities make up the three doshas. The purpose of knowing your dosha is not to try to make sure all three doshas are equally strong in you, but to understand your natural state of being. When you are in balance you are abundant in all of the positive traits of all the doshas. When you are out of balance you tend to show the negative traits of your dosha first. The more we understand ourselves, the more we can mindfully approach our lives and the way we connect with everything around us, allowing us to be healthy and abundant in all aspects of our body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is an ancient toolbook to help us do this. So lets talk about the doshas!
 

Vata Dosha: The Air Principle

Composed of space and air, the Vata person is thin and small with angular features. Imagine the qualities of space: vast, infinite, cold; and air: unpredictable, moving, drying. Vatas are fast paced in all they do. They are good communicators and love to chat. They can also be unreliable and downright flaky. They resist routines and may forget to sleep or eat. When in balance they are full of witty fun and energy. When out of balance they suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, dry skin, constipation and weight loss.

Pitta Dosha: The Fire Principle

Fire and water might seem like an unlikely mix, but they work together and have transformative powers. As in baking, you can mix a liquidy batter, then bake it, and when removed it is no longer the individual ingredients. It has now transformed through fire into a cake! This is the transformative effect of Pitta. They have a medium build, beautiful, penetrating eyes, and a healthy glow. They love order, and can be prone to perfectionism. Because of their strong digestive fire, they can eat what they want, but are usually drawn toward fried and spicy foods which can irritate them. In balance they are good leaders,passionate lovers and educators. When out of balance they can be irritable, unpleasant and furrow their brows alot. They can get acid indigestion, and when angry turn quite red.

Kapha Dosha: The Earth Principal

Made of earth and water, kapha is mud. Slow, moist, compact and heavy. They tend toward a large build and big bones. Large loving eyes and heavy cheeks dominate their face. Everything they do is slow, prefering to take their time. They are methodical and love routine. To others they are grounding and steady, known to be a great listener. When in balance they are the solid foundation of a company or family. Out of balance, they gain weight, become lethargic, become possessive, and produce excess mucus. Any dosha has a risk of struggling with depression when off balance, but Kapha is the quickest to fall into a dark depression, especially in late winter.

Understanding your dosha is an important part of knowing how to better listen to your body and what it needs. Our dosha is influenced greatly by the seasons, and by approaching each season of your life with mindful attention to your personal constitution( dosha), you can find health and balance. Now that we know the very basics of our doshas, next week we will discuss some simple ways to incorporate Ayurveda into our daily routine, and keep our doshas happy!

What's Your Dosha? 

The following evaluation is divided into three sections. Rate yourself between a 0-5 for each question, 0 if it doesn't apply to you at all and 5 if it is absolutely you. Total your scores at the end of each section.

Section 1.

  1. I've always been thin, it's difficult for me to gain weight,

  2. I tend to walk quickly, others have to hurry to keep up.

  3. I am easily nervous and anxious.

  4. I eat quickly.

  5. My mind is fast paced and creative.

  6. I'm a fast learner, but forget quickly.

  7. I pace when I'm on the phone.

  8. I struggle with constipation.

  9. My mind is active and restless.

  10. I blame myself often in conflict.

  11. If left up to me id have no pattern to sleep, eat.

  12. Im easily bored.

  13. Im often cold.

  14. My skin is dry and rough.

  15. I dislike cold and windy weather.

  16. People think I'm an airhead.

  17. Im pretty talkative.

  18. Im a light sleeper, I struggle with insomnia.

  19. I start things often but don't finish them.

  20. I was a fidgety kid.

Section 2.

  1. My eyes are sensitive to the sun.

  2. I have a medium build.

  3. I have a strong appetite.

  4. I hate wasting time.

  5. I love to learn new things.

  6. I plan my days and like to follow an agenda.

  7. I am prone to acid reflux/indigestion.

  8. People say im stubborn.

  9. Im precise and orderly.

  10. I like to see things on their proper place.

  11. I wonder in conflict why people can't see things my way.

  12. If i don't eat on time i get cranky.

  13. I love spending time outdoors.

  14. Im often too warm indoors.

  15. My skin regularly breaks out into rash, hives or i have red blotchy skin.

  16. My stool tends to be loose, i have more than one per day.

  17. I am quick to anger, but get over it quickly.

  18. People say im intense.

  19. Spicy food upsets my stomach.

  20. I am very determined when i decide i want something.

Section 3.

  1. I'm big Boned

  2. I walk slowly, I don't like to feel rushed.

  3. I am stressed out but don't deal with my issues.

  4. I eat slowly. I'm usually the last one finished.

  5. It takes me a bit to learn something but I never forget it!

  6. I look at cake and gain 10 pounds.

  7. I love to cuddle on the couch and read or watch tv for hours without moving.

  8. I love to sleep. I don't consider myself a morning person.

  9. I feel heavy after meals, my digestion is slow.

  10. I'd rather watch sports than do sports.

  11. In conflict I hide and hope it goes away.

  12. If there is food, i want to eat it.

  13. I need at least 8 hours of sleep to feel good the next day.

  14. I dislike cool and damp weather.

  15. I think i have seasonal affective disorder.

  16. I don't like change.

  17. Im affectionate and a good listener.

  18. I struggle with allergies and excess mucus.

  19. I struggle with weight.

  20. Im slow and methodical.

Section 1 score _______ Vata

Section 2 score _______ Pitta

Section 3 score _______ Kapha

Determine which is your highest score. If your total is 85 or more in any one type you are likely a single dosha type. It is also possible to be a two dosha type if your second highest score is very close to your highest. It is very rare to be a tri dosha type, occurring when you have an equal score in all three types.

 

 

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Explore the Shadows Within

Explore the Shadows Within

Exploring the Shadows Within...

"To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light." Carl Jung

Feel good mantras and inspiring affirmations are abundant in the world of yoga, but its not often that we focus on the not so pretty sides of ourselves. However, it is when we have the courage to face ourselves wholly, invite in all parts of ourselves, to love our darkness as much as our light, that we will begin to understand the full practice of yoga.

As children, we were often afraid of the dark. Scary monsters that lived under the bed, in the closet, outside our window, we were fearful of what we could not see. With the flip of a light switch, our fear would dissipate and we would see that the big bad monsters we imagined were just that, imaginary.  As adults, we still fear the big bad monsters, only now they don't live in the darkness around us, but instead, in the deep, dark crevices of our mind.

Coined by philosopher Carl Jung, the shadow self consists of whatever we deem evil, inferior, unacceptable or "bad" typically associated with emotions such as anger, envy, greed, lust or rage. We keep these thoughts deep in the dark side of our minds, obscured from our everyday consciousness. Most us us spend our entire lifetime running away from, avoiding, resisting, denying, and repressing this side of ourselves, afraid of what lies in the shadows. 

Over time, this denial has blurred into our own understanding of ourselves. Guilt and shame keep up from being open and honest about the not so pretty parts of ourselves that we spend so much of our lives trying to hide from others. The tragic thing is, we have lost touch with ourselves and giving ourselves permission to acknowledge and accept our dark side. 

When repressed, our shadows can grow darker and manifest in unconscious and self-destructive ways. Depression, addiction, angry outbursts, deep set anger & resentment are just a few ways that this dark side repression can manifest in our everyday lives. Like being possessed by a demon, in some cases of extreme repression, our dark side can take over and lead us to cause harm to ourselves and others. While the automatic reaction is to run from these not so pretty outbursts, the only way to truly move past them is to journey through instead of away. Learning to sit with and find comfort in the shadows is the only way for us to break through and find the place of balance and joy.

Exploring our dark side is not comfortable or easy, but it is an inevitable journey along the path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.  Much like flipping on the physical light switch, when we turn our awareness toward our shadow side and learn to sit with our inner darkness, we discover that these dark places are not such a bad and scary place at all. 

I am so excited to offer a unique opportunity to celebrate of the season of shadows by celebrating and exploring the darkness within.. Join me tonight as we are tuning off the lights to for a meditative practice in the darkness as my dear friend Adam Tutor provides a soulful soundtrack to evoke the senses and inspire you to investigate your inner landscape. Through the shadows, we will find our light. Hallo-OM-week Flow: Exploring the Shadows take place tonight from 7:00 - 8:30pm at 1221 Broadway on the 5th floor parking garage. $15 Drop-in or Class Pass.