After the New Year I went to my favorite yoga studio...
YOGA WORKS and took a class with the beautiful
Brigitte Kristen...and in the typical Tracey Ross fashion
decided after the class that I wanted to deepen my
practice...with not even a minute to think about it I
decided to enroll in the Yoga Works 200 hour Teacher
Training for the next 12 weeks....with the fabulous and
inspiring Annie Carpenter and Brigitte Kristen...and
assistants Thomas Taubmen, Sonya Cottle and Stella,
whose last name I can't remember but she was very
Yoga Works offers one of the most comprehensive
Teacher Training programs in the country for aspiring
teachers and serious students of yoga. I being a
student, don't know how serious but I do know it
makes everything else in my life fall into place more
easily by me practicing. Their cohesive, multi-
specialist approach to teacher training blends the
best of the yoga tradition from the East and the West.
At Yoga Works, their mission is to provide yoga
teachers with the foundation to teach skillfully with
compassion, integrity and safety, while honoring or
own unique voice and style.
The dynamic and conscious practice of asana is the
cornerstone to the Yoga Works approach to teaching.
To deepen our education, we studied anatomy and
physiology, explore yoga’s philosophical
underpinnings, practice meditation and pranayama
as well as investigate the subtle body and the
science of Ayurveda. This foundational training was
to help us develop our own personal practice. It also
included a comprehensive study of the techniques
and mechanics of fundamental yoga postures, while
providing the tools necessary to teach yoga to others.
To facilitate a more scientific understanding of the
body, we studied the functional anatomy-including
units devoted to the feet, legs, pelvis, spine and
shoulder girdle as well as the physiology of
inversions, breathing and the nervous system. In
addition, the Yoga Works training moves beyond the
physical with the study of meditation, pranayama,
Ayurveda and the chakra system.
The Yoga Philosophy, which was definitely one of my
favorite interests in the training, as well as the many
friendships that I developed from the training.
Over 2,000 years ago the sage Patanjali described
the process of Yogic movement toward higher
consciousness and peace in his treatise “The Yoga
Sutras.” His teachings are a living, practical model
that, once understood, can be applied to all aspects
of life today. They serve to deepen the awareness of
our relationship to ourselves, to others, and to our
environment. This course introduced me to the vast
wealth of inspiration available in the Yoga Sutras.
I highly recommend this training...it was good for the
mind, body and spirit
Om, Shanti, Namaste and One Love