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Blending The Art Of Teaching With The Science Of Yoga

I have been fortunate enough to learn with some great teachers and have done some wonderful teacher trainings including courses with the Sitaram Organisation and Centred Yoga in Thailand. I loved what I learnt on these courses and felt that it would be fantastic to have a yoga teacher training that blended elements of Sports Science and Pilates principles with yoga asana practice, philosophy and Auyerveda, along with sharing effective teaching and communication techniques I have learnt along the way. And if I could also assist student teachers to set up as self employed teachers and actually earn a living doing what they love, even better!

if a client were extremely flexible, Laxmi yoga would work to create strength and stability within the joints 

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My Journey In Yoga

After several years of hard gym workouts and in fitness instruction and personal training, I had knee and shoulder injuries as well as persistent back pain. So I started attending a weekly class the gym I used to work at. I was instantly hooked and yoga asana practice soon replaced my daily gym workouts. Over the next three years or so I healed my injuries and built a solid practice in both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. I also fell in love with the spiritual side of yoga and really feel that should be at the heart of our daily practice. I have been practising and teaching yoga asana and pranayama in earnest for 10-years now, and am still really blown away with how life changing a simple daily yoga practice can be.

It is a comprehensive, all encompassing, thorough and honest approach to yoga and how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa 

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My Journey To Laxmi Yoga Teacher Training

I have been fortunate enough to learn with some great teachers and have done some wonderful teacher trainings including courses with the Sitaram Organisation and Centred Yoga in Thailand. I loved what I learnt on these courses and felt that it would be fantastic to have a yoga teacher training that blended elements of Sports Science and Pilates principles with yoga asana practice, philosophy and Auyerveda, along with sharing effective teaching and communication techniques I have learnt along the way. And if I could also assist student teachers to set up as self employed teachers and actually earn a living doing what they love, even better!

And So To Laxmi Yoga….

And so after much thought I put together Laxmi Yoga 200 hour teacher-training. Named after the wonderful goddess of abundance, Laxmi yoga is a new teacher-training program, which after running successfully at the Dru Yoga centre in Snowdonia, is now heading to the beautiful mountains of the Andalucia and will be held at The Hacienda Retreat Centre. It is a comprehensive, all encompassing, thorough and honest approach to yoga and how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa. It is both rooted in yoga philosophy and subtle anatomy, as well as including the latest research in exercise physiology and anatomy, and demonstrates how certain approaches to yoga can be used to marry traditional yoga techniques and approaches with modern day exercise science.

As a teacher-training provider, Laxmi yoga promise to:

  • Treat all teacher-training students with love and respect.
  • Deliver both traditional and new approaches to yoga asana and pranayama practice.
  • Teach traditional yoga philosophy and Ayurveda.
  • Provide on-going support and provide work placements where possible.
  • Provide students with solid and effective teachings and the tools to ensure they are the best teacher they can be.

Testimonial from a current Laxmi Yoga student:

For me Laxmi Teacher Training has been transformative. I am already teaching yoga so I came to this course having attended other teacher trainings. This training delivers what it promises and more! Sally’s depth of knowledge, wealth of experience, inclusive and non-dogmatic style has encouraged each of us to find our unique voice and develop our own style, and also the ability to adapt to teaching different markets. Added to this, with Sally’s ongoing guidance and support I have gained invaluable advice on the business of yoga and actual teaching work – teaching on Sally’s retreats and gaining work with clients. I am incredibly grateful to have found this course and shared this experience with a wonderful group of fellow yogis! Paula Hines. 

Applications for 2013 training courses are now open. For enquiries please visit sallyparkesyoga.com 

Early bird discount: Book now and save £300!

As featured in the January 2013 issue of Yoga Magazine www.yogamagazine.co.uk

The Goddess Laxmi

Hi yogis,

I have spent that last several months thinking really hard about how and what my first teacher training manual is going to say, how it is going to reflect on the yoga tradition and whether or not I am being true to what I feel the world of yoga is to me. It has taken a lot of mental energy but it has been really wonderful to get back to the core of things. I have been so busy teaching and setting up retreats these past couple of years that it has been so easy to not reflect as much as much as I used to, so the process of writing the teacher training manual has been a big learning curve and a process that I have enjoyed and learned from.

The first thing I realised is that to be true to what I have learned over the years is that I would need to amalgamate everything that resonated with me and that I felt could be useful to others, for the training to be coming from the heart, as this is the only way to instill an honest yoga practice. Now that has been challenging! I love all yoga and to whittle down the information I want to share with future students has probably been the most difficult part. At the same time though I wanted the way the postures are taught to be different from other schools of yoga and work from the perspective of stability being as important as flexibility, but more importantly that all the eight limbs of yoga are of equal worth. And that this awareness of the eight limbs should be demonstrated on and off the yoga mat.

And so I have devised a yoga teacher training called ‘Laxmi Yoga’. Laxmi can also be spelt ‘Lakshmi’ and according to the Vedas, Goddess Laxmi is the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind. She is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. I doubt I need to explain why I felt Goddess Laxmi was a great symbol for my yoga teacher training course.

My teacher training start in the beautiful setting of Snowdonia in Wales on 10th July 2012. And I will be writing small blogs about different aspects of it over the next few weeks so please do have a read. I would love to hear your feed back or any questions you may have at all. I will also have more information on my website: http://www.sallyparkesyoga.com

Sally Parkes BSc, Sally Parkes Yoga

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