Yoga Alliance benefits

Some instructors wonder why we need to register with Yoga Alliance but … why not?  Okay, so the organization does not seem to lobby for your personal and business interest maybe or it’s mission and agenda may not wholly represent you but… as it represents both the individual yoga instructors, as well as the studio owners or educators, *employees and employers both) it cannot be a labor lobbying group really – and yes, it’s commercialized but … is that bad?  It’s good that there is some NPO that sets the standards and promotes the business of yoga in some ways, isn’t it?  I know it’s cool to be hippy clairvoyant yogi but … if we are actually dedicated to make yoga available to more and more people, it’s about access.

I personally get goose bumps finally realizing there are these benefits I foolishly have not used before.   Next time I am about to make an impulsive purchase, I have to stop and think, wait I can use the Yoga Alliance membership to get these discounts – 🙂

50% OFF on PrAna wears and products

40% OFF Manduka products

20% OFF on Gaiam products

40% OFF Jade Mats – did receive 20% off at former studio I worked at but if you are certified teacher, you can get 40% off up to 2 mats a year;

20 % OFF Patagonia products

and this – this is the most exciting for me as I love yoga books !

43% OFF on Integral Yoga Supplies which includes books of all kinds (health, fitness, cooking, of course yoga …) This is the most valued discount for me and I had not utilized it – it’s like there’s a treasure trove right under my nose and instead I pay full price on Amazon not realizing that all along I could have taken advantage of these discounts – how foolish have I been?.

So for those who knock the Yoga Alliance membership as irrelevant, to me, these discounts alone are good enough reason to pay the membership fees and maintain the good standing through continuing education.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I am super excited to have the discounts on mats alone  – 2 Jade mats with 40% discount is estimated total of $60-$100 discount depending on which Pro mats we are referring to.  Given that we practically live on mats, it’s a nice perk.  What do you think?

And if anyone could use any advice on yoga products such as mats and props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, etc. I am happy to assist.  I would first check with the friendly local yoga studios as it’s best to support our local businesses.  Why go online when you can actually touch and feel the products, maybe even try them or try them on or somehow show you how.  We in the neighborhood really want our local businesses to thrive, especially when it comes to yoga studios.  They are precious ! Unlike some corporate or chain sports gyms with obligatory yoga classes, local, your neighborhood yoga studios are different – they are owned and operated by some highly dedicated and committed yogis who have PASSION and a calling to make yoga part of everyone’s lives.  They build community and create connections.  All Gratitude for those who facilitate the connections:)  I especially appreciate these beautiful boutique yoga studios with all the right props to assure yoga for every body and mind.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve who can be helped by the beautiful wisdom of yoga.  Namaste.

Yoga book club anyone?

Looking over my shelves, isn’t it like a joke that one of the books is titled,

The Life-Changing Magic of Tiding Up” the Japanese art

of decluttering and organizing ?!!!  (in original Japanese and the English version)

Tiding up as the year end approaches – and having completed the 800 hrs., I can devote my time to do what I had not kept up.  The house, the “other” matters, relationships to tend to, to reconnect, family and friends …

More shelves to redo and make …to find order.  The trouble is each time, I end up re-reading… I can re-read over and over and never get bored – taking way way more time than I currently feel I have.  Make time. Find the time.  Life is short.

Sounds & Light after Tea

Brainstorm is like swirls of ideas floating in the brain … Like the green tea leaves,  the swirls settles to the bottom and the essence of leaves the green liquid is there to pour … a cup that brings on clarity and sounds and lights that gives creativity juices to flow … into areas that were once dry, brittle and thus, rigid and hardened.  So many of us are living with the sense of shortages, limitations, rationing, bound to time-crunch; the sense of there being not enough time, not enough energy, not enough care … not enough, not enough … How about not enough years to dwell on such things – so stop what you are doing, and just be.  Then, take a deep breath … then really question – what do we not have enough of ? Make a list – then make another list – what do we have enough of; what are we thankful for … It not be a huge list; even just 3 to 5.  That’s ENOUGH.

While we need to exercise to strengthen our muscles – Yang – and elevate our heart and respiratory rate to build stamina and endurance; BUT we also need to stretch and lengthen as well as relax for heart health and balance for our nervous system to spur sense of wellness – so more of a Yin practice.  How can you get the benefits of both halves without having to spend hours which we don’t have each day.  For average person, if you can practice yoga once a week, that’s quite good, twice, then it’s wonderful and if three times or more, you are lucky; if you can practice everyday, you are SUPER lucky or/and a … professor, contractor, or … a yoga teacher. Haha. Whatever the frequency, with any yoga,  your body and mind will thank you.

While my ideal class is 90 minutes, as we head into shorter days of holiday season, starting to think about real work/family balance life where self care is not sacrificed  – Coming up with just mere 60 minutes class that addresses both Yin and Yang needs for a wholesome session. It can be a blend, a hybrid class to get the best mileage for the refueling we do on the mat. As we learned in our Yoga Therapy 800 hrs. training, we don’t have hours and hours; nor do we have all the techniques and tools of yoga in just one class – so HOW TO DISTILL the benefits of yoga in highly concentrated 60 minutes. I guess that’s what Bikram did but now, in different styles and with or without heat … as not all spaces are equipped with heat …

Thinking; practicing and going over my past training materials … and coming to this place of gratitude.  There are so many excellent devoted teachers all around and amongst us – I was blessed to have learned from so many masters.  If just any one of the learning sticks, then, that’s … enough.

November is definitely a month dedicated to the blessing of “gratitude”.

Eye popping expensive but wish oh so wish I could tap drum away …