Yoga in Paradise
By Fiona Walker
It’s 8:00 am and sunlight is bouncing off the Caribbean Sea. A steady breeze drifts towards shore, rustling the leaves of the Mexican palm trees that frame the yoga studio balcony where I’m standing, stretching my arms up to the sky. I gaze out at brightly painted dive boats bobbing gently in the water as students start arriving for our morning Yoga By The Sea class. Another beautiful yoga in paradise morning is off to a great start.
A group of fellow yoga enthusiasts and I have called Playa del Carmen ( Playa as it’s known by locals), home the past four weeks while we’ve strengthened our bodies, stretched our minds, and found our inner Om in Arielle Thomas Newman’s Yoga Teacher Training Course on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, south of Cancun. We’re nearing the completion of our training and all of us can now teach yoga, regardless of our ability level when we entered the course. I plan to incorporate my newly honed yoga skills into my Pilates business. One student is returning to Japan to introduce Hatha Yoga to Japanese housewives in a Tokyo suburb, and another is excited about adding Vinyasa-flow classes to her yoga business in South Carolina.
We’ve come a long way individually and as a group. We’ve worked hard, had fun, and grew in ways we didn’t expect. My big take-away (besides earning how to teach a fierce downward dog), was expanding my nner awareness and connecting with a deep steady calm. (Chanting and meditation proved to be the key).
My contact with Yoga By The Sea began when I interviewed Arielle about her 200hour certification course for my nutrition blog. Here are my questions and her responses:
F. How much yoga experience do I need to take a yoga teacher training?
F. Why should I go to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to do my teacher training?
languages when you walk down the street. And the ocean is incredible. When you live in a city, you’re constantly bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies that can deplete your energy.When you’re living and doing yoga right next to the sea, you have all these negative ions helping you feel better. Swimming in the mineral-rich salt water is remarkably healing.
F. What are the advantages of a month-long teacher training?
F. If I’m not that flexible and struggle with some poses, is this a problem?
F. What makes your teaching different from that of other teachers?
F. What are the requirements for certification?
Arielle’s next Yoga By The Sea Teacher Training Course is June 25-July 29, 2010.You can contact her via her web site: http://www.morethanyoga.com
Issue 55 /June 2010 http://www.malibuchronicle.com/