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April 27, 2015
When I found this site, I was actually searching the web for something entirely different, namely information about Reiki. On one of the websites (Peter Tremayne) there was a referal to this yoga teachter training and just reading through the ebooks offered it helped me making the decision. I have bought the trainer package from this website, and I recognize the value. It's still a lot of money for me, even with the two payment option, but perhaps it's something I consider with a positive look in the future when money won't be as much of an issue.
My first mission is to complete my course, but then I want to help students who suffer from anxiety and depression. Anxiety is a common concern in our society. Yoga includes breath work or pranyama to slow the mind and body. Before entering a stressful situation such as a job interview I instruct students to inhale deeply through the nose and whistle the breath out in a long slow breath. Yoga schools teach students to know they have the power in themselves to calm themselves with their own breath. After a few breaths they feel the stress leaving their body and mind.
Studies have shown that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients who exercise may feel less fatigued than those who do not. CFS symptoms may include: shortness of breath, difficulty maintaining an upright position and pain in multiple joints along with muscular pain. While seated in a chair and the arms extended back holding the back of the chair the student can experience an open chest where the breath flows freely, a nice sensation and change from shallow, short breaths. The student can complete an entire yoga class in a seated position; therefore they are not getting up and down off the mat, which may be painful to the body. Students are constantly reminded to feel the buttocks grounded on the chair, lengthen the spine and feel the feet pushing into the mat, sit tall, chest raised, abdominals engaged, relax limbs, etc. - To cue students to connect to proper posture. This may help CFS students maintain an upright position in the class and during daily life.
Depression is also a rising concern among all age groups. Exercise including chair yoga boosts activity in the brain's frontal lobe and the hippocampus. Symptoms include: low mood, low self-esteem etc. Yoga training positively influences the brain, which positively influences the immune system, hormones, blood pressure and heart rate. This is associated with elevated mood. In seated position bringing your head below the heart allowing fresh blood to the brain may be helpful. Meditation is part of a yoga class. Depressed students may enjoy a meditation of light slowing entering their body; while they watch thoughts simply come and go, becoming ware of the effortless breath. Students may hear inspiring messages such as: yoga is to go easy, to be filled with light, or learn of an unchanging state of bliss inside all of us that we can become aware of.
As for my future, I'll be engaging in my first yoga teaching session tomorrow and I have a weekend of Reiki to enjoy. So I thank all of you for the encouragement, I think that's the least I can do.
Francisca, the Netherlands
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