At the center of every altar lies a flame. No matter whether you’re in a church, mosque, or temple, the candle stands, wavering but patient, illuminating the space around it with its warmth of prayer.
Why is it that some yoga classes fill us with inspiration, and others are “just ok”? Why do we leave certain classes feeling exhausted, and others exhilarated? How can we maximize our impact on our students in the small amount of time we are together?
In this training we will focus on that which enlightens us and those around us: the flame. It’s known by many names: agni, kundalini, Shakti. Living fire is what enlightens us and wakes us up. The basics here are simple: if we understand how the fire works, we hope to use it to illuminate our own lives and the lives of others: our students, our partners, and our family members.
While most students will use this course to enhance their skills in yoga teaching, being a teacher is by no means a pre-requisite for this course. Skills in leadership and communication will benefit each student, no matter the vocation. Non-teaching, devoted students will also carry away a bounty from this training, as we come to mastery of the material through learning to teach it well.
In this two-week, advanced training with celebrated teacher of life Banyan Gallagher, we’ll dive deeper into all things Yoga:
• Enhance your understanding of healthy alignment, for maximum benefit for all levels of student
• Learn to “read bodies” to use a combination of anatomy and consciousness to peer into the inner workings of the individual yogi’s form and unravel your understanding layer by layer
• Manipulate the breath for maximum effect in your specific aim
• Develop steadiness in meditation
• Master the building blocks of Tantra (nadi, chakra, bandha, mudra, etc.) to accelerate your evolution
• Cultivate joy, pleasure and play in practice, through exercises in acceptance, clowning, dance, and AcroYoga
– Employing the Guna – Inertia, Passion, and Harmony
– Desires of the Soul
– Kosha – Peeling the Onion of the Individual to Reach Every Layer
– Vital Essences – Maximize for Longevity and Balance
– Creating the Perfect Playlist for Practice or Teaching
– Business Skills Every Teacher Needs
– Developing and Executing a Theme
– Sharing the Art of Meditation
– Adjustments – Dynamics and Details
A central theme of Enlightened Teaching is observation: recognizing the uniqueaspects of the being in front of you. This course endeavors to embody Krishnamacharya’s message: bring yoga to the student, rather than pushing the student towards yoga. We will resist the urge to oversimplify and practice a one-size-fits-all form, and instead see every moment we practice or teach as an opportunity to listen more closely to others and ourselves.
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My experience with Banyan has been nothing short of life-changing. He’s inspired me more than words could ever express, but I’m going to try! So, having gained an extensive movement background and becoming a trainer myself, I have to say that my standards for an instructor are quite lofty. That said, to this day, I’ve yet to meet a yoga instructor of Banyan’s caliber.
Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. His deep yet playful approach is a huge differentiator. It’s one thing to be a knowledgeable instructor, but Banyan is so much more. His humble, eloquent, and playful personality really makes classes feel light and full of joy. He’s able to strike this perfect balance of wisdom and play that makes even the most challenging lessons…well, fun! That’s the key…when you feel like you’re deepening your connection with yourself, while advancing your own ability to teach yoga in an inspiringly joyful way.
My life can be fast-paced, and I face difficult times like anyone else. With his teachings, I’ve learned to focus my mind, and Banyan has really proven to me that just as things are the hardest is when everything begins to fall into place. So, perseverance has been a huge lesson, and learning to cultivate that inner strength through our practice has been vital and poignant. He stresses consistency in practice, and it’s truly not hard for me to achieve that with him as my teacher.
His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus. Everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart. Those qualities make him a wonderful teacher.
Apart from the fact that Banyan makes yoga fun and challenging, his insight into the body is profound. Though his knowledge may have developed over years of studying anatomy, dissection, and various movement forms, one feels that he is guided by an instinctive wisdom more powerful than the knowledge gleaned from those experiences alone.
Even with a deep wealth of knowledge, Banyan remains humble and teaches in such a way that I always feel safe and supported, both physically and emotionally. I have learned so much and felt so cared for. I’m 100% compelled to recommend this course to anyone who is trying to improve themselves (mind, body, soul), their practice, and their teaching skills!