After The Bubble with Tamara

Yoga Teacher Training Course Europe 200hr

Graduates of The Yoga Bubble Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training share their experience of teaching yoga after the Bubble and into the world!! Our course is designed to give you the skills that you need to teach after the course.

One of our graduates, Tamara has set up her own classes but will be moving house soon…maybe to a place near you!?

When did you complete your YTTC at The Yoga Bubble?

I took part in the teacher training from 14th of October to the 10th of November 2018.

How did you feel about teaching yoga before you completed the 200hr course?

Honestly: i had no clue :-) I practiced Yoga before for a couple of years, sometimes more, sometimes less regularly. I am a very active person. I always want to move and don't like to sit still too long. So i decided to come to the Bubble to become a Yoga Teacher. I knew that it will be challenging for me but at The Bubble we learned a lot in a short amount of time. And as you said to us at the end of our teacher training: Don't wait too long, go out and teach! 

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What advice would you give to people thinking about taking a YTTC?

Just do it! Of course you have to search for the right kind of training that fits you. My advice is to do a lot of research on the internet, on platforms and blogs. Ask your yoga teacher from home for help. I don't think you have to be already a "yoga-pro". In our group there were so many different characters, the levels were different, the age, the motivation etc. but we had so much fun together and helped each other. I really enjoyed the positive dynamic. On some days you may feel like staying in bed longer instead of practicing yoga. But during a teacher training you will get so much energy, self confidence, knowledge and new friends. It's a life changing experience.

What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga classes?

I really enjoy "working" with other people and to help them to feel better and healthier. And I stay fit too :-) For me it is really nice that I can be creative and make my own flows. I hop, and sometimes fall, around in my living room and have a lot of fun creating yoga classes. 

When can we join you?! (when and where are your classes?!)

Right now I have two classes, every Monday and Wednesday evening, around my home town in Austria. They started 2 month after i completed my teacher training. But there are some changes coming up: In March I want to move to Tarifa/Spain, so I have to start again with the search for a class and a location. Challenge excepted!

Homepage: http://wavesyoga.net/

FB:https://www.facebook.com/wavesyoga.net/

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After The Bubble with Meg

Meg Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Graduates of The Yoga Bubble Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training share their experience of teaching yoga after the Bubble and into the world!! Our course is designed to give you the skills that you need to teach after the course.

One of our graduates, Meg is travelling around and teaching at surfy, snowy places along the way!

When did you complete your YTTC at The Yoga Bubble?

I completed the ytt couse on the 10th of november but before that I couldn't expect I would be able to teach! I love yoga and I always practiced but still I was scared! 

How did you feel about teaching yoga before you completed the 200hr course?

I thought I wasn't enough prepared but also excited to learn, to live with other people, to share experiences, to practice everyday.


What advice would you give to people thinking about taking a YTTC?

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My advice to people who want to do a teacher training is to search for the right place, there are many different teacher trainings and I spent lot of time on Internet to look for the place with the special vibe for me. It doesn't matter how long you have been practicing, if you can do the difficult asanas or not, if you are a public speaker or just a shy person, if you really feel like doing it, do it! It's gonna deep your practice and open your heart. 

What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga classes?

Definitely my favourite thing is to help people to feel better,  when i saw them relaxed, serene after the class,  its something that makes me happy and gives me the idea that my job is my passion 

When can we join you?! (when and where are your classes?!)

After the ytt I started to teach (4 days after course :) ) in Morocco during my vacations, i was thrilled, anxious, excited, happy, so many emotions all together. It was good! People enjoyed my classes and this made me satisfied of my self.  I am a traveler so I won't be only in one place teaching yoga but my next project is to open a surf and yoga school from May to September in Italy. I will teach in Mana Surf & Yoga school in Union Lido Camping sup yoga and vinyasa every morning :). Before that i will teach once a week in a city on the mountains during this winter season. 

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Follow her on @megvibes_

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After The Bubble with Louisa

Louisa Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Welcome to our new blog series…

Graduates of The Yoga Bubble Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training share their experience of teaching yoga after the Bubble and into the world!! Our course is designed to give you the skills that you need to teach after the course.

One of our graduates, Louisa is now teaching regular weekly classes in Billerbeck and Münster in Germany.


When did you complete your YTTC at The Yoga Bubble?

In November 2018

How did you feel about teaching yoga before you completed the 200hr course?

I really wanted to teach but I didn’t have any clue how to do this, how to get people into the right alignment, how to structure a class, I didn’t know anything about what is going on in the body in the asanas and so on. So my motivation to teach was there, I just needed to learn how to.

What advice would you give to people thinking about taking a YTTC?

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If you’re thinking about taking your YTTC, start with asking yourself why you want to do this. Do you want to teach to earn money? Or to share your passion? To help people with body-issues? Or don’t you want to teach but improve your own practice and your knowledge about yoga? There are a lot of different YTT in different styles and different countries available, I would recommend to look out for a place where you think you'll be happy to be for a while. Read some information about the teachers, look at pictures of the house where you’re supposed to stay and study the planned schedule. If you like what you see, also look at the maximum of people that will be in the course. I would recommend to attend smaller groups up to 15 students. And then: Just enjoy the time at your YTT. It's a really special time of your life! 

What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga classes?

My favourite thing is definitley the expression in the faces after the final shavasana, when the students open their eyes again. I know exactly how they feel in that moment - this well-known "after-yoga-feeling". And I feel so blessed that it was me, that made people feel this way. 

When can we join you?! (when and where are your classes?!)

My classes are on mondays (vinyasa) at 7:30 pm and fridays (ashtanga) at 6 pm in Billerbeck, Germany. And I've got an additional class on wednesdays at 8:30 pm in Münster, Germany, where every student just pays what he/she is able / and wants to :) 

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Follow her on @loum_yoga

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Karmi Korner!

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Clare has been our absolutely fantastic karmi at this month’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Bubble and we are so happy that she is coming back to Spain in December and bringing her scooby with her. Kombucha Karmi Klare!! As you might tell from our interview she is more a woman of action than words. And as karma means action it seems quite appropriate!

If you could get on airplane anywhere in the world tomorrow morning, where would it be?

Madagascar

Why?

Lemurs

Why did you come to help us out at The Yoga Bubble?

Saturation

I know Ashtanga wasn’t love at first sight for you but how would you describe your relationship to the practice after this month?

Nurturing

You just read ‘Yoga for a World Out of Balance’ by Michael Stone. Which Yama or Niyama is your favorite?

Bramacharya

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What has been your favourite meal cooked by our lovely Anna?

Beetroot Soup

How do you feel about coming back in January?

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Thanks Clare! Catch her at our Flow into 2019 New Year Retreat.



In and Out of Touch

Our guest teacher Grace tells us why living a touch-full life is so important to her.

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'To Touch or Not To Touch?' that is the question, along with... Why do we touch? Who do we touch? How much should we touch-and is there a correct way to do it? Recently, amongst the yoga community the question of 'should we even touch at all?' has also arisen, particularly where hands on adjustments are concerned. For me, a life without touch is unimaginable. I have become passionate about spreading a better connection with touch, on and off the mat. 

This topic quickly becomes a sensitive and personal discussion. So, to get off to an objective start, I decided to look towards the tangible world of Science.

There’s a science to touch

According to neurobiologists, touch is the first sense to be developed in the womb. It plays a critical part in our early development as human beings and is communicated directly to the brain’s emotional-processing areas; its any wonder the subject gets personal! A nurturing, respectful and consenting touch between humans physically releases a hormone known as Oxytocin into the brain. This hormone helps humans to trust, be more comfortable around each other, set boundaries and increases loyalty. Experiments in leading neuroscience have shown that if touch is lacking or misused these essential developments are interrupted.

You can find out more science here, or tuck into David J. Linden's book 'The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind'

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As a teacher of Ashtanga yoga, l choose to include tactile adjustments in most of my classes. Being ‘hands on’ gives me access to a direct way of connecting with my students practice. I find the new depths, the small, detailed changes in the practice are much more accessible when you can literally point someone in the right direction.  What started as a passion for the correct alignment has become so much more.

Off of the yoga mat I value the way touch brings comfort, closeness and wordless encouragement between humans.  A big cuddle, the occasional touch of an arm or an affectionate squeeze of a hand, supports my intentions when communicating or discussing.

The more I touch, or receive touch, the more I feel that I need it.

 

Experiment

How much can we really communicate through touch? Why not explore it for yourself with this playful experiment?

 

Out of touch

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Why are some people so relaxed with expanding their 'personal space' boundaries, while others are restricted or uncomfortable and still others sadly seem to see no boundaries at all? The compassionate side of me believes that misuse of physical contact usually comes from a lack of understanding, or misplaced intention. Perhaps the reality is darker, but the understanding should be the same. This powerful route of communication must be treated with authenticity and respect. The integrity of interpersonal relationships is made vulnerable when bad experiences block its development. I believe that a practice of well intended, consenting touch could establish and strengthen these boundaries and better our understanding of interpersonal contact. Perhaps under the right circumstances, with full consciousness, it could even be healing. 

A touching conclusion

Could yoga help? One of the reasons why I love teaching yoga is how present I am during my time with students, and this seems to grow the more I teach. Whether it's through hands-on adjustments, or touch based relaxation, if I keep to my centre and hold a clear intention, a connection is always found. But this is not limited to teaching or practicing, what started with yoga became so much more.

Can a few moments of conscious, well placed touch during a yoga class do more than just guide students into their practice? Can't we all just touch each other a bit more? Do you share in my dream of weekly Cuddle Puddle Parties? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject. GF

Want to get more in touch? Come to Spain and learn the art of Hands-on Adjustments, with our professional development Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Bubble in August.

Advice for Restarting an Ashtanga Home Practice

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So my inspiration for writing this post comes from my own sweat and tears, stepping back on to my mat...regularly. You are always going to have periods of discipline and periods of not! How to keep up a regular self practice is a question that comes up in every one of our yoga teacher trainings and I think it is one of the most valid questions asked. When you are literally in a Yoga Bubble you do yoga! When you go home to your life there are more options. 

So here are my 8 top tips: 

1. Social media Yoga is not real

Social media can be a great tool for bringing people together, creating a community and giving us inspiration, there is no doubt. However I know more than a handful of people that post more about their practice on social media than they actually practice. 

2. Drop Guilt

It's just not helpful!

3. Be Realistic

Maybe the whole of the primary series 6 days per week just isn't a realistic practice goal to be setting. The best piece of advice I've heard on this is, roll out your mat, roll out your mat and see what happens. So many times I've said to myself 'OK Morwenna just the Surya Namaskaras today' and suddenly I'm wondering why I'm on my 3rd round of Navasana. 

4. Set a Time and Place

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle. Make your practice your habit. If you can't set both time and place, try to set one, routine is a very helpful ingredient in the pursuit of habit making. 

5. If it's been a while, try taking your first practice back in the afternoon

Controversial, I know. But as I'm sure you've experienced later in the day the body is more supple and if you find it hard to drop the expectations on what your body used to be able to do when you had a regular practice this might help soften the blow a little. 

6. Try an online led class

This really helped me re-find a rhythm and stop fussing. You also get the energy of a teacher, you don't skip breath counts, it sets up the energy in your home practice space and gives you a time frame to work with. A full primary led with Savasana is usually about 90 minutes if counted traditionally and with a little pace. This is especially useful if you don't live in an area with ashtanga class, but if you do remember there is no substitute for a good teacher! 

7. Enjoy it

Even after the second consecutive day practicing there is a natural sense of joyfulness. 

8. If none of that helps, come see us in Spain!!

Jokes and marketing aside! Retreats or trainings wherever they may be can be helpful to allow us to take a step back from our day to day, give us sometime to fall back in love with yoga and make it more of a priority in our lives when we return. 

Good Luck. You are not alone :) 

 

April Yogi of the Month!

An Introduction to our Yogi of April 2018 who completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course in March :) 

Our yogi of the month posts give you an insight into the experiences that past students have had at our bubble in Spain and advice on how to approach your yoga training. 

Name: Michelle Rowsell

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Favorite Yoga Pose: Garudasana, Urdva Dhanurasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana… Don’t make me choose!

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Garbha Pindasana… Yogis look super chill when they nail this pose but I still struggle to find any space to fit my arms through! 

Where are you from and what do you do back home? 

I’ve moved around a fair bit but I’m a singer songwriter originally from Jersey Channel Islands. In 2014 I released my debut album Jersey Girl before moving to Split, Croatia and you can now find me playing regularly on the Dalmatian coast.

How would you describe your experience at The Yoga Bubble?

It felt like a total reset for me. I told myself that I would surrender to the process, knowing that it would be intense but that there was nowhere else I needed to be. I found the experience invaluable and inspiring. All the teachers were fantastic, with a good sense of humour, full of passion and enthusiasm.

What advice would you give students thinking about doing the yoga teacher training course?

Truth be told, I stood in my own way for a while… I told myself that I wanted to go on a course that would take a year rather than a month-long intensive. I guess I thought that it held more value because I wasn't sure you could cram all the information into that timeframe. I have completely changed my mind on this. I think there is just as much value, if not more, when you go and immerse yourself in the practice for a month as opposed to fitting it around your work life. If you’re thinking about booking, just DO IT! I promise that the experience will not disappoint! You’ll walk away confident in your practice with a sound knowledge of anatomy, inspired to teach.

What are you next steps?! 

I have reached out to a local studio which has proved positive and I hope to become a regular teacher here in Split in the near future.

Find Michelle in Split with her incredible voice that we dearly miss at The Yoga Bubble...

www.michellerowsell.com

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Is The Yoga Bubble Teacher Training for you??

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There are so many yoga teacher training courses out there, it can be pretty hard to make the final decision. Not every course will suit every person and at The Yoga Bubble we like to be as clear as possible with the experience we are offering so that our students leave feeling confident as a teacher. 

- Our course concentrates on Ashtanga Vinyasa, it is not a pick and mix training or ‘multi-style’ course, you get a sound thorough training, allowing you to build on skills week by week rather than moving onto different things. Our goal is that you are prepared and feel ready to teach to the public on graduation.

- The 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is spread over 4 weeks, meaning that our course is actually 200 hours!! And that you get as many contact hours as possible.

- There is a minimum of 3 teaching staff on each one of the teacher trainings that come from a variety of backgrounds and have different teaching styles so that you get a varied learning experience.

- By the end of the course you will have a 60/90 minute Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow Class that will have been practiced, prepared and critiqued so that you have a class ready to go.

- All lead teachers have lived, trained and taught yoga in India. They are able to bring you a curriculum that is rooted in tradition but accessible to the modern world.

-The maximum number of students on our course is 15, allowing us to give you the individual time you need and gives you the opportunity to get to know everyone in your group!

-All meals are vegetarian and are catered for. The tea and biscuit stand is always open!

-We are a Yoga Bubble! Our school is situated in a secluded and tranquil part of Southern Spain, with spectacular views over the Costa de la Luz and magical sunsets

-The course is intense and will demand your focus and will power. By the end of the course you will feel like you have really accomplished something and taken on valuable experiences mentally and physically from a daily practice. 

-The experienced teaching staff are here to get you through the intensity of the course and help modify or support your practice so that you always feel within your capability. 

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Yogi of the Month!

An Introduction to our Yogi of February 2018 (a little late I know!) 

Our yogi of the month posts give you an insight into the experiences that past students have had at our bubble in Spain and advice on how to approach your yoga training. 

Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Name: 
Asa Splinter

Favorite Yoga Pose: 
Bakasana (crane pose)

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: 
Kurmasana (tortoise pose)

Where are you from and what do you do back home? 
I am Dutch and although I currently live in Belgium, I plan to go back to The Netherlands for a MA in Japanese Studies. As a (fun) side job I decided to start teaching yoga and who knows where that will lead me. Secretly, I would not mind starting a yoga retreat in Japan.  

How would you describe your experience at The Yoga Bubble?
I have followed the "Ashtanga/Vinyasa,-" and "Yin,-" Yoga Teacher Training Course but both were quite different but absolutely terrific. All three teachers are very knowledgeable and specialised in different fields. This means you are taught yoga from various perspectives which is very helpful to your own development as both a yoga practitioner and instructor. It was great to see how each individual had their own teaching style, which got perfected through very helpful feedback. If I must summarise my experience at The Yoga Bubble: it was far beyond expectation.  

What advice would you give students thinking about doing the yoga teacher training course?
Don't be scared and just go for it, because you will not regret the experience. Even if you decide not to become a yoga teacher afterwards, going through the training will give you so much self,- reflection and development. 

What has been the most challenging thing as a new yoga teacher?
Finding a yoga studio willing to work with you. I got turned down by some studio's due to a lack of experience, but fortunately the studio I do yoga at did want to work with me. And now a start-up studio also showed interest in working together. My advice in finding a yoga teacher job: ask your local yoga studio, or look for studio's that are just starting up... but above all, do not give up. After the training, I never expected I would immediately be able to start teaching yoga, yet here I am. I have The Yoga Bubble to thank for giving me the confidence to do so.

Thank You Asa! 

If you want to follow Asa more on his yoga journey check out his website: https://asayoga.weebly.com/

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Yogi Chocolate Truffles

Vegan, gluten-free & refined sugar-free (depending on chocolate used)

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Deliciously decadent yet oh-so-simple to make, these vegan chocolate truffles are sure to go down a treat. Coconut milk is rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 plus a range of minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium - perfect fuel for yogis. While vegan dark chocolate is incredibly high in antioxidants which help to fight free radical damage and can slow-down the aging process. If possible, choose a raw chocolate bar and raw cacao powder to supercharge your truffles and increase their nutritional potency.

You can follow the recipe or use your culinary creativity to make these chocolaty goodies your own. Try adding in fruits and superfoods such sea salt, nuts, seeds, dates, goji berries or maca powder.

Ingredients – makes approx 12

  • 125g Vegan Dark Chocolate
  • 95g Coconut Milk
  • Cacao powder for rolling

Optional

  • sea salt
  • honey/maple syrup  
  • nuts

Directions

Break up the chocolate up into small pieces and place them into a bowl. Heat the coconut milk until it is boiling. Pour the coconut milk onto broken chocolate and let sit for around 1 minute. Stir the mixture with a spatula until all chocolate is melted and mixed with milk, then scrape down sides and pop in the fridge for around two hours, or until set.

Tip about half a cup of cacao powder into a bowl. Once the mix is set, use a spoon scoop into balls - about 17g per ball will make 12 good sized truffles. Before coating in cacao roll quickly into balls, then coat with cacao (warning: If you coat them in cacao before it won’t come together properly). Place the balls back in the fridge to firm up again. Remove them from the fridge then proceed to eat all the truffles in one sitting - or hide them far away from friends and housemates - your choice. Enjoy! Remember to take a photo and tag us @The Yoga Bubble so we can see your fantastic creations :)