Vegan Katsu Curry Recipe

Anna has kindly shared with us her new recipe for Katsu Curry that she will be adding to the menu from this month! Yeeeeeaaaayyy it just keeps getting better :)

Ingredients:

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For the Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

  • 1 large onion finely chopped

  • 1 large carrot finely chopped

  • 1 medium potato finely chopped

  • 1 large clove of minced garlic

  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced

  • 1 Tablespoon of Curry Powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon Turmeric

  • 200ml coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon agave or maple syrup

  • salt and pepper

For the Aubergine

  • Vegetable oil

  • 3 aubergines cut into rounds of approx 2cm

  • 100g bread crumbs

  • 50g flour mixed with water to create batter (non-vegans can use egg)

And 1 cup of rice!

For the sauce…

  • Fry your onion, carrot and potato in a little oil.

  • Once they start to brown slightly add garlic, ginger, curry powder and turmeric and fry for a further 5 minutes.

  • When everything is softening nicely add your coconut milk, syrup and approximately 50ml water.

  • Simmer for 20 minutes

  • Once everything is soft blend together to make your sauce.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

For the Aubergines…

  • Heat 1 cm of veg oil in a frying pan

  • Dip the rounds of aubergine in batter and then coat with breadcrumbs

  • Shallow fry the rounds on each side until a light golden brown

  • Place on oven tray and bake for 15 minutes

For the Rice…

  • While the aubergine is baking cook 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water.

And voila!

Katsu Curry :)

Get creative and add a side salad like the photo. Bon Apertit!

After The Bubble with Megan

Meg Yoga Teacher Training Spain 200 hour

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, Megan is now teaching regularly in an art gallery in Northern Ireland. Read more about her experience…

When did you complete your YTTC at The Yoga Bubble?

I finished my training at the beginning of February 2019 which is nearly 8 months of teaching already....crazy!

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

I was so excited about doing the course, particularly the thought of going on my own, meeting new people and deepening my yoga practice. In saying that, the thought of me ever actually teaching yoga wasn't a real goal of mine mainly because I didn't believe I could achieve it! I have always had a fear of public speaking so I was apprehensive about that part of teaching but I also knew that I wanted to challenge myself. Yoga has always had a calming influence over my life so I was hoping it could be the magic ingredient in calming my public speaking nerves too. I think when you asked us all at the start 'who wants to teach after the course?' I didn't even raise my hand because I was embarrassed at thinking I could!


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

Try not to get overwhelmed by the amount of different courses available. If possible, think of the two or three key aspects of yoga that are important to you and seek those out in a course. And remember, you don't have to have it all figured out, or have bags of confidence before you go. You will meet people with diverse personality traits, different yoga backgrounds and practices; and you will grow and develop a confidence unique to you through the course. Lastly, remember to relax and enjoy all the reasons why you came to the yoga practice while you are there. It is an intense learning environment but it is also a huge privilege to have the time and resource to do it so enjoy the process!

What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga classes?

I love introducing people to yoga and seeing the therapeutic effects the practice has on them. I like teaching a small class and getting to know people through the practice, keeping the classes light hearted and relaxed.

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

I teach two evening classes a week in the Void Art Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland - 5:30pm on a Tuesday and Thursday. A great opportunity to get your fill of contemporary art too :)

Megan Yoga Teacher Training Spain Retreat

Follow her on @megan.yogaflow

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New 300hr Meditation Module!

We have a new module to add to our 300hr curriculum; meditation teaching methodology and practicum!

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It is important that we allow ourselves time to explore the many offerings that yoga has to give us and not just the physical postures. The new module aims to give students some more techniques in order to add them to their personal practice and to their teaching. One way doesn’t work for all of us and one way won’t work for all of your students!

Some of the techniques that we’ll cover during the course:

-mindfulness and noting

-chakra meditation

-relaxation and body scan

- visualization

-focused awareness

What can we achieve through using these techniques?

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-add another layer to your classes

-bring more clarity and control in your life on and off the mat

-explore the pranic/energetic body and use this as inspiration for your classes

-learn a foundation meditation structure in order to channel your own creative abilities

-develop your skills in guiding visualizations and how to use them in your physical practice and classes


For more info about our 300hr Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Training starting Sunday 17th November to Friday 13th December 2019.

E-mail us at theyogabubble@hotmail.com.

And if you have trained with the teachers of The Bubble before make sure you inquire about the alumni discount for the 300hr course. ॐ

 

6 tips for starting a regular Meditation Habit

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Meditation can seem like a far away esoteric practice that is only accessible to people that live near mountains! However, it is now being brought into the popular domain, with varied practices that allow us to bring more mindfulness to our day.

We all have varied ideas about what a spiritual journey or practice looks like or feels like. For us it is important that it remains practical, that it improves our quality of life, our communication, relationships and beyond! Here are our top tips for trying out and making it apart of your day on the regular…

  1. Find a technique that works for you

    There are so many styles of meditation out there to try. Like cake. If you only tried coffee and walnut cake and didn’t like it and exclaimed ‘I hate cake!’ Well, you would be missing out!

    From the more esoteric chakra and crystal meditations to mindfulness techniques and deep relaxations. For some purists they may have a very defined idea of what meditation is but if it sets you on the path of a calmer and more peaceful day, then why argue about semantics?

    Once you’ve found your thing and stick with it for a while. Stay tuned for a future blog on a guide to different meditation styles.

  2. Have a dedicated place and time

    Research shows that consistency is key to habit formation. If every time you encounter a place at a certain time and you do a certain action it is much more likely to become an automatic response to the external environment, rather than an internal grind! See article https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3505409/ For more info on healthy habit formation.

  3. Set a realistic goal

    Meditating for 1 hour per day may be a realistic goal for a few of us but even a moment of mindfulness can change the course of your day or even your mood. 5 minutes of peace is better than none.

  4. Be comfortable

    Hip flexibility does not equal enlightenment! You don’t have to be able to sit in a lotus position, or even on the ground. Sit in a chair if you are more likely to sustain a practice in this way. Or build yourself a bolster throne. Just keep your spine in an upright position.

  5. Be kind to yourself

    The mind moves. Thoughts will come. It’s the way we are designed. Meditation can be a frustrating experience sometimes. Especially when we have certain zen expectations or a particularly noisy head. Observe, take note…laugh! Get acquainted with your own head.

  6. Reflect

    We all reflect in different ways. For some it may help to keep a journal, for others it may be to take a moment mentally. Reflect on when your practice changes. What external influences affect your state of mind? It could be diet, time of day or the particular technique you are working with. Remain curious and allow your practice to seep into your day.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga Training Europe 200hr

During the 200 and 300 hour teacher training courses here we end each asana practice with pranayama and meditation. Covering different breath techniques, relaxation and mindfulness practices in the rolling hills of Spain, Europe. :)

Essential Oils and Ayurveda

Can we use essential oils in harmony with the principles of Ayurveda?

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This is a question that has been on my mind recently and thought that some of the lessons I have discovered would be helpful to share, especially considering the rise in use of essential oils and some of the misinformation that is being circulated. We’ll go through the 3 main uses; ingestion, topical application and aromatic use.

To understand how Ayurvedic wisdom advises against the use of ingesting essential oils we must look at the 5 elements or panchmahabhutas which are the building blocks of everything.

Akasha-Space/Vayu-Air/Agni-Fire/Jala-Water/Prithvi-Earth

Everything is made up of these elements. When essential oils are made what is happening is literally the essence of the plant is being taken and condensed. This essence which holds the aromatic and remedial properties is the fire aspect of the plant material. Or in other words, the active, transformational part of the plant is distilled. How excellent!

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This is what makes essential oils so powerful. It is like they hold the spirit of the plant. It is also one of the reasons Ayurveda warns against the use of them internally as they lack the other elements of the plant as found in their natural state. Therefore the intensity of the fire could easily lead to a state of imbalance especially without informed guidance.

Topical Use

However! If used topically (on the skin) in a diluted form and used for their aromatic properties they can be powerful tools for effective home healing.

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Oils and Doshas

Vata types should go for sweet and warm aromas such as; sweet orange, basil and patchouli

Pitta types should go for sweet and cooling aromas such as lavender, mint and teatree

Kapha types should go for spicy and warm aromas such as clove, rosemary and ginger

Base oils are also an important factor to consider as they have different properties depending on what they are made from.

Vata: Almond or Sesame oil

Pitta: Coconut or Sunflower

Kapha: Almond or Olive

Aromatic Use

You also don’t need fancy electric diffusers to benefit from the smell of the oils. You can use a ceramic style candle diffuser which will have the same effect. Different aromas can affect your mental and emotional body very dramatically. We all know that lavender helps to calm and sleep but at The Bubble we find a bit of peppermint oil through the room helps with concentration and learning and tends to help after practice ;)




Interview with our Super Chef Anna :)

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Here in Spain at The Bubble we are super lucky to have our chef Anna here, to cook our gorgeous lunches and dinners everyday, at our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings!!

After a long wait we finally have her exclusive interview ;)

If you want to find out more or just feast your eyes you can follow her on @wildliving__

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If you could only eat one vegetable for the rest of your life what would it be? 

Avocados. Always avocados. 

What's your favourite meal to cook at The Yoga Bubble? 

I only cook things I love, that’s a hard question, so all of them! 

If you had any advice for someone wanting to eat a more plant based diet, what would you advise? 

Whether plant based or not bright colourful foods should be part of any daily diet, eat the rainbow! An abundance of varied fruits and veggies is the best way to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs that cant be substituted by supplements, they're irreplaceable! Besides ensuring your eating your veggies, start simple and try out a few plant based milks, like almond, oat and coconut and incorporate more plant protein based meals into your diet like lentils, chickpeas and black beans. Get creative, there's so much choice!!!

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What is your guilty pleasure? (food/drink wise?!) 

Carbs on carbs.. Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate sprinkled with coconut.. Almond milk hot cacao.. I have many the list is very very long.

THANK YOU ANNA!

‘A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.’ Elsa Schiaparelli 

You make us happy everyday :)

Lose the tea bags and Loosen up!

The Bagless Revolution!

Recently here at The Bubble we have revolutionized our tea making and drinking experience! We started by loosening things up, by ditching tea bags and leaving it lllooooosseeee.

10 Reasons to go loose:

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  1. Even though things are changing, several tea bag brands use polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep the tea bags from falling apart. Something that you definitely don’t want in your compost bin or when you think about it in your hot water.

  2. Less packaging in general. We have found that buying loose leaf tea has reduced packaging in general. If you are able to find a place to buy loose tea by the kilo you can reuse your jars and bags at the market rather than have a plastic wrapped cardboard box that your tea bags come in.

  3. A more flavourable taste experience! Loose leaf teas have more flavour due to usually the better quality of the leaf itself. We all like stardust but not so much tea dust!

  4. More room for experimentation! If you are more of an infusion fan than a black tea drinker go out in the garden and re-find the lost art of putting random herbs into your brew. Recently our karmi Clare has found a rather delectable wild mint.

  5. Completely natural and compostable!

  6. Jars filled with nature are pretty.

  7. If you compare the price per kilo of some loose tea to some bagged tea you are getting a much better deal quality to weight. And for infusions such as Camomile, Hibiscus etc you can let them steep more than once.

  8. Reconnection to nature! Often at The Bubble some students take a little while to get used to the tea set up and have said ‘Ah, I forgot tea is just leaves/flowers/fruit in hot water’

  9. More health benefits. Often tea in tea bags looks more like dust, one reason for this is to get a better surface area, so the tea infuses more efficiently but is less likely to keep its healthy antioxidant qualities.

  10. Let’s put the tea back in tea party! Embrace the ceremony of tea. Tea is the second most drunk drink in the world after water and in many countries is a ritual to mark times in the day. Take some time to appreciate a good cuppa with your friends :)

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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'

Sensitive to touch

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/

200hr Yoga Teacher Training Graduation, Spain

200hr Yoga Teacher Training Graduation, Spain

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 :)