From March 6-11th, 2018, the Stone Church in Essex was once again filled with 35 eager and inspired yogis from near and far. They gathered together for the third of four modules that make up founder Todd Norian’s Ashaya Yoga ® 200-Hour Teacher Training. Hosted by Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness, owner Michelle Maron ensured that everything ran smoothly over the six days. Once again, visitors to the area found local lodging and took advantage of the businesses in and around Essex, including a daily lunch at the Essex Inn.
Snowy weather all week long stimulated the participants’ dedication. They worked hard to improve upon what they had been studying, and they applied their focus and enthusiasm to each session. Moving even deeper into the process involved self-reflection, breath- and pose-work, practice teach segments, and of course lots of laughs! Students experienced many breakthroughs and were supported by staff members as they improved their skills on many levels.
By continuing to embrace the Ashaya® method, participants explored their inner selves and thereby realized how to delve deeper into living lives of fulfillment and joy. Through work on chakra-opening, as well as chant, the walls vibrated with the energy of the group. Advanced postures were further developed as students worked together in groups and learned hands-on adjustments. The week’s philosophic teachings were based on a collective study of the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient Hindu scripture that presents yoga as a means of achieving a form of liberation.
Additionally, students continued to focus time on tantra study, anatomy, mediation, and breath work. Focus on finding one’s unique voice remained at the forefront. “Balance” was the keyword of the week, and participants sought to find it within themselves and within the group as a whole. With Todd’s guidance, students pushed themselves to new levels and explored their practice as a means of finding ease and cultivating awareness.
A greater sense of community was felt throughout the week, and friendships deepened through partner-work and offering feedback to peers. By working hard to improve skills, each student reached a new level of understanding of the beneficial Ashaya® method of teaching. Most importantly, compassion and positivity were strong undercurrents, and students are looking forward to finding their voice in the next module.
Written by Nora Nadire