School of Yoga The Foundations of a Fluid Practice
Harnessing Power & Refining Light
Cultiver Ta Puissance – Filtrer la Lumière – pour cette information en français veuillez me contacter directement
“The Yoga tradition has often been carried forward by male exponents, but the vast majority of modern practitioners are female. The Universe is finding its own natural balance and I’ve been pondering about my Lineage (spiritual family) for long time. Finally I’ve made sense of my roots and I’m happy to share this with you.”
This was written by my dear friend Alessandra Pecorella when describing her yoga school and her teaching direction and to be honest I could have written this myself. It is exactly as I feel. Like Alessandra, I have been a yogini for many years and have studied in several traditions. Along the way I have been very lucky to be learn & spend time with a huge variety of teachers, travel & spend time with incredible inspiring beings. All have taught me lessons, some have left more of a trace than others…
Why this Teacher Training?
“When I was in my teacher training with the Sivananda Vedanta International Yoga School in 2002 I received a spiritual name from Swami Kailasanada. She asked for my chosen mantra (which was based on Saraswati…. creativity, knowledge, music… ), we both entered into a meditation and after about 20 minutes she said “Shakti”. I was a little naïve at the time and didn’t really know what that meant – “universal manifestation of energy, it is the life-force and powerful energy…..it is a very powerful name”… WOW. Honestly, I did not feel equipped to have this name but I had it…. a few years later I searched on the internet using my name – Shakti yoga – Shiva Rea’s Shakti Rythmns appeared on the screen. I bought the DVD, my yoga path diverted, my personal and professional life was on a very new and exciting tangent. The flow of prana, the fluidity & femininity I could finally manifest started to fill my yoga practice & teaching.
Now, 15 years later, I am starting to manifest the creative energy of Saraswati & the rising of Kundalini and the universal energy of Shakti. I needed time, experience and practice to create a stable and rooted base to my life, my yoga path, my practice. I needed space and time to feel I could unite abilities & passions to further share this incredible discipline. ShivaShakti is born of many years of personal experience, work on my own mind, body, spiritual journey. The creative juices, study, presence and desire are now present….. ShivaShakti School of Yoga…. The foundations of a fluid practice is born!”
Yoga started fo me as a physical journey – powerful Ashtanga sequences, very masculine, solar, energy that I loved but that I found over time my personality & body didn’t need to encourage. The slower, Yin, fluid lunar sequences I learnt to love over time – through my pregnancies, as life treated me to intense times, made me appreciate that the practice of yoga is an evolutionary path and that as we tune into our bodies needs we can find inner and outer harmony in our modern routines through these ancient practices. Just as the sun, or Suyra, pushes a masculine energy so does the moon (Chandra) energy particularly the arrival of the full moon time, lends itself towards the more female energy. We need both energies in our lives to push forwards dynamically and stimulate the intellect (Buddhi) but we also need the down time for the mind – the Soma of the moon’s beautiful liquid nectar Both are needed in our lives, in our days, but we shouldn’t over stimulate one or other. Our yoga practice can and should reflect these qualities as we tune in a listen to what the body & mind requires….a box of tools for your daily life.
Yoga is very popular now-a-days and as trends go this one at the moment seems to be pretty far removed from the ancient traditions. Lycra- (or eco versions of this) clad perfect tanned bodies on beaches or other incredible locations performing amazing poses seems a far cry from the Vedantic philosophy…. As a modern Yogini I try and make sense of the many yoga traditions I have been exposed to & try to incarnate some of the sacred feminine forces that I feel are part of my own existence. The goddesses of Indian mythology (Lakshmi, Parvati, Durga, Kali) represent the many faces of what women embody – the passionate, the creative, the nurturing, capable of giving birth, of juggling tasks, of adapting to the energy required. I came to yoga from a very physical premiss. I had a very religious and I suppose spiritual path in my childhood that I had chosen to bury for sometime so this was not my starting point when I cam to yoga. The challenge over the years has been how to marry the physical practice to the spiritual and how to mirror my life’s, my body’s needs whilst still living in a modern world and feeding the needs of my family. I have also over those years used my yoga practice & meditation – amongst other techniques – to find myself, to sit in my true essence, to live my own dharma and not one that others expect of me, to truly relish in my true feminine essence.
Hatha Yoga should bring balance between the Sun (Pingala Nadi, Prana Shakti) and the Moon (Ida Nadi, Manas Shakti) channels. These two pillars of the yoga tradition form a vital part of my own practice and of this training path as we explore the balance and harmony between the solar and lunar paths, between the yin and yang, the female and the male, the every evolving circle of energy, your inner & vital Shakti energy.
It is all about Harnessing Power & Refining Light
“My life & the rich experiences I have been lucky enough to enjoy my children, my friends, my family, my battles with my body, my many & varied yoga classes, teachers & training courses as well as 15 years of teaching experience have led me to fully appreciate how much yoga is an amazing “tool box” – spiritual, physical & mental. My own balance & harmony within the very busy life I lead of a working mother, partner, business women, friend often lead me away from time with myself. My yoga practice is a sacred moment when I find my place & space on the mat, in my body, in my mind…”
About the Foundations of a Fluid Practice
200hrs Vinyasa Flow Yoga Course
The Foundation 200hrs Vinyasa flow yoga course, runs over 8 months from October each year to June. This teacher training flows from Autumn to Summer & is based on two decades of my personal experience of living Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.
The program will consist of 7 non residential weekends in Paris & a retreat in Hossegor to complete the training
During the Program we will cover:
- How to practice and teach Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas and Kriyas
- How to transmit the principles of a Flow or fluid style of yoga whilst respecting the tradition of Hatha Yoga
- Principles of Vinyasa, Sequencing, Use of props and hands-on adjusts
- Using Sanskrit for Yoga, Mudras, Mantras and Meditation Techniques
- Teaching Methodology and Tools for teaching
- Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga Postures
- The art & foundations of a Yin yoga practice
- Energetic concepts based on Tantra, Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda
- Philosophy, Vedanta and the History of Yoga
- Yoga Ethics and Lifestyle
- How to set up your own classes, approach Yoga Studios, how and when to teach workshops, yoga holidays, Self-Employment, Insurance for Yoga & marketing
This course is intensive & needs commitment! Spaces are limited to 18 so if you are interested in applying please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
You will experience teaching from the very first module and build up your confidence and skills gradually and with the supervision of me and Mentors and you will be continuously able to assess your progress as you go along.
The course will be structured as practice time, theory time and “teaching labs”. The TTs will teach in/to small groups of peers starting from a single technique (Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Kriya, Bandha, Meditation or Mantra). These labs will become more complex, moving on the TTs from teaching the single technique to creating simple sequences with a specific purpose (unlocking a body part/ energetic effect/ alignment based). This way you will progressively become familiar with sequencing that is a bit like playing with the building blocks that make a class.
My aim is to offer you a methodology that you can clearly refer to and offer you the tools that you can use to shape your own teaching whilst staying fun learning how to practice and teach so that we maximise the learning curve in a stimulating environment. You will be expected to read and prepare work as well as practice in between the 7 weekend modules so as to progress and integrate the curriculum fully.
The final exam will be a combination of the 7 weekend module’s work, some written and filmed material as well as a final teacher exam prior to & during the course of the 5 day retreat held in June.
Ultimately Teaching is an art and we are artists. As every art is a way of expressing your creating self, before you can reach an artistic level of expression though there is great deal of techniques and repetition involved and the Course is the ideal way for you to learn and practice your teaching skills. Anatomy, Philosophy and History of Yoga will be interspersed throughout the duration of the Course so that you will have the time to familiarise yourself with these concepts gradually and organically. You need time to digest….. you need time to integrate ….. 9 months is the period of a pregnancy from the initial stages to giving birth so that you can integrate fully the ancient teachings of Yoga into your own contemporary lifestyle!
Dates & Module Themes for the training course…
Foundations of a Fluid Practice 6th – 8th October Charlotte Saint Jean @ Red Earth Centre, Paris.
Ayurveda & Yoga 17th – 19th November Charlotte Saint Jean @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
Inner Alignement & Restorative, Lunar Practice 15th – 17th December – Charlotte Saint Jean @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
Elements & Chakras 19th – 21st January Charlotte Saint Jean @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
The Pillars of Femininity 2nd – 4th March Charlotte Saint Jean @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
Anatomy 13th – 15th April Anne-Gaelle Guillot @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
Foundations of a Yin Practice 18th – 20th May Cécile Roubaud @ Red Earth Centre, Paris
Retreat & Final Exam 22nd – 26th June 2018 Hossegor @ La Ferme d’Audine, Yoga Searcher
For more information & to apply
please contact Charlotte – she will be interviewing individually each student before accepting them into the programme.
The course will be taught in French & English if necessary
This Training Course if for ?
Those seeking to deepen their practice
- Those seeking to become yoga teachers & explore their potential
- Teachers who are looking to widen their knowledge, experience & encourage their creativity & spiritual awakening
You may find yourself on this path called yoga by pure chance, by a series of circumstances, through a physical or spiritual desire to seek out your Dharma (your reason for being here). You may even have undertaken a teacher training course already but feel that something is missing from your practice or teaching style, your personal ability in certain postures, something lacking in your meditation practice. You may also have progressed since your “beginnings” wherever and whenever they have been and now is the time to go deeper. We welcome you – the door always opens at the right time for you
- Already have a strong & regular practice
- Be prepared to work, be committed, be disciplined
- Be prepared to go deeper into your physical and spiritual practice
- Be open to the possibility of change