I call this training Land and Heart Practice as a reminder of our connection to the land. Yoga, in various iterations, has been around for dozens of generations. The practice transcends cultures and is practiced by all kinds of people because it teaches a universal truth – we are all connected through heartfelt feeling to the land and to each other. Whether that connection is in-person or online, you will examine your Land and Heart Practice by connecting to yourself and to your environment. Even though you are participating digitally, there will be opportunity to connect to your environment – whatever that may be! Backyard, patio, trail nearby….
Navigate life and manage the journey
Yoga is the tool to navigate life and to understand how to manage your journey. The practice is an examination of the spiritual, physical and emotional self and how we relate to everything around us.
Understand yourself in relation to your environment
The intention of yoga is to understand yourself in relation to your environment. By contemplating your place in the world, you will understand that everyone/thing exists in harmony. The practice of yoga teaches you to mindfully negotiate life’s ups and downs. Yoga removes the obstacles that keep you obsessed with life’s highs and lows and helps you access your underlying nature of bliss and calm. Through the practice, you access your true self and understand that the land and everything that occupies it is inextricably linked. All living beings are connected.
Examination through yoga’s lens
In this program, you will examine your relationship to yourself, to others and to the land through the lens of yoga. You will investigate the wheel of yoga, the eight-fold path, anatomy, the poses of yoga, meditation, acroyoga and therapeutic applications of yoga. You’ll use the power of global communication to analyze the ideas of yoga with people in different environments than your own.
Fit the practice into your life
You will discover how this elaborate practice fits into your life and you will start to define your skills as a teacher. As a teacher of yoga, you will use compassion and patience to guide your students toward their own application of a Land and Heart Practice. The responsibility of teaching yoga is enormous, but your commitment to learn about the practice is proof of your bravery.
Good luck in your Land and Heart Program. Be receptive to new ideas and acknowledge every teacher with whom you come in contact. Your commitment to deepen your yoga practice and to teach is admirable. Love and light will guide the journey, but be reliable and determined along the way. Do not make excuses for yourself.
You’ll need a dedicated space to do your yoga practice.
- Set up your mat and props
- Set up your media where you plan to watch the online videos
- Do a sound check with the equipment you have for recording your own content.
Your assignment is to take pictures of your setup. It doesn’t have to be professional (yet!). You’re just getting started. Answer the following questions:
- How much space do you need to do a comfortable yoga practice?
- What was most difficult about setting up this space?
- Can you offer one piece of advice for someone else setting up a home yoga practice?
Attach the picture and the answer to the questions to the assignment uploader. You can use any format: document, video, audio podcast, etc. Simple or complex, the point is to get your space set up and consider the logistics of doing yoga at home.