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Why You Should Sign Up for Yoga Workshops + Weekly Workouts

Hi everyone. It’s been a rainy Sunday here which has been really cozy and good for productivity.

For today’s fitness-themed post I thought I would talk about why you should sign up for yoga workshops. Oftentimes, students (especially those in their first 1-2 years of practice) don’t sign up for workshops because they think they need to be at some level in their practice that they’ve made up in their heads. Unless a workshop specifically states prerequisites for practice, the stuff in your head should NOT hold you back!

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Workshops can often be the catalyst for big change in your practice and within yourself! In the years since I’ve been practicing I’ve taken all kinds of workshops including:

– Acro Yoga, Backbending and Master Class with Briohny & Dice Iida-Klein
– Led Ashtanga and lecture with David Williams (we are hosting him at Y2 next month!)
– Inversions and Core Strength with Beach Yoga Girl
– Yoga Anatomy Weekend Training with David Keil
– Acro Yoga with Scott Cooper
– Jim Benitt (where I got flying splits in the picture above for the first time!)
– David Reglin
– and many more including things like master classes, lectures, etc.

I have never left a workshop feeling like I didn’t learn something new. Some of the biggest improvements in my practice have come from taking the time to really break things down in workshops and even the smallest takeaways have resulted in amazing results.

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This weekend I had the pleasure of taking a workshop from two people who I love and admire so much, Jonathan Parham and Johnna Smith. It was a chakra flow and healing touch workshop. I was on the fence about attending because I had so much “life stuff” to deal with but I’m so glad I did. Johnna taught an all-levels slow flow with a lot of deep stretch at the end while Jonathan provided spiritual messages through channeling spirit. We had 52 people in the room and the practice was really special. There was the most amazing 20 minute savasana and guided meditation at the end of practice and we concluded the workshop with a special partner activity. We paired up and then were instructed to turn and face our partners. We held hands and had to look each other straight in the eyes and then repeat three times, “I love you.” The point of the exercise was to feel connection in a world that is so disconnected and to really be seen. I smiled through it, some cried through it, it was really beautiful.

And as a teacher, I LOVE leading workshops.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much it fills up my heart to see people getting outside of their comfort zone, growing and getting stronger and more confident!

Have you ever participated in a yoga workshop or special class? If so, tell me about it! 

Here are my weekly workouts!

Monday

Madabolic

Tuesday

Hot Yoga

Wednesday

Madabolic

Thursday

3.5 mile run

Friday

Lift

5 rounds:

20 back squats at 75#
10 bench press at 65#
10 dumbbell bent over rows at 25#
10 dumbbell single arm shoulder press at 20#
10 dumbbell tricep extensions at 20#
10 dumbbell bicep curls at 15#
10 GHD sit ups
10 GHD back extensions

Saturday

Chakra Flow & Healing Touch Workshop

Sunday

3 mile run + teach Total Strength

Here’s your Pinable!

PBR Total Strength Workout

Have a great week! xoxo


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  • 1
    Erica {Erica@EricaDHouse.com} August 24, 2015, 6:31 am

    I really need to put my yoga certification to use!

    I never really wanted to be a teacher, but I have so many great workshop ideas. Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Miscarriage…

    Going to YTT a few months after my miscarriage could not have been any better timed. I felt so betrayed and detached from my body, and daily practice helped me feel connected again. I’d love to help other women heal and recovery with yoga.

    • 2
      Jen August 24, 2015, 4:05 pm

      You should go for it! I know so many people who go through teacher training with no intention to teach, but they change their minds during training and become amazing teachers.

  • 3
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life August 24, 2015, 8:12 am

    I went to a Yoga for Athletes workshop last year and loved it! It wasn’t as spiritual as I’m sure others are but I liked the idea of focusing on and developing a certain aspect of fitness/yoga practice.

    • 4
      Jen August 24, 2015, 4:06 pm

      Those workshops generally focus on the more physical aspects of yoga, but I love that they get all kinds of people to get on their mats!

  • 5
    She Rocks Fitness August 24, 2015, 8:48 am

    I am doing my FIRST yoga workshop on Nantucket with Tao Porchon-Lynch in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait. Pinned this workout for later…looks like a good one…Have a fabulous Monday friend! xoxo

    • 6
      Jen August 24, 2015, 2:43 pm

      I am SO JEALOUS! I would LOVE to meet her and practice with her!

  • 7
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 24, 2015, 12:44 pm

    I would love to go to a workshop one day!! I wish I had studios by me!

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    Shoshana August 24, 2015, 2:22 pm

    I’ve never been to a yoga workshop but how cool would that be! Unfortunately we don’t get very many workshops where I live. If I ever get the chance though, I definitely would try it.

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    Brittany @ brittanyholtz.com August 24, 2015, 2:33 pm

    I was at The Art of Assisting which is a Baptiste program. I learned SO much and met so many really cool people that I’m still friends with today.

    • 10
      Jen August 24, 2015, 2:43 pm

      I would love to do that assisting workshop! I love assisting in my classes and it would be great to learn some new assists!

  • 11
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt August 24, 2015, 6:05 pm

    Great tips on the workshops! You actually answered a lot of questions for me!

  • 12
    Lauren August 24, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Ohh I can attempt this during nap time over the weekend or at 5am on weekdays if I get really ambitious!

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