I have been fortunate to be part of this group of ten incredibly strong women who spent 2020 studying with Jamie Yoga Trainings on his 200hr Ashtanga Modified Primary Series (MPS) Yoga Teacher Training (YTT).
Jamie was taught by Larry Schultz, the founder of the Ashtanga Modified Primary Series & a former student of K. Pattabhi Jois who established The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This face-to-face course provided a clear understanding of the anatomy of the body, the importance of alignment in different asanas (poses) & the connection of the inhale & exhale breath with each movement throughout the sequence.
Every pose in the ashtanga MPS sequence was broken down in a workshop to consider the adjustments, benefits, contraindications, drishti, modifications & observations & a practice script developed. This included Surya Namaskara A & B, all standing & seated asanas & a pranayama practice.
Under Jamie’s guidance we worked together to grow through the year in our teaching skills, confidence & strength in practice. Working slowly & steadily to improve & hone the asanas in our own bodies to be able to effectively demonstrate & simultaneously recognise in future students how to assist them in their practice with clear cues & use of language & physical assists to share the benefits of ashtanga vinyasa with others.
On completion of our final exams on 13th Dec 2020, Jamie summed up the whole experience perfectly
‘It’s been a rollercoaster training but we made it. Perseverance, resilience, adaptation, determination & friendship’.Jamie Blowers
Gratitude to Jamie for sharing his knowledge no matter what the Universe placed in our path & to Diana Brook who supported & hosted the experience.
Today has been the first day of the year that I have not been enrolled on a yoga teacher training course & feels amazing to have graduated from three YTT courses, with 700hrs of training & nearly 50hrs of teaching experience. Excited to be now teaching a full timetable of yin & yang yoga classes online whilst we continue to navigate through COVID-19.
If you’d like to join an ashtanga modified primary sequence class for beginners-intermediate, classes are running each week with a range of class passes available. Try your first class for free on any one hour class with the code FIRSTFREE.
If you have any questions, please get in touch & maybe see you on the mat!
With love & light, Namaste