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Morning meditation on top of the hill. Yoga Teacher Training

A big thank you to such a great group of trainees, we all had a fun time with many positive learning curves along the way.

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Anatomy and Physiology Module during the Yoga Teacher Training.

There were a variety of guest teachers who shared their knowledge and expertise. We had lots of hands on Anatomy sessions which offered us a deeper understanding of how the human body works and functions.
Lindsey Ellison from Chirocare

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Anatomy and Physiology Module – Yoga Teacher Training

As part of the training, all trainees had to attend and either participate or observe various yoga classes.
During my beginner’s class they each taught a posture to gain experience and confidence. This was done after many practice sessions so they were all feeling ready when the time came and did a great job :).

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Trainees attending my yoga class as part of their training.

We enjoyed some walking meditation sessions in Nelson and also on the beach in Golden Bay. It’s such an incredible experience to consciously take one step at a time, feeling and being in touch with all the muscles, bones and weight distribution as we move from one step to the next. And then we have the mind to work with, to continually observe our thoughts of perhaps speeding up, boredom, frustration etc, without reaction.

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Walking Meditation during the Yoga Teacher Training.

Ayurveda Module:
As part of the training we offered an Ayurvedic module which was a full day and presented by a traditional Ayurvedic Doctor who is based in Singapore and was fortunately presenting workshops throughout NZ.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A very interesting day and an important part of Yoga training.

Stay close for updates of the next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training here in Nelson, NZ (end of March/April 2019).
If you are interested in joining the next training, please feel free to contact me and I will let you know when the next dates have been confirmed.

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About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher. The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus. In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga. Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling. I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama. The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely. I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy. The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration. As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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