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Benefits of a Yoga Retreat

August 31, 2017

by Shayna Ogden Often students ask me why they should go on a yoga retreat. I answer honestly “to do more yoga”. But this doesn’t really do justice to their sincere question. Attending a residential yoga retreat is a completely different experience to attending yoga classes on a regular basis. Below I have tried to outline a few major points…

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Reflections on Passing my Iyengar Yoga Introductory Assessment

June 28, 2017

On the 7th of May, this year I received the news by the Iyengar assessment panel that I had passed my Introductory Level Iyengar yoga assessment, I responded with tears of relief. The possibility of not passing the assessment had felt very real, I had participated in previous Iyengar Yoga assessments volunteering as a mock student in the past, so I had seen how daunting the process could be and I had heard that many trainee teachers failed their assessment for various reasons, such as their practice being floppy and out of alignment or their teaching skills being too casual and not up to the Iyengar standard.

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The Joy of Being a Student

June 14, 2017

By Shayna Ogden I arrived in India keen to begin classes at RIMYI. I hadn’t been for four years and was eager to have my body opened and knowledge poured into it to facilitate further yoga self-discovery. It was late Saturday afternoon, too late for a class, and the Institute is closed on Sundays. So we (J.H. and myself) chose…

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Try Yoga and Get Much More than you Bargained For

May 18, 2016

by Shayna Ogden What is it that you really get when you start going to yoga? Are you just getting some flexibility or is there more to it? When beginner students first start our six week beginner yoga courses, they usually come along looking to improve their flexibility and fitness, or to alleviate stiffness in the joints. Many tell me…

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Guest Blog Post – A Dozen Features to Look for When Choosing a Yoga School

February 5, 2016

10 features to look for in a yoga school. A bloog that lists the important features to look for before choosing where to do yoga.

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