Thirty Things: Become A Teacher

Barely a month after I completed my teacher training (four days of lectures, 50 hours of apprenticeship and a 200+ point exam), I auditioned for a slot to officially become part of the Beyond Yoga Teaching Staff.

Cara de Ocampo, owner of Beyond Yoga, invited the trainees who completed all requirements to audition in front of a sample class for them to assess if the trainee’s ability to teach in their studio.

My “class” for the audition are the yogis and yoginis of Yoga For Life. They were a tough bunch of experienced Anti-Gravity students and teachers from different fitness backgrounds such as yoga and dance.

I only taught for about 45 minutes, about half of the class time, but it was one of the most terrifying experience of my life. For one, we were dealing with the BHS Studio. During our teacher training, I mostly conducted practice class in the Quezon City studio. The room dynamics of the BHS studio is much different that QC. Two, there were about 15 students in attendance. In practice class, we had maximum of 8 students. And three, it was another thing to be observed by your students, mentors, peers and future employees – absolutely nerve wracking!

But in the end, I was happy with my experience to teach these fantastic group of people. I learned so much from them about myself, about teaching, and the yoga community. It was definitely a fun experience and boosted my confidence into teaching. They gave good feedback and complimented on my knowledge and confidence. I just needed to practice the other side of teaching, which was connecting with the students and other little tips.

With my co-teacher Mark Mizal

With one of our mentors Paulo

Class picture

And officially, as of January 18, less than a week after the audition, I was officially given slots to teach starting for the month of February.

Come join me in my classes starting February 2013, 8.30pm in Beyond Yoga Bonifacio High Street Central on Tuesdays, and 9am and 7.30pm in Beyond Yoga Quezon City on Wednesdays.

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Thinspiration: The Work Out Begins

2013 barely just begun and I’m back into work-out mode to keep myself fit.

Began my day subbing for Maitri, one of our regular teachers, for her Anti-gravity Yoga class at 9am. It was a last minute call and I was the only available sub that was contacted.

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It was great to get back into teaching mode and I only had one student so it wasn’t as stressful even if the situation was.

And I followed it up with back to back mat yoga beginning with Power Yoga with Anna Man and later on Vinyasa 1 with Rachel.

Despite doing 20+13 suryas and then some, it was just great to work out my body and get rid of all those accumulated weight from the holidays.

I plan to stick to a similar routine this year focusing on mat yoga and teaching Anti-Gravity Yoga.

My fitness goal is to do a headstand an handstand (without assistance) within the year.

Powerful indeed.

Namaste!

Anti-Gravity Teacher Training

Early September, Beyond Yoga opened its doors to the next batch of Anti-Gravity Yoga teachers for an intensive training happening in November.

They are opening three types of training – AGY Fundamentals + Flying Fitness 1 training, Flying Fitness 2 (open only to certified AGY FF1 teachers) and AGY Pilates (with mat certification):

If I’m not mistaken, the AGY Pilates is going to be the first in Asia.

And guess who signed up?

Yup, as of last October 5, I have officially enrolled to become an Anti-Gravity Yoga Teacher Trainee.

Even before the posters of the teacher trainings came up, I knew I was going to take this. My instructors and friends at Beyond Yoga have been telling me about this and so the possibility has been in my head for a long time.

As soon as the posters came out, all my actions gravitated towards it – I filed for a leave early on, i hit my quotas for the tuition, trained like crazy and even made a bunch of new friends with some of the regular yogis and other fellow teacher trainees!

I even invited a couple of my friends to try it our for themselves:

This to me is such a big deal because it’ll be the first time I am seriously gunning for a teaching/leadership role.Its the first time in ages I will ever take on a challenge such as this where my intention is already set and the end point is exactly what the program is designed for.

I have so much love and faith for this practice. It was where I got my strength, flexibility, balance, discipline and one of the factors for my fitness goals.

I’m quite nervous but my excitement outweighs my nervousness. I’m so looking forward to November!

Thinspiration: Fit All You Can

07.21.2012

Despite the heavy rains caused by Tropical Depression Ferdie, fitness enthusiasts from around the metro converged at the Rockwell Tent for Fit All You Can, the first ever fitness event, bringing together the country’s top gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, equipment providers and other related suppliers under one roof.

They called it a smorgasbord of all thing fit. Where else can you pay a minumum fee of P500 and sample different kinds of exercises?

As a fitness enthusiast, I was very interested in attending the program because not only did some of my favorite studios like Beyond Yoga and Yoga+ were participating, I could also get to try out work outs from the other places/workouts I am interested to try such as PlanaForma, 360 circuit training and CrossFit for only P500 for all of them. That’s value for your money because a class is usually P500 or may require you to pay certain minimum trial fees at a much higher cost. And you get to sample them all in one venue!

I rounded up my co-fitness buddy Ria, and coined ourselves the “social-exercisers” because we love attending fitness events such as running events or things like this.

Here is the list of classes lined up for that day:

I had an appointment at 4pm so it was best to sample as much classes as we could within our timeframe from 10am-3pm.

First thing we tried was Crossfit, lead by the coaches of CrossFit Insurrecto. My AGY/Yoga Teacher Rianna Gatus, Ria and I all decided to join in. I was really scared because I’ve heard that this was such a killer work out but I decided to let my fear go and just have fun. Hey, its a trial after all.

Rianna, Ria and I warming up

Coaches from CrossFit Insurrecto explaining the Work Out of the Day (WOD)

Coaches teaching us how to do proper squats

After our intense workout, Ria and I took a quick lunch at the mall before heading back to the event. When we came back the Zumba class headed by Teacher Julie of PlanaForma was on its way so I jumped right in at the side with the Beyond Yoga girls Iza and Cathy since this was a very full class.

After this, Ria and I headed towards the other tent to do Absolute Hot Yoga (Hot A) with Teacher Dinah from Yoga+.

I was thrilled to have done this because I’ve been curious to find out what Hot A was all about but never got to try it because I usually stick to Hot B (Bikram) at the Studio. Its a lot similar, but Ria’s correct to say that there are a lot more transitions into the poses. Will definitely try this at the studio soon!

In the middle of all this, I hung out mostly at the Beyond Yoga booth, where they offered free trial of Anti-Gravity Yoga.

My usual seat

Ria’s first time on the hammock and got to do the vampire pose!

It was such a great day and endorphins were running high through out the day. I just wished I could’ve stayed all day and tried out the other exercises and class such as 360 circuit training, yin yoga and Plana Forma.

I commend the organizers for such a job well done. It was very organized, and despite starting the program late, everyone else kept the schedule. I’ve heard great reviews and people very much enjoying the event. There was a sense of camaraderie and fun as the different fitness groups tried out each others work out and not compete with each other.

I will definitely be joining the next event and hope to see more of you fitness fans there!

Photos courtesy of: pinoyfitness.com, The List Group, Beyond Yoga and Yoga+

Project 365: I <3 New AGY Classmates! (Day 158)

Had fun with these newbies in AGY class because they were all whining and screaming. Hahaha! Reminds me of my first time on the hammock!

Anti-Gravity Yoga at Beyond Yoga

Another post on Anti-Gravity Yoga!

Project 365: I <3 AGY Teachers! (Day 137)

I am proud to be in the taught by only 300 people in the world who are certified to teach Anti-Gravity Yoga 🙂

More on Anti-Gravity Yoga! :)

Its actually my third week taking Anti-Gravity Yoga and I’m seriously loving it. I am getting better at the poses, most especially the inversions. One of my regular classmates, Leon De Ocampo, commented, after not seeing me in a week, that I was really getting comfortable on the hammock.

I am more into the Flying Fitness classes because this is what fits my schedule best and its a lot more intense as you really work out the muscles in different areas.

For more information, here are some videos you’d like to see so you can check-out AGY studios near you:

Project 365: I <3 swinging! (Day 130)

My favorite childhood memories are swinging on the swing set in pre-school or in an playground. I am happy I am able to do some swinging in my new favorite seat – the AGY hammock. 🙂

Flying on Anti-Gravity Yoga

Ever wonder how does it feel to fly? Or how does it feel to be suspended up in the air with nothing but a piece of cloth to hold on to?

Well, look no further!

Anti-Gravity Yoga(r), or AGY, the newest thing in Yoga practice, has now come to Philippine shores and is exclusively partnered with Beyond Yoga studio to bring the flying experience to fitness enthusiasts in the country.

AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga is a unique fusion technique, revolutionary in relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe. The AntiGravity® Hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master simple inversions and finally progress to more advanced poses.

AntiGravity® Yoga is a fitness regimen designed by Christopher Harrison to increase one’s overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty. AntiGravity® is an acrobatic performance company whose daily workout utilizes the AntiGravity® Hammock. The technique was originally created for athletes and gymnasts and has since been modified and perfected for the everyday athlete. Incorporating components from dance, Pilates and calisthenics, AntiGravity® has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity.  AntiGravity® Yoga works to manipulate physics while staying lighthearted.

~ Taken from http://www.antigravityyoga.com

I’ve heard all about AGY through the Beyond Yoga facebook page and one of my officemates Mia has been asking me to try it since it was offered to newbies two weeks prior starting last April 10.

And finally I did last Monday, April 30. I figured it was a relatively light week, and I’ve been wanting to try out a new fitness routine. I knew I would be taking something like yoga, but I was having trouble looking for a studio that could accommodate my schedule.

But I just said, what the heck, I’ll just go for it, and work things out as I go along the way. That Monday I scheduled myself for some hot yoga and signed up with Mia for the AGY class after.

Beyond Yoga offers a 3 day trial package for beginners which is great trying it out.

Since it was my first time on the air, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. If it wasn’t for Mia’s coaching and enthusiasm I wouldn’t have survived it.

Unlike regular yoga, AGY makes use of special hammocks for its exercises.

The AntiGravity Hammock is a structural fabric that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze. The AntiGravity®  Hammock is utilized to change one’s dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics.

These hammocks can carry as much as 3000 lbs, thats like a baby elephant (so for those worried about their weight, no need to fret).

Before each class, each hammock is adjusted to each student. The lowest portion should be at your hipbone and there is tension when you extend your arms. The instructor opens with an introduction to what is AGY and some tips and other instructions needed in the class.

The first thing you should always remember is TRUST. Trust the instructor, trust the system, trust the hammock and trust yourself.

Then the instructor takes you to a series of exercises using the hammock, including inverted poses, that even newbies can do on their first class. I had a bit of trouble at first, but the instructor was always there to assist you if you have trouble doing the poses.

In my first class, it took a while for me to follow the poses because these weren’t exercises I was used to and I had trouble looking for the best positions for the inverted poses. I’ll be honest to say it hurts! You know when you watch behind the scene shows where actors say it hurts when they are harnessed for stunts? Its something like that. That’s probably because I never actually had use for my hipbones before so I found the situation uncomfortable.

But by my second class, which was the next day, I was already doing some of the poses with less assistance already. My body was getting used to the exercises and found my spots for the inverted poses that was comfortable.

This is from my 3rd and last class. I can already hold poses and follow the instructor at most times already. That’s me at the end of the middle row.

There are two types of AGY classes being offered in the studio – the FUNdamentals class and Flying Fitness. FUNdamentals is the ‘lighter’ one of the two, which focuses more on stretching, while Flying fitness is more intense with more weight exercises and poses. FUNdamentals is more like regular yoga but with a different orientation, while Flying Fitness can be compared to TRX (another type of workout exercise). Both classes do the inverted poses, so no escape there!

These are some exercises done during Flying Fitness. Imagine inverted crunches. You can’t see me, but I’m directly behind the guy in black. You can only see my legs.

Some tips:

  • Do not eat right before class or you mind end up seeing your food again. Or taking something light about 1-2 hours before.
  • Wear shirts with sleeves to prevent fabric burn
  • Advisable to also wear sticky socks (but not a requirement)
  • Call to reserve a slot or come early. There are a limited number of hammocks in the studio per class.
  • Keep hydrated beforehand.
  • Remove any type of jewelry.

From my experience, this is very prone to be dizzying so I don’t recommend it to people with severe motion sickness or vertigo. I have suffered dizziness because of it from the rocking motion of the hammock and the inverted poses. I have yet to try it, but maybe I could take some bonamine before class, as the symptoms are just like motion sickness. Usually I am fine after a quick nap in the car or sipping diet soda or water after. I am also not sure if its because I took back to back fitness classes as well that left me really dizzy during my third class so I didn’t complete the last inverted pose (the vampire). I had to get off the hammock to stop my head from spinning.

Don’t worry about falling as well. Remember when I said trust? But not everything is perfect and guess what? I did fall of the hammock during my second class during an inverted pose and got a slight bump on my forehead (thankfully it didn’t show an ugly bruise). It wasn’t so bad because you are just hovering 3 inches from the ground. The lessons here is to 1) listen to the instructor for instructions; 2) wait patiently for the instructor to come to you; and 3) keep calm.

For beginners, Beyond Yoga offers a 3-day trial package at P1,500 good for one week. I think this is a perfect way to start because it takes a while to get used to with poses without overwhelming the students to commit to the lengthier package, and will get your moneys worth.

AGY classes is costed separately from regular yoga and is priced higher as well (1x AGY drop in class is P1000 versus a 1x regular yoga class at P450).

From this experience, I was just amazed at the results. I felt my stomach tighten and my muscled worked out almost the same when I go to my regular gym, but this is like a variation of that if I am tired of the same of gym routine. I also felt my body really stretch and improve on its flexibility, even if I’m already a gym goer to begin with. The fitness workout is intense and I find myself really sweaty during the sessions.

The most amazing thing ofcourse is I really surprised myself at what I am capable of. Never in a million years did I imagine I can fly on a piece of cloth, hang upside down or do an assisted headstand. It was what made me come back for more. I was really motivated and determined to be able to do those poses. Even with my fall, I was eager to get back on the hammock to try again.

I recommend this to anyone who is up to try something new. I will be definitely doing the class again in the coming weeks. I already miss it.

Check out the AGY class schedules and updates:

Beyond Yoga

3F Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madrinian St., QC

0917-5BEYOND (0917-5239663)

921-6070

inquire@igobeyondyoga.com

www.igobeyondyoga.com

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PS.

Photos courtesy of Cara De Ocampo of Beyond Yoga (my classmate) and AGY Facebook Page.