I am really excited to anticipate huge growth for our Inner Power Yoga® Education programs in the years ahead. Over the past decade, we have become committed to offering a program that expands beyond most 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and our new 300 hour will take you even deeper! broader!...more empowered!
...but our curriculum is not for everyone.
Here are five real reasons why you would NOT want to choose Inner Power Yoga® for your training:
5. You are looking for a Guru.
At Inner Power Yoga®, we don’t claim to be gurus…or sages…or even healers. In fact, we strive to remind you that your greatest teacher is within YOU. We believe that you already know the deepest wisdom in your heart of hearts. That wisdom is what attracts you to yoga in the first place.
As STFs (students, teachers, and friends) for one another, we offer a mirror that reflects our true Self. You are invited to see your inner guru as it shines radiantly like a light in the darkness.
We are here to remind each other of our inner power and intrinsic goodness. We stand together to remember Love. There is no greater healer.
4. You want it fast and easy.
If you’re looking for a drive-through certification, Inner Power Yoga® is not for you. In fact, we consider ourselves to be “slow yoga” at its best. Yoga is a lifelong experience and our education programs foster a deep-seated relationship with the process and the source.
We consider four sources for learning:
Teachers: Our seasoned trainers have unique backgrounds and expertise. We all strive to give you every tool we have collected over decades of teaching. The curriculum is based on experienced asana, as well as comprehensive Yoga academics: history, philosophy, and theory.
Tribe: We keep our tribe intimate and riding the highest vibrations so that you are supported along your transformational journey.
Trial: You must take the practice hOMe—engage, explore, go deep—until it becomes tried and true for you…in your own unique and authentic expression. Remember, your greatest teacher is within YOU!
Time: Inner Power Yoga® invites you into a sustainable practice that will ebb and flow, expand and grow, in the dynamic play of personal development.
3. You are expecting a glamorous yoga rock-star lifestyle to follow your yoga teacher training.
We do not promise six-figures or an entourage. Instead, a living yoga practice will change your perspective and reveal the beauty and abundance that your real life holds right now…as it is. With an emphasis on a psycho-spiritual awakening, your education with Inner Power Yoga® invites you to higher, deeper, and wilder realizations of an authentically joy-filled life.
2. You just want to master your vrscikasana.
In our yoga education programs, we do spend a lot of time exploring yoga asana including anatomy, alignment, and spanda kriyas. ...because with educated practice, you can experience the most stable physical integration, so that you can enjoy the most gloriously open expression of your asana.
HOWEVER, if you are looking for a yoga teacher training that is all about physical fitness, you’re barking up the wrong vrksa.
Our education program is fortified by the seasoned expertise of all our yoga asana teachers as well as the my extensive education in Yoga, Mythology, and Psychology. I have lovingly curated content from my BA in Traditional Eastern Arts, my MA in Mythology and Psychology, and my recent PhD work in Yoga Tantra and Esoteric Alchemy to provide a program that takes you to new heights of exploration. Get to know your true Self on every level: body, mind, and spirit…so that you can be a living example of empowerment for others.
1. You don’t want your life to change.
The number one reason you would NOT want to take Inner Power Yoga® education courses is that you don’t want to change. Someone once told us not to use the word transformational in our marketing materials, because that is promising something that may not actually be realized. Here’s the thing: if you are approaching your yoga education with an open heart and mind—showing up 100% to the process—there is no way to avoid change.
Many people that go through our programs are there for personal enrichment. They are ready to take their practice to new heights…to take their understanding of the teachings of yoga to new depths, and to enjoy a wilder appreciation for the human experience.
So, you would definitely NOT want an Inner Power Yoga® education if you aren’t ready for exciting personal transformation.
But if you are ready to take your Yoga higher, deeper, farther, and wilder...Inner Power Yoga® is for you.
Hope to see you in the upcOMing year!
R.R. Shakti ♥
Written by Gretchen Fruchey,
Inner Power Yoga®
In my opinion, Baby Boomers are a seriously under-served population when it comes to yoga. Because I work predominantly with this population, I have heard over and over how challenging it is to find classes and studios that suit this group as they mature into their sixties and seventies. In my private yoga business and as a Director for Inner Power Yoga, it is a major priority to reach baby boomers and spread awareness of how essential yoga is for this generation, but also why that is beneficial for those generations beneath them. So here is a little shout out to my favorite group of clients and how and why I reach them!
First of all, let’s start with some respect! As baby-boomers age, we have a responsibility to reach the “young old” before they are sick. The large population of active seniors presents an incredible opportunity! They are the grandparents who want to vacation and play with their families, socialize with their peers, grow spiritually and intellectually. Constantly being told they need these elements to avoid alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and depression, I believe they just need the tools. This generation is paving the way for what it means to work hard and play hard—they have seen more technological changes in their time than any generation will ever see again, and have stepped up. Facebook has more baby boomers now than any other generation currently using their platform!
This is a social, awake group of people who want to contribute and remain useful. Even after retirement, they are working in their communities and continuing education, taking every opportunity to remain vital and inspired. As well, they want to feel vibrantly ALIVE and accept their age with grace and pride. They are whom we need to embrace and energize because we desperately NEED this population. We need them to continue working if they can, to care for our children so that we can work! We need them to be healthy enough to teach and work with the truly old—those bound to wheelchairs and beds through age or disease. I have worked in so many nursing homes, and those who are 80 and older respectfully look to those in their 60’s for care and interaction. So let’s teach them! Let’s target classes and workshops and trainings specifically to this group! I can tell you from experience, my baby boomers are my most dedicated group of students. They love researching, improving, and practicing the homework I give them! They see the changes in their bodies and how they operate in the world and they want to tell all their friends! And oh how they teach me.
We know yoga is good for any ageing body: to digest stress, retain muscle strength and bone density, prevent rigidity, and support healthy organ systems. So, in addition to looking to yoga for the movement aspect to facilitate mobility, strength, and vitality, we at IPY also look to baby boomers to continue learning and set a supreme example of healthy, embodied ageing. We encourage our ageing students to join our education programs and trainings. Whether or not the goal is to be a teacher, our older students completely embrace and live the teachings. Because our style is very whole, all asana is about accessibility and benefit to all populations. We show modifications that are empowering, and enable those with more limited ranges of motion to still cultivate a strong practice. Everyone wants to feel strong in their body! To bend over and pick things up, rake the lawn, pick up grandkids, move furniture! Not all baby boomers want to go to a restorative class, many flow classes move too quickly and don’t offer props. This generation needs some support and tools, but they still want a challenging asana practice. They aren’t afraid to sweat or be sore—and they are wise in their ability to just push themselves far enough. It’s a beautiful thing! Because they are already compromising for their changing bodies in every way, they naturally embody a surrender toward balance and ease.
My baby boomer (and older) teachers are so inspiring and those younger, Gen X to Millennial all look up to them for their settled wisdom. But to those in this population who have never tried yoga, it can be intimidating and inaccessible. We need to reach out and tell them—COME TO YOGA!! Become teachers and teach your peers! I am here to say YOGA IS HERE FOR YOU, Baby Boomers! Imagine if all grandparents were teaching their kids and grandkids what we teach them in yoga: how to breathe and find peace and meet personal needs and stay kind; to love and respect their bodies, prevent injury and illness, to eat well, manage stress, cultivate joy and peace. That would be a wave of karmic contribution that would never end.
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