Deepening my yoga practice and teaching skills with world-class experience in Bali
From December 2015 to the end of April 2015, I was fortunate enough to spend nearly five months in Ubud, the spiritual centre of Bali, practicing yoga with some of the greatest teachers from all over the world. I am pleased to be able to bring this experience back to my practice and my teaching.
I know my practice has been deepened by daily exposure to the skills and experience of these world-class yoga teachers that are regularly on the schedule in Ubud and I also had the bonus of experiencing even more yoga-teaching talent during Bali Spirit Festival. Just some of the teachers I had the pleasure to practice with included Les Leventhal, Bex Tyrer, Mark Whitwell, Cheri Rae Russell and Danny Paradise - with the rest being too numerous to mention.
As a yoga teacher, not only was I looking to advance my own practice, but I also focused on further developing my approach to teaching. I spent time observing the different teaching styles and the methods that were used to break down and explain postures, as well as the philosophical approaches. I believe that my teaching style has been expanded and positively influenced in so many ways from my time in Bali.
Of course, as we all know, yoga is not just about the asanas (or postures). My personal development and growth has also benefitted immeasurably from the regular yoga practice, meditation, breathwork, philosophical teachings and the experience of the Balinese culture itself, which is full of respect and ritual.
I am forever grateful for this invaluable experience and hope to be able to pass on even a bit of what I learned to my own students.