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Be Free 30

Welcome to 2017! We are so excited about our new 30 day whole health program created by your very own YS teachers. Check out the info below for all of the details, what you will gain, what you will learn and how you will FEEL!

 

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What Are People Saying?

“A few years ago, Renee worked with me on mindfulness and meditation. Before her coaching, I couldn’t go more than a minute without assuming my meditation timer had broken. She helped me figure out ways to just sit and BE. I can’t recommend Renee enough.” – Christopher

“Angela has the gift of drawing out of you what you need to be better. A better person, a better, more understood version of yourself! From that place, all of a sudden everything is possible.” – Sarah

Meet The Be Free Creators

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Renee – Chief Zen Master

Renee first discovered Yoga in 2004 at Verizon where she worked in Marketing. She found YogaSport where she started the 40 Days to a Personal revolution in January of 2007. Renee was attracted to the YogaSport due to the athletic nature of the Baptiste practice. She has studied and taught the mental practices of concentration and meditation to YogaSport and within the Dallas community since 2012. She did the 200 Yoga Teacher training in spring of 2015. She is passionate about helping and inspiring others. She currently works as Director of Loyalty Marketing at La Quinta Inns and Suites.

Random Fun Fact: Renee hiked the Inca Trail in Peru.

 

 

 

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Angela – Life Coach Extraordinaire

Angela started her career in marketing and advertising. After getting laid off at her job, she became a full time personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She eventually made her way to yoga, opened up YS in 2004, and is still here today on 4140 Lemmon Ave! In the past year, she has grown her life coaching interests by making her signature life coaching program, Spark, a 5 week online program.  She just launched her Spark podcast too! Check it all out.

Random Fun Fact: My childhood nickname is Nikki.

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Holiday Challenge: Practicing Self-Care

The holiday season is upon us – start preparing your body and mind for the craziness of over-eating and mall madness shopping!

Research shows that the best way to defend ourselves from burnout and fatigue is strategic self-care – every day activities and commitments that allow you to relax, rest, and restore your body, mind, and soul. Your yoga and meditation practice, along with thoughtful healthy nutrition, is a key component of quality self-care.

Think of it as putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Just imagine: With each Holiday Challenge sticker added, you fend off holiday stress, mall madness, and soon, those chilly December doldrums. All the while, you become stronger and more compassionate for family, friends, and loved ones.

Don’t leave yourself unarmed! Visit the studio for a toasty warm practice and an extra dose of strength and serenity to carry you through the holiday season.

See ya on the mat!

10 Questions To Ask When Considering Yoga Teacher Training (And Our Answers)

 

These days there are so many options for yoga teacher training. It can be a confusing decision, and we cannot tell you how many students come to us for training because they are disappointed in the program they chose. Not all programs are created equal, even though you will get the same 200 hour certificate at the end of each. Teacher training is a big investment of your time, money and energy, so it’s important to spend some time researching programs to see which is the right fit for you.

1. How much time do you spend in the classroom with your teacher(s)? Under Yoga Alliance standards, a 200 hour program must have a minimum of 180 classroom hours. Look at the programs you are interested in and do the math on how long you actually meet as a group. We have seen programs that only meet for 100 hours which means you are getting 80 less hours of teaching and coaching. Some programs claim to give you those unlisted hours in practicum form. This is code for non-contact hours which means you aren’t spending this time with your teacher(s). While it might be tempting to go for a program with less hours, trust us when we tell you that you will need and want all 180 + hours in order to feel confident that you can teach when you leave the program. And remember, lunch and dinner breaks don’t count! At YSYS, Angela and her team meet with you for 186 classroom hours.

2. What format is the training? In general, there are three types of formats.
a. Modular – A modular style training allows you to sign up for different modules which eventually add up to a 200 hour cert. Benefits – Financially, it can be easier because you can spread out the payments according to your schedule. You can also do the program over a longer period of time. Challenges – It may take a long time to get certified, the modules you want may not be offered often, and you will not go through the program with a dedicated group of trainees.

b. Intensive – An intensive is usually no longer than four months and can be as short as two weeks. Benefits – You get to know your classmates and create a tight-knit community of support. Also, you will complete your cert fairly quickly. Challenges – You will spend a lot of time reading, studying, and practice teaching throughout the intensive.

c. Extended – This type of training usually meets about once a month. Benefits – Just like the intensive, you get to know your classmates and form a camaraderie. You will have more time to study and complete assignments. Challenges – It will take longer to get your cert, and students can sometimes lose momentum when they don’t meet on a regular basis.

None of these formats are better or worse than another, but it’s important to understand your learning style and what works best for you. YSYS is offered in an intensive format because, in our experience, it helps students stay focused and supported. In our 200 hr program, we have a drop rate of 0%.

3. What type of materials will you receive and use? Does the program offer a comprehensive manual that will guide your training and provide you with a life-long reference? Ask to see the manual (if there is one) and the required reading list before signing up. At YSYS, your training includes Angela’s trademarked manual with photos of each asana and assist, along with guidelines for timing your class and sequencing postures. Come to an informational session to get a sneak peak at our required texts.

4. How much practice teaching will we do? Many trainings talk about how to teach, but don’t actually have their trainees teach very much at all. While it might seem scary to spend a lot of time practice teaching, it is essential to your success as a future teacher. Ask how often you will be practice teaching while receiving feedback from an experienced instructor. At YSYS, you will spend every weekend practice teaching (a lot!), and you will receive personal coaching from Angela and her team as well as voice coaching from a professional voice coach.

5. How much anatomy will I learn? It’s important that your program meet the minimum requirement for anatomy, which is 20 hours (a minimum of 10 in the classroom) with an anatomy expert. We have heard of trainings where there is little to no time spent on learning the anatomy of the body. Find out what anatomy books are used, who teaches this section, and how it is integrated into training to help students understand their bodies. In Angela’s opinion as an experienced teacher, 10 hours is not nearly enough. You need to understand how the human body works in order to teach people how to properly move in yoga. Your students will assume you have vast knowledge in this area.  At YSYS, you will receive 18 hours of expert anatomy training from a specialist and will practice teaching proper alignment and injury prevention. In addition, anatomy principles and alignment are taught during the asana and assisting portions of the program.

6. What style of yoga will I learn? This is one of the most important questions to ask. Go to the director’s classes and see if the style is something you want to learn. Be wary of trainings that don’t clearly define what they are teaching and try to be a training of all styles. You will need to be focused on one style in order to be a strong teacher in that style. Once you complete your 200 hour cert, you can take additional trainings to learn other forms of yoga. At YSYS, you will be trained in Power Flow Yoga by a Baptiste Certified Instructor. 

7. Who are the teachers and how long have they been teaching/training? Do some research on the teachers of the program and how much experience they have in teaching and training.  Also, be sure that you like the energy and style of the lead teachers because you will be spending a lot of time with them. At YSYS, our director has been teaching since 2002 and training since 2006.  We also have a vetted team of experts including anatomy experts, an OBGYN and voice coach. Get to know our TT staff here. 

8. What else will I learn besides physical asana? Often trainings have additional components such as hands-on assisting, the history of yoga, kids yoga, energy work, voice coaching and personal development. Find out what else the training has to offer and if it’s something you are excited about. YSYS is known for its emphasis on personal development and physical assists. 

9. What is the average class size? Trainings can range from 2-100+ people per class, so it’s important to know what to expect from the training school. Smaller classes allow for more personal attention and coaching, which is invaluable when you are learning a new craft. At YSYS, a typical training has 10-16 participants which means you will interact closely with your teacher and your peers and receive lots of personalized coaching. Because of this, we fill our trainings quickly.

10. What is the price? While important, we suggest that this is the last question you should be asking. 200 hour trainings are generally between $2500-$4200. Don’t just pick the cheapest training because you very often get what you pay for. A quality program with quality teachers will cost more, but the difference in instruction that you will receive is invaluable. If you skimp on your yoga education, you’ll regret it! Weigh the answers to all of the other questions suggested here in addition to cost. At YSYS, we are generally right in the middle of the current pricing trends. Check the TT page for current tuition prices and payment plan options.

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4 Week Fundamental Series

Luke Downward DogWe are excited to announce a new workshop series at YogaSport, The 4 Week Fundamental Series. In this 4 class workshop, you will learn the basic alignment and form of Power Flow Yoga. Through demonstration, discussion, hands-on adjustments, and guided practice, we will provide you with a solid foundation of this dynamic style of yoga. Each series will cover the following:

Class 1: Sun Salutations
Class 2: Warrior Poses
Class 3: Balance & Triangle Poses
Class 4: Backbends/Abs

All classes will include additional floor and inversion postures. This series is designed for brand new students who want to learn more about the practice as well as seasoned practitioners looking to fine tune their asanas.

Fall Sessions
Session 1: Thursdays 9/17-10/8
Session 2: Tuesdays 9/22-10/13
Session 3: Tuesdays 10/20-11/10
Session 4: Thursdays 10/22-11/12

If you purchased a Groupon for this workshop, please email nicole@yogasportdallas.com to complete your registration.  

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Assisting L2 Weekend – What You Need to Know

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Shannon & AngelaWe are SO excited you are joining us for Empowered Assisting Level Two! Get ready to have a ton of fun, deepen your Power Vinyasa practice and experience yoga from an entirely different perspective.

Here’s what you need to know for this weekend:

SCHEDULE:
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Bottom Line: Get lots of rest!

CLASSES: We will start the program at 9am on Saturday. From 9-10:30am you will be taking the Empower Flow class. Our assistant Team Lead, Evelyn, and Brian Lam from Boston (master assistant extraordinaire!)  will be assisting so enjoy! After class, quickly change clothes (into more yoga clothes, of course), and meet in the Zen Den for a morning chat session.
Bottom Line: Be prepared to assist and practice a lot.

CLOTHES: Bring LOTS of yoga clothes. You must change clothes after you practice or assist a practice. Each day, bring two extra pairs of yoga clothes in addition to what you wear in the morning and layer so you are prepared for any temperature. Trust us when we say it’s better to have more dry clothes than less, and you will want to change into dry clothes for the drive home.
Bottom Line: DO LAUNDRY tonight!

FOOD: Bring food and snacks throughout the weekend. Please pack your food in a mini-cooler or bag so you can store it in our lobby. We do not have fridge space. You will need to bring lunch and snacks on Saturday and Sunday. You will not have enough time to leave YS for meals. For snacks – bars, nuts, fruit, etc are great options Also, bring lots of water and electrolytes. We sell Ultima and coconut water which are ideal options for hydration.
Bottom Line: You will need to bring nutritious fuel Saturday and Sunday.

MAT/TOWELS/WATER: You will get level two handouts on Saturday. If you have gone through YSYS teacher training and/or Level 1 Empowered Assisting, please bring your previous manual. Bring a pen, your yoga mat, yogitoes (or a large towel) and water each day, in addition to two hand towels for assisting.
Bottom Line: We provide the knowledge, you provide your own equipment.

If you have any questions about the weekend, please don’t hesitate to email our fabulous manager, Nicole Esquino, at nicole@yogasportdallas.com.

Namaste,
Angela

Empowered Assisting Level 1 – What You Need to Know!

Welcome new assistants-in-training!

We are SO excited you are joining us for Empowered Assisting Level One! Get ready to have a ton of fun, deepen your Power Vinyasa practice and experience yoga from an entirely different perspective.

Here’s what you need to know for this weekend:

SCHEDULE:
Friday 5:30-9:30pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-6:30pm
Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) Info Meeting 6:30-7:00pm (This meeting is mandatory if you are interested in learning about/becoming a YS Assistant)
Bottom Line: Get lots of rest!

CLASSES: We will start the program at 5:30pm on Friday. From 5:30-6:30pm you will be taking the Hour of Power class. Three of our lovely assistants will be assisting so pay attention to them as this will be your first introduction to assisting! After class, quickly change clothes (into more yoga clothes, of course), bring your dinner into the studio and be ready for anything! On Saturday, you will take one of the morning classes and assist the training group during the other. You will also assist and/or practice Sunday at 9am and 4pm.
Bottom Line: Be prepared to assist and practice a lot.

CLOTHES: Bring LOTS of yoga clothes. You must change clothes after you practice or assist a practice. Each day, bring two extra pairs of yoga clothes in addition to what you wear in the morning and layer so you are prepared for any temperature. Trust us when we say it’s better to have more dry clothes than less, and you will want to change into dry clothes for the drive home.
Bottom Line: DO LAUNDRY tonight!

FOOD: Bring food and snacks throughout the weekend. Please pack your food in a mini-cooler or bag so you can store it in our lobby. We do not have fridge space. We suggest bringing dinner Friday night, lunch on Saturday and lots of snacks on Sunday. You will not have enough time to leave YS for meals. For snacks – bars, nuts, fruit, etc are great options Also, bring lots of water and electrolytes. We sell Ultima and coconut water which are ideal options for hydration.
Bottom Line: You will need to bring nutritious fuel Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

MAT/TOWELS/WATER: You will get a fancy manual on Friday. If you are in teacher training, the assisting manual is part of your manual so bring it with you. Bring a pen, your yoga mat, yogitoes (or a large towel) and water each day, in addition to two hand towels for assisting.
Bottom Line: We provide the knowledge, you provide your own equipment.

If you have any questions about the weekend, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@yogasportdallas.com.

Namaste,
Team YS