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Assisting L2 Weekend – What You Need to Know

Welcome !

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

Member Spotlight : Juan "Mario" Perez-Lomeli

me_parivrtta_utkatasanaName: Juan Mario Perez-Lomeli
Nickname: Mook (Mookie) Has something to do with playing a lot of street basketball and the movie “Do the Right Thing.”

Day Job: Network Engineer at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone of America.

How long have you have been practicing at YS? I’m not sure, but it’s close to 2 years. Been my home studio since the first time I tried it out.

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Art of assisting is a ton of fun. It’s a great way to get out of your shell and meet interesting people.

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Dealing with chaotic situations and emergencies. I’d trade that in for being better at planning and preparing, though.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Tolasana (scale pose) float through to chatarunga dandasana is probably my favorite right now but half pigeon is a close second.

Who inspires you the most and why? Mom, without a doubt. She’s a miracle worker and has accomplished so much considering where she came from and all of the obstacles that she’s overcome. I routinely witnessed her change lives and bring hope to undocumented Mexican Nationals dealing with impossible scenarios and dire circumstances.

Why did you start practicing yoga? A pretty girl had a little something to do with that. 2nd date kind of thing. Thanks to her I have a yoga practice and 3 super cats. IMAG0067

Why do you still practice? Each class is a mental and physical challenge as well as an opportunity to grow and get in touch with self. I truly believe it is a bridge to being in touch with my inner being; a way to dissolve the cultural filters that define who it is that I think I am.

What do you just love about YogaSport? It’s a community of great energy and positivity.  All of the instructors bring a unique touch and perspective that make every class arduous yet fresh and fun.

Spill – What’s your guilty pleasure? Oh man. Hmm… Hard to choose one but I’ll go with fantasy football since draft day is approaching. It’s one day every year where my oldest and dearest friends and I all gather to act like children. Christmas day for us, really.

What’s the best dish you can cook? Steak chimichurri or almond crusted chicken strips. The cast iron skillet does all of the work for me, otherwise I have trouble boiling water.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? Played MC Hammer in my ninth grade musical in, of all places, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mac or PC? Linux.

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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

Art of Assisting FAQ

Written by YogaSport Assistant Jenny Mizutowiczangela_erinh

So you’re thinking about being an assistant, or taking the weekend training, huh? While many of you can’t wait to get your hands on assisting (no pun intended), some of you may have hesitations about what is expected of you, the experience required and what comes after the Art of Assisting workshop. As someone who has attended the workshop, completed the Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) and is part of the assisting team at YogaSport, I encourage you to put your hesitations aside and give it a shot. Here are some FAQs we’ve been hearing around the studio.

1. When is the training and what does it include?  The Art of Assisting workshop is Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21. The weekend-long workshop will introduce you to assisting by explaining key anatomy and alignment, demonstrating assists for postures included in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa sequence, and allowing you to gain experience by practicing the assists yourself. A comprehensive assisting manual is included with the training and we highly recommend reading and owning Journey into Power as well.

If you enjoy the workshop and feel that assisting is something you’d like to pursue, you have the option to apply for the TAP program at YogaSport to join the team of assistants.

2. Do I have to be “really good” at yoga to be an assistant? No! There is no ego in assisting. To illustrate this answer, come watch me in a yoga class. It will give you solace, as I am not a super awesome yogi. Assisting is more about understanding alignment and empowering students to grow in their practice rather than being “good” at yoga. In fact, assisting will likely give you a better feel for yoga alignment, thereby improving your own practice.

3. If I take the Art of Assisting workshop, do I have to commit to assisting? No, YogaSport does not own your soul after the workshop. 🙂

4. If I decide that I DO in fact want to be in assistant, what is the process like after the workshop? How long does it take? The weekend workshop will provide you with a basic overview of assists as well as resources to study. The Phase 2 Program begins with a minimum of five one-on-one assists with fellow assistants. You will need to complete at least one of these a week although some people choose to do two to three a week so they complete the training faster. A one-on-one assist is what you see going on in the back corner of class every now and then when one person is assisting another in a class. Once you complete your one-one-ones and are cleared by an assistant Team Lead, you assist Angela, the “gatekeeper”.

5. What are the benefits of assisting? Besides feeling really awesome and sharing, you do get a few extra benefits when you are an assistant at YS. You get a membership discount, 20% off retail products, discount on Level 2 Empowered Advanced Assisting (will be offered this fall!)

6. What is my commitment once I become an assistant?  You will commit to one regular class on the schedule (two if you like!). We ask for a minimum commitment of six months but honestly most of our assistants stay for much longer. We have had some people assisting for over three years!  Also, you will assist one night of a beginner series class for each series that we have which is usually about 4-6 times a year.  We also have occasional meetings and trainings which always involve laughter, sharing and usually cupcakes and champagne.  The essentials to any good training.

7. Why do you assist? Assisting yoga is an act of giving. The feeling you get when a student makes an “Aha!” expression after being guided into the correct alignment or smiles and sighs upon receiving a back rub is extremely rewarding. I assist because I enjoy helping students grow in their practice and because it’s my way of giving back to the assistants who empowered me in my practice the past few years. Not to mention, it’s an honor to be part of this team of bad-ass yogis at YogaSport!


And if you don’t believe me, we asked other YS Assistants why they assist. Here’s what they had to say…

“You get to interact with people in a completely selfless way, with no regard for yourself really but with total regard for them. The feeling you will get from helping students through this experience, especially if they are newer and struggling, is immeasurable.”- Christopher, current YS Assistant

“Assisting allowed me to share my love of yoga with others and helped me become so much more aware of how I could deepen my practice in a way that was safe for my body.” – Shannah, current YS Teacher, assisted for over 3 years

“I love(d) assisting because I love being assisted and love the idea of offering that to someone else… Also because it gets me all the way out of my own headspace in service to others in a way that even being on my own mat doesn’t.” – Shannon, current YS Teacher, assisted for 2 years

“I love that our assistants have the intuitive capability to guide us into the fullest expression of our poses. I assisted because I enjoy helping others and wanted to give back any and every bit that I could.” – Morgan, current YS Teacher, assisted for 1.5 years

“The main thing I love about assisting is staying connected to the community.” – Whitney Yelm, current YS Assistant

“I started assisting because I loved the feeling of connecting with other yogis and helping them to grow and enhance their practice. But what I found was that, at the same time, I was also becoming more connected with myself and growing and enhancing my own practice as well. And it’s fun!” – Evelyn Roland, current YS Assistant

 

Team Spotlight – Jenny Mizutowicz

Name: Jenny Mizutowicz

Hometown: I was born in Trenton, NJ but grew up in Cedar Hill, TX.

Day Job: Manager of Marketing & Research at the Richardson Economic Development Partnership. Nobody knows what this means, so I always follow with, “I recruit companies to Richardson.”

How long have you have been practicing at YS? I started practicing in February 2009, took the 200 Hour Teacher Training the summer of 2012, and began assisting October 2012.

When do you assist? I assist Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Family: My parents Ted and Wanda live in the house I grew up in in Cedar Hill – just 15 minutes south of Dallas. I also have a sister, Vanessa, who lives in Austin.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Dairy Queen Blizzards. I struggle to resist stopping at Dairy Queen on my road trips to and from Austin.

Favorite Ice Cream: I had coffee ice cream at a little shop called Jeni’s in Columbus, OH last February and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Favorite Book: I love reading everything from dark non-fiction to bubbly chick lit. My favorite books are probably the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Right now I’m reading a classic- The Great Gatsby.

Who inspires you the most and why? Smart, strong women with successful careers. I admire women who have achieved success in their professional lives while simultaneously balancing a family life. My mother is one of these women, and I have looked up to her since I was a little girl.

Why did you start practicing yoga? A friend dragged me to yoga with her in 2008 to get into shape for Spring Break. She told me it was a great workout. She was right.

Why do you still practice? Aside from the tremendous physical benefits, yoga has transformed the way I approach life. It teaches me to accept people and things as they are and helps me peacefully get through obstacles. The past year or so I have learned to practice yoga “off the mat”.

Why do you assist? I love BEING assisted, so this is my way to give back to the assistants who have graced me with their loving hands in the past. I also consider it a privilege to be part of this supportive, inspiring YogaSport community.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? My parents came to the United States from Poland. I was raised largely by my Polish grandparents and nannies, and therefore grew up speaking Polish before I learned English. I have unfortunately forgotten a lot over the years.