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Chapter 17 – India, Part 2

Chapter 17 India Part 2  I was eager to meet my group on the third day. I was still feeling jet lag. It was a forty-hour journey and my body was catching up. The hotel had a restaurant and pool. It was 80-85 and clear most days in January. The biggest expense can be the flight. I knew some folks who were traveling quite comfortably on a one to two hundred dollars a week budget. Breakfast included idlis or dosas…

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Chapter 16 – India, Part 1

Chapter 16 India Part 1 The years of 2003, 04 and 05 were momentous for me. I was going to India. I would be assisting in a Hatha 1 teacher training in Yogaville that summer. I would start my first teacher training as an official Integral Yoga (IY) trainer in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005. We moved from our home in downtown Erie, where I had lived for over 20 years, to a wooded setting next to a…

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Chapter 15 – The Business of Yoga

Chapter 15 The Business of Yoga   When I became certified in the fall of 1996, there were only a handful of teachers in the Erie area. Today, there are over 100 identifying themselves as yoga teachers whether they are certified or not. This increase reflects the popularity of yoga in America. Since I opened the first studio in 98, I have seen several studios open and close. Some can only survive by offering regular teacher trainings that can flood…

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Chapter 14 – The Training Years

Chapter 14 The Training Years   The Integral Yoga Hatha 1 teacher training was my first formal training to earn a certification. I felt I had already been in training for over 25 years. The prerequisite for this training was a recommended six months of practicing the Integral Yoga Hatha 1 sequence. Today, prerequisites can range from very little experience in a specific style to at least a year. Our group ranged from very little experience to myself and a…

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