Trinity Facilitator Training

The first annual Trinity Yoga Facilitators Training was held in Vancouver from October 11-14, 2005. It was wonderful to make new connections and reunite with old friends (some of whom I hadn’t seen since my Level Three training almost two years ago). It was also exciting to be a student again – learning and being nurtured by Jennifer and Mary-Jo. Our days were full and rich with open, honest dialogue about what it is like to be a facilitator for Trinity Yoga; the ins and outs of leading a Level One Training. Of course, in true Trinity style, we had lots of hands-on experience and everyone had an opportunity to shine in the spotlight.

In addition to Mary-Jo and Jennifer’s wealth of knowledge, we were blessed to spend a day with Carol-Anne Bickerstaff – who is passionate about learning and facilitation. Carol-Anne’s work regarding structure, function and basic body balance has taken her around the globe. She shared many facilitation tools with us to ensure that a wide variety of individuals get the most out of their learning experience. She also provided insight into our personal learning and communication dispositions. This was very interesting and fun to work with throughout the week.

As a new Facilitator with Trinity, I was energized and moved to be among this group of passionate individuals. We came together, and essentially, marked a new beginning for Trinity. It was a wonderful affirmation to witness the group’s dedication to what Trinity Yoga offers the world. I look forward to the New Year, to new changes, and to new Facilitators!

Your First Yoga Practice | Trinity Yoga

Developing Your First Yoga Practice

Your first yoga practice requires that you learn to develop and the cultivate a state of peace and calm whilst faced with physical, mental and emotional challenges are the practice of yoga. Choosing to honour yourself through the pursuit of a yoga practice is intelligent and loving. The word yoga means to join, or to yoke. This represents a primary requirement for all of life – to feel safe, unified and connected.

Throughout history, the pursuit of happiness has been humanity’s abiding quest. The happiness we seek is more than just the ephemeral happiness of a desire fulfilled or an adversity overcome. What we seek is far deeper and more lasting, perhaps a more apt description is ‘peace without suffering.’ Yoga is a practical and ancient approach to this state of happiness or nirvana.Let us start with a simple and realistic approach to adding yoga to your life. I often say to my students, if you are only able to do legs-up-the-wall for 5 minutes everyday, you are on your way to cultivating your yoga. We will expand our practice as we progress, but for now this simple excercise is a good place to begin.

If you feel ready for something more, try working your way up to all of the first three modifications for downward dog, everyday for a month.

Yoga is about making a choice each day that celebrates your well being. You now have 3 choices before you:

1. The time and place that you’ll begin your practice. Are you going to create a space in your life to practice?

2. The choosing of your destination. Are you going to health and happiness?

3. The effort you’ll put in to get there. Are you going to excercise the discipline required to get there?