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Mar 072019
 

Join my next 200-hour yoga teacher training program, beginning September 2019! Guiding this program has been my absolute joy over the last 14 years. Whether you wish to go deeper in your practice or wish to teach yoga, this program is guaranteed to support you in connecting more intimately to your yoga journey and in achieving your goals. With close to 1000 graduates to date, I have had the opportunity to watch and aid the personal and professional development of dedicated practitioners in a safe and supportive environment, and many graduates are teaching around the world. Explore what it means to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into your life over a lifetime, connect with other like-minded yogis, laugh, learn, and have fun doing it. Hear testimonials from past grads: Testimonials!

For more information on what you’ll learn please visit the overview page. Click here.

Location:
The Yoga Room Dunedin
2250 Main Street (State Road 580), Unit 1
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone:     727-515-1738

Dates and Times:

Friday 6-9pm, Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun 7:30am-4pm

1. Sep 6-8
2. Sep 20-21
3.Oct 4-6
4. Nov 1-3
5. Dec 6-8
6. Jan 10-12, 2020
7. Jan 31-Feb 2, 2020
8. Mar 6-8, 2020

Topics of study include:

  • 11060950_964661756900571_2941490543039280074_nHistory Yoga -Dive into fascinating discussions of the the vast history, source and purpose for the practice, and the founding fathers and texts of the practice.
  • Intensive Asana Study – Review alignment and appropriate modifications and variations for the poses of the primary series of Ashtanga and understand how this foundation lays the groundwork for all power and vinyasa styles of yoga.
  • Anatomy and Physiology – This is a foundational level for anyone teaching yoga, an overview of the systems of the body and how yoga affects these systems.
  • Principles of Pranayama -Understand how to breathe properly in asana utilizing the bandhas and how and when to guide these techniques with students.
  • Meditation -Build a foundation through discussion and meditation practice every time we meet.
  • Teaching Beginners – Practice breaking down alignment and develop effective communications to deliver clear and important guidelines to students.
  • Bhakti Yoga (Chanting) – Experience the calming, centering and clearing effect of traditional Sanskrit chanting in a group each time we meet, learn correct pronunciation and meaning, and incorporate your favorites into your own practice.
  • Adjustments – Receive hands-on guidance and practice with aiding students with alignment through the use of gentle touch.
  • Sanskrit names of Asanas – Learn the appropriate pronunciation and meaning of names of poses.
  • Yoga Sutras – Read, discuss and chant the Sutras and learn to incorporate them into your daily life.
  • Subtle Body and Chakras – Explore the ancient map detailing exactly where body meets mind and how yoga affects and balances the energetic body.
  • Business of Yoga and Ethics – Graduate with a plan on how and where to get started as a teacher.

Tuition and Application:

Deposit to apply and hold your space: $500
Regular tuition is $3250 plus books (balance after deposit due by first day of class)
Early bird discount: Pay In Full before July 1st, 2019 and save $200, total $3050.
Payment Plan: $3600, pay the $500 deposit, then $443 over the first seven sessions (no payment due the last session). A credit card is required for auto-debit.

Ready to apply? Please complete the application here and hit “apply”, but do not make payment until you have received notice that you have been accepted into the program.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Ally@allyford.com

 

Feb 032019
 

Week One: Body Scan Meditation (20-45 minutes for six days)

Find a quite place to practice the body scan each day this week. This can be practiced lying down or sitting.

45-Minute Body Scan:

 

20-Minute Body Scan:

 

Week Two: Practice the Body Scan Meditation (20-45 minutes) for three days and the Awareness of Breath exercise for three days.

Awareness of breath exercise (15 minutes):

 

Week Three-Four: Alternate the body scan recording with the Lying-down Yoga recording, every other day, six days this week. Practice awareness of breath 10-15 minutes each day.

Lying-down Yoga recording:

 

Standing Yoga recording:

 

Week Five: Alternate the body scan or a yoga practice with this longer seated meditation that has less guidance and more space for silence.

40-minute guided seated meditation:

 

Nov 292018
 

My December book special is back! From now through December 31st, 2018 when you order one of my children’s yoga books, you’ll get a second book free of charge with the shipment. That’s two books for $15 plus shipping. It’s the perfect gift for the little yogis and yoga parents in your life. Happy holidays!

Order by clicking here!

(Orders limited to 1 book per order for a total of 2 books shipped.)

Jun 132018
 

Our next 200-hour weekend vinyasa yoga program (Yoga Alliance RYT registered) begins October 27th at Drip Hot Yoga in Largo, Florida. Do you love yoga and want to learn more in a fun and supportive environment? This program is for you. We have over 500 graduates, many of whom are teaching around the world, and for this reason our program is highly respected.  But many also participate to simply learn more and go deeper with no intention of teaching.

See just a few testimonials here.

Dive into your practice! Learn, grow and connect!

For more information on our curriculum and 14-year program history, please click here.

Weekend Dates: Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm and Sundays 8:00am-4:00pm

October 27-28
November 3-4
December 1-2
January 12-13, 2019
February 2-3
March 2-3
April 6-7
May 4-5  Completion

Tuition: $3250 plus text books.
Save $200 if you register and pay IN FULL by July 31, 2018.
Payment plan available: $500 non-refundable deposit and remainder paid over first 7 sessions (no payment due the last weekend)

Apply here!
Complete the application and pay either $500 deposit only or tuition in full.

 

 

Mar 092018
 

Thursday, March 8th marked International Women’s Day, 2018 and this day means so much to me. My journey to becoming a strong woman is always evolving. I feel grateful to have been inspired by the women in my family and the incredible friends, yoga students, and colleagues I am blessed to continue to meet.

As a young girl I was constantly surrounded by women – strong women. My mother is the oldest of seven children, six of whom are women (my sweet uncle) and she was very close with her sisters. Some of my fondest memories were visiting our family in Houston and, after hugging my grandmother, running straight upstairs to see Mom’s two youngest sisters, Aunt Alison “Gay” (whom I’m named after), and Aunt Catherine or “Kitty.” They were both so beautiful and free. Aunt Gay was usually in her room, which you entered through tassels hanging from the door frame, playing her guitar.  Aunt Kitty was usually getting ready to hit the town, and they were both dressed in clothing that matched their personalities. It was clear they were comfortable in their own skin and celebrated their beautiful bodies, a lesson I have tried to embody throughout my life.

The sisters would quickly gather and start sharing stories of their childhood, and the thing that always struck me was how much they laughed together, deep belly, out loud, out of breath laughs. It was impossible not to laugh along with them even if you didn’t have a clue what they were discussing. My mom would often repeat what her grandmother said, “the longer you laugh, the longer you live!”

Soon, we’d head to Aunt Nancy’s house, born two years after my mom and her best friend, where the laughs would continue, and I’d get to play with my closest cousin, Tracy. Aunt Nancy was the first nature-loving tree-hugger I’d ever met, and boy what an impression our adventures left. She taught Tracy and I how to forage for sassafras root to make our own tea, encouraged us to hike in the woods, and skinny dip in their pond. Tracy rode horses bareback and taught her Arabian horse, April how to jump. I always had to ride the naughty horse, Ladybug who threw me twice, but that’s a story for another blog. In any case, both Aunt Nancy and Tracy had such a strong connection with and respect for our Mother Earth that I now so deeply honor and cherish. They set the example, and still do, to stay close to her, savor her beauty, leave less of a trace and leave more of her bounty for all to enjoy.

Tracy and I were always encouraged to embrace our God-given talent and partake in activities that let that light shine. We both loved music, and we’d spend hours in her bedroom writing our own songs and poetry, singing along to songs taught to us by our moms (and there was this one John Denver tune), and acting out plays. This was definitely one of the most creative times in my life. To this day, music and singing bring me great joy and I will continue to sing along like no one is listening.

I can’t even possibly quantify the lessons my mom taught me, though I will admit I didn’t always take her advice. And for many things I owe her an apology. She taught me how to jitterbug, to hug tightly, to share my feelings, to surround myself with friends I can trust, and said not to worry about what I’d study but to just go to college. She was the first and only of her siblings to attend a University. But more than anything, mom was the greatest example of selfless service, or seva as we call it in yoga, and was the biggest example of spirituality in my life.

Outside of attending weddings, funerals and baptisms, I honestly can’t remember ever going to church with my family, yet mom insisted we were Episcopalian. This set me on a path to search for a connection with God from a very young age. I attended church with as many friends as I could. My friend and neighbor, Rachel took me to a Nazarene church any time I wanted, and I even joined her for summer camp a couple of times. I went to Baptist service but that didn’t work out because they told me I couldn’t dance. I tried Catholic church, Evangelical church, Lutheran church, and attended Mormon church lots with my Nana. At the end of the day, just like my mom, I knew I believed in God and that God wanted us to be kind to one another, to love and respect each other, regardless of the type of church we attended.

Mom taught elementary school at a low-income school for 39 years. She spent lots of her own money on gifts and experiences for the children, and every year brought them to our house to swim, the boys and girls on separate days. She gave of herself selflessly because she believed in karma, and always told me to give because what we put out into the Universe comes back to us. And it’s amazing how many awesome little miracles my mom often found in her life. She celebrated those miracles.

My mom so valued the connections she shared with her sisters and friends. I am so grateful she set that example for me as I am doing for my daughter. For my heart is overflowing with the love I feel for my girlfriends, the appreciation I have for their friendship and for our experiences together. I feel so blessed to have met some of the most inspiring women on this planet, and I lift them up and cheer for their successes rather than envy them. Of course, I love the men in my life, and I sing their praises as well. We need both the feminine and masculine aspects of life to stay balanced. But at this moment, celebrating International Women’s Day, I’m embracing the feminine qualities in me: creativity, unconditional love, patience, speech, empathy, compassion, and nature. On this day, I lift up all the women in the world who so selflessly serve their families, schools, communities, and businesses. And on every day, I will strive to help empower women of all ages embrace who they are and love themselves fully.

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.”

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 





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