The Magic of Mandala Yoga School

The Magic of Mandala Yoga School 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what some of our 2017 Participants had to share about their experience after graduation…all responses were anonymous

There are many Teacher Training Programs out there, if a friend were considering yoga teacher training, how would you describe this training to them?

– I would let friends know that it is a training that they really need to commit to and be able to focus on. The reason is so that they really embrace what is being taught, rather than doing the minimum. The information taught is so important and interesting. I would also suggest to them to begin practicing yoga on a daily basis prior to the training in preparation for it.

– I would emphasize that it is really focused on learning to be a teach and not quite as much on history etc…which i think is a good thing but everyone is looking for something different. from what i’ve heard from others, it seems like this training is more unique in that way, so many people do not feel confident teaching and adjusting coming out of teacher training but i think all of us are confident and prepared. it was a very warm and accepting environment, no need to conform to certain diets or beliefs which was great. i liked getting direction from different teachers as well.AnonymousWell rounded, absolutely will prepare you to teach, will deepen your practice with these skills, will pique your interest in aspects of yoga (and life!) you have not considered your interest in, the BEST YTT program! 

– I would describe it as practical/doable for anyone, especially those working a full time job during the traditional work week. I think, on average, 1 weekend a month is reasonable for most people. I would talk about how wonderfully knowledgeable and supportive the teachers are and how there is a clear focus/desire to ensure participants coming out of this program CAN TEACH. As opposed to learning a lot and teaching very little so the person has to figure it out after they are done and doing it in the real world. I would describe it as sometimes intense and intimidating but reinforce those involved want nothing but the best for us (students) and are willing to help along the way. I would describe it as a very personal journey which MYS understands and appreciates that it is a bit different for everyone.

– A very well-rounded program–a fine balance of topics pertaining to yoga and teaching. So awesome that you have practice teaching so early on. If you truly want to teach–this is the program for you. Gets you into the “seat of the teacher” much earlier than other programs. The teachers are amazing and so well-qualified. You get knowledge about many topics but it’s not overdone. There will always be more to learn, but this training sparks your interest in many areas without disregarding why you’re there—-to learn to teach.

Now that the “formal” training is over, how do you feel you changed as a teacher from Day 1 to now (post-graduation)?

– Day 1 I only had an idea of the physical part of yoga and mindfulness. Beyond this, I was not aware of the foundations. Now, knowing that it is a way of living, I am more inspired to teach and actually apply the whole aspect of yoga.

– I am more inspired to teach. at the start of the program i did want to teach but i also wanted to do the training for myself because i was not sure if i would be a good teacher. now i definitely want to share all that i’ve learned with others!

– I am more confident. I’m better able to look at the bodies in front of me and teach vs. lead. I am more inspired to teach!

– When I started the program I didn’t necessarily plan to teach. I wanted a deeper and more focused understanding of yoga. After completing the teacher training, however, I do plan to teach albeit very part time. I feel much more confident, prepared and inspired to be able to share and exposure others to the beautiful gift that is yoga.

– I have definitely changed in how I feel about teaching. I came into this program wanting to deepen my practice and learn as much as I could for my own sake because I love yoga so much. What I have come away with after graduation is a confidence and desire to share yoga with others because I really can!!! It has been a time of self discovery for me—seeing my capabilities and knowledge grow. I’ve seen a big improvement in my own practice as well–I am learning to pay more attention to each pose and to really activate my body completely. It is a new perspective and I’m so grateful to have been taught to realize this. I was so afraid to get in front of people in our practice teaching, but by doing this regularly, I’m so much more confident in what I can do. Going out of the comfort zone is scary—-but good!!!

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If you would like to personally talk with past attendees, we are happy to connect you.  This program will meet you where you are and help you get to where YOU want to be!  Our program has had participants who are corporate managers, stay-at-home moms, students, people from all walks of life and we come together with a common mission…to help each person create their mandala, their path, and walk it with confidence.

Mandala Yoga School once again offers scholarships to needing, deserving students.  Scholarship Recipients are kept private, everyone is given the exact same treatment and opportunities.

AND, We limit our class size to just 10.  

Follow This Link to Learn More about MYS

Follow This Link to Apply For a Scholarship 

(if you have trouble with either link – contact pattygeiger@nc.rr.com)

Marjorie Ginsberg

Marjorie Ginsberg – Client Spotlight

Meet one of super amazing clients, Marjorie Ginsberg…Marjorie is such a thoughtful person and we are blessed to have her here at studioVIBE.  Thank you Marjorie for the support and friendship you extend to all of us!  xoxo

Where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born in Manhattan, grew up in Philadelphia. Came to Cary via New England in 1995.

What brought you to studioVIBE?

I started doing yoga at the Y in the late 90s. After several years I wanted a calmer, cleaner, more restful environment. I looked around for my two favorite yoga teachers from the Y – Stacie Dombrowski and Phyllis Adams. They were both teaching at studioVIBE, which is what initially brought me in the door.

Since you have been coming to studioVIBE, what do you look forward to the most?

These days, Advanced Mat on Tuesday at 9:30 (I like the continuous motion, no frills/modifications, challenge of advanced exercises) and P40 on Wednesday at 8:30 (I like the emphasis on arms, inner and outer thigh, glutes as a compliment to Pilates. You will never injure or overwork, but will get a “bootcamp” level workout.)

Congrats on being a new Grandma! I am sure only Grandma’s really know what it is like…but can you explain how it feels to be Will’s Nana?

It’s amazing to see your children being loving and dedicated parents.

Tell us about the volunteer work you do.

I work at InterAct answering a Crisis and Information line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I have previously worked as a Child Advocate, Wake County Guardian Ad Litem and Cary Citizen Assisting Police.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot or what was your favorite vacation?

Montana, Maine, Puerto Rico, London, France, Italy, Asheville, Emerald Isle

So tell us about you…tell us about your life outside of studioVIBE and what you do for fun?

I retired from a marketing and strategy career in the tech industry and am now a student of Tarot, Astrology and the Subtle Body. I am a life long reader, relatively recent Hurricanes fan, follower of my husband’s bands (Moonlight Rescue Band and No Worries), and lover of makeup and perfume.
Just for fun…If you were stuck on a deserted island what 3 things would you bring?

iPad, big hat, fan

Any last-minute thoughts for someone contemplating walking in our doors?

If you are someone who needs variety you will be very happy here. I come 5x a week and rarely take the same class twice. If you like to work around a specific time slot (mine is 9:30am) you can come every day and experience a different class or teacher. I find it is easier to be consistent about my practices and avoid scheduling other commitments when I have a predictable time that I attend.

What are three words you would use to describe studioVIBE?

Energetic, optimistic, dedicated

 

Teacher Spotlight – Meet Phyllis Adams

Tell us a little about your Yoga journey?  I began my yoga journey in 2001.  I was on a fitness path and observed that there was a greater picture and path to follow. I went to NC School of Yoga for initial certification and from there have explored and studied under various teachers and systems of yoga over the past 15 years.

What makes you feel most alive?  Discovering new places! Family, friends, and dogs!

What do you love most about Yoga?  What do hope to inspire in others?  I love the aspect of yoga that allows you to move and explore through joy and inspiration from within. I have learned through the practice of Yoga and by sharing my passion that other’s were on board and it has blossomed into a supportive community of likeminded bright souls! My self esteem, self confidence, and general sense of well being has been nurtured through my practice. I hope to be a guide to other’s on their yogic path, and as a teacher I am totally inspired by my students!

What is your favorite quote?  “Wage peace by practicing kindness”

Favorite Yoga pose?  Half Moon

How has Yoga changed your life?  Yoga has changed my life in the sense that I have been inspired to seek purpose, self awareness, and trust.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges people face when they begin to practice Yoga?  To show up without expectations and enjoy the ride!

What do you want people to take away from your classes?  I want students to leave with a sense of feeling accomplished whatever that is for them on any given day!  Sometimes that is by simply showing up! I love smiles and have a playful approach to my practice and style of teaching.

What tools do you think are essential for starting a Yoga practice?  Attitude is as important as a willingness to explore and be receptive to new things!

Client Spotlight – Meet Evelyn Mullen

“Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.”  Evelyn Mullen

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born on a 19th century farm in South Carolina. All of us were lean and agile and able to sustain movement from sunup to sundown. My grandmother in her late sixties worked alongside the men and did not stop to lie down or quit. She died as she stood ready for another task.

Our family decided to become an intergenerational family. We needed a home with a floor plan for privacy and sharing. We found our house in Cary.

 

What brought you to studioVIBE?

A few years ago, I fell down a long flight of steps onto a concrete floor. I hit on my left side and sustained broken bones and abrasions. After rehab, I became fearful of falling again. My wonderful daughter encouraged me to sign up for 30 minute private lessons with Amy and Missy. With their encouragement, I was able to migrate to regular sessions of “Pilates for Life”.

After knee replacement, I was able to begin again as soon as rehab was completed.

How long have you been doing Pilates? 3 years

You have Rheumatoid Arthritis, along with other health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

Pilates has helped with flexibility and abdominal strength. With RA, tendons and ligaments become inflamed and tighten. Through stretching, some flexibility can be maintained. Balance is the greatest concern. Whenever I lose my balance, I can pull on my abs to stabilize.

With my teachers/mentors Amy and Missy, I am supported in what I can do and encouraged to get a little stronger.

Illness brings stress. Through Pilates, I have been able to manage stress successfully.

What would you tell someone who said that they were too “old” to start Pilates?

Get over it. This is it. This is your life. Mind and body work together. Be able to say on your death bed, “What is that new movement that I wanted to try?”

Anything else you would like to share?

Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2017

It was not possible for me to understand a Mother’s Love until I became a mother…

What a lucky girl I am to not only have such a beautiful woman as a role model but also to be able to spend so much time with her.  My mom (Billie Jo) has shared so much with me about life, loving others, and caring for this beautiful world we live in.

She has let me make my own decisions in life (never a helicopter mom), giving me the gift of learning from my mistakes.    That being said, nobody has beamed with more pride when I have received awards or accolades over the years than my mom.  I gave her the name “rose bud” because her cheeks would get so rosy with that smile!

My mom has instilled in me the moral obligation/privilege to care for all human beings with compassion and respect.   She has taught me to give from the heart and not with expectation.

Each Mother’s Day I feel more and more grateful for what I have learned from my mom!

To every mom out there, and especially you Mom, Happy Happy Mother’s Day!

xoxo
Patty