Certificate in Nature Connect Yoga
Prerequisites: Eco 500/Orientation,been practicing Yoga for at least a year.
Investment: $397.00. payment options are available.
Although getting an amazing stretch is wonderful, Yoga is more than the physical practice. It is a practice of going within and connecting with your inner nature; it’s a practice of contemplation, insight, discovery, and awareness.
That gorgeous sunset or peaceful river bed isn’t just a pretty backdrop for a yoga practice, it can be the core of a practice. Building a practice with and within nature can be the heart and insight into a lasting and fulfilling practice and lifestyle. There’s a reason that monks would seek out a cave isolated from everyday society to find ‘enlightenment’.
Nature Connect Yoga bridges Applied Eco-psychology and Yoga. Using nature connect exercises we will explore some of the more traditional aspects of the 8 limbs of yoga (ex: pratyahara, pranayama), to discover how Nature and Yoga are not only a great compliment to each other but are really reflections of each other. As John Muir stated: “I stayed out all day and discovered that going out was really going in.”
In this beta test of Nature Connect Yoga, we will work with discovering what Yoga truly is (not what magazines picture it as), withdrawal of the senses, breath, contemplation, awareness, focus/meditation, and how to work with the physical postures in a nature based attractive way. This is the first of two courses in the Nature Connect Yoga certification. The second course is in the process of being written, along with the details of the certification process, and will cover yamas, niyamas, integration and how to teach Nature Connect Yoga.
This course is compatible with whatever style of asana practice you currently have, from restorative to ashtanga. We will work through some of the stories that the industry and mass media have put on Yoga and get back to the heart of Yoga (connection).
Meet the Course Facilitator
Hello! My name is Natalie Forrest – I know, a great last name for someone who loves nature.
I have been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching for 16 years, involved with Eco-psychology for about 11 years.
I came to yoga as a person seeking for stability and understanding of myself. This was just before it became really popular and there were only two of in the class. From the moment I took my first class I was hooked and loved it. Yes, the stretching was great but it was all the other aspects that I adored – the insight, the contemplation, the techniques to focus my mind and be more present, the ability to access breath when I needed to. Yoga was an immediate fit for me. Yoga just made sense to me, it fit me, I didn’t have to fit it.
After years of teaching regular classes I began to feel that I wasn’t quite getting across what it was that I loved so much about yoga. You see, my home practice was almost always outside, but I had to teach indoors. I eventually started offering a Spontaneous Outdoor Summer Yoga Program, where I would have a list of people who had signed themselves up and I would email them three or four days in advance and we would meet at all these beautiful locations in my town and practice yoga. I would blend in applied eco-psychology as best I could, and it was great. I offered Applied- Eco-psychology and Yoga at a few retreats, which was fabulous. But I started to yearn to teach what I practiced in my own practice, to really get into the heart of what I loved about both of these and how they are very compatible if one comes from the heart.
Course website and information: http://www.natureconnectyoga.com