My opportunity to practice some really serious yoga came before I'd even boarded the plane to Auckland.On my way to ten days of yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea, I was feeling sad about leaving my man and my wee man behind.Really sad, too sad to feel excited.Standing at the counter, checking my bag through to LA, I handed over my passport.An old-school ten year passport that doesn't expire until 2013, and is also - as I was about to find out - not machine-readable.Which … [Read more...]
Experiences of Prana Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea
What's it like to attend a yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea? And how might it change your life? Kara-Leah Grant tells all.
It's day number.... something? on my Prana Flow teacher training with Shiva Rea.The training is at Exhale Spa, Venice, California and the apartment I'm staying in with another student is a short walk along Venice Beach.Ah Venice Beach... like no other I've ever encountered.Shops and cafes on one side... a wide pavement of walkers, bikers, rollarbladers & skaters, dogs and skateboards in the middle... and vendors, musicians, and hanger-ons on the other side. Beyond the vendors … [Read more...]
One of the most amazing experiences of my Prana Flow teacher training with Shiva Rea was our morning meditation and lecture sessions with Chris Tompkins, something I'll go into detail about in a future post.I've long wanted to establish an early morning practice, and having to be there most mornings at 7am for 12 days has done this.I was able to witness the effect of just sitting and connecting to the Self, the effect of using bija mantras every morning, and the way it set my entire day … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat Ever since I first took a Prana Flow teacher training module with Twee Merrigan in Wellington, I'd been dreaming of going to study with Shiva Rea, Master Prana Flow teacher, in the USA.Something was always in the way though...I was working as a speechwriter and paying the mortgage on the house my partner was renovating. I was pregnant. Then I had a new born baby boy, Samuel.All the while, I'd keep an eye on what Shiva was up to, where she was … [Read more...]
My third eye has been twitching all afternoon, a sensation which started during my recent trip to LA for teacher training with Shiva Rea.The last time I can remember it doing this I was sitting in a Wellington restaurant with my Aunt, who's a straight-up, salt of the earth, farmer and local government politician turned Minister of Parliament.I'd just flown back from Canada, about a week after having two psychotic episodes, being committed to the Acute Psych Ward of Lions Gate Hospital, … [Read more...]