One has been a lack of local workshops (as in a 150 mile travel distance local) being offered the last three years. It seems there has been a significant decrease in Well Known instructors being invited to lead weekend workshops in the Twin Cities. Noting here that I am looking for instructors who teach an Ashtanga or Vinyasa style. Another factor is timing of said workshops - I need weekend dates, not mid-week dates. It is problematic for me to just take off work on a Wednesday through Friday. I'm rather limited to weekends.
Through my YMCA connections I received notice that the YogaFit organization was going to be conducting a three day session here in Duluth. Day One: Use of Props in a Restorative class. Okay, that's good, I do toss in restorative sessions and substitute lead Restorative class on occasion. Very apropos. And a two day Level 1 training. Perhaps a bit basic for my needs, but YogaFit does offer a slew of additional training sessions where they require you to have taken the Level 1.
Did I mention the training was in town? No extra gas or hotel costs incurred here. Nice. And I can use the credits toward my Yoga Alliance certification. Also nice.
So, Props. Well, I was under the impression it was going to be Props for Restorative based of of the description on the website, but it was definitely Props for Vinyasa. Which was actually better. It can be...problematic to incorporate props in a flow class because you do not have time to "set up" a station.
Props session was well organized. We got started about a half hour late because there were three people missing and with -20* temps that morning, the instructor decided to err on the side of caution. Third person never did show up. Ended up being six trainees, five gals and one guy. Nice to see that guy in class! Every one but me had previous YogaFit training, which wasn't a problem - just some terminology differences like dead bug = happy baby and some asana sequencing that I haven't learned.
The instructor, Katie, touched on some review from prior YogaFit sessions (like Level 1, 2 and 3 training), a bit of "prop philosophy", then moved right into props and prop use in a vinyasa class ala YogaFit style. It was a combination of talking and moving, she would explain, we would move through the sequence a few times, then move on. There was good give and take from the group.
In the afternoon we did floor and wall work. I learned a very cool way to get legs up the wall without scooching: Ninja roll! Awesome...
Breaks were built in, we did have an hour for lunch, and we were done early at 430p. I got the impression that's not always the case, but the exception since we were a very small group.
So my impression of my first exposure to YogaFit was very positive. I was impressed with the instructors ability to pull from previous trainings, those Level 1-3 sessions (even tho I haven't take them), I never got the feeling that in any given pose that "that was the only way" to do it, and it was some of the best use of props I had yet been exposed to.
I also realized just how much verbal cuing, verbal adjusting, and modifications I do, because I generally don't use props.
Next up: Level 1 training. Two day session.