Last weekend, I attended Kerri Verna’s weekend workshop at BeYoga. As soon as she posted on Instagram that she was coming to Charlotte, I immediately bought my tickets! She has almost 800K followers, so I was scared they would sell out. (and they did.)
Here is my friend Naomi and I before Saturday’s workshop–which was a 2 hour workshop on handstands. Kerri was so cool, and down to earth and made the workshop fly by. She has been teaching yoga for 12 years, and has 5 other fitness certifications. She has trained with the best, and knows her stuff. The information was a lot, so I am still processing it all. But, I have put it to good use this week during my yoga practice and also helped coach my students. Tip one: Stop arching your back (“banana back”). You actually have to keep your tail bone tucked under slightly. I see this in a lot of my yoga students, and it is a bad habit to break. Especially for former gymnasts/cheerleaders.
Another pretty amazing yogi I follow on Instagram was there too…Megan Lawing (@northcarolina_yogagirl) I felt a little star struck being in between these two ladies.
Here we all are–looking happy but exhausted from 2 full hours of handstand and handstand prep.
Sunday’s workshop was Core Work and Inversions. I love inversions and really want to learn all I can about how to get into them, cues to give, and the anatomy behind it all. I teach an Inversion workshop in town (next one in May!), and lead one on my yoga retreats I co-host. I am always looking for ways to help my students (and myself!) really get it. We all learn differently, so sometimes just the way a cue is spoken can help. Sunday’s workshop was filled with headstands, forearm balances, titibasana, and more handstands. My friend Alison and I had sore shoulders from all that arm balancing work. Tip two: use the heels of your hands and the finger tips as your “breaks” when balancing.
Workshops are a great place to ask questions, learn by doing, and to study with a new (and in this case, expert, teacher. You get to really focus on what you may skim over in a regular yoga class. It is also a great place to meet new friends in the yoga community. I am in this for the long haul, so I want to learn as much as possible so I can be the best student and best teacher I can be. Yes, workshops can be pricey, but think about it as an investment in yourself! Tip Three: sign up for a workshop!
PS- Kerri is coming back to Charlotte in July…workshop at Y2 Yoga!