July 11, 2016 (11 of 30)The International Yoga Alliance is total bullshit. However, I am a paying member in proud standing.

Some years ago, the International Yoga Alliance set forth a standard of education by which yoga teachers should be educated. They also have a hierarchy of letters and numbers after one’s name that denote the amount of education and teaching hours an instructor has.

The idea was a noble one: streamline the profession of yoga, allow yoga teachers to track their progress both in education and teaching and allow consumers to better understand the background and knowledge of any given teacher at first glance.

Today much of that has changed.

The Yoga Alliance might be a “non-profit” but with over 52,000 yoga teachers registering last year in the U.S. alone at $55+ each I’m not really sure where the dollars are going. Yoga Alliance certainly doesn’t offer anything more than a piece of paper and a poorly designed wallet card in return (oh yea and rental car discounts, insurance provider links and hotel discounts which I’d bet they get a kickback or commission from). It seems The new motivation is to broaden the pool of teachers rather than standardize the education.  Yoga Alliance will approve just about any curriculum, manuals and syllabus (the 18000 schools pay about $300 per year to be part of this coveted group).

Why am I a member then? Because there’s no other option.

This has jarred me for many years. But recently an occurrence triggered me to come out of silence. A yoga instructor trainer recently held a teacher training in my town with 30 people over a period of just 12 class days here in Costa Rica. Yoga Alliance- How can you let this fly?!

All the Yoga Alliance seems to be doing today is diluting our profession with under qualified and undereducated instructors, making all yoga teachers out there, regardless of experience level, training or credentialing get jumbled in with the masses of people who attend sub-par courses and call themselves certified yoga teachers.

People don’t speak out about this much, or like ever. But I am. I’m pissed and I’m taking a FIRM stand.

The teacher who led the training seemed well prepared, organised and knowledgeable. I do believe she passed on some wonderful insights during those 12 days. I believe that she would be fully competent and capable to lead a full-length training. But how can 12 days even be registered as a 200-hour training? There must be a bare minimum of contact hours with the teacher, I guess.

I don’t completely fault her. I don’t even mostly fault her.  Like the rest of us she is just trying to earn a living in what is becoming a more and more cutthroat and franchised industry. I get it. Yoga teaching might be amongst the top 100 most desirable careers (according to CNN) but it also yields the 4th lowest income on that list of 100. It is HARD to earn a living at yoga and we all are just trying to do what we can to sustain. Yoga Teacher Trainings are a way to do that.

But how can one possibly pass on what is necessary to move people from a lineage that is 3000+ years old in just 12 days? Do any of the trainees actually get to guide a class in that timeframe? I doubt it. Teaching Yoga isn’t just about knowing poses or sequencing or spitting out fluffy Osho quotes. It’s about having, knowing and speaking an individual voice and style. It is about living yoga, as we each interpret it.

12837677_10153234566130989_1828158483_oIf we are offering people a chance at a new career, teaching people how to touch others, both physically, spiritually and energetically, how is this possible in so little time? Yoga Teacher Training is a course where we offer a diploma, eligible for a livelihood. As such, the level of education should be college or trade school equivalent.

We need yoga teachers aware of the history, philosophy and traditions from which they came, with a further education in the modern interpretations of yoga in the west including solid (VERY SOLID) anatomy training to keep students safe.

Both yoga teacher trainers and The International Yoga Alliance need to check their ethics. Yoga alliance is the ONLY governing body of yoga that set forth a standard. So we register and we comply.
But that standard isn’t high enough.

Aspiring Yoga Teachers must do research beyond a pretty location and convenient time slot.

Put education first.

Yoga Alliance isn’t going anywhere and a new institution might not pop up soon. So we need to respect ourselves, our students and our professional credibility. It is on each individual school and teacher to change this.

Rise up. Do better. We can all take that responsibility.

 

Lauren Rudick online Classes

It’s here! It’s here!!! I’m sooooo excited to share with you that now you can take yoga classes with me again online!!!!
CLICK HERE!! 

This has been a project I’ve been dreaming of undertaking for so long: accessible, affordable yoga for anyone, any time.

July 20, 2016 (44 of 44)Further I’ll be taking you on my travels with me, filming in stunning and special locations from the road. Online yoga classes in amazing spots. 
CHECK IT OUT! 

It’s not just Asana either. My friends and I will be providing dharma talks and continuing education for existing yoga teachers, including business and social media practices!! This is the online yoga studio of my dreams!!!

You can subscribe for a 1 day, 1 week or 1 month pass.
Access to 1 day of unlimited yoga with me is just $3!

Click here to sign up!

Oh yea and the 1st 20 people to subscribe for a monthly membership will get $200 off any future retreat or YTT with me! Accessible, affordable yoga- that’s the point.

Please join me. Invest $3 in yourself. Give it a try. I’ll be uploading a bunch of new videos weekly!! Boom. Practice with me now!

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namste don jon'sNovember 25-30, 2016

JOIN LAUREN & THE DON JON’S FAMILY FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP!

PRICE STARTS AT $475USD

HOSTED AT THE SUPER FUN DON JON’S LODGE IN SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA, THIS RETREAT IS A RUSTIC, FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCE!

YOUR RETREAT INCLUDES:

  • YOGA EVERY DAY IN THE TREEHOUSE
  • 5 NIGHTS AT DON JON’S LODGE
  • BREAKFAST DAILY
  • MONTEZUMA WATERFALL HIKE
  • 1 GROUP SURF LESSON

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS INCLUDE BICYCLE RENTALS, HORSEBACK RIDING, MASSAGE AND OTHER SPA TREATMENTS, FISHING EXCURSIONS, ZIP LINING, HIKING TRIPS ALL TO BE ARRANGED AT DON JON’S LODGE.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

ABOUT SANTA TERESA
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Theresa is a surfer’s and beach seeker’s paradise. Endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, hiking is certainly an option for the more intrepid yogi.


GETTING TO SANTA TERESA

There are several ways to get to Santa Teresa. Flying in to San Jose is easiest. From San Jose, getting to Santa Teresa is simple: either take the local bus ($15 from 7-10 bus station, leaving at 6am and 2pm daily) which includes a stunning ferry ride to the Nicola Peninsula. It is also very easy to arrange shuttle buses via zumatours.net, montezumaexpeditions.com or costaricashuttle.com. Shuttles cost $50 each way and will pick you up from your preferred destination and drop you off right at don Jon’s. Alternatively, fly Natureair or Sansa Airlines to Tambor (30-minute flight $50-$150) and take a taxi to Don Jon’s.  Please note that if your flight arrives in or leaves out of San Jose after 2pm before or after the retreat, you will need to stay overnight in San Jose.

  • NOT INCLUDED:
    • FLIGHT
    • TRAVEL INSURANCE (RECOMMENDED)
    • TRANSFERS TO SANTA TERESA & DON JON’S
    • ALCOHOL AND ITEMS OF A PERSONAL
      NATURE/SOUVENIRS
    • GRATUITIES
    • POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT IN SAN JOSE BEFORE OR AFTER THE RETREAT

ARE YOU READY? JOIN US!!! November 25-30, 2016
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–December 11-17, 2016–

YOGA. RELAXATION. ENDLESS BEACHES. SURFING.

Join Lauren for intensive yoga,  pure relaxation and luxury on your Costa Rica yoga retreat.

Price starts at $1450USD for this yoga retreat

“This was my paradise on earth for a week. Thanks Lauren Rudick for putting this yoga retreat and additional activities together. Not only did I get to be taught yoga from you personally, but we got to go horse back riding through the jungle and on the beach, drove ATV’s to go Zip Lining, then jumped off a waterfall and also got to surf all in one short week. This was an incredible experience that none of us will soon forget.”
-Hylana Almeida, Costa Rica Yoga retreat 2014


Hosted at the stunning Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, this retreat is complete tranquility.

Your retreat includes:

  • Yoga every day with Lauren Rudick (including asana practice, guided meditation, philosophy and dharma talks)
  • Your stay at Pranamar Yoga retreat center
  • 3 meals per day
  • Rainforest Canopy Adventure (on ATVs!)
  • 1 group surf lesson
  • 2 days of bicycle rentals to go exploring

Optional add-ons include bicycle rentals, horseback riding, massage and other spa treatments, fishing excursions, hiking trips.

  • pranamar bedsNot included:
    • Flight
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Transfers to Pranamar and Santa Teresa (although we can help you arrange this)
    • Alcohol and items of a personal nature/souvenirs
    • Gratuities
    • possible overnight in San Jose before or after the retreat

About Santa Teresa:
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Theresa is a surfer’s and beach seeker’s paradise. Endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, hiking is certainly an option for the more intrepid yogi.

This place is a paradise located on an almost completely private beach.  Santa Teresa is a relaxed and quaint town. Safe, easy to get around and traveler friendly.

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There are several ways to get to Santa Teresa. Flying in to San Jose is easiest. From San Jose, getting to Santa Teresa is simple: either take the local bus ($15 from San Carlo Bus station, leaving at 6am and 2pm daily) which includes a stunning ferry ride to the Nicoya Peninsula, or fly Natureair or Sansa Airlines to Tambor (30-minute flight $50-$150) and we’ll have a taxi waiting to transfer you to Pranamar.  Lauren will assist you to ensure that your journey to Pranamar is as easy as possible and hassle free. We can also help arrange your transportation from Liberia if necessary. Please note that if your flight arrives in or leaves out of San Jose after 2pm before or after the retreat, you will need to stay overnight in San Jose.

About Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center:

Pranamar Ocean Front Yoga Retreat Center is an intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel recently on a spectacular and quiet beach. Pranamar offers guests tropical beauty and nature in an exotic and friendly ambiance. Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature’s rhythm as you take a journey into your body, mind and soul on Lauren Rudick’s Costa Rica yoga retreat.

how  yogis ziplinePranamar’s luxurious two-story villas are built around a free-form saltwater pool. They each have private lounging areas, are surrounded by tropical gardens and boast spectacular views.  The ecologically-constructed bungalows offer tropical simplicity with sea breezes, spacious decks and glimpses of the ocean.

 

Pranamar’s beautifully designed open-air restaurant and tea lounge specializes in healthy, delicious cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and organic meats. All dietary needs can be accommodated including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and any food allergies.

 

Where you might sleep:
IMG_0026Kula House $1450USD -Kula means community in Sanskrit and the Kula house instantly creates a sense of home coming. The upstairs features a large bedroom with 4 beds and private bathroom. Attached is a large terrace with an ocean view perfect for late-night hangouts. The lower level of the Kula house has a queen sized bed, a private bathroom, a small kitchen and living room as well as it’s own separate entrance and large deck. Ideal for a couple.

 

Garden Bungalow $1685USD – The garden bungalows feature one bedroom and one bathroom. Enormous ocean-facing decks great for watching sunset and relaxing with the ocean breeze, while a small living space with built-in sofas offer a private lounging area. Garden bungalows can either be shared with two twin beds or have one king sized bed for couples or private sleeps.

pranamar pool peekPoolside Villa $1865USD – Each two story villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces. All poolside villas have personal pool entrance and a garden bathroom with granite stone tub. Poolside villas will have 1 room with a king sized bed and 1 room with two twin beds. Each bedroom has a private bathroom.

 

Please note that couples can use the shared option in all cases and will have a private stay and bathroom with a king sized bed, provided by Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center.

Want to know what others have said about their experience on Lauren’s Costa Rica Yoga retreat? Click here!

A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to reserve your space in yoga classes. a 50% balance of payment is due 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. The remaining balance is due 21-days prior to the start date of the retreat. A full refund, minus the deposit fee will be offered for cancellations made more than 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. Cancellations of less than 60-days advanced notice will be refunded 50% of the retreat price. Refunds will not be offered on cancellations made less than 21-days in advance. Refunds will not be offered on discounted rates.

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AliKaukas-5069Someone asked me these simple questions when trying to help me market a new project. I paused. I took 5 deep breaths. Then I put pencil to paper and this is what happened…

WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Who are you?
A dreamer
A writer
A yoga teacher
A lover
A love craver
A cutie
A free spirit
A wanderer
AliKaukas-4169A wild child
A yogi
A foodie
A woman who loves to dress up as much as dress down.
A woman who loves getting her feet dirty
A woman who will stick her face and hair in the sand (but only when not blow dried)
A woman who stands up for her beliefs
An outspoken person
A weirdo sometimes
An over-sharer
A creator of pretty things, of mindful things, a jewelry maker
A listener
A talker.
A big talker.
A generous soul.
beach play (50 of 64)A soft spirit.
A sensitive being.
A dive-right-in-er
A sexy human.
A flirt.
A holder of sacred circles.
A keeper of secrets.
A visionary.
A hoper.
A wishful being.
A mermaid sometimes.
Almost a surfer?

A little girl who would still rather be in the forest looking up in awe.
A child who played in fields of daisies and wished that could be her life.
A woman who listened to the little girl she once was and made her life happen.
A doer.
A seeker.
A slight hedonist.
A bit of a narcissist.
A daughter. A granddaughter. A sister. An auntie. A friend.
An adventurer.
LLselects (15 of 121)A traveler.
An explorer.
An independent being.
An adrenaline junkie.
A yoga teacher trainer
A cuddler.
A beach bum.
A snowboarder and snowman builder.
A snuggler.
A dog lover.
A yoga retreat leader.
An educator.
A fucking badass.

 

AliKaukas-5178What do you do?
I look for love in all things. I try to love myself more. I try not to take it all so seriously. I love others. I fall in love day after day. I write, I make jewelry, I consult and counsel others. I travel. I give yoga workshops. I lead yoga retreats, taking others on spectacular global adventures that seep into the soul. I teach people to go to their own darkness and see light so they can also be yoga teachers. I take my passions seriously. I follow my heart, always.

This is all of me. I think…

Who are you? What do you do?

I think I will ask myself these questions every year. I invite you to do the same: Who are you? What do you do? Pause. 5 deep breathes… GO