There are many positives and many negatives to virtually every situation in our lives. This can be particularly true when looking at the area of education.
The whole question of education is coming under the spotlight.
While it is important that we look closely at any potential consequences to our actions and choices, with regard to life long learning we tend to find that our life seems to be more pleasant and our health and productivity tend to improve when we do our utmost to adopt an optimistic outlook. We would like to share our positive feelings for the future.
To quote Dr. Ruth Gilmore who has been a great inspiration to our teaching and our Courses. Particularly with regard to our emphasis and focus on Anatomy and Physiology.
“Our mind and body are the two sides of the same coin”.
Dr. Ruth Gilmore
We believe Anatomy and Physiology to be that basis of everything we seek to create with you and fundamental to those wishing to become a safe, interesting and ever evolving teacher of Yoga.
At Yogashalaibiza we strive to ensure the teaching and learning experience for our students continually improves.
We strive to offer fair and impartial opportunities for student feedback on our Courses and we have an official complaint process. We have also offer Continuous Professional Development opportunities.
All of these are in place to ensure that we continue to evolve in ways that not only prepare our graduates to teach, also to bolster our ability to continue to support our students when they take their knowledge and experience gained from the Course out into the world.
Because of our own experience with family members who have been diagnosed within the dyslexia continuum, we have from the outset wanted to make our Courses accessible and practical in nature.
Today the UK Universities are in the mainstream news media, regarding a new assessment of teaching standards by the government of the UK.
The basis for the new assessment has been unveiled, and we are being introduced to the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
There is a Gold, Silver and Bronze award within the Framework.
Looking at The Independent: “Britain's elite universities are failing to achieve teaching excellence, official rankings have revealed, as the Government publishes its first major assessment of teaching standards in higher education.
More than half of Russell Group institutions – traditionally considered to be the best in the country – did not score a gold rating after entering the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).”
According to The Independent newspaper today of the 21 Russell Group universities that took part, just eight (38 per cent) were given a gold rating, including Oxford and Cambridge; 10 (48 per cent) were awarded silver and three (14 per cent) achieved a bronze.
Again The Independent states:
“The University of Portsmouth, Coventry, De Montfort University and Bangor are among those awarded gold status, despite sitting further down in traditional university league tables.”
Professor Dominic Shellard, vice chancellor of De Mortfort, said the results illustrated “a real watershed moment for British universities”.
“To me, the TEF really demonstrates the passing of the old guard and the ushering in of a new hierarchy,” he told The Independent.
It seems the world of education is being turned upside down, which we rather welcome!
This has sparked new debate over teaching and learning opportunities and fee structures, which are always a hot topic here at Yogashalaibiza. We are restructuring our own fee system to be more adaptable for our students. Here at Yogashalaibiza we are so pleased to say that we are now embarking on a new phase for the future.
Again it is with great thanks to all of our students and Teacher Training and Module students who have worked with us here at Yogashalaibiza over the last (nearly 10) years. As we have always said education is always a two way process and we give heartfelt thanks to all who have been involved with us and especially to the local Spanish families who we work with and we hope to continue to find new ways to support you into the future.
Jacqueline is teaching a BWY In Service Training Day in Surrey in early September we will blog about it shortly.
Watch this space for more news as we move forwards.
Whether you have been practicing for many years or are relatively new to yoga, our intensive teacher training course offers the opportunity for you to understand, deepen your appreciation and develop the skills required to teach within the vibrant world of yoga. It is a demanding and challenging course, but the combination of skills and knowledge that you will learn make this a truly life-enhancing experience.
Although the course is designed for yoga students who have a strong desire to teach, it is also ideal for those who are looking to immerse themselves further in their yoga and take time for reflective personal development.
You will enjoy plenty of outdoor space and warmth, ideal for the practice, study and contemplation of yoga. Nevertheless, potential students should be aware that it is an intensive and demanding course.
Training courses at Yogashala Ibiza are held in our new eco-friendly yoga centre "Garden of Joy", where we pay great attention to the environment and the community in which we live.
All teacher training courses are alcohol and drug free.
Please see the costs & dates for our teacher training courses.
Please note that if you choose a single room and pay the supplement this has to be paid before arrival and cannot be changed after your arrival. Although you will not be sharing your bedroom (same sex) you will be sharing the apartment and have your own single supplement which is a twin bed room within the apartment.
Please note people who are not participating in the Course will not be allowed to stay at the accommodation under any circumstances.
Woke up at 5.30am when the alarm went off. Left the hotel and started the 10 min walk to the yoga retreat. My roommate and myself decided to walk in silence as recommended by our teacher so I used this time to practice my positive affirmation.
Arrived at the centre and swept the platform ready for our morning meditation. The group did really well and we managed to sit for 40 minutes. I've really progressed in my personal meditation and would never have imagined meditating for this long at home. Being away from everything and listening to the nearby sounds of the waves and crickets have really helped. Something feels different being on the island. Is it the energy?
After meditation we discussed the Bhagavad Gita by using study cards and texts. Reading the book before I got here has really helped. We looked behind the use of metaphor and how we could apply the meaning to our lives today.
8am Jacqueline led a yoga class and incorporated some different styles into the practice as well as the 'Sivananda' inspired sequence that we have been learning.
10am we went up to the house, blessed the food and had some well needed brunch cooked lovingly by Sol. Then more Karma Yoga and Theory and Practical sessions. Decided to go down to the beach at Amante for our 1 hour break and do some revision for the exam. Also need to think about my sequence for the demonstration.
As always 2pm came around very quickly. We all congregated by the pool for our afternoon lecture on anatomy and physiology. I wish I had listened more in my science classes! We then did our teaching practice, which went quite well today. I was chosen to teach the sun salutations. I'm really starting to grasp the sequence now – thank goodness!
After class we all did our designated jobs (karma yoga) I watered the garden and swept the area by the pool. Tried to do my positive affirmations again but Jonathon was making me laugh with his impressions! Walked back to the hotel with the others.
Settled down at 8pm with the others to work on the guided study, for my favourite time of the day. It feels so peaceful and settling when the sun goes down. There is something about the evening energy that brings us closer together as a group. Maybe its because the topics of discussion during the day are usually quite intimate and powerful. Earlier today we discussed reincarnation.
Fell in to bed extremely tired. Realised once again however that it was that lovely tired that I used to experience as a child having spent the day with the horses. Not the stressed, computer induced lethargy that I have been experiencing all to often in recent years.