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posts by Ryan McCourt

determined to be more determined

determined to be more determined

As of this new and beautiful year, I am determined to be more determined. Yeah that sounds… wait, what? That’s like saying “I consciously want to be more conscious.” No duh, but just repeating a word in a sentence doesn’t suddenly make an arduous goal any more achievable. So, me, aside from being determined that the new year now starts halfway through February, what is it I plan on achieving ...

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take away message from college: consistency

take away message from college: consistency

I did a lot of running, weight lifting and sports while in college and quite possibly the biggest take away message I learned after those four years is the benefit of consistency. Broken up into semesters or trimesters, college careers are all about starting and stopping and starting again. Be it studying, team sports, or social life, it was a constant battle of relearning old habits.

I noticed at the ...

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how I became a traveling yoga teacher

how I became a traveling yoga teacher

what is a traveling yoga teacher?

If you practice yoga regularly at a studio, you may see a few instructors come and go in the span of a few months to a year. When I first started practicing I enjoyed seeing new teachers arrive as they always had so much new information to bring to their classes. For every new teacher I met, my personal practice jumped up to new heights.

But ...

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TheHotTT no quiet zones

TheHotTT no quiet zones

Life at TheHotTT was hectic. 8 in the morning until 10 at night, 6 or 7 days a week. Now things are relaxed. Every day was full of lectures, posture mechanics, teaching clinics and multiple classes. Now my house is quiet.

TheHotTT blog

Friends of mine who never wanted to teach are trying to open studios. People who ...

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what to do before your yoga class

what to do before your yoga class

BEFORE YOUR YOGA CLASS

arrive well hydrated!

Drink plenty of water throughout the day leading up to your first class. If you’re taking an early morning class, its a good idea to start drinking water the night before. A hydrated body is able to dispel heat more efficiently, making the 105 degree room feel much more bearable. However, don’t try to drink a lot of water right before your yoga class. Filling ...

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santa barbara food photoblog

santa barbara food photoblog

There’s no getting around it, evolation yoga teacher trainings are tough both mentally and physically. To help our trainees stay at peak performance we offer fresh local produce and nutritious snacks for the trainees to grab whenever they need a boost. But the two daily meals prepared by our chefs are what really keeps everyone going. For the Santa Barbara teacher training, our Italian chef, Andrea, has taken a few ...

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yoga teacher training – your turn

yoga teacher training – your turn

Your turn.

Pressure’s on. You’ve been given the script, meticulously spelled it out with newfound-friends, fallen asleep clutching the sacred text, and woken up on some foreign beach with only a little black book to fend off the howling jungle.

For those unlucky souls like me, memorizing text is as easy as coming up with a fitting analogy. I’m bad at both. The past three days have been filled day and night ...

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preparing for yoga teacher training in costa rica

preparing for yoga teacher training in costa rica

Flipping between over-excited and over-exhausted, the week leading up to my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica was a roller coaster of polar opposites. Chance had bestowed the gift of the flu on my increasingly rattled brain. I was already jumping back and forth making sure I’d sent all my paperwork, knew what to pack, and was going to be able to finish all of my day-to-day ...

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