Cambridge, Cambridgeshire , United Kingdom
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Iir Prihatinawati is from Indonesia who trained in Bali and joined Camyoga not long after she moved to Cambridge in summer 2015. She is an Associate level II with Yoga Alliance Profesionals UK.
She began her yoga journey early in her life to help with asthma, gradually evolving into regular asana practice. From then on, she has been practicing yoga for more than half of her life and yoga has become her way of life. She never plans to be a yoga teacher. During her home practices, friends started coming over and encouraged her to take her teaching qualifications. These grew into her earlier classes taught.
She formally qualified to teach Vinyasa in 2015 from Frog Lotus Yoga (FLY) International, only after she explores many different types of yoga for over a decade. In August 2016, she completed Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, which she found deeply empowering. She is now under the mentorship with Jambo Dragon, one of the Guardian of Forrest Yoga to finest her teaching skills and assisting, although many say that her assist has already extraordinary. She has the touch and the kindness from the heart that you can feel she is trying to help when she assists.
With her passion to learn and philosophy of constantly being a student in life, she is regularly attending workshops and trainings from world-known teachers to improve her practice and her teaching skills. She never missed David Swenson’s visit in Cambridge, love learning from Leslie Kaminof, Alexandra Crow, Doug Swenson, Michael James Wong, and the list is endless. She intends to continue this because she believes one can not give from an empty cup.
Prior becoming a yoga teacher, she taught languages for 12 years, so teaching is something she is very familiar with. With her Master's Degree in Psychological Education, she brings her understanding of progression into her classes. She breaks poses into smaller components and sequence mindfully and intelligently to reach a peak pose, with strong emphasis on the breath-movement connection, integrity and mindfulness.
1. Connection between breath and movement. Focusing on our breathing encourages us to focus on your own body rather than those around us, making us more aware of its strengths but also its limitations.
2. Muscular integrity and hands-on assists. By moving around the class as she teaches, she helps her students to be more aware of their muscular activities, keeping the body safely aligned and engage the relevant muscles, which allows students to get safely deeper into the pose.
3. Mindfulness. As we focus within, maintaining our muscular integrity, we are encouraged to understand yoga as a personal journey of physical and mental fulfilment and improvement.
"Everyone follow their own journey in life and in yoga, but all living bodies are a wonder. Appreciate yours not what it can’t do, but for what it can".