By Sally Griffyn, Founder of Sacred Mastery Yoga
I spent the month of January on Little Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua, with 28 other up-coming yoga teachers. Meghan Currie was our main tutor and most of us knew of Meghan due to her extraordinary Youtube videos in which she moves like an acrobat with a yoga practice that is seamless, beautiful in many ways not reflecting the hours of practice she puts in to maintain this level.
The group were international with four British, many Canadian’s because Meghan is Canadian, some US, one Australian and one New Zealander.
The teaching is her third teacher training and we got the best of her as Meghan has refined her method of transmitting information. This is recent for her and she told us so.
The main form of yoga we were taught is Vinyasa Flow Yoga however to name it is more complex because Meghan Currie is unique and certainly the best teacher I have ever come across.
My own practice is Ashtanga and I have been practicing for 16 years now so I was in a group of newbies and I was learning how to transform my own teaching methods. The was definitely more difficult to do as I fell into Ashtanga habits and drew on already existing knowledge.
So to re-learn something was sometimes frustrating, fascinating and in the end I
Meghan is no ordinary teacher. She is part Shaman, part wise woman, healer, teacher and yogi. Her method was to create a space in which we all authentically got plugged in to the higher levels of divine energy. From there we created our own unique expression and added very specific alignment cues which she had learned via her Anusara teachers.
The difference with this kind of training is that she draws out our pure essence and then adds the formalities to create a powerful transmission of yoga teachings. We are being taught to be ourselves first and then to bring alignment into the equation. So what is our authentic self.
Well for me, I will never be a teacher who speaks of lats, abs or hamstrings. I would rather use cues of energy and alignment being her favourite tool “magnetise sternum to pubic bone” whereas most people would say engage the core. We had to find our own language while being guided strongly to be very specific.
I was very surprised that most of her classes with us were 3 hours. This seemed too short on some occasions. Hard to equate when my regular practice is maximum 2 hours of Ashtanga or 1.5 of Jivamukti.
However I really “get” what it’s like to slow down flow and move with 5 breaths into the next asana. It is such a concentrated and tough practice yet delivered with a flow like water.
This location may be the only time it is run there because the hotel made a special exception to host a yoga event. Yoga training was $3000 Canadian.
For us British this translates to £1640 for the yoga training and then the fees for how ever many people shared made it very affordable. All in for a month inclusive of fantastic vegetarian food, accommodation and yoga instruction was for me aprox £3000.I shared with one other, my friend and new business partner in Sacred Mastery Yoga,
We came away both teaching Meghan’s method differently as this is what the course is designed to do.
Marc Laws and I want to create charity events, the first one for Falling Whistles which helps child soldiers in the Congo.
I may create more events in London now that I’m excited to teach this new method as well as teaching on my own weekend retreats.
Marc and I are also going to run a Yoga and Music Festival at Oxon Hoath stately home in October.
As a music manager and yogi, my specific interest is to bring together live music and yoga. Events will be the main way I transmit Meghan’s teaching.
I will also be bringing her to London and to our own weekends so that she can spread her incredible teaching to the UK.
For those considering a yoga teacher training I can’t recommend this one more highly.
There is another in April and that may be the last time it takes place at Yemaya on Little Corn Island and the hotel will be reverting to it’s normal prices.
We were cut off pretty much from internet as it’s so erratic on the island and that makes for a magical time. I lived in the present and had many wonderful conversations with my new friends. The island is exquisite.
There are long sand beaches with gorgeous Carribean water which is warm to swim and snorkel in. The coral reefs are spectacular.
On the other side of the island which is a 30 min walk, there’s a town with a couple of cool bars and restaurants. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and people who want nature and the real deal. Life in Little Corn is totally authentic.
I loved it. And I am well on my way to getting into handstand!
I am an Ashtanga teacher and practitioner of 19 years. I practice Mysore Ashtanga, a self-practice where students can go at their own pace while being assisted deeper into poses. The benefits of this practice are enormous as each pose is connected with the breath, and it is the mastery of the breath that allows the student to fully let go. The rhythm of your own breath creates the pace of the practice: connected and in sync.
I co-wrote Ashtanga Yoga For Women in 2003, a book that breaks down the postures for women. As a practice traditionally done by men, this book presents a very empowering practice that addresses the specific needs of female practioners. It integrates the female experience of having babies, time off during menstruation and time off on Full and New Moons.
I have run yoga retreats under a former name, Sacred Journey’s Yoga for 10 years and I bring a wealth of experience to this new company. My long time association with Joey Miles (Ashtanga Yoga Leeds and Triyoga Teacher Training) and Cathy Louise Broda (Purple Yoga Hawaii), both senior Ashtanga practitioners has led me to bring an alternative element to the practice. These include variations that help students move closer to the full posture.
My philosophy for teaching is to have fun while doing serious yoga or should I say ... have serious fun while doing yoga.