Check yourself at this July 12 Taipei yoga workshop

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Confirm attendance on <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/1672052289683562/“>Facebook</a>

We welcome you to join us for a nourishing day of yoga and transformational Bio Behavioral activities to help you resolve negative habits and thought patterns. In this half day workshop, we have a professional psychologist to guide us in making mental and behavioural changes in a scientific way which can lead to greater positivity and self awareness. Also, don’t miss the chance to learn more about Ashtanga and Yin yoga!

歡迎您加入此次瑜伽轉化的旅程。此次研習的學習,藉由心理醫師的解說以及冥想老師的引導,幫助您改善生活上的一些負面的習性和情緒,並以科學有邏輯的方式進入冥想:Yoga Nidra (睡眠瑜伽)。並且課程內容的安排,可以對於阿斯坦加一級(Ashtanga primary series)及陰瑜伽(Yin Yoga)的練習有著進一步的認識。

講師簡介
Lynn Chou (RYT), Canada STOTT Pilates certificated instructor, Ashitanga& Rocket Yoga certificated Instructor, NAHA aroma therapist, published author of 4 books, owner of Lavender Yoga& Pilates studio and the promoter of Easyoga Taiwan will teach yin and restorative yoga to allow the body to relax deeply and kick stress to the curb.

Lynn C
作家,生活家,自家管家。Lavender氧身工作坊總監,加拿大STOTT Pilates認證教師 美國瑜伽聯盟Ashitanga 200hr認證教師, 火箭瑜伽認證教師,美國NAHA認證芳療按摩師,Easyoga 蒲公英大使。個性幽默,喜歡思考及安全有邏輯的呈現課程。Lynn老師將會帶領陰瑜伽入門課程。

Farrah Furtado (E RYT)
Director of Kaohsiung Yogi school (RYS) and best selling author will lead us through Ashtanga Vinyasa + Yoga Nidra.
INFO: https://www.facebook.com/AshtangaVinyasaMysore?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Farrah Furtado,
美國瑜伽聯盟學校Kaohsiung Yogi 協辦者,美國瑜伽聯盟Ashitanga教育講師
並為美加地區知名暢銷小說家,來自於藝術世家,為葛萊美得獎歌手Nelly Furtado的親姊姊。
Farrah 至今以周遊列國至少25個國家,對於阿斯坦加及各式冥想技法有著深入的學習,尤其擅長睡眠瑜伽(Yoga Nidra)

Guest speaker :Andrew Reeder

Andrew studied his masters in clinical psychology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

Worked at Livingston General Hospital in Accident & Emergency treating attempted suicide patients and trauma assessment/treatment, Lifeline as telephone trauma and suicide therapist, Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital as Clinical therapist and diagnostician for psychiatric conditions and NMMU outpatient clinic as clinical therapist.

Andrew began studying psychology in 2000 and his love and passion for the subject has grown exponentially since that time. His majors were in philosophy and psychology with specific focus on psycho-dynamic theories, psychopathology and depth psychology. His research for his treatise focused on the bio-psycho-social model and looked specifically at the post traumatic growth of rape survivors. Andrew has worked at several South African general and psychiatric hospitals as a clinical therapist and suicide/trauma therapist.

客座講師 Andrew Reeder

南非納爾遜.曼德拉大學 臨床心理學碩士畢業
南非立文頓醫院擔任心理醫生近多年的經驗。主攻創傷身心治療/精神疾病/團體心理輔導等
Lifeline熱線諮詢擔任自殺防害及創傷治療師
伊麗莎白精神療養醫院擔任臨床治療師
NMMU身心診所擔任臨床治療師

Andrew於2000年開始攻讀心理學,並且熱愛其中。其中對於心理動力學,精神病理學,精神分析學都有很深入的研究。其中,在他的研究論文當中,主攻生物心理社會模式的探索及受創後的心理治療。

SCHEDULE 課程大綱

1:00-2:30PM ASHITANGA VINYASA YOGA (PRIMARY SERIES) –Farrah 阿斯坦加一級練習 Farrah
阿斯坦加一級
被稱為「治療的級次」,這是因為一級的動作能夠修復並療癒那些損壞的部分,例如困在心裡的負面能量,會在反覆的練習和伸拉當中,得以被釋放。身體曾經受過的傷,也能在練習的過程中,再度將未痊癒的舊傷喚醒並釋放掉。

2:30-3:30 COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOR THEORY-ANDREW 認知行為心理治療 Andrew

Congnitive-behavior theory: Making use of the CBT model of psychology to create increased awareness of how our automatic thought processes can lead to negative behavioural patterns. Once these thoughts and behaviours are brought into the conscious mind we can make use of simple tools to change and adapt our thought processes to lead to a greater sense of awareness and positive transformations can then take place. E.g. creating a more realistic and less negative thought process which may result in feelings of anxiety and worthlessness. We will look at a holistic overview to see the root cause of these thoughts and replace them with more accurate and reasonable ones.

認知行為治療:你有多久沒有正視過自己?面對著生活看似自然的習慣,或許這些習慣是有些背後你尚未察覺的故事?
為什麼你會不斷的低頭看手機?為什麼你總是習慣搭車時站左邊?為什麼你面對一些特殊的地點或故事,會引起莫名的情緒?
此課程可以幫助你認識自己,無論你是情傷,曾經因為事故心理受創,外在生活壓力帶給你的一些負面習慣藉由講師的引導,可以幫助你更看清自己在一些外在行為或習慣背後的含意,幫助你停止一些負面的習慣,朝向更正面的人生邁進。

3:30-4:30 YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION: HEART SPACE- (Sankalpa) ACTIVATION- FARRAH 睡眠瑜伽冥想法:尋找意願能量 Farrah
Yoga Nidra, is an ancient meditation technique which has a multitude of benefits and has been scientifically proven to improve health, wellness and activate “Sankalpa”
( your resolve or intent) in the realm of the subconscious & superconscious. This meditation helps to remove emotional blocks to effectively manifest your heart’s desire.

睡眠瑜伽冥想法(Yoga Nidra)
冥想法目前已被多數醫學研究證明是可以啟動我們淺意識及超意識中的 Sankalpa ( 意願能量)。藉由這樣的練習方式,我們可以逐漸去除掉情緒中的負面障礙,更有效率的朝向正面的目標及願景。

4:30 Tea time 休息午茶時間
4:45-6:00 RELAXING RESTORATIVE/YIN YOGA- LYNN
修復陰瑜伽 Lynn
Yin Yoga
A restorative yoga which can help you to relax and increase flexibility using passive state postures.
陰瑜珈(yin)
是藉由長時間、被動的停留來地進入身體的骨骼與結締組織,釋放壓力、增進身體柔軟度以達到深層癒療效果。

Time 7/12 Sunday 1pm-6pm
location Lavender Yoga&Pilates studio (the studio will provide mats, water and some delicious tea!)
tuition: 2500NT early bird 2000NT till 7/7 (bilingual class ,the translator fee included, the location would provide yoga mats, water, snacks and course completion certificate)

時間:2015 7/12週日下午1-6點
地點:Lavender氧身工作坊 (提供瑜珈墊,水及簡易茶點)
費用:2500NT 早鳥價 7/7為止。

2000NT(雙語教學,有翻譯)

This workshop will provide you with 6 hrs Yoga Alliance certification. 此研習將頒發瑜伽聯盟(Yoga Alliance)6小時證書。

Please register by sending Kaohsiung Yogi an email and attach wire receipt for confirmation.
學費請轉入以下資料,
轉帳後請將後五碼回覆至kaohsiung.yogi@gmail.com:

1.) Bank Transfer

銀行:Bank of Kaohsiung 高雄銀行六合分行
戶名:Name of account: FURTADO LISA ANNE
A/C#: 217210418031
高雄銀行代碼:Bank of Kaohsiung Code# 016
#2173
Bank Address: Liu He Branch 1-2 F, 27 Liu He 1st Rd.

2.) Transfer tuition via Paypal account:
moon_tribe@hotmail.com

Thank you kindly,

OM, Shanti!

Kaohsiung Yoga school FB Page:

https://www.facebook.com/AshtangaVinyasaMysore?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

www.kaohsiungyoga.com

 

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Taiwan schools putting business before education

BY ROSS KENNEGER / The Wild East / Opinion

Working for Xinmin Private Elementary school in Taipei this year was a head-shaking, riveting experience. I’m writing this piece to talk about the chaos I’ve observed in the modern Taiwanese classroom, and to offer other foreign teachers some advice here in Taiwan.

To begin with, the students were grouped together by age, with little concern for vast differences in ability or emotional stability. The management then applied an English program that is designed for and used by American students in America, “Reading Street”, to a class of 35 G1 students. It was absurd and obviously a money model that is putting business before education.  

The dear Taiwanese teacher had very limited time, too much homework to grade and the disciplining of disruptive students, plus the constant demands of paying parents and long days – as in all of Taiwan, Taiwanese teachers are overworked and under-appreciated, a form of what should be considered “teacher abuse”. 

The 35 students were drilled and driven like cattle through the Chinese program. Genuine “Care” and the buttressing of students’ capabilities were not priorities. The Taiwanese teacher relentlessly told students not to move and not to talk, while I, the English teacher, was encouraging the opposite, since that is how children best learn languages.

The Taiwanese teacher was driven to the use of furious threats backed up by a lengthy stick. Nonetheless, she was met with collapse on the part of the students. The children were quite blatantly in need of a properly structured and leveled program, not to mention it was a plainly detrimental experience for the rest of the class. Far too much of my time was spent enforcing interest and correcting behavior. 

Beyond the 12 students with near no English level, there were 5 students who had definitive emotional challenges. Put simply, the composition of the class should not have occurred in the first place. 

The money model laid waste the dreams of parents for a more inspirational education… but the books were shiny!

Help from management was requested several times. A “legal disclaimer” was written after a handful of pencils were thrown directly into a girl’s face. And I informed parents. Finally, I filmed the violence of the Taiwanese teacher and that of the students. Nonetheless, I was told, loudly, that the class was my responsibility entirely.

In the end, one parent agreed to transfer to a more suitable class and two others transferred to another school, though not by my behest. The class significantly improved, as evidenced by high grades.

But my dismissal was swift. The radically unbalanced state of my G1 class and the management’s refusal to reconcile the demands of special needs students created friction that eventually led to my dismissal. It happened, quite cowardly, on the last day of the semester and without warning. This kind of crap is unacceptable, and it’s illegal. By law a school must issue three written warnings, signed by you, and a 10 day notification.

The icing on the cake is that Xinmin Private Elementary School’s upper management is, as reported by Liberty Times Net on April 17, under investigation for allegedly embezzling more than NT$250,000,000 million. The CEO was caught with another NT$50,000,000 in cash in his office and other places. Has there been a severe lack of re-invest at Xinmin?

My friends, this dereliction of duty was more than bad luck. It should be a crime. For those who claim this is “the nature of the beast”, it simply is not. It was a systemic failure that needs greater regulation in quantity, quality and labor demands.

It is commonly known amongst expat what the money model does to bright eyes after 6 years. Certainly, not all good. The creativity is crushed out of a student in Taiwan, so many expat parents take them out of this empty, spirit-crushing educational environment.

I’ve taught for nearly two decades, and owned four schools in Neihu. I‘m now married and raising a boy, have an APRC and a mortgage to pay. The fact that my boy attends school in NTC makes the issue of English language instruction all the more compelling. And since I know my rights, I am pressing Xinmin Private Elementary School for wrongful dismissal.

Some advice to the wise: seek the completion of your contract, plus any bonuses you may be entitled to. Further, keep dated notes on the behavior of staff — have no doubt, notes are kept on you. Make a point of collecting business cards and e-mails, especially from parents. Expect evaluations and cautionary meetings to be defined as such, and make sure they are held in English. Do not sign anything you do not agree with. And keep in mind, as in my case, that the Mandarin may not be fully translated.

Fortunately, we are not alone in Taiwan. Agencies here do effectively protect students’ and teachers’ rights.

Some other advice: Outline your case and analyze your contract. The school may have acted in breach of it. Contracts often contain illegal elements as well. Inform the Ministry of Education and report to the Council of Foreign Affairs. Approach your local Ministry of Labor Affairs and request a free “Mediation”. If you have recorded abuses by phone or e-mail, contact Apple Daily. To further champion the cause, mobilize social media – forumosa.com is a good site. Additionally, open a facebook page, state your case and google a lawyer. You can contact me,  Ross Kenneger.

Finally, I put it to Taiwan’s Ministry of Education: “If a student must pass an English proficiency test, then should not the school that teaches it be expected to pass an administrative test?” If Xinmin is to profit by an English program, then demand it be sufficiently qualified to manage one. For example, do the Taiwanese teachers have proper degrees, because they certainly do not act like it!

It is time the finger be pointed at and the blame be laid on someone other than the “foreign teacher”. Education must come before business.

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