Spenser Chapple

Yoga Educator. Blogger. Videographer. Handstand Lover. CEO @claritycentre. SVP Multimedia for The Clarity Group International. Founder @oneredlipstick

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An open letter to new yogi’s: Are you intimidated by yoga? Get Over it. Just start.

You know, this is a tough one for me, because I truly wish everyone practiced yoga. It’s amazing how even despite yoga’s popularity over the past couple of years, yoga still intimidates people. It puts me, and not speaking as a teacher, but as a yoga student, in a frustrating position because I understand all the amazing benefits of yoga and I hope that every person can experience those as well.

Most often I get, “I’m not flexible , I can’t do yoga.” or “I can’t touch my toes, so I don’t want to go to yoga”. Oh boy…. this makes me frustrated, because we all start somewhere, just like anything else. I’m very open about my yoga experience. I really did not like yoga in the beginning, it was hard, I couldn’t do downward dog, I just didn’t get the whole practice. I’ll be honest with you, it may take a few times to really like and understand the benefits of the yoga practice. You could have the wrong class, the wrong teacher, studio, environment, but it is never the wrong time. You know that saying “I wish I knew what I know now.” Well thats it. My regrets are I wish I had started yoga earlier, but at the end of the day yoga came into my life at the right time.

You have to start somewhere. Are you the person who says “I’m not flexible”. Well thats exactly why you go to yoga. Some people are naturally flexible, sure, but most of us aren’t. Hey, I still can’t touch my toes comfortably, and I’m a teacher. No I cannot do the splits, I cannot backbend whatsoever, but I love the practice, and I love how the possibilities are truly endless with what your mind and body can do. But the more you practice the better you will feel and the more mobility you will have. Just try. In my mind, yoga is the study of yourself, it really shows you how good your body is designed to feel. Most importantly, yoga can help you in your everyday life because ultimately it comes down to the breath.

So if you’re thinking about trying yoga, trust me on this one, you are flexible enough. You will pick up the routines, learn the poses, get better, get stronger. After finding the right class and the right teacher, you’ll wonder why you took so long to start.

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Confession: 12 Thoughts I have before teaching a Yoga Class

Now, I’ll be honest. I get nervous before I teach my classes. Every class. Every time. Every week. It’s just something that happens. I think nerves are good. However, I thought it would be interesting to let you know what goes through my head (sometimes..well most of the time) before I teach my class.

Before Class:

You’re okay. Just plan ahead and you’ll be okay.

I need to memorize that part better. Wait, I don’t remember what I did on the previous side?..

Okay so turn the lights on. Wait, is that too bright? Is that to dark? Does anyone want the fans? No, no one wants the fan’s on.

Why did I wear this outfit? I don’t even like this outfit.

During Class:

Okay Spenser. Look alive. They want a good yoga class.

Which side did I just do? Did we complete the sequence? Does anyone remember?

Oh my gosh were only 30 minutes in.. I don’t know what to do now.

Good job spenser. That was a good sequence.

Okay they are in savasana. What should I say? Is the music to loud?

After Class:

Oh lots of smiles and thank you’s. I guess they liked it? Are they lying?

Spenser, you’re silly. It was a great class.

Okay, Spenser. Go home and have a cookie, you did well.

You’re Okay – Original Song Lyrics

A lot of people may not know this about me but I really enjoy playing guitar and writing music. It was my saving grace when I was younger and helped me when my dad got sick. And while I definitely think I am a much better Yoga Teacher then I am a Musician (which I never would have imagined!), I sure do have to remind myself to come back to the things I truly enjoy.

The other day, I picked up my Guitar – It’s been a few years. I’m not the strongest guitar player, but I really enjoy writing. This is a song I wrote to myself in 2010. 

Its really quite interesting how now my Love is for Yoga. However, I have to remind myself to always come back to my roots, the things I use to enjoy, and still do, and to not forget about them.

This song is called “You’re Okay”. And If I could tell my younger self what I know now, It would be kid, you’re going to be Okay.

 

Lyrics: 

Verse:
Open your eyes and take a look around.
You’re not far from being Okay, but you’re far from being found.

Open your heart and take a look inside.
At first it’s difficult, but you have no reason to hide.

Pre Chorus:
So just breathe a little bit for me dear. Its a scary road but the future looks clear.
And I promise you have.. nothing to fear.

Chorus:
Cause life has it’s ups and downs
and theres nothing you can do about
all the little things that get in your way

And its not suppose to be easy at all
were all suppose to learn how to fall
and at the end of the day
You’re Okay.

Bridge:
So just shut your eyes and take a deep breath
It’s not the end theres a lot you have left
And tell yourself your better than you know

 

 

Are Handstands Really Yoga?

I often have heard from students of yoga that handstands aren’t really “yoga”. Now, this is funny when I hear this. I think a lot of people believe that handstands are an “ego pose” and people that do handstands are trying to show off.
I think the people who assume this have never tried handstands, not familiar with them, or are filled with self doubt.
Handstand is my favourite yoga pose, and it is actually one of the reasons that really pulled me into loving yoga. I think handstands allow you to show yourself how strong you really are, and not only can you see what the body is capable of doing, but it really allows you to find the present moment, and isn’t that what yoga is all about?

 

I don’t think it matters what pose you are doing, what it looks like, how challenging it is, but what really matters is what is happening behind the pose. How calm and present is your mind.

 

If you enjoy it, do it. Especially if thats handstand.

Confession: I’m a Yoga Teacher But…

 

There are things you may “assume” about me because I am a Teacher. However, I am just like you. Sure, I am a Yoga Teacher, but….

1. Even for me, Savasana can be challenging. Just because i’m a teacher doesn’t mean my mind is always quiet at the end of my practice. I’m a human. Just like you.

2. I get tired in power classes. Sometimes, I just need to rest, or “adjust”, move around while getting into a pose. Just because I teach yoga, doesn’t mean I don’t need breaks.

3. I am not a vegetarian. Now, truthfully, I don’’t enjoy eating meat, I wish I didn’t because I absolutely love animals. However, It’s just where I am in my life right now and boy do I love me some bacon and eggs.

4. I  don’t like to just teach. I like to attend other classes led by other instructors. Once you become a teacher its very easy to “lose” your personal practice. So I do my best as much as I can to always be led by someone else on the days I do not teach. 

5. I can’t do every pose. I once had someone tell me “Shouldn’t you be able to every yoga poses perfectly? You’re a yoga teacher”. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I had misheard her. People have this idea that if you are a teacher you should be able to do and teach every yoga pose, ever. It’s funny when I hear someone assume that. At the end of the day, I am human, my body is different then yours, of course I can’t do everything, often our bodies are not shaped to do some poses “correctly”.

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