If you don’t already know Alfonso, the instructor leading our Yoga Workshop in Spanish on Sunday the 21st, then you’re in for a treat. Alfonso’s presence is a staple in the Austin yoga community. Once you know how to spot him by his signature hairstyle (he’s also an amazing hairdresser!), you’ll start seeing him everywhere & realize he teaches & practices at studios all around town. Alfonso has a way of making perfect strangers feel at home, so when I met him in teacher training in 2017, it only seemed natural that he’d be my first friend upon moving to Austin. Since his 200 hour teacher training, Alfonso has gone on to study his 300 hour at Sukha Yoga, & teaches at Black Swan Yoga & Stretch Yoga.
Not only are we thrilled to host Alfonso, but we are passionate about holding space for our Spanish speaking students here at Soul Strong. Whether you’re reading this in your first, second or twelfth language, we are dedicated to making our studio as inclusive as possible. This workshop will be an introduction to the basic yoga postures, but all in Spanish! If Spanish is your first language, this will be a great way to build a foundation for your home practice, or to feel more comfortable with the postures in a public yoga class. Or if you’re a yoga instructor & want to be able to communicate postures in Spanish, this is the place to learn. To learn more, I interviewed Alfonso to get the scoop on what he has in store! Check it out below:
First, I asked Alfonso: What should students expect from this workshop?
Students should be expecting more of an alignment based class. It will be a class with basic asanas with suitable alignments for each individual student to reach their full possible expressions. My overall purpose is for each student to become familiar with the basic yoga postures and to set students up for success to venture into a yoga class on their own and to have some sense of familiarity in unknown spaces. The class will also be dictated by the questions asked by the students.
Tell us a little more about YOU! What is your practice and/or teaching style like? What has it been like learning yoga postures in Spanish vs. English for you?
I would say that my practice and teaching style has evolved into creativity and awareness. Creativity in movement but also with a deep attention to alignment to create expression with lines of energy. Translating cues has been a fun challenge because of the sentence structures from English to Spanish so it’s going to be fun.
And finally, I asked: what inspired you to teach this workshop now?
This workshop is close to my heart. To me yoga is a universal, the body isn't a language, it's an expression. I want this workshop to be a foundation for people to be able to go to a class even when English is not their mother language.
Book Taller de Yoga en español HERE. Only $25.
To learn more about Yoga in Spanish, check out the following links!