How To Teach a Yoga Class For Beginners

This one is inspired by a conversation I had recently with a friend and fellow teacher. And one of the things that I see often, is that new yoga teachers feel that since they are ‘new’ to teaching yoga, they should teach beginners. The irony of the situation is that teaching beginners is the hardest class to teach…

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Building a Website for Your Yoga Business

When you first embark on your adventures in teaching yoga, it can be overwhelming and somewhat daunting to think about all the things you need to have as an entrepreneur. It becomes even more daunting after you have some experience and you realize that you want to take it to the next level and make it your full-time career. One of the first and most important things to have is an online presence. If you are looking to stand out from the rest, take your business to the next level and create a professional image…

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Yoga & Beer – I say Kanpai!

A couple of months ago, I was asked to be the “entertainment” portion of a party here in Okinawa. And I have to say, I was a little concerned that they wanted me to do some sort of weird circus type demonstration. Luckily, that’s not what they were looking for…and actually wanted me to lead them through a brief yoga practice in the middle of their party. Okay, I thought…seems realistic. Unfortunately, I’ve been teaching yoga long enough to know that a real yoga class with a bunch of non-yogis in civilian attire (read: no yoga clothes) might be a serious snooze fest (not booze fest). Boring…

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How to Find a Good Yoga Teacher

I hear conversations that revolve around this issue all of the time. Students tend to be very strict about who they like and who they don’t like. What most students don’t understand is ‘why’ they like or don’t like a particular teacher. You see, when you’re a student, it’s pretty much black and white, yes or no, like or don’t like. If you’re already a teacher or studying to become one, you might understand what it is that you like about your favorite teacher or teachers. After you’ve been teaching for a while, you begin to deconstruct the personalities, the years of experience, the styles of yoga, the philosophies that people follow, personal motivations, and the charisma that certain people have. And don’t forget word of mouth.

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Improve Your Down Dog in Yoga

Down dog (adho mukha svanasana) is one of those transition poses that you will see several times in a vinyasa style yoga class. It’s a challenging pose for beginners until strength is built which takes time. Until it becomes relatively easy, most people come across the following issues: 1) sore wrists, 2) tired shoulders, and 3) tight hamstrings. I’ve outlined some basic solutions below.

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Evolve with Your Practice

Yoga Creates a Healthy Habit

There are many things that the physical asana practice of yoga can teach us. We all show up on the mat for various reasons, but what we walk away with might be much different that what we expected. Some of us show up because we are looking to build strength and flexibility, stress reduction, weight loss, etc. Some of us can’t even muster up enough courage to walk into a class even though we’ve been practicing at home with videos. By the way, it takes some of us (myself included) to gather up a lot of courage to get into that first yoga class. I still haven’t quite figured out why it is so scary by the way…

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Yoga Can Change Your Mood

Feeling too tired to exercise? Or like you just can’t find the time to fit in your practice or training? Maybe you need a little shift. Sometimes our minds and our bodies need a change or a break from our current routine and it tells us in the form of feeling too tired when it’s time to train. That’s your first clue. Have you not been able to make it to the final stretch of your fitness goals? Feeling stuck at a certain level? That’s your second clue. Now that you’ve figured out what is going on, it’s time to make a shift in the way you think about your activities and your self.

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Playlist – August 2, 2012

1. Confession – Den Kozlov & Sasha Gavrilov
2. Body Language – Booka Shade
3. Love of Strings – Moby
4. Long Way to Africa – Tya
5. Forward Way Back – 7and5
6. Sir John – White Elephant
7. New Moon – Almunia
8. Sommeil – Outputmessage
9. City of Lights from a Train – Vector Lovers
10. Hope Valley Hill – Helios

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