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(Mostly) Stress-Free Blogging for Yogis

You’ve been thinking about blogging for a while. A looong while. You love the idea of writing, but when it comes to actually doing the writing, you hit a huge wall of inner resistance. I hear you. I’ve been there so many times. I know how it goes: it seems impossible to figure out what to write, let alone how to make the time for writing. Well, I’m here to report that blogging is indeed possible and mostly stress-free. So take a deep breath and let’s get started. First step: Generate a list of topics in advance, which will prevent [...]

By |2018-05-01T20:28:10-07:00August 5th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Practice Notes, Teacher Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Art and Skill of Hands-on Yoga Adjustments

At the request of two of my students, who are yoga teachers, I held a workshop last week to help teachers fine-tune their skills in hands-on yoga adjustments. One of the workshop attendees, Sandra Cadet de Fontenay, blogged about what she learned, and her post inspired me to write about the workshop myself. (Thanks, Sandra—for the writing inspiration as well as your kind words. Kudos to you, Heidi and Mary, for kickstarting it all to begin with.) In her post, Sandra says: I thoroughly enjoyed the two hour workshop and the time literally flew by. What I took away from [...]

By |2018-05-01T20:34:46-07:00March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Teacher Tips|Tags: |3 Comments

Break Out of the Studio Box: 15 Creative Ways to Share Your Yoga

I’m happy that more and more people seek out yoga classes and teacher training programs. It’s a clear indication that the benefits of yoga are making a difference for us individually and collectively. Now, as more yoga enthusiasts develop and deepen their yoga practice, they may feel called to share this beautiful, centering practice with the world and teach yoga themselves. I’ve been asked, “Are there still opportunities to teach in areas where there are already so many teachers?” My answer is “Yes!” So, worry not, emerging yoga teachers! This is our chance to break out of the studio box [...]

By |2018-05-01T20:32:39-07:00February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Teacher Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

10 Ways A Yoga Teacher Training Will Transform Your Life (Even if You’re Not Sure You Want to Teach)

A yoga teacher training is essentially a wildly deep inner journey through the philosophy and practices of yoga. It’s an amazing opportunity to focus on intentions and dig into the vastness of the body and mind. Must one want to teach yoga in order to do a teacher training? Nope. You can light up the world with yoga whether or not you decide to teach it. So, here’s my top 10 reasons to do a yoga teacher training. 1. Get to know your yoga. It’s wonderful to take classes with teachers, who remind you to breathe and lend tips [...]

By |2019-04-18T09:48:28-07:00February 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Practice Notes, Teacher Tips|Tags: |1 Comment

Yoga Therapy or Yoga IS Therapy?

Webster’s Dictionary defines therapy as: “the treatment of physical or mental illnesses.” Related words touch upon similar meanings: ther•a•peutic (thr-pytk) also ther•a•peu•ti•cal (-t-kl) adj. 1. Having or exhibiting healing powers: a therapeutic agent; therapeutic exercises. 2. Of or relating to the medical treatment of a disease or condition. adj. Also, ther`a•peu′ti•cal. 1. of or pertaining to the treating or curing of disease or disorders; curative; rehabilitative. 2. serving to maintain or restore health: 3. having a beneficial effect on one's mental state, esp. in serving to relax or calm. Huh: All yoga is therapeutic when going by these definitions, wouldn’t you say (pretty much every dedicated practitioner I [...]

By |2015-10-05T20:40:52-07:00February 9th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Practice Notes, Teacher Tips|Tags: |0 Comments