New Yoga Teachers: Adjust My Pose!

Today’s blog post is meant to encourage new yoga teachers to start actually looking at bodies and making corrections.  I’ve said it before, get off your mat and walk around the room and look at bodies. Why?  Glad you asked, my friend!  As a new yoga teacher, you have to define for your students what…

Advanced Teacher Training: How I Made It Look Easy And Just Horrible All At The Same Time

For the last three Saturdays I’ve been attending an advanced teacher training at Yogaview in Chicago.  The course, (Sara Strother, kick-ass instructor extraordinaire) covered qualities of effective teaching; cuing poses toward energy/weight bearing points; and sequencing. Thing was, the room was full of yoga instructors, and the teacher kept asking for volunteers.  Now, I know…

The Heartache of “Advancing” in One’s Practice

Milestones.  Or progression.  Or advancement.  Setting, or just achieving, “goals” in the yoga – asana practice seems so un-yoga-like.  “I want to be able to do this pose” or “why can’t I do that pose” counters the teachings of the Sutras and Buddhist practice that one of the causes of suffering is “attachment” to goals.  It’s…

Charitable Yoga Teaching

We all do charity in our own way.  I’m excited to be teaching to attendees at next week’s “Feeding America” annual conference in Chicago. It’s a great program that brings food banks together with charitable contributors and suppliers, to make sure Americans don’t go hungry. Feeding America

Home Practice Motivation

Motivation.  Some days you have it, some, well …  August 7th home practice diary: 1.  Down Dog.   2.  Check thermostat.  3.  Down Dog.  3.  Adjust music.  4.  Sun salutation A.  5.  Does that plant need to be trimmed?  6.  Sun salutation A.  7.  Take pictures for blog post … You get the idea.  When…