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Trikonasana Three Ways

Video: Trikonasna three ways: from standing; from Warrior II; and from lunge. Watch my lower hand as it gets lower with each variation into the pose. My new favorite is from a lunge working upwards, it seems to get the deepest stretch. Trikonasana Three Ways from Michael Palermo on Vimeo.

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…

YMCA Kid Rock Playlist

So the answer is yes, yes you can use Kid Rock in a class playlist. You just have to be real careful about the lyrics.  And be ready to rock.  Here’s today’s :75 from the Y:

Phew, It’s HOT in Here, Eh Teach?

Being in charge of your studio during class is a fundamental skill all yoga teachers must have.  For their money, the students want you to give them as full and enjoyable a yoga experience as possible; you must put thought into every aspect of the class besides just music and sequencing.  Included in that is…

The Teacher’s Touch and Yoga – I

Why touch students in a yoga class?  I think there are five basic reasons (you can probably think of more, but I’m generalizing):  (1) to move a student into a better, more accurate expression of a pose; (2) to move a student out of a potentially harmful position; (3) to move a student into a…

Gather 75 Playlist

Taught my first class at Gather in Ketchum this morning, what a great group, they were game for some challenging poses like side crow!  Here’s the tunes – click it to enlarge it:

The Standard “Thankful for Stuff” Blog Post

Okay, so this will probably be another non-“Yogic” post, but I am thankful for my yoga practice.  For over ten years it has been my companion, my friend, my confessor, my cheerleader, sometimes a little pesky, often an annoying voice in my ear, more often it has encouraged me, comforted me, given me self-esteem, courage…

Why Mountains?

I’ve been asking myself, why am I drawn to mountains?  Why do I get the whole “spiritual” vibe when I’m on a mountain?  Enough so, that less than a week ago I moved to Idaho to be surrounded by them?  The Eastern spiritual “capital” of the world, Tibet, is high in the mountains; and others…

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…