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category "Tips for Teachers"

Teaching yoga is a complicated, inspiring calling that brings to bear all our talents, knowledge and empathy. Read about the honor of teaching from some of the most experienced teachers around

Advanced Yoga — with Yoga Props

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 18, 2014 |

yoga propsHow Using Yoga Props Deepens Practice Early last week, yoga made it into The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled “In Yoga, Blocks and Straps Get More Respect,” plugs yoga props as a way for anyone, including experienced practitioners, to deepen their practice while maintaining integrity. While acknowledging the mainstream misconception that many yogis see props as “crutches” to use until you can do the poses without them, the author

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The Mixed-Level Class Conundrum

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 16, 2014 |

mixed-level classHow to Keep Everyone Safe and Happy in a Mixed-Level Class (Hint: There’s no easy answer.) Last weekend began the first segment of a teacher training I’ve been coteaching for the past three years. It’s always fun to meet the new trainees and to hear inspiring stories about how Yoga practice has changed their lives. During the last class of the weekend, we asked them to share with us what

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Teacher, Know Yourself

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 10, 2014 |

know yourselfTeacher, Know Yourself It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know oneself. ~ Lao Tzu I’ve been fortunate to learn from so many knowledgeable yoga teachers over the past 32 years. My first teachers, Olivia Cita Mason and David Riley, as a physical therapist and doctor, planted a seed of curiosity about anatomy in me, and introduced me to the Iyengar system. The late Mary Dunn inspired

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Where Is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 7, 2014 |

yoga practiceWhere is My Body? How Yoga Practice Answers That Question When I started doing yoga, I was confused a lot. Always having a hard time remembering left and right, and also being somewhat disembodied after years of residing in my frontal lobe, I had trouble following direction. In Warrior II, when the teacher said to turn my back foot in one way, I would often turn it the other way.

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Sequencing Yoga Poses: Not Just Cool Choreography

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 16, 2014 |

sequencing yoga posesSequencing Yoga Poses In 1989 I went to India for a three-week intensive with B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta. Mr. Iyengar had just turned 70, and Geeta was officially handling the majority of teaching duties. However until the last week of the intensive, B.K.S. appeared every day and taught much of every class. During the last week, he traveled out of town to teach a class for one day,

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Ending a Yoga Class

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 14, 2014 |

ending a yoga classEnding a Yoga Class When we begin teaching at a certain time, we don’t usually envision the class ending. Such was the case with my Monday noon-1:00 pm. Class I started teaching three years ago. The class was one of the first at a new yoga studio in the west side of our town where there aren’t other yoga studios, which tend to be clumped on the east side. Our

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Yoga Gossip: Have You Ever Been Dissed by Another Teacher?

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 7, 2014 |

yoga gossipThe Yoga Gossip Machine:  What Do You Do When Another Teacher Disses You Behind Your Back? When students ask my opinion about another teacher in town, I’m deliberately vague. First, with the plethora of teachers (100 or more) being trained annually in various local trainings, I no longer know 99 percent of the teachers in town. Second, even if I do know the teacher about whom they’re inquiring, I don’t

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What to Do When Your Yoga Class Falls Asleep

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on June 9, 2014 |

kitty savasanaWhat To Do When Your Whole Yoga Class Falls Asleep They fell asleep, every last one of them. I could tell people were dozing off when I led them through a guided imagery in Savasana, telling them about the need for rest and replenishment as the seasons changed. They obviously took me at my word. Snoring abounded. Slow, deep breathing took over. Some people’s eyelids fluttered just a bit; others

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Experienced Yoga Teachers – What You Don’t Know Counts

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 21, 2014 |

yoga blocksWhy Beginning Teachers are More Confident than Experienced Yoga Teachers Yesterday morning one of my students asked me how my teaching has changed over the last 28 years. A few things came to mind: I no longer feel an ego need to demonstrate show-off poses. I no longer interpret “beginning,” “intermediate,” or “advanced” through the lens of what a person’s body can or can’t do. But most important, I’m a

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Growing a Yoga Community

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 7, 2014 |

yoga communityYour Yoga Community:  Does Size Matter? The photos are everywhere. Yoga classes depicted in mainstream media often show an endless sea of mats, their occupants performing mirror-image poses of one another. Sometimes finding the microphone-adorned teacher is akin to playing “Where’s Waldo?” These photos, while they may depict reality for some of the yoga world’s best-known teachers, are not reality for the thousands of teachers across the country that teach

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