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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

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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Digestive Demons on the Loose: When You Suddenly Get Sick in the Middle of Teaching Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 8, 2014 |

suptabaddhakonasanaWhen Digestive Demons Spring to Life in Your Yoga Class I had just led the class in the opening Sun Salutations when it hit: a fast-moving stomach flu that made me almost sink to my knees. Luckily, I could, telling the students we were going to do some seated poses. I kept my eyes steady as the waves roared diagonally through my torso. While I didn’t need to rush to

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What’s Normal Range of Motion?

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 3, 2014 |

ROM of Major JointsAnd how does understanding range of motion help us in our Yoga practice? Have you ever wanted to get into an intermediate or advanced class and been told that you had to be able to do Lotus Pose, or do Upward Bow with straight arms? I’ve never been a fan of this type of classification, partly because it takes into consideration only one small part of a person’s Yoga experience.

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An Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 24, 2014 |

new yoga teachersAn Open Letter to New Yoga Teachers Yesterday was the last day of a yoga teacher training that began in September. Inspired by the group’s great courage and heart, I’ve written them an open letter that I hope will be of help to them and to anyone starting out on the path of teaching: Dear Friends, Let me begin by saying that being in your presence all these months has

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Are You a Yoga Visionary? Think Again

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 3, 2014 |

visionaryWhat is a Yoga Visionary Anyway? This morning Maya Devi Georg, a blogger on Brahmaloka or Bust and Yoganonymous, posed an interesting question on Facebook: “Why do some teachers never acknowledge their own teachers? They’ll refer to themselves as ‘visionaries,’ ‘philosophers’ and ‘enlightened.’ But no mention of training, education, or the teachers that helped the along the way. What is that about?” A spirited discussion has ensued. Some commenters wondered

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Yoga Heals — Most of the Time

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 10, 2014 |

yoga healsYoga Heals — Most of the Time A yoga teaching colleague recently related a story about a student at her studio who suffers from a rare neurological condition that causes tremors. Yoga, with its ability to smooth out your nervous system ought to be the perfect solution, right? In this case, not so much. The student’s condition had actually been worsening, causing suffering for herself, and distracting her fellow students.

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