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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

When Your Yoga Teaching Just Doesn’t Do It for Someone

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 19, 2013 |

yoga teachingWhen Your Yoga Teaching Just Doesn’t Do It For Someone Sometimes those who come to our classes are exhilarated to be with us, having chosen us from many other teachers. Sometimes it’s the opposite. A few weeks ago, I encountered someone who clearly wasn’t so thrilled to be in my class. “Biff” arrived with his rolled-up mat under his arm, took a quick look at me, and actually stepped back.

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Why There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher

posted by Nancy Alder on August 6, 2013 |

good yoga teacherWhy There’s No Substitute for a Good Yoga Teacher I have a confession to make:  I am a yoga teacher who has no yoga teacher. I can attend classes, watch videos or participate in online practices, but I do not have a main yoga teacher with whom I practice. Frequently students or friends ask me for recommendations of videos or online classes to take if they are unable to make

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Mindful Yoga Practice: Teaching Independence On and Off the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2013 |

vir100Mindful Yoga Practice:  Teaching Independence Some years ago, I took a weekend vacation to the Southern Utah desert. I planned to leave right after my Thursday morning Yoga class, which meant I would miss my Thursday evening class. Several weeks before my mini-vacation, I called a teaching colleague who agreed to substitute teach the class. After my vacation I arrived home to the usual slew of messages on my voice

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Are You a Yoga Show Off?

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 5, 2013 |

yoga show offWalking Your Talk:  Are You a Yoga Show Off? One of the things I really loved about yoga practice from the get-go was the fact that it is not meant to be competitive. My early teachers were all quick to emphasize that comparing yourself to your neighbors is not helpful. As a decidedly Type B introvert, I found this to be a relief. We Type B introverts do not always

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Yoga Teacher Training: How Teaching Begets Learning

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 18, 2013 |

yoga teacher trainingYoga Teacher Training:  How Teaching Begets Learning Every once in a while, I reflect on what it means to have practiced yoga for 31 years. It’s honestly hard to fathom. Time is a pretty elastic concept for me, but if I reflect on how old I was when I started—26!—I can’t help but marvel at the lifelong friend yoga has been for all these years. And still, when I contemplate

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Healthy Boundaries: The Teacher-Student Relationship

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 12, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipHealthy Boundaries:  The Teacher-Student Relationship It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take advantage of students’ trust. It’s been just about a year since the Anusara scandal erupted, and just today, I read an article in the New York Times exposing a centenarian Zen teacher who’s being accused of proliferating a pattern of sexual misconduct.

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The Teacher-Student Relationship: Healthy Boundaries

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 12, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipWhy Are Boundaries Important in the Teacher-Student Relationship? It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take advantage of students’ trust. Like most people participating in this conversation I do not know if the allegations are true. I don’t intend to discuss the issue’s veracity here, although I do trust that the blog that broke the

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Listen to your Body: What Does that Really Mean?

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 16, 2013 |

listen to your bodyTeachers say it all the time, but what does “Listen to your body” mean? About 20 years ago I attended a workshop with a well-known yoga teacher. We were working up to Urdva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow), stretching our quads and preparing our shoulders for at least 30 minutes before we started practicing the most rudimentary backbends. By the time we finished Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) I was feeling warmed

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Mindful Yoga: Trusting Your Own Experience

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 29, 2012 |

mindful yogaMindful Yoga:  Trusting Your Own Experience The only time I’ve ever injured myself in 30 years of practicing yoga happened when a teaching colleague told me my Headstand was incorrect because I was putting more weight on my arms than on my head. I was a novice student, only four years into my yoga practice. I knew my neck was not very strong due to a whiplash injury, but I

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Beware the Yoga Voice

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 19, 2012 |

ygoa voiceWhat’s a Yoga Voice and How’s it Different from your Authentic Voice? For almost three decades my outgoing message on my home voice mail has given general info about my yoga classes. Because I teach out of a rented public space there’s not a central studio number to call for specific information about my classes, other than my home phone. The first time I recorded my outgoing message decades ago,

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