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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

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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Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick?

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 20, 2014 |

teach yogaCreating Safe Space:  Should You Teach Yoga When You’re Sick? Last winter dealt me a double whammy. After three years free from all manner of maladies, the sore throat/sinus/fever malaise caught me in early December. Then in the wee hours one January morning, the nasty norovirus took hold. The most violent symptoms abated after about 24 hours, but I felt the effects for four or five days. I hear that

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Tips for Yoga Teachers: Honoring Our Teachers

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 2, 2014 |

iyengarTips for Yoga Teachers:  Honoring Our Teachers Teaching Yoga is an honor. It is an opportunity to share what is most sacred in us, and an opportunity to guide others in the process of transformation. This is not a small thing. It is not only an honor; it is an enormous responsibility. For who among us can point the way to transformation if we ourselves have not tread that path?

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The Advanced Yogi: Not What You Think

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 4, 2013 |

advanced yogiWhat is an Advanced Yogi? Recently I led some yoga students through a rather lengthy series of leg-stretching asanas based on Supta Padanghustasana (Supine Big Toe Pose). I traditionally end the series with a one-legged version of Yoganidrasana (ankles behind the head). Of course, most people in my classes feel pretty flexible if their foot ends up within a few inches of their faces—and honestly, that’s really quite flexible compared

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Silent Time: Encouraging Individual Exploration

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 19, 2013 |

silent time at city creekThe Gift of Silent Time in Yoga Occasionally I’m invited to team teach a class that will benefit a local charity. I always accept these invitations, as I feel that this is a great way to use my skills to benefit my community. I also enjoy the opportunity to observe different teaching styles of the other teachers who donate their time. I admit to being an old-school teacher. I grew

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Healthy Asana Practice: Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 4, 2013 |

healthy yoga practiceHealthy Asana Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints! Last spring I was honored to be invited to co-teach a training at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. The 20-some students were earnest, curious and right on board with our slower-than-usual approach to asana practice, and our emphasis on meditation and philosophy. I am inspired to know that this group of teachers is bringing their wisdom into the world of yoga.

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Teacher-Student Relationship: Students Have Power Too

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2013 |

teacher-student relationshipThe Teacher-Student Relationship:  When to Call the Teacher Out Twenty-seven years ago, in my first year of teaching yoga, I attended a workshop on using yoga to heal back issues. The workshop was a week long and was team taught by what was then a who’s who of senior yoga teachers. I had previously worked with only one of the teachers on the roster, so I was excited to experience

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Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul: It’s Just Money, Honey

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 2, 2013 |

marketing yoga classesMarketing Yoga Classes with Soul: It’s Just Money, Hon We all have parking lots filled with baggage when it comes to money. Some of us feel we deserve to struggle, especially if we’re doing what we love. Others feel entitled to have the dough roll in quickly and easily. Collectively, there’s enormous vats full of shame, entitlement, confusion, fear, anger, arrogance, low self-esteem and other varieties of imbalance when it

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Marketing Yoga Classes with Soul: Part 2

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 18, 2013 |

marketing yoga classesMarketing Yoga Classes with Soul How we market ourselves has grown exponentially in recent years. Between social media, print ads and printed material, word-of-mouth, collaboration with others, and promotions on radio, television or the web, the possibilities could drive a person into Corpse Pose for many hours. In this post, I want to share with you some of the directions you could take your marketing, all with the caveat that

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Marketing Your Yoga Classes with Soul: Part 1 – Alignment

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on September 5, 2013 |

marketing your yoga classesMarketing Your Yoga Classes with Soul As I prepare to offer my first Curvy Yoga classes this month, I’ve been renewing marketing of my classes, and considering what soulful outreach really looks like for me. I say “for me” rather than for everyone because I believe that ethically putting our work out into the work means aligning how we do outreach with our values and character, which is another way

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