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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

Healthy Asana Practice: Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 4, 2013 |

healthy asanaHealthy 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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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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