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One Simple Technique to Help You Save Time Planning Classes

You know how there are some days when the idea of coming up with a new yoga class plan feels impossible? The subtle sense of panic at the idea of showing up to class with nothing to say? If you keep your class plans from the past, you might find yourself frantically...

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Yoga Class Themes

Yoga class themes are like a thread that creates form and structure for the class.  They help to narrow the focus so that the teacher is not tempted to share everything they know in one class, thereby potentially overwhelming their students.  Themes are a great way...

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Don’t Hurt Your Students Part 1: Wrists

Since beginning a daily yoga practice, my wrists have been giving me a good amount of grief. Based on my conversations with students and teachers alike, I’m not the only one. Most of your students live most of their lives upright – then all of a sudden in yoga class...

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Meditation and the Mind Part 2: Controlling the Breath

In the first part of this article we discussed the four functions of the mind and the importance of managing these functions. We also talked a little about breath awareness as a tool for preparing the mind for meditation. Now, let's talk further about the breath and...

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Kid’s Books and Yoga~ Perfect Together

Do you remember those childhood days of reading your favorite book or bedtime story?  I love books… I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. Every Saturday morning, my mother would take me to the library to pick out some books for the week. I would get lost in...

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Hands on Help Part 1: What’s in a Name?

In my first teacher training, we were encouraged to put our hands on our students at every opportunity. “This is your work," I was told. In my second teacher training, I was taught to assist verbally first. If that doesn't accomplish your goal, demonstrate – just for...

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Meditation and the Mind – Part 1

One of the biggest challenges to maintaining a consistent meditation practice is learning how to manage the mind. The mind can be the doorway to the inner peace of deep meditation, or it can be an obstacle. A restless mind can be a formidable foe to meditation...

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Hip Injuries Can Be Avoided

In part two of this response to William Broad's recent New York Times article and its call to alarm about yoga’s adverse effect on women’s hips, I'd like to offer the following alignment principles for safe practice. I bring to the issue my background as a holistic...

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Fear and Trembling on the Yoga Mat: Perspective on yoga injury hype

Toe-sweating apprehension has swept through the yoga community faster than Colin Powell was able to say “weapons-of-mass-destruction”. The ground zero for this current alarm seems to be William Broad’s recent New York Times article. Along with his best selling book, Broad’s well-written treatises are laced with caveats upon which, at first blush, we all agree. The excessive panic that has struck the hearts and minds of yoga practitioners, however, merits a collective “Let’s just chill out for a moment”.

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The 5 Essential Ingredients for Creative Kids Yoga Classes

Planning a children’s yoga class is a lot like cooking. As a teacher, you get to invent your very own special recipe for yoga by combining some basic poses, a few kid-friendly resources and a whole lot of imagination! Here are five essential ingredients you will need...

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