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Episode 0: Intro to the Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

Episode 0: Intro to The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast Intro This episode is a quick introduction to the concept of the Yoga Teacher Resource podcast. Highlights The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast was created to help yoga teachers Build their knowledge Connect to other...

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...

Anatomy of a Yoga Class Plan

A yoga class plan might be as simple as an outline of a few poses or a complex multi-page document detailing every possible aspect of the class.  The follow is a list of components that a yoga teacher might include in their plan. sequence theme feeling music playlist...

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...

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...

All About the Psoas Major: Tips from a physical therapist & yoga instructor

The psoas major is a deep and mysterious muscle that tends to be overused and, when cranky, causes a lot of problems. All yoga instructors benefit from having a basic understanding of how this muscle works and how yoga can help it stay healthy and supple.

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...

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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