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Teaching Mixed Abilities in Yoga Classes

Teaching Mixed Abilities in Yoga Classes

Yoga is for everyone, but when people of varied physical abilities show up in the same class it can be difficult to meet all their needs at the same time. In this episode, Mado and Libby offer a framework for understanding why your students might struggle with a particular asana and how to offer variations that provide a similar experience to people with different physical abilities.

Cueing, Demonstration, and Finding your Voice as a Teacher [On Air Coaching Call]

Cueing, Demonstration, and Finding your Voice as a Teacher [On Air Coaching Call]

Johanna is a new yoga teacher who struggles to lead her yoga class without physically practicing along with her students. Mado helps her unpack why she wants to develop this skill and provides simple strategies to build her cueing ability without practicing along with the class. Along the way, they explore internal vs external motivation and learning to trust your inner voice.

The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online – Part 2

The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online – Part 2

Transitioning from in-person classes to online can shake up every aspect of your teaching. When Lily Dwyer Begg dove headfirst into this process, she found greater clarity in her voice and a blossoming creative potential in her teaching. In this episode, Lily shares advice for the art of teaching yoga online including demonstration, verbal cues, class planning, and how to substitute direct touch. She also reveals some of the challenges and opportunities that arose when she stopped teaching at studios and started running her own platform.

The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online – Part 1

The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online – Part 1

Learn the nuts and bolts of setting up an online yoga studio. Despite describing herself as a ‘Luddite’, Lily started teaching online when in-person classes shut down during COVID. She found that online teaching allowed her to teach fewer classes, increase her income, and boost her creativity. In this episode, she shares practical advice on optimizing audio and visual quality, choosing clothing for online classes, and using editing tools to refine recorded classes.

Standing Room Only [Book Club Series]

Standing Room Only [Book Club Series]

How do you bridge the gap between being qualified to teach yoga and teaching with confidence? Yoga teacher trainings are a deep dive into the practice and pedagogy of yoga, yet many graduates are thrown for a loop once they actually start teaching. In this episode, Sheri Fisher, author of Standing Room Only, shares the five qualities that yoga teachers need to cultivate on their way to embodying leadership in the yoga classroom.

Yoga Inversions [Book Club Series]

Yoga Inversions [Book Club Series]

Inversions inspire strong feelings. We love them, hate them, or we love/hate them – but how well do we understand them? While inversions are usually thought to be the domain of physically adept yoga practitioners, Kat Heagberg Rebar, author of Yoga Inversions, believes they can benefit anyone who wants a shift in perspective.

The Yoga of Parenting [Book Club Series]

The Yoga of Parenting [Book Club Series]

Becoming a parent is a rite of passage that will change your yoga practice forever. Sarah Ezrin was a dedicated yoga practitioner and long time teacher before having children blew her heart open, humbled her to the core, and turned her expectations about yoga practice upside down. This transition inspired her to write the book she wished she could read as a new parent: compassionate, irreverent, and steeped in the wisdom of yoga.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga [Book Club Series]

Trauma Sensitive Yoga [Book Club Series]

There are trauma survivors in almost every yoga room – but you can’t necessarily tell who they are from the outside. In this first episode of a series on recently published yoga books, Lara Land, author of The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, explains how yoga can support trauma survivors and describes how yoga teachers can help or hinder the process.

Does alignment make your classes safer?

Does alignment make your classes safer?

Yoga teachers often feel responsible to protect their students from injury during their classes. This is a big reason why many focus on guiding proper alignment during practice. But how much does alignment really protect students from injury? And are misunderstandings about safety, pain, and discomfort actually causing more harm to our students than good? In this must-listen episode, my guest Dr. Libby Hinsley sheds light on the relationship between alignment and safety.

How to Promote Body Autonomy in Your Classes

How to Promote Body Autonomy in Your Classes

Want to promote body autonomy in your classes but aren’t sure what that looks like? Featuring Dr. Libby Hinsley, this episode covers ways that yoga teachers may be unintentionally hindering body autonomy for their students and strategies for making your classes a self-empowering space for your students.

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