Nurturing Independence with Yoga: Practicing Japa

July 30th, 2014

affordable yoga teacher training coursesBy: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed

One of the primary goals of Yoga practice is the freedom from bondage. This is a broad and encompassing goal, to say the least. The sense of bondage may come from a tight lower back, the inability to touch your toes or an overriding sense of despondency about your life circumstances. The manifestations of physical bondage are fairly easy to see. For example, if you are struggling with a frozen shoulder, you may find it impossible to bind in Revolved Side Angle Pose. In fact, on some days you may not even be able to revolve in the pose at all!

However, a regular practice of Yoga asanas will help to restore elasticity and strength to your body. A more subtle aspect of the freedom that a balanced practice of Yoga techniques offers to practitioners is the mental and emotional freedom the practices engender. This emotional and psychological independence from external sources are essential ways that the regular practice of Yoga keeps us psychologically balanced and optimistic, as well as physically healthy, limber and strong.

In order to maintain a strong connection with the divine energy in one’s own heart, many spiritual teachers or Gurus have recommended the practice of japa. This practice entails the silent or barely audible repetition of a sacred mantra. The practice of japa is well known in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. Japa is similar to praying the Rosary in Catholicism, although it is slightly different. During the practice of japa, the repetition of a sacred mantra or phrase clears the subtle pathways in a Yogi or Yogini’s energy body, known in Sanskrit as nadis.

When these pathways or nadis are cleared of energetic blockages, prana, or life force energy, flows unimpeded throughout a Yoga student’s subtle body. As the prana continues to flow freely, a Yogi or Yogini will experience an overall increase in vital life force energy and a buoyant sense of optimism. The practice of japa is most effective if a Yoga student receives an enlivened mantra from a qualified Guru or meditation master. In this way, the student will be connected to the energy of the spiritual tradition of that teacher and his or her japa practice will bear more fruit.

* Practicing Japa

There are a number of enlightened spiritual masters today who offer serious Yoga students mantra initiation. If you feel inspired and moved to spend time in the presence of one of these enlightened teachers, you may wish to personally request mantra initiation from the master you feel most connected to. If you have not yet received an enlivened mantra from a qualified spiritual teacher but you have a strong connection to a particular spiritual path, you may find that repeating the mantra of that lineage is quite effective.

Otherwise, repeating a simple universal mantra will allow your mind to be tethered to the divinity within your own being. A few highly effective and well-loved mantras are “Aum” and “Aum Namah Shivaya.” The reverberations of “Aum” is said to be the very sound of the essence of the universe. The mantra “Aum Namah Shivaya” is an expansion on this sound. Its essentially meaning is: “I bow to the eternal essence of my own being.” In Yogic terms, the eternal essence of your own being is the pulsating energy of Shiva. To practice japa, silently repeat the mantra of your choice, once on your inhale and once on your exhale.

Many Yoga practitioners use a japa mala to help keep their minds focused on the practice of repeating a sacred mantra. You can find japa malas in the form of long necklaces, bracelets or rings. It is quite lovely to take a walk by a pond and repeat japa as the sun dips below the horizon. It is also just as effective to repeat japa during a tedious business meeting or while taking out the garbage. The key to the successful practice of japa is to do it for an extended, uninterrupted period of time on a daily basis. In this way, the vibrations of the mantra will penetrate the layers of your mind and infuse your body with the scintillating energy of the divine.

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Yoga Studio Harassment Prevention

July 18th, 2014

about harassmentBy Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500

Like any other workplace, it is important for yoga teachers to stay up-to-date on harassment prevention, whether it is physical, sexual, verbal, or another form of harassment. With recent headlines seeming to indicate that harassment in the studio is on the rise, it’s especially imperative that instructors take steps to protect themselves and their students. One of the best ways to prevent harassment issues in the studio is to regularly engage in continuing education courses involving harassment recognition and prevention. Learning about the different types of harassment is key to preventing messy harassment scenarios in your own classes. Taking classes and educating yourself will ensure that all your students feel at ease in the studio, whether they are completely new to the practice or have been visiting your studio for years.

Verbal Harassment

Verbal harassment is a common complaint among people who feel they have been bullied or discriminated against. Verbal harassment can come from a teacher or a fellow student. As an instructor, it is your responsibility to watch out for verbal abuse in your classroom, whether it is something you say to your students or something you overhear in the studio. Inappropriate comments can include negative comments about someone’s weight or appearance, racial slurs or swears, and unwanted or inappropriate comments. Make sure that you set a good example by practicing compassionate, appropriate communication. You should also take charge of any verbal harassment between students and enforce a zero-tolerance bullying policy.

Sexual Harassment

Unfortunately, sexual harassment in yoga studios has been prevalent in news headlines as of late. As a yoga instructor, it is important to make sure your class is a safe and comfortable place for yoga students of any gender. It is a good idea to set up some ground rules for your studio before you even begin teaching, such as what clothing is appropriate for your class. This is especially important for hot yoga classes, where students may want to wear revealing bra tops or swimsuits. Sexual harassment issues can happen between students. If someone has a problem with another student making sexual comments, leering, or inappropriately flirting, do your best to find a solution. Moving a student to a different class can be an option for someone who feels harassed by another practitioner. In extreme cases, you can ask a student to leave if they are behaving inappropriately. Remember, this is your classroom and you want it to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, including yourself.

Physical Harassment

This type of harassment can happen anytime you touch a student, or if another student physically touches another practitioner in class. To avoid issues with physical harassment, make sure that your students are aware that they should not make any physical corrections to other students, even if they are more experienced. This is a job only for you, as the instructor of the session. In your various classes, try to remember which students are ok with getting physically corrected and which students do not like to be touched. If you are ever in doubt, ask. This will ensure your students always feel safe in your studio. Remember to be respectful of the student’s wishes, and never touch anyone who is not comfortable with physical corrections. While it may not seem like a big deal to you, other people may have a big problem with physical contact and this could cause them a great deal of stress.

Harassment issues are something that no one wants to deal with. However, as a yoga instructor, it’s important to be prepared in case some kind of harassment scenario occurs in your classroom. With the right tools at your disposal, you can easily resolve issues in the studio and move on to what is really important – the people and the practice.

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Teaching Physical Awareness in Yoga Classes

July 16th, 2014

teaching yoga studentsBy Sangeetha Saran

Yoga can be a very emotional and mentally stimulating practice. However, no one can deny that it has a strong physical component as well. Yoga uses every muscle of the body and requires the practitioner to stay focused and engaged physically throughout the class. This is why many teachers focus on addressing physical awareness in their sessions. Physical awareness is not only an important aspect of yoga, but it is also a great way to improve your students’ lives outside of the studio. Increasing the physical awareness of your students can help them improve their yoga practice, increase their pain tolerance, and have a better overall quality of life.

Celebrating the Body

Many people come to yoga with body ideals and expectations. They may be unhappy with their current body, whether it is due to lack of strength, aging, wanting to lose weight, or feeling self-conscious about stretch marks, scars, or other “imperfections”. Yoga class is a wonderful time to celebrate the body, no matter what it looks like or how flexible it is. As a teacher, you can help your students to go beyond the outward physical appearance to find the beauty in their own physical strength and uniqueness. Promoting physical awareness can help students find the worth in their body when it comes to being strong, being flexible, and being healthy, instead of focusing primarily on appearance and beauty ideals. Teaching physical awareness will help your students learn how to love their body, which can have a huge effect on their lives inside and outside of the studio.

Recognizing Pain and Limits

Many people in our busy society push through pain and keep going even through severe fatigue and burnout. The physical signals sent out by the body are ignored. This can lead to illness and injury. Bringing physical awareness to your class can help students learn how to recognize when their body is telling them to take a break. Physical awareness can also help them to recognize the limitations of their physical body, whether it is in a yoga pose or just out in the world. In a time when too many people are out of touch with their bodies, as a yoga instructor, you can help your students find balance between the physical and the mental aspects of their health. A better awareness of the physical body can improve strength, sleep, flexibility, and overall health of your students.

Embracing the Moment

As another side effect of busy, overbooked schedules, people can focus too much on the past and future, and not enough on the present. Your students may arrive to class distracted, anxious, and wound up. Teaching physical awareness can help students to fully enjoy and appreciate the moment and focus on themselves during your class. Your class should be a time where cell phones are put away, work is left at the door, and students are meant to focus solely on themselves and their practice. Teaching this physical awareness will carry over from your class and into the daily lives of your students, enabling them to peace and serenity off the mat.

It is too easy to focus on the mental and emotional aspects of yoga while forgetting about the physical side. However, as a yoga teacher, you should always remember to teach physical awareness in your classes as well. The physical aspect of yoga is just one part of the practice that makes it a balanced choice for both body and mind. Teaching physical awareness to your students will help them to have better balance in the studio, at work, and in every aspect of their lives.

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Safety Guidelines For Physical Assists

July 15th, 2014

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By Gopi Rao

The practice of physical assisting or adjusting during yoga tends to receive a mixed review from students and teachers. While some students welcome the idea, others are more comfortable with verbal adjustments due to personal space. There are also teachers who are more at ease with verbal assisting instead of physical. However, the effect of achieving success through physical adjusting can be wonderful for the student and helps them reach a boundary they never knew existed. When communication is open between you and your student, physical adjustments are excellent ways to practice yoga. As long as you implement certain safety guidelines then there should be no room for errors.

First and foremost, knowing when to practice physical adjustments is the key in any lesson. For a beginner, it is usually best to avoid physical assists until the student has become more limber and is ready to push him or herself farther. When the student has achieved flexibility, then you can focus adjusting their foundation to help them connect with their inner core strengths. If you try to adjust the student too soon, it can lead to physical injury and discomfort.

After physically adjusting a student, it is crucial to their success that you observe them to see how they are responding. This will tell you whether or not you can help them go deeper into the pose. Check to see if the student is struggling. An obvious sign is blocked or shortness of breath. In order to go into a deeper pose, the student should be breathing even and steady. Their face should also be relaxed, and not scrunched up showing discomfort.

When you attempt a physical adjustment, it is pertinent that you do not take the student out of balance, and ensure you are also not out of balance. Make sure that you stabilize your posture, which is usually conducted most successfully in a lunge or squat. You should then attempt to stabilize your student. This will help them feel more secure, guarantee effectiveness, and ensure their own safety. Aside from balance, be aware of how resistant their body is. If you feel any resistance whatsoever, it is important that you stop and observe before proceeding with caution. You should also avoid pressing on any sensitive joints or along their spine.

How you present yourself as an instructor is very crucial to safety and comfort. Yoga teachers are urged to dress appropriately, meaning snug but comfortable fitting clothing. You should also have your hair swept up away from your face and out of the way. Personal hygiene such as dirty fingernails is obviously not allowed and dangling jewelry should be left off during class.

If you have researched physical adjustments before now, then you are probably aware of the controversial ideas that many have about the practice of assisting. Any time a person’s physical space is involved, it can lead to miscommunication and incorrect assumptions. When conducting physical adjustments, being on the same communication level as your student will make all the difference. Even if your student shows signs of being ready to advance their poses, they might not be comfortable with someone in their personal space. As a safety precaution, if you have not yet spoken with the student about being physically assisted, then it is best to use verbal teachings until then.

While your student is learning the art of yoga, remember that you may be learning how to properly physically assist. Do not rush this process, and start small. Even the most experienced instructors started physically adjusting their students in small increments until they worked up to more advanced poses. If you persevere with patience, while utilizing the safety guidelines mentioned, then you find that you have increased your skills in no time.

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Teaching Safe Pranayama Techniques

July 11th, 2014

pranayama on the beachBy Faye Martins

Where do you start with beginners when teaching pranayama? Should you begin by teaching calm and relaxing breathing techniques? Some students might find the basics boring, but it is your task to give them a safe foundation and keep them interested at the same time. Most of all, some beginners get restless when practicing pranayama, because they think they are missing out on advanced asana training.

Although the asanas are extremely important for yoga practice, as a teacher, you are aware that there are other elements that could be considered just as important. The form of yogic breathing, or pranayama, is vital for the practice of yoga. It is one of the most difficult elements to execute correctly – not only for beginners, but teachers as well. In this article, you will find some techniques that will help you assist pranayama practitioners to engage these exercises safely and effectively.

For Beginners

To begin, you will engage in this practice, by simply taking a deep breath. Slowly take in air through your nostrils and allow your lungs to fill and stomach to expand.

Once you have completed this process, you will exhale slowly, allowing your stomach to collapse and lungs to deflate. With time, you will train yourself to breathe properly.

Students should not begin with rapid breaths. Dynamic forms of pranayama should not initially be taught. This will come with time. As stated, you must remind students that pranayama, when not practiced properly or by the inexperienced, can be risky. Let them know that with time and training, they will be able to reach a complete breath. In other words, the volume of their breath will become deeper.

Basics of Alternate Nostril Breathing

Once your students have practiced the above-mentioned method of pranayama, they can continue with something a bit more focused. Ask your students to gently block one of their nostrils. Either one is fine, but for the sake of instruction, let’s say the left nostril is blocked.

Have your students close their eyes, and inhale slowly, calmly, and deeply through the open right nostril.

When their lungs have filled, have them unblock the left nostril and gently cover the right.

Once the switch is complete, have them now exhale through their open left nostril.

Have them practice this technique for some time, until they have gained a solid grasp on the practice before moving on to the opposite side. In other words, you want to ask your students to do an equal amount of alternate nostril breathing on the opposite side.

Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath)

After students have mastered the basic pranayama exercises, they can move on to something more difficult. Remember to tell your students not to strain themselves in the process. Students should be aware that they could hurt themselves during pranayama practice by forcing and pushing limits – just as much as they could be injured during asana practice.

To begin Bhastrika, students will take a deep breath allowing both nostrils to be open. One method that is easy for students to grasp is for them to bring both arms up overhead. Instruct them to inhale and allow the lungs to fill. Next, ask them to exhale, squeeze their hands into fists and bring them down to shoulder height, as they complete their exhale.

Practice these steps with your students, taking time and care. It is important for students to eventually get a taste of the more complicated and dynamic techniques within yoga. However, there is a time when students are ready for challenging asanas and pranayama techniques.

It should be stressed that some students will never be able to practice difficult techniques, because it puts them at risk of injury. A good example of this would be – students, who have high blood pressure, heart problems, or neurological disorders.

In most cases, dynamic pranayama techniques would not be suggested. This is much like taking a student who is having difficulty with standing on two feet and putting them in a power yoga class.

My point is that students need to be evaluated before teaching them difficult techniques.

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Preventing Accidents in the Yoga Studio

July 9th, 2014

practicing in a yoga studioBy Kimaya Singh

Any owner of a business understands the need for liability insurance. Accidents happen and it is not possible to control clients although you may caution them against the dangers. Asking clients to sign a liability waiver is certainly a must, but what can you do to prevent accidents in your yoga studio in order to protect against an act of negligence?

Negligence that causes an accident will affect your legal case, where your liability insurance would have to cover you for the payout. It could also cost you your business. Rather than have an issue with negligence or common accidents in your study, you can be prepared by considering the following suggestions.

Managing Limitations

While potential students might feel a health questionnaire is too much information for a yoga studio to have, you can still try to assess your students. Ask questions about their health that will not go against any privacy laws. An individual who wants to work out should be able to tell you of any injury, back trouble, or other physical limitation they have in order to help you to help them workout.

If you do have students with limitations make certain that you pay attention to these during class. You may suggest an easier pose for any student who has a physical limitation. This takes the liability from you ensuring you cannot be considered negligent should an accident occur.

Maintaining a Clear Area

Before and after a class, make certain you leave enough time to clean up the yoga studio you have just used. Store mats and any other equipment you may offer your students for their use. If a spill occurs immediately clean it up and mark it with a wet floor sign.

Working out can be a thirsty situation as you are aware; however, you may wish to ban any liquid from the workout area. A designated area for getting a bit of water or other drink helps keep accidents due to spills limited. Also require your students to change their outside shoes before entering the workout area to prevent any weather related liquid issues.

Maintaining Equipment

Like maintaining your workout area for yoga sessions, you want to remove any equipment that is no longer in good condition. Again this limits your negligence, but most importantly protects against accidents due to equipment failure.

Appropriate Class Size

Taking on a lot of students can work against you when your class size becomes too large you are unable to watch all students. Limit class sizes based on the amount of instructors you have teaching. If there is one person for a class go with smaller class sizes and offer these classes more frequently. In this way you can ensure your participants are properly performing yoga positions without straining their muscles or creating instances where injuries might occur.

If you cannot open more classes, consider having at least two instructors in the class. One instructor can provide the poses, while another walks around to make certain proper positions are held.

It is understandable you may not be able to have more than one instructor and still have large class sizes. In this instance, show a pose to the class, and then ask your students to perform the action while you walk around checking positions.

Appropriate Class Level

Lastly, being absolute in placing students at the appropriate class level can prevent accidents. If you notice someone is not up to a level they told you they were at there are ways to explain why you need them to change to a more appropriate level.

As long as you voice your concerns and try your hardest for your students you can prevent accidents. You can also prevent issues with negligence lawsuits.

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How to Begin Teaching Yoga Classes

June 26th, 2014

how to teach yogaBy Shadona Rani Das

Becoming a yoga instructor is more than just teaching yoga in a class. You must be an effective instructor who will provide up-to-date, correct, and safe yoga strategies to help your students learn safely. The best way you can be an effective yoga teacher is to first become a certified yoga instructor

Learn a Specific Type of Yoga and Get Certified

Possibly the first thing that you need to do is to train for a particular type of yoga. Just like any kind of teaching practice, specialization is important. You can deliver high-quality teaching when you concentrate on one or two forms of yoga.

The certification process usually takes time; as an intern, you will be required to complete assignments. When possible, you should attend yoga classes and participate in classroom activities, as well as on the spot training under the guidance of a master teacher.

Learn from Senior Instructors

Aside from getting certified, you should still continue to learn new techniques, safety protocols, and strategies for running classes. Today, it is possible to have workshops and lectures from senior trainers or instructors online or by traveling. To gain more knowledge, you might attend classes in your area, watch videos, read books or e-Books about the subject that interests you the most.

Improve your Self-Confidence

One thing that a yoga teacher overcomes is the feeling of awkwardness in front of people. Yoga classes are run as a group activity, and you will absolutely develop self-confidence and poise over time. You can do this at first by teaching small yoga groups, until you are able to feel comfortable in larger groups. Practice is a great way to perfect any skill. Teaching groups, big or small, is a great way to jump start your self-confidence.

Group Size

When you have overcome your uneasiness in front of people, it is time to find out if you are, indeed, a capable and efficient teacher, by teaching larger groups. In teaching of any kind, you can fine tune your teaching methods to suit your students’ needs. For instance, if you have specialist training, a specialized yoga class could be a class for pregnant women, yoga for seniors, yoga for school age children or yoga for couples.

On the other hand, you might not have a specialist certification and you teach specific groups with a common goal. These types of students can be found in any martial arts school, dance academy, or in a sports league. By specifying exactly what group you are to teach, you can teach effectively and more directly.

Teaching Your Classes

You are now a certified teacher and you have proven yourself as an able and competent instructor. It is time to teach professionally, and the first thing that you must consider is if you would like to be a part of a company (studio, health club, or corporate center) or if you would like to personally look for clients. Joining in a company has a lot of benefits; you have a training area, a consistent number of students to teach and the possibility of employee benefits. Working on your own also has its benefits: you are your own boss so you have full control of your schedule, you get to teach in different venues and you get to keep your compensation. Some teachers work with private clients exclusively.

Weigh the benefits of the two employment options and do not be in a hurry to make a decision. You may want to consider working on your own for a few months and then working in a company later, just to test the waters. A professional yoga teacher minds his or her students above all and will be able to efficiently teach yoga, no matter where he or she may be.

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How and When to Correct My Yoga Students

June 24th, 2014

Prasarita PadottanasanaBy Ishrattasleem Tasleem

Nowadays, people are living a busy and hectic lifestyle; fatigue is a common complaint of modern life. The sense of a fragmented and displaced lifestyle is found among people of all age groups and genders. To get rid of all the worries, stale energy, and effects of stress, yoga has proven to be an ideal holistic health system, gentle exercise for relaxation, refuge from the stress of daily life, and an ideal past time all around the world in recent years, especially with rapid growth in the Western world.

About Yoga

Yogic methods have been practiced for thousands of years on the Asian continent. Basically the word “yoga” is derived from a Sanskrit word, “Yuj” (which means to yoke or to bind). The essence of practicing these exercises means to unify the physical body with the mind and with the vital energy flowing in the mind. Yoga brings about a sense of harmony and balance, while it is also a practice of living a healthy life. It is the best method to calm our mind, accept challenges of life, and work on all aspects of health to encourage a strong body, sharp mind, and the ability to reduce effects of stress. It helps to re-connect the fragments of life and brings stillness to one’s personal existence. By practicing yogic techniques, the problems of life dissolve and life itself begins to flow more easily.

What Does Yoga Involve?

Yogic methodology is a non-competitive physical activity that should not cause any pain, strain, and puffing. It is an art and science of remembering to respect our body, by working at an individual’s pace. Asana practice is a form of exercise, which is designed around a series of postures. The complete practice involves a number of physical and mental exercises, which work together, to bring about health and tranquility in an individual’s life. Yoga offers a set of 8 principles for a healthy and comfortable life. These techniques include:

1. Yama: Moral codes of universal nature.

2. Niyama: Personal conduct.

3. Asanas: The practice of postures.

4. Pranayama: Breath control.

5. Pratyahara: Control of senses.

6. Dharana: Power of concentration.

7. Dhyana: The stillness of meditation.

8. Samadhi: Contemplation and reflection.

How to Correct Your Students

While performing these exercises, the following points should be kept in mind for improving movements and postures. First of all, it is advisable to make sure that the room is cleaned, light and airy, with leveled flooring and a peaceful atmosphere. Yoga students should be instructed to get themselves at ease by removing accessories, tying long hair back and wearing light, comfortable clothes. Moreover, it is most important for students to possess a yoga mat. The instructor should always act as a role model by presenting optimistic attitude during demonstrations.

A teacher should guide students with techniques kind heartedly, using positive phrases instead of harsh language. For example, instead of saying, “Don’t stop breathing,” you should rather say: “Breathe naturally.” As a trainer, your mission is to put your best self forth, while teaching them. Another important point to be noted is that if any student is following a wrong sequence of movements – do not stop them during the routine. The instructor must wait until the posture is completed, and then explain the correct movements, unless there is any danger of injury.

Being a mentor requires you to give close and deep attention to each individual, by observing your students keenly. Always teach students to work according to their own pace, and let them know that they should not compare themselves to any other student. You must also instruct students to avoid hurrying or to feel pressured. Make your students aware about what is right for their bodies at the present time. While practicing the postures, let your students know about the benefits, so that they perform with full concentration, ease, and appreciation. The most important thing in physical forms of yoga is the correct use of breath, as it helps to enhance the value of postures.

Safety Precautions

• Inhaling and exhaling properly is necessary for every asana. Make sure the students take a rest between strenuous postures. Always keep a check on body alignment. This means that you will have to get off your mat and walk around the room to clearly observe your students.

• It is wise to perform few warm-up exercises at the beginning of each session, to loosen and lubricate joints.

• Students should fill out an application, which makes you aware of pre-existing ailments. People suffering from any health-related issues, such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, ulcer, cardiac problems and AIDS should follow customized postures or techniques, which are carefully planned according to the advice of a medical practitioner and instructor.

• Pregnant students should be attending a prenatal yoga class, which deals with specific lesson plans for each trimester.

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Yoga for Emotional Trauma

May 16th, 2014

Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Aura Wellness Center speaks to you in this short lecture regarding the following:

  • Yoga for Emotional Trauma
  • Adjunct Therapy
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Engaging the Mind for Emotional Healing
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Who Would Take an Online Yoga Course

April 25th, 2014

Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 (Director of Yoga Teacher Training: Aura Wellness Center) covers reasons a student would take an online Yoga course, such as: CECs (Continuing Education Credits), convenience of a remote location, and those with responsibilities which do not allow them leave what they are doing for a long period of time.

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