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Yoga Studio Harassment Prevention

By 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 [...]

Safety Guidelines For Physical Assists

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, [...]

How to Begin Teaching Yoga Classes

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.

Who Would Take an Online Yoga Course

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.

The Transformative Power of Shiva – Emotional Clarity

Many Yogis and Yoginis also experience the deep peace of dropping into Shiva's formless field of energy thought chanting or repeating his divine name is a concentrated fashion. Repeating the mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya', either silently or audibly, will quickly harness Shiva's energy. Many Yoga practitioners like to use a japa mala to help focus the mind while repeating a mantra, or enlivened phrase.

How to Spot Injury-Prone Students

In this video Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 from Aura Wellness Center covers: Watching a student's posture, balance, how competitive they are, focus, physical condition, and if they are locking their joins. All which are contributors to injury. Paying close attention to these attributes will avoid student injury.

When to Offer Different Yoga Classes

Assuming that you have the freedom to choose your own curriculum, then one way to offer different classes is to simply divide your particular style of yoga into different skill levels. So, you could have beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.

Five Benefits of Yoga Instructor Courses

The gentle stretching and toning movements of yoga, help the body realize that it is not in a state of danger. We begin to relax, calm down, and unwind. Inflammation begins to dissipate. Muscles that were braced to leap into action begin to relax. Overall, pain is reduced or eliminated. After a week or two of yoga, participants feel an amazing sense of well-being and a dramatic cessation of aches and pains.

Yoga for Transforming Stress Into Positive Energy

The very first stress management method suggested on the website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America is to practice yoga. Focusing on yoga or exercise allows you to free yourself from whatever is causing your negative feelings.

The Dance of Shiva: Natarajasana

To practice Natarajasana, or Dancer Pose, come to an equal standing position at the front of your Yoga mat. Before proceeding, find a gazing point or drishti two to three feet in front of you on the floor. If you hold this drishti point without wavering during your practice of Dancer Pose, your balance will become steadier and the fluctuations of your mind will begin to calm. With an inhale, shift your weight to your right foot and raise your left foot behind you. Grasp the top of your left foot with your left hand. Remember to keep your left foot in direct alignment with your left hip bone.

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