There comes a day when each of us “takes up the torch” from the preceding generation. For some of us, this event may happen in our family life, at work, with the passing of one’s Guru, or after a Yoga teacher training course has concluded. We learn valuable lessons from the generation ahead of us. Then, we initially tend to copy the ways of our teachers, before we become creative Yoga teachers.
By: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed. Can Yoga be used as an adjunct therapy for addiction recovery? According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly 60 million Americans have difficulty with some form of insomnia on a regular basis. Insomnia can take the form of problems falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, and waking up too early. [...]
A Yoga teacher has several roles to play, as he or she leads a group of students through a comprehensive sequence of Yoga techniques...
A chair yoga teacher training course is an eye opener, but to go out into the world teaching students is an awakening. Because of its promise for low impact activity that both strengthens the body and makes it more flexible, yoga is becoming ever more popular among seniors. In fact, most people past middle age acknowledge how important to their health a regular activity is, and medical research demonstrates the necessity for body weight strength exercises that build muscle and can help reverse bone loss, as well.
Practicing yoga is a well known method for releasing stress. Lowering stress in your life will help you to speed up your metabolism...
To start with, each yoga school of thought, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and Viniyoga, has its own ideas about the proper pose sequencing. Bikram, for example, practices 26 poses, twice, in the same order every time.
By: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed Are you interested in methods for improving Yoga student safety? The safety of students can be improved by encouraging open and forthright communication, between a Yoga teacher and his or her students. Whether or not a student is new to your class, encouraging open lines of communication is of paramount importance [...]
Learning and performing the different yoga asanas can not only change the way people feel about themselves, but also has an effect on the way they feel about others and the world as a whole. While posing, the deep breathing and stretching techniques releases endorphins in the brain, which gives one the benefits of feeling good.
By Faye Martins The mindful breath awareness technique can be used to bring attention to the breath during movement while practicing yoga. We commonly see this in transitions and vinyasa. When practiced without movement, this meditation is a good way to make it through an intense focusing practice. The literal translation of pranayama is [...]
During Yoga teacher training, you may have done a paper on managing stress. If so, it’s time to recycle that paper and turn it into a...