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I am a Christian and have a religious objection to this Yoga instructor certification course. I have been told that meditation is dangerous and possibly an evil practice.

Please research objective resources before making any judgments about meditation. Roman Catholic priests, brothers, monks, and many Christian ministers also meditate. This practice has been going on for centuries. In fact, meditation has been a part of Christianity since the beginning. Christian meditation consists of prayer, chanting, (For example: Gregorian Chanting) and scripture study. In [...]

Online Yoga Certification – How Technology is Changing the Face of Teacher Training Courses

By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 Traditional Yoga teacher training programs still exist, but traditional programs often last years. Not so long ago, the concept of an intensive face-to-face training, for a month, seemed like a new idea. All you had to do was schedule your time, and you could combine your training, with a vacation, [...]

Yoga Therapy – Helping Yoga Students who have Ailments and Illnesses

Yoga is a useful adjunct to medical and psychological treatment. This is why foundational Yoga Therapy courses and programs have begun to...

Is a Distance Learning Yoga Instructor Certification Right for You?

By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 There are many factors, which affect our choices in choosing the right Yoga teacher training program. We could join an onsite program, at an exotic resort in Bali, but what about our responsibilities? Obligations at home, on the job, or in college, are also part of our decision-making process in [...]

What Else Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher know about teaching Yoga Classes?

By Paul Jerard Hatha Yoga teacher ethics should be thoroughly covered in all Yoga certification programs. With the current laws about harassment, all Yoga teachers, and anyone who works with the public, should beware. The less said, in your Yoga class about trivial matters, the better. Just like Yoga teachers often say to their students, "Stay [...]

What Else Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know about Pranayama?

By Paul Jerard Since Yama literally means "control," you could say that Pranayama is control of "vital energy." When teaching Yoga classes, the four stages of Pranayama should be thoroughly explained. If you think in terms of a pendulum, it is much similar to the four stages of Pranayama. The pendulum moves in one direction, [...]

What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know about Pranayama?

By Paul Jerard Pranayama is possibly the most overlooked aspect of Hatha Yoga. Every Yoga teacher training course includes a significant segment about Pranayama. Although B.K.S. Iyengar wrote detailed works on the subject, some Hatha Yoga teachers barely scratch the surface on the subject of cultivating vital energy through breathing. Why is this happening in [...]

What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 5

By Paul Jerard Competent Yoga teachers should have enough knowledge to work with special populations. This includes handicapped students, seniors, and many more specialized groups with physical limitations. The reason is that Hatha Yoga is a health maintenance system, but some people only look at the superficial aspects. If a Yoga teacher is only capable [...]

What should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 4

By Paul Jerard Yogic Methodology: When thinking about Yogic Methodology there are two kinds that come to mind. One is the application of Yoga techniques to daily life and the other is Yoga teaching methodology. Competent Yoga teachers should thoroughly know both. When considering the application of Hatha Yoga techniques to daily life, we know [...]