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.
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.
Many yoga teaching certification courses show us how to teach classes, but they can't give you the experience of addressing each student's needs. Granted there are a few styles who believe the student must fit in or get out, but our students are all unique.
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 [...]
Each student who has back pain is different, because no two injuries and students are exactly the same. This is something every instructor should have learned in foundational yoga teacher training. Although I have outlined precautions and prevention guidelines below; these would be considered typical.
Within every art form there is beauty. As an instructor, you may have seen this beauty in the improvements in your students or at a prenatal yoga teacher training intensive. For those who teach Yogic methods, there is beauty in every part of this treasured practice.
More than twenty years ago, I was attending a yoga teacher training and the guru who organized it stated that there was too much emphasis on anatomy in typical instructor intensives.
As part of your Yoga class instruction, you may also want provide a ten minute period of time for the students to talk about the school environment and incidences of bullying that may be occurring, either at the beginning of class or the end of class.
Teaching a beginner Yoga class is a heavy responsibility. There is a good chance that people in the room have never practiced Yoga...
Supported Reclining Goddess Pose is usually practiced towards the end portion of a Yoga class, and often just prior to Shavasana. When you are ready to lead your students through the practice of Supported Reclining Goddess Pose, ask your students to place a bolster or rolled blanket near their mat, if they are using the support of a prop today. As they lie down, have them place the Yoga bolster or blanket horizontally across the top of their mat and just underneath their shoulder blades, so that the expansion of their heart is more fully supported in a comfortable fashion.