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November 14, 2007 - 3:56 pm
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Does anyone have any suggestions about daily training routines for yoga instructors? How do you plan your day to be the best yoga teacher you can be? How do you prepare yourself and your classes for new yoga students?

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November 15, 2007 - 12:21 pm
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Namaste Parell,

Practice, practice, practice, and continuing education are the biggest factors for most successful Yoga instructors. Sorry to sound so simple, but that is the formula most Yoga instructors use.

Om Shanti,

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December 4, 2007 - 3:36 pm
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Greetings!

What a great question to get me thinking!

A specific daily practice or a speciific colored mat or a specific choice of music will not make (or even break) a great yoga teacher. The routine that works for me may not, due to many variables, be the one that works for you. I believe the Heart Center holds the keys for great teaching and great learning - both of which happen at the same time. Within our heart lies the love of yoga, the love of teaching, and the love for humankind. Teach FROM the heart - enable the students to shine in Triangle even though their pose may need refinement, encourage them to find THEIR edge and to honor it, cultivate an atmosphere of courage and respect, be a source of knowledge and guidance. Show reverence for the path they find themselves upon and realize that we are all at different stages along that path - not further ahead of or lagging behing someone else - simply at a different spot.

Flexibility in mind is as important as flexibility of body. For me it works to view my teaching as a river - sometimes fast flowing and in need of moderation; sometimes a bit sluggish and in need of a burst of energy. I adapt my own practice as necessary and I tend to do the same thing with my classes. The hardest part is when I have my "agenda" for the class and we are barely three poses into it and one of the students has a question...not just any question, but a great question! And the question is echd by several other students...what to do? Stay the course or switch direction? For me it has turned out beautifully to switch direction and allow the lesson to show itself - and I am always amazed with the evolution that follows! Humor also helps when I realize how insignificant I am (capital I) and it's better if i (small i) allow things to unfold.

I do apologize for rambling - hopefully you can find a nugget of insight from this long opinion.

Peace~

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December 4, 2007 - 5:01 pm
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Well Said Kay,

Yoga classes can't be pre-determined; even though we have a written lesson plan in our minds. When a Yoga instructor has a class policy to prevent questions during class, everyone loses. The agenda is all about the students. If the agenda is about the Yoga instructor, the students should have invested in a DVD.

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Vanessa

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December 7, 2007 - 8:32 am
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Hi there!

I think everyone has offered some wonderful insight. I believe it is a passion for teaching that makes you a great teacher. I really love what I do, and I have a vested interest in each of my students. I look forward to teaching my classes and hearing how yoga has affected their lives. Being a yoga teacher has enriched my life and I think it shows through to my students. :) Just my 2 cents...

Namaste,

Jeann

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Hi Jeanne',

That was a very valuable 2 pence. When Yoga changes the lives of our students for the better, we are doing our part. We share this art and science we call Yoga with our students. Last time I was in the States, I visited the Attleboro studio in July.

One of the students there told me how her spine had become straighter in less than a year, by practicing restorative postures. She had been in pain for years, before coming to a Yoga class. She had used up her chiropractic visits covered by medical insurance and the chiropractor wanted $100 for a single session. Regardless, she had never been pain free. After practicing Yoga with Paul and Marie, she was pain free in 3 months. She even saw the value in private sessions, because she was free of pain. Then, her spine and her posture became straighter. She asked her family doctor to explain this and he couldn't. I had to share this, because Yoga is quitely improving the lives of people.

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Vanessa

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Hi Vanessa,

What a wonderful anecdote! Thanks so much for sharing. It is amazing how life changing yoga can be. If we could only get more people to realize this. :)

Namaste,

Jeann

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Pranam,

This story also reminds me of a past conversation with Paulji. He said pain is a driving force to try Yoga. Much like the patient who ds not want to take care of his health, but must now try Yoga because the pain is too much to bear. Paulji has often mentioned how students must physically feel the good results of the Yoga practice first. Being pain free is a complete realization. A new student can't feel any difference if they visit for two lessons in three weeks, but many will say, "I tried Yoga." The truth is they didn't give Yoga half a chance. It should be noted that longer class packages yeild more sincere Yoga students.

Om Shanti,

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Student Safety in classes is a major issue for Yoga teachers.

The New Yoga

By G Harold

There is a new thought about how Yoga should be taught and practiced brewing. Mark Singleton discusses in his book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Michaelle Edwards is also adamant about this subject and is creating a small movement, all devoted to getting the word out that "yoga, as it is practiced today, is causing a number of injuries because many of its positions are not natural positions." Michaelle is the founder of YogAlign and students from around the world are coming to her Kaua

i Yoga School at the Mana Yoga Center, on the North Shore of Kaua

i Hawaii, everyday to practice and learn more about her new concept.

Many believe that the physical practice of yoga today to be thousands of years old, when in fact it is less than 100 years old. The yoga practiced today, throughout most of the civilized world, is an adaptation of the original yoga. "This modern yoga includes intense styles which are physically grueling and not designed to allow the body to be in alignment without requiring the practitioner to contort in a number of uncomfortable and un-natural positions," Michaelle says.

An accredited Yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance, a national education and support organization for yoga in the U.S. and a licensed massage therapist, Edwards practiced yoga for over twenty years before deciding to obtain the necessary training to become an instructor, some twenty years ago. YogAlign is her response to yoga injuries she experienced. In search for a yoga practice and positions which did not require uncomfortable and un-natural positioning, she began to study anatomy and how muscles are controlled by the brain, in addition to closely observing how babies and young children move.

Her studies helped her determine that a lot of yoga systems put the body into positions that have nothing to do with functional movement. So she decided to design a system that relied on natural breathing and natural spine alignment so that the body would intrinsically be at ease. YogAlign eliminates any position that looks like you are sitting in a chair. Edwards explains the chair gives us dysfunctional positions because it places the legs at right angles to the trunk and the body is not designed to do this and does not want to do this.

Your body is the teacher, she continues and it knows more than I do. It has its own built in system designed to help itself so with YogAlign you start to fine tune your alignment by asking your body, "does this feel right?" It is all about the proper alignment and stretching of the psoas (pronounced so-az) muscles. The psoas muscles are the most important muscles of the body.

The psoas is the two guide wire muscles that attach at the base of the diaphragm, lumbar spinal vertebrae, and discs. They descend down through the groin to attach to the inside of the upper leg bones, she says. They are known mostly as a hip flexor, but they do much more as they connect your spine to your legs and provide a shelf for your internal organs. They are breathing muscles that support your organs and hold your emotions. If they are dysfunctional, your body is dysfunctional, she added.

Get your psoas in shape and you will learn how to move from the center of the body, which will keep you pain and injury free. YogAlign lengthens and tones the psoas, reversing the shortening effects that happen too many of us from sitting in chairs and /or doing controlled exercises that shorten and tighten this muscle group.

In her new book, The YogAlign Method: Pain-free Yoga from Your Inner Core, she describes the theories of the YogAlign method, discusses the importance of training the brain functional movement and self-massage and also includes case histories and experiential exercises. Due out around Christmas 2010, you can learn more about its release and YogAlign by visiting her web site at manayoga.com.

She has numerous stories by people who claim the YogAlign method has helped them heal when years of all other available therapies have failed. There is emotion in the muscles, and issues in the tissues, YogAlign brings them out through yoga, without pain method, that really works. I am sure you will be hearing more about the YogAlign, pain free yoga movement real soon.

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Are you trying to say India is uncivilized!! What a crock! You say: "Many believe that the physical practice of yoga today to be thousands of years old, when in fact it is less than 100 years old. The yoga practiced today, throughout most of the civilized world, is an adaptation of the original yoga."

What a line! Think before you write. So, who are you saying is uncivilized? The 100 year old Yoga is complete BS. Writings about Yoga go back thousands of years. This tin horn author from YA should have written about Pilates (a nearly 100 year old system based on Yoga). You need to do some research before you write.

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"Her studies helped her determine that a lot of yoga systems put the body into positions that have nothing to do with functional movement."

I can make no sense of this statement either. This is only speaking of asana. Yoga asanas are only part of Yoga practices and they were designed for healing benefits. Who can do functional movement while practicing Garudasana? It helps prevent cramps in the calf muscles and reduces stiffness in the shoulders. It was not designed for hopping around. I agree with Sandy. Maybe you have something, but you spend much time trying to discredit the yogis of the past.

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Yoga Alliance only registers. They don't accredit and they don't certify and you never know how long they'll be around so no need to brag about it.

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Here are some tips to be the best yoga teacher.

1. Keep a strong home practice: For every hour you spend teaching, you need at least one hour on your mat alone. That means no classes, no DVDs, no books. Just you and your practice.

2. Love your students: Each time a student walks into your class give him a silent blessing.

3. Making eye contact: Always make an eye contact with all your students.

4. Project your voice

5. Connect with your new students: A good yoga teacher should go out of their way to connect with their new students in some way after the class.

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Hi Roy,

Thank you for bringing this thread back on topic. Good Points!

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