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Yoga Teacher Training FAQs

Online Yoga Certification – How Technology is Changing the Face of Teacher Training Courses2019-09-07T13:34:10-04:00

yoga teacher trainingBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP

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, at a beautiful or exotic location.

Some of the pre-requisites would be previous experience. It would be wise to have two years of working knowledge as a student of Yoga before considering teaching classes. This may seem obvious, but there are those who jump “feet first” into everything.

There are more pre-requisites for the exotic Yoga teacher intensive. You should have the money required for travel, housing, meals, study materials, and any hidden costs. You should be single, with no children at home, or in a position to put your family on hold.

 

You should also be unemployed, or have an employer, who will allow you to take a lengthy vacation. Not many employers will rejoice to know you are attending a Yoga teacher certification course, while your work piles up. If your employer understands your desire to become a Yoga teacher, you are in a unique situation.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, most of us are not in a position to drop everything and attend an intensive course, without making some complicated arrangements with our families and employers. Hence Yoga instructor training, at home, has become a viable solution.

Books were, and still are, good learning tools, but Internet access, online video, DVDs, and CDs make learning the subtleties of Yoga much easier. The ultimate distance learning course should have an interactive mix of learning tools.

There was a time when Yoga books and face-to-face lectures, with a Guru, were the primary tools of learning; and they still have a valuable place. However, times are changing, and new technology has been integrated to produce a new breed of correspondence training for those who wish to teach Yoga classes.

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Questions about 200 to 240 hour Yoga Teacher Correspondence Courses from Aura Wellness Center2017-12-12T10:03:25-05:00

become a certified yin yoga instructorBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

There was a time, when we had one Yoga teacher training course. The original Camp in a Box was located on a five page website for years, but times change and we receive many requests from those who teach Yoga and those who want to teach in the future. We developed specialist courses for Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative teachers.

Yoga instructors often desire to reach out to specific groups of people. For this reason, we kept developing courses, which would help teachers who want to specialize. Below is a compound question related to our 200 and 240 hour Yoga certification courses.

Q: The style of Yoga I prefer is Vinyasa, I saw you also had an instructor’s training in this style. Now which do you recommend? You have the Camp in a Box, the Recycled 240-hour version, the Camp in a Box Basic, and the Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course. How do they differ?

A: People are guided by their passion for a subject. You stated: “The style of Yoga I prefer is Vinyasa.” With that said, will any other course honestly meet your needs? However, let’s review these four courses and compare them to each other.

The Camp in a Box and the Recycled sale: These two 240 hour Yoga teacher correspondence courses are the same course. The biggest difference is the Recycled sale materials have been used by an intern at our facility, or the materials arrived new, but were scuffed, scratched, or dented in transit to us. However, they have been inspected and are guaranteed to work.

The Camp in a Box, and the Recycled sale courses, are for teachers who want to reach the largest audience students. These courses are Hatha Yoga based. As a result, they focus on every aspect of Hatha Yoga.

The 200-hour Camp in a Box basic is a streamlined and slimmed down version of the original Camp in a Box. The foundational knowledge, which every Hatha Yoga teacher should know, is the bedrock of this course. There is one DVD about marketing and business included as an elective part of the program.

The 250-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course is a specialist program for teachers who feel that they are going to teach active crowds that crave a lot of movement. If your heart calls you to Vinyasa, you may want to take a closer look to compare it with the other Yoga courses we offer.

All of these courses have a foundational written exam and each one evolved as a result of requests from existing Yoga teachers and those who aspire to teach. Just as a glimpse into the future, we plan to develop a platinum line of courses, which will give interns a deeper grasp of anatomy, assisting, and modifications. We also plan to develop Hot, Power, Yin and Yoga therapy courses for teachers who have requested them. We do listen to your requests, while we work on research and development.

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See our testimonials to find out what our graduates have to say about teaching therapeutic yoga sessions and our selection of online yoga instructor training intensive courses.

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Are there additional costs in your Yoga teacher course, which I need to be aware before I start the training, so that I can factor them in.2017-12-12T10:03:25-05:00

For International Yoga teacher interns, the only additional cost would be, if customs charges an Import Fee, on educational materials.

Will the Yoga teacher training package you provide be enough to make me competent to teach Yoga.2019-06-20T10:44:35-04:00

Q: Will the Yoga teacher training package you provide be enough to make me competent to teach Yoga. This is bearing in mind that I do not have access to a local Yoga instructor, who can supervise my Yoga teacher training?

A: Yes – The Aura Yoga teacher training course is entirely complete and if you wanted to send me an early video or DVD to monitor your progress, I would be happy to give you a review for free.

A mirror, camera and audio recorder also make great learning tools for monitoring your progress while you prepare to become a Yoga teacher. Do not judge yourself too harshly. This is a common reaction when we record anything we do. When you can get past your own self-criticism; you will be on the path to become a Yoga teacher.

Within your Yoga teacher training course there are step-by- step instructions, numerous resources and we also point you in the direction of additional Yoga teaching resources. In fact, any time you have a question, you can send me an email. Some Yoga teacher interns call me by telephone in the afternoon, on week days.

This price, for a Yoga course, sounds too good to be true. Your price is really low, are there any hidden charges for tutoring online or phone calls?2017-12-12T10:03:25-05:00

There are no hidden costs for Yoga teacher tutoring online or by phone. If you have an international order, your country may have customs fees. These vary in rate within each country. We do declare exported Yoga courses as “educational materials” and some countries have lenient policies with duty charges for education.

I live outside North America, what kind of video formats do you use for your Yoga course materials?2017-12-12T10:03:25-05:00

We now send all Yoga course videos in DVD format. This seems to be a universal format for domestic and worldwide orders and no one has had any difficulty with our DVD’s.

Could you provide me with contact info for some of your customers who will act as a reference?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Firstly, we have a Privacy Policy posted at: //www.yoga-teacher-training.org/privacy-policy-statement – This guarantees your privacy and the privacy of every contact we have.

Getting satisfied students and graduates to volunteer contact information is a problem. People value their privacy and get very upset about Spam.

Under the new US laws in regard to privacy and Email, (CAN- SPAM Act of 2003), this illegal and subject to criminal prosecution.

Unless, I have their written permission, I cannot post their contact information, no matter where they come from.

On our testimonials page, there are two people who gave permission and did volunteer their Email contact information: //www.yoga-teacher-training.org/testimonials/

Some of our Yoga teacher graduates have listed their web sites. So, it is possible to contact them as well.

Does the Multi-Payment Option contain the same Yoga training materials and bonuses as the Camp-in-a-Box?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Yes, everything is the same including $221.95 worth of Free bonuses. The only difference is that your Yoga certification course is shipped in three separate modules, as you make your monthly payments.

Would I still be able to teach adults if I were to purchase the Kids Yoga Teacher package?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Your diploma would state that you are a certified Hatha Yoga instructor for children. As mentioned earlier this is a specialist course for teaching Yoga to kids. If you want to teach as a “general practitioner,” to a wide variety of students, the Camp-in-a-Box is the Yoga course for you. This course will cover teaching Yoga to a more diversified group of students

What are the requirements for successful completion of the Restorative Yoga teacher’s diploma course?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

There are five requirements for the Restorative Yoga Teacher’s Diploma Course: 1. The foundational written exam is based upon the study of two teacher’s texts and contains a 50 question essay format test.

You can Email any completed exam in a Word document, PDF, or cut and paste your exam into the body of your Email. You can also send your exam by regular postal mail.

2. The Practical Exam is a video of you teaching Yoga for at least 60 minutes. It should contain asanas, pranayama, modifications, assisting a partner on alignment, cueing skills, and a meditation or relaxation sequence. You can send your practical exam in Video Stream, VHS/NTC, VCD, or DVD format.

3. Your Essay should be about Yoga, and its relation to any specific health topic (for example: Yoga for seniors, Yoga for chemical addictions, Yoga for diabetes, or a field you have passion for). Your essay could also be an overview of Yoga and its relationship to health. Your “Yoga and health” essay should also be at least three pages long, single spaced.

4. The Modifications and Props exam contains 25 questions. Most of them are in relation to Yogic prescriptions for ailments. The Anatomy and Physiology exam is also contains 25 questions. It is basically foundational information for any Yoga teacher who wants to know a bit more about anatomy. 5. A Yoga Teacher’s ethics agreement is also included for you to return with your exams.

How Credible is Aura and the Aura Yoga Teacher Certification?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Yoga In Practice eBookAura Wellness Center and Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 have global credibility.

Successful graduates in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and many island nations, have been certified by Paul Jerard for over two decades.

Paul is a registered E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance (An authorized trainer of Yoga teachers).

Aura Wellness Center is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance.

By the suggestion of Swami Maitreyananda, Aura Wellness Center is one of the US Yoga Teacher Training Centers recognized by the International Yoga Federation (The largest Yoga teacher association in the world).

We are listed under the heading, United States, as a “Yoga Teacher Training Centre.”

We are accredited by the World Metaphysical Association.

https://www.worldmeta.org/schools.htm

The Yoga teacher certification for graduates of the Camp-in-a- Box is a “Yoga Teachers Diploma.”

You will notice in the left hand column that we belong to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We had to go through a screening process to be recognized by the BBB.

Aura BBB Link

The BBB would not hesitate to cancel our membership, if we violate their ethical standards.

Also, Aura Wellness Center is PayPal certified, which, again, means we are a legitimate organization and went through another screening process.

If you search “Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500” on Google, you will easily find that he is a recognized trainer of Yoga teachers – as well as an author of newsletters, articles, and books, about Yoga.

Our diploma has been recognized by organizations on every continent. The marketing material, inside the course, will show you many ways to find Yoga students.

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What is the difference between the Yoga Camp-In-A-Box and the Kids Yoga Camp-In-A-Box?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

The Kids Yoga Camp-in-a-Box (Kids Yoga Teacher Certification) is a specialized Yoga course and geared toward teaching Yoga to kids only.

Are the materials in the scratch and dent Yoga teacher kits guaranteed to work?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Yes, the DVD’s and CD’s have been inspected and repackaged, but if you have any problems with them, send us an Email and we will replace them free.

All of the texts are functional, have been inspected for missing pages, and we do reject excessive wear. Most books have been scuffed and show signs of usage, but some will have highlighting or a little writing on the pages.

Most of the materials have been used by our on-site Yoga teacher training graduates and interns. Occasionally, we get a shipment that has been handled roughly, so some of the books have never been used.

I have been practicing Yoga about 5 years and I still seem to be in the same spot. What are some of the practices I can do to master the side crow pose? It seems as if my arms are too short, when I put my arms to the side I can’t bend them to get in the position. Also what are some positions I can practice and how long should I stay in the position to open up my hip area. I do practice Yoga about 2 to 3 times a week.2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

As you already know Side Crow Posture (Parsva Bakasana) can be a test of patience. Sometimes cultivation of patience is the deeper reason certain asanas exist. Some Yoga students never quite get it, despite how many years they practice.

This could be compared to a golfer, who has never made a particular shot despite years of practice, games played, camps, lessons, professional guidance, etc.

Within the study of Yoga, asanas should be used as tools for self-mastery and not so much viewed as end-goals. The process of learning Yoga techniques happens on a multitude of planes. However, that is another matter.

Asanas that will help build upper body strength.

  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand Pose)
  • Chaturangasana (Crocodile – Push up)
  • Kakasana (Crow)

By using the Internet, we are learning and teaching Yoga online. It is not possible for me to see if your hips are a factor. You may want to discuss this with your local Yoga instructor. Below are a few very useful hip openers for your personal Yoga sessions

Hip Openers

  • Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) also known as cobbler
  • Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) also known as dove or swan
  • Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose). When performing this pose you can widen your legs as your range of motion permits and this is easier to hold for a longer time.

Try to hold these asanas up to a minute at a time. This is a goal – in and of itself.

I hate the fact that I have to wait 2 hours after I eat to practice Yoga. What is the reasoning for this? I work out at the gym immediately after I eat.2018-01-30T08:16:23-05:00

The two hour window between eating and a physical Yoga (Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, etc.) practice is a general guideline. Severe twists, forward bends, and prone Asanas, such as Bow pose (Dhanurasana), can cause indigestion or worse. Some people will vomit, if there is too much food in their stomach, during a physical Yoga session.

If the Yoga class is in a heated room combined with too much food in the student’s stomach there is potential for digestive problems.

This not only applies to Asana practice, but also to Pranayama. For example: Kapalabhati Pranayama, which consists of active rapid forced exhales, and is followed by passive inhales, could cause an adverse reaction if too much food is in your stomach.

Digestion is an individual matter, and it sounds like you digest your food very quickly. Age of the individual, the amount of food consumed, and the type of food consumed; are all factors in the time required to completely digest a meal or snack.

You could always try a light meal or snack before a Yoga class to see how you feel. Some of my suggestions are small portions of milk, fruit, salad, yogurt, cereal, or steamed rice. If the portions are kept small or moderate, most students should not have digestive problems. You know your body better than anyone, so use your best judgment.

I am interested in your Yoga home-study course, but I live outside the United States. What can you tell me about extra fees for your instructor training program?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Shipping cost depends upon the destination and the type of shipping service. Generally speaking, the further our Yoga course travels, the more expensive the shipping will be.

The services we use are Priority Mail and Express Mail. Both of them are easy to track, and are very reasonable in price, if you compare them to UPS or Fedex. Express Mail is more expensive than Priority, but the service is much faster.

Although we mark all of our courses as “educational materials,” your country may charge an additional import fee. Each country has different import policies.

Therefore, if this is an issue, you should contact your country’s Customs Authorities about the cost of importing educational materials.

I tried to log in to your Yoga teacher training web site – my Email and password were rejected at the accounts page. Can you tell me why I have not received the newsletter lately?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

About not receiving our newsletter: We constantly ask subscribers to add us to their address book and please check their spam filters for legitimate Email.

Your filter system may have classified us as Spam. If our newsletter is in your spam filter, and you clear your Spam filter out, without looking, our system gets a complaint message from your server.

Once this happens our system will not send anything more. If we send you another newsletter to the same address, we are breaking the Law.

We try constantly strive to deliver interesting newsletters, to Yoga teachers worldwide, but we kindly ask that you please add info@yoga-teacher-training.org to your address book, or unsubscribe, if you do not want our newsletter.

How exactly do the Monthly Payment Option plans work for Yoga Teacher Training?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

Aura Wellness Center offers payment plans for non-digital Yoga Teacher Training Courses $300 or higher.  These payment plans are completed over 3 months in 3 monthly installments. (Courses on sale are not applicable).

*Level 2 Complete Courses are the only exception ($997 and higher), they can be put into 4 monthly payments.

Initially, both Options need to be set up by phone. The remaining payments are automatic. You will have the full course shipped to you after your first payment, so that you can get started right away. Payment plans have a $10 fee per payment; for example – the 3 payment option an additional $30.

If you would like to receive a quote, on a payment plan, please email info@aurawellnesscenter.com, and include the following information:

  • The Full Name of the Course You Would Like to Enroll in (Example: The Power Yoga Teacher Training Camp-in-a-Box – Level 1 (PLATINUM)
  • Name
  • Shipping Address
  • Phone number
  • Best Time to Reach You (Please include your time zone)
  • Number of Monthly Payments (3 or 4 Payments) *4 Monthly Payments are only for courses $1,000 or more.
  • Type of shipping you would like.  Aura offers the following services:
  • UPS
  • UPS Ground (US Only)
  • UPS Next Day Air (US Only)
  • USPS
  • Express Mail (US and International)
  • Priority Mail (US ONLY)
What methods of payment do you accept?2017-12-12T10:03:26-05:00

The Aura Online Store Accepts ALL Major Credit Cards Including PayPal.

We can also accept everything except PayPal via Telephone at: 508-222-0092

Process a payment with PayPal: https://www.paypal.com

Send a transfer by Western Union: www.westernunion.com

What is your policy on re-certification?2017-12-12T10:03:27-05:00

All the reputable Yoga organizations that handle licensing for Yoga instructors believe in continuing education courses and the re-certification process. It is very easy to become stale and “rest on your laurels,” after graduation. As a certified Yoga teacher, you should stay current and be sharp. This means, attending workshops, taking continuing education workshops, reading trade publications, and attending Yoga teacher seminars.

Medical, Physical Therapy, and Sports Medicine knowledge is moving at a rapid pace. All of these fields pertain to you as a Yoga teacher, if you want to prevent student injuries. If you do not continually “stay on top” of what is going on, you will set yourself up for negligence. In these times, that can be financially costly to you and leave you feeling guilty about it.

Our re-certification policy is as follows:

First Certification – Two Years

Second Certification and Beyond – Five Years

You can take one of our continuing education courses for Yoga teachers. However, you can take courses from a variety of local Yoga workshops, seminars, and Yoga teacher training online courses.

What is your Privacy Policy?2017-12-12T08:49:29-05:00

AURA, Inc. collects Email addresses and postal addresses of those who contact us via Email or postal mail. We use this information to notify visitors about Yoga information and when there are changes to our website. We never have, and never will, share any information of any kind, about you, to third parties. On occasion, one of our satisfied graduates posts contact information on the testimonials page. This is strictly voluntary and we do not post contact information without your permission.

Will I be charged extra for study materials, Email replies, meals, lodging, phone calls, tutoring, etc.?2017-12-12T08:48:59-05:00

Everything you need to become a yoga instructor is in the Camp-in-a-Box. We do charge for shipping, but there are no hidden fees. Factor all the costs – including the lost wages due to time away from your place of work and any transportation costs. When you consider all the money you could spend at an on-site camp, it may more than double your base tuition cost. This is in fact, a very low cost Yoga teacher training program.

Teaching Hatha Yoga: Assisting, Demonstrating, and Verbally Cueing2017-12-12T08:48:24-05:00

Yoga Teacher Training - Half Moon PoseBy Paul Jerard

Some Yoga instructors feel that one method for teaching Yoga is better than the rest; but which one is it? If a Yoga teacher does not give a physical assist, is that wrong? If a Yoga instructor does not demonstrate poses, how can students who learn visually make progress? What about the Yoga instructor who makes an assist before verbally cueing?

There are many methods for teaching Yoga, but students either learn by seeing, feeling, hearing, or a combination of senses. With this in mind, there is no right or wrong method, but Yoga teachers should be aware that some students may have a dominant sense when it comes to learning. This is why teaching methods for Yoga should be integrated.

There will always be a Yoga student who does not like your method, but you should be able to effectively communicate with the vast majority of your students.
Ever since the first Hatha Yoga teacher trained the first Yoga student, there had to be a bonding for the relationship to progress, and for Hatha Yoga to flourish into the many physical Yoga sub-styles, we see to this day.

There are times when, despite all the verbal cueing skills imaginable, a Yoga teacher must make a physical assist. No matter what is said, some Yoga students will learn more from a solid assist than by cueing. This helps a student “feel” where he or she should be. A verbal explanation is close, but is not the same as feeling proper alignment while an Asana is practiced.

This is difficult, if you are from a culture where men and women do not casually touch each other. Sometimes, some students just do not feel comfortable getting physical assist from their Yoga teacher. So, what do you do?

Firstly, before giving an assist, during Asana practice, a Yoga teacher should ask permission. If anyone has an objection, you are better off to demonstrate the Yoga technique or explain it verbally. It is not worth the potential conflict, and each Yoga student has a right to his, or her, own space. With that said, “Tread carefully,” when volunteering to give a physical assist to any Yoga student.

Demonstrating Asanas also has its pitfalls for Yoga teachers. Too much demonstrating can make some Yoga students feel like they are just an extension of your workout. Too little demonstrating and some Yoga students may grumble that it is easy for the Yoga teacher to say, when the Yoga teacher is “just walking around.” So, what do you do to please most of your Yoga students?

Make sure your Yoga students are exposed to a combination of Assisting, Demonstrating, and Verbal Cues. In this way, you will have satisfied most of them.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: The Summer Slow Down2017-12-12T08:48:00-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Let’s face it, Yoga teachers who live in Northern climates have been looking forward to a break from the “winter chill.” Your Yoga students have also been looking forward to the warm weather and they want to take a vacation. What can Yoga teachers and Yoga studios do to compensate for the “Sumer Slow Down?”

You have taught your Yoga students about empowerment all year, but some students may not return to your regular classes, without a reminder. Many North Americans take a couple of weeks off in July and some summer vacations will be planned for August. Most of my friends in Europe take August off, therefore, Yoga teachers are looking at a minimum of one month during the summer that is predominantly slow, depending on your exact location and culture.

Some Yoga teachers in the Southern United States will experience a slow down, if the temperatures rise too much and too soon. Yoga classes can become sparse, especially if the temperatures jump to the 90’s Fahrenheit during late spring or early summer. So, what action can Yoga teachers take to deal with this vacation season?

How about special classes? Did you ever think about teaching Yoga classes in a pool? What about testing Yoga classes that you had not considered during a busy season? What about an “Introduction to Hot Yoga” or a Vinyasa style Yoga class that is a little warmer than usual? What about testing a short-term Pranayama class or Yoga meditation workshop as a “pilot class” for the busy season?

Once again, I ask you to enlarge your vision and “think outside the box.” Do enough ground work and research to become an innovator, rather than “follow the crowd.” Even if your Yoga classes do slow down a bit, you can cater to your “regular students,” who are with you “through thick and thin.” Ask your Yoga students for feedback.

One last major point to bring up: Make sure you are working on “reminders” to your Yoga students who regularly attend classes during cooler weather. It is best to use this time to get a list of all of your Yoga students and prepare for a mailing in late August, or early September.

This is the time when children go back to school, and family plans are made for the fall schedule. If you teach Yoga for a living, your first priority is to thank your students for their past participation and remind them that you still teach Yoga.

It is very easy for anyone to forget their priorities, and Yoga students are no exception. Yoga teachers contribute to the well being of their student’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. When you see inactive Yoga students around town, they often thank you for what they have learned from you.

Therefore, do not take a summer slow down personally. This is a season that you should make the most of by taking action and testing new ideas for your Yoga classes.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: Religion and Western Culture2017-12-12T08:47:30-05:00

By Paul Jerard

When you teach Hatha Yoga, you are asked many questions. Although public awareness of Yoga, and its teachings, has increased, many people are just discovering some of the benefits within the many styles of Yoga. Therefore, you have to be prepared for the unexpected questions that arise about the mysteries of Yoga.

Once in a while, the question of religion does come up. Many times, Yoga teachers are asked if they are a Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist. To the public’s amazement, many Yoga teachers come from all of the major religions in the world. There is no single religion that all Yoga teachers participate in.

How can this be? Some Gurus preach that Yoga should be founded within a particular religion. Some Yoga teachers read the Rig Veda, Bhagavad Gita, and speak Sanskrit words, so they must be covertly teaching Hinduism, or some other religion, right? Wrong – some Yoga teachers do teach religion in their classes, and some do not.

If your Yoga teacher has the Vedas, Torah, New Testament, Holy Quran, and the Gnostic Gospels, in his or her library, what does that mean? It means that your Yoga teacher likes to read, study, and does not have a closed mind. That is all it means, unless your Yoga teacher preaches religion as part of his or her practice.

If a Yoga teacher does preach religion within Yoga classes, this should be easy enough to see and hear. In Yoga studios that reside in the Americas and Europe, this may not be what most Hatha Yoga students are seeking. Each student has the right to leave, but the public should be made aware that a Yoga studio is conducting religious classes.

Many of these potential Yoga students are not seeking religious conversion, religious instruction, and live in a culture with a strict separation of religion from government. This means that religion in the West is often compartmentalized.

For example: If a concerned doctor recommends Yoga to a patient with back problems – the patient is not being referred to a Yoga studio for religious instruction.

Therefore, if you teach a form of religious Yoga in the West, be honest about it. Most students, from western cultures, are in Hatha Yoga classes for the physical and mental aspects.

If you want to teach Yoga as spiritual health, get the proper training first, and give the public “fair warning.” Teaching good virtues is one thing, but teaching religion to your Yoga students is quite another. This is the “line in the sand” that some Yoga teachers should never forget.

The answers to spiritual enlightenment are within all religions, but it is up to Yoga students to pursue their own religion and find the answers to their spiritual health. There is no single “man made path” to spiritual health, enlightenment, or union. This is a myth that, as a species, we never seem to learn.

Throughout our history, Holy wars are always justified by both sides. Of course, the other side is always less human, less understanding, evil, and ignorant of the true path. “The world would be a better pace without the unbelievers;” is always a good battle cry.

Religion is too volatile a subject to discuss within a multi-cultural Hatha Yoga class. Therefore, if you are going to mix any religion with Yoga practice, it should be taught within a sectarian atmosphere.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: The Value of Props2017-12-12T08:47:01-05:00

By Paul Jerard

For Yoga teachers the value of props as a tool for alignment is priceless. Yet it is amazing when a Yoga teacher has a negative view of props and the students who use them. Every once in a while you get to hear contrasting views, but below I have listed a few quotes that no one wants to take credit for.

“There are no props in my style, in my classes, or in my town. My Yoga teacher says props are a crutch and there is no reason to make them available to students.”

This is a closed minded view, if I ever heard one. What about the student who cannot bring his, or her, spine in a straight line when practicing Triangle posture? One block, placed in the correct location, will change the alignment of the entire body.

A wall might also make a major difference to some Yoga students. So why not adjust a student into a better alignment so she or he can hold the position longer? This will build strength and the Yoga student will actually memorize correct alignment by feeling it.

“Yoga props are fluff. These people are not really practicing Yoga.”

This one comment “takes the cake.” My answer to this person was that she should seek a Yoga teacher who shared her lack of tolerance. Since Yoga encompasses many things; who should say what “real Yoga” is, or is not?

Props are used by Yoga teachers from many styles of Hatha Yoga such as Iyengar Yoga, Tri Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Chair Yoga, and many more Hatha sub-styles. To be honest, the Yoga mat is a prop. It was not that long ago when Yogis did not use Yoga mats. Why reject progress being made by some of the most innovative minds in modern day Yoga?

One mistake that most Yoga students and Yoga teachers make is thinking of postures as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each body is unique and will be exceptional in some ways and less exceptional in others. We should stop focusing on the next “advanced posture” and think about the alignment of the Yoga posture we are in at the present moment.

Proper alignment should never be compromised for the sake of the ego. When you know that a blanket, bolster, ball, strap, block, chair, wall, or another prop would help a student’s alignment; using a prop is a “no brainer.”

Yoga teachers should make props available, but also be prepared to improvise. Most Yoga teachers do not have every prop available in their studio. This is not a problem, and it will teach you to be creative. One of our Yoga teachers shows her students how to use the kitchen counter, the bottom steps of a stair case, and towels as props for Yoga practice at home.

There is no limit to what can be used for a Yoga prop. Our true potential, as Yoga teachers, is only limited by our thinking.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: What is Normal?2017-12-12T08:46:26-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Do people puzzle you sometimes? When you think you have heard it all, someone comes up with a “new spin” on an old idea. When you teach Yoga techniques for a healthy mind, body, and spirit; are you trying to help your students reach a normal state? If that is your goal, you may just frustrate yourself and confuse your Yoga students in the process.

The fact is: Yoga teachers should help students improve their lives, but the goals are really up to the students. You can teach goal setting skills, but a Yoga student has his or her own idea of what is normal and what the ultimate goal is.

Many Yoga teachers have a preconceived notion about which kind of behavior is acceptable within their Yoga class. When you trained to become a Yoga teacher, you listened to lectures about Yoga teacher ethics. You learned about what you could and should not do, when teaching a Yoga class. Later, you signed a Yoga teacher ethics agreement.

Then one day, a Yoga student displays behavior that is not in the “text books.” Is that normal? Well, it seems normal to him or her, but you have to be calm and keep your Yoga class as organized as possible.

No one can prepare you for every unexpected situation and life does not go in harmony with the best prepared plans. If you are commuting, by car, to teach your next Yoga class, and you are delayed by an auto accident, or a mechanical break down, your priorities have changed instantly. You are not in control of this situation and all you can really do is “damage control.”

Therefore, we cannot count on a Yoga class, or life, to be normal. Earth quakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, death, and behavior are very hard to predict. All a Yoga teacher can do is help one person, one student, or one Yoga class at a time.

Discard any ideas about what is normal. The universe, Yoga students, and life are constantly changing. As Yoga teachers, we must react to unforeseen problems, when they occur. Preparation does prevent hesitation, but you cannot prepare for infinite situations.

If a student has a heart attack, in your Yoga class, your swift and even-tempered reaction is all that really matters. It also helps if you have current CPR training and certification, but reaction time is crucial.

Remember this: Expect the unexpected, react calmly to every possible situation, and do not lose sleep over situations that you cannot control.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: The Transformation2017-12-12T08:46:01-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Anyone who decides to become a Yoga teacher goes through many transformations, but your students will go through a variety of transformations, as well. The relationship between Yoga teacher and student is healthy because of the sharing of knowledge. Due to this constant sharing of ideas, the Yoga teacher and his or her students become healthier, wiser, and spiritually connected.

Yoga Teacher Transformations start from the moment you decide to become a Yoga teacher, but they continue as you decide to take a Yoga teacher training course. After the Yoga teacher certification process, most Yoga instructors continue to learn more about Yoga philosophy, anatomy, other forms of Yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, or any one of the many Yoga subjects that Yoga teachers would logically pursue.

However, teaching Yoga classes on a regular basis is a form of continuing education, as you learn to teach Yoga students with different bodies, minds, and health conditions. This is where many Yoga teachers go through a gradual transformation toward Samadhi. Samadhi is the ability to control functions of the mind and body, while eliminating life’s daily distractions from the goal of complete consciousness.

To anyone who has never studied Yoga this seems like “mission impossible.” Yet, Yoga teachers learn to “walk the talk” of Yogic philosophy. What, at one time, seemed like a lofty goal; can actually be realized gradually. This all stems from teaching, sharing knowledge, and becoming a living example of steady Yoga practice. This is not a mystery, but a path that all Yoga teachers should walk.

These changes of body, mind, and spirit do not happen instantly. Some Yoga teachers and serious Yoga practitioners will receive different benefits and reach different levels of Samadhi, as a result of steady Yoga practice.

Yoga Student Transformation can sometimes be more easily felt or seen. In fact, a new student, who has never practiced Yoga before, may find relief from head aches, hypertension, or a back ache within a few Yoga classes. This is not a guarantee, but it does happen often. When a Yoga student feels the physical or mental benefits of practice he or she becomes transformed by discarding pain and gaining new found enthusiasm.

Within any given Yoga class, there is a form of collective transformation that students and Yoga teacher experience. If you take a typical Hatha Yoga class and consider the warm ups, Pranayama, Sun Salutations, asana practice, meditation, relaxation, or an integration of any other Yogic components; the transformation is quietly happening to the entire group.

There is no mystery here. Transformation of mind, body, and spirit is a result of steady Yoga practice.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: Should a Yoga Teacher be a Vegetarian?2018-02-04T11:12:12-05:00

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There are many beliefs and myths about what one should do to become a Yoga teacher. Some Yoga teacher organizations do make official statements in regard to Yoga teacher ethics; and diet is included, sometimes.

However, if you teach Yoga, should you be a vegan? Are dairy foods and eggs okay? What about goats, chicken, or fish? Yes, some Yoga teachers do eat goat, but not beef. Some people still claim that fish feel no pain, but I never heard that from a Yogi. Are you confused? What is right and what is wrong?

Firstly, let’s step back a second. What you were taught about your religion and diet should be followed. This is for your spiritual health. You will feel more at ease, and you can live with it. Maybe Yoga teachers, and the world, could be a little more conscious of meat consumption and its consequences.

Due to the cultures people are raised in, they are used to the taste of a particular meat. An example of this is the global beef consumption. The Japanese had been used to eating whale meat. There are cultures that have acquired the taste of dogs and cats. Luckily, cannibalism has been outlawed worldwide.

Most of us are in agreement that our forests should be preserved. The forests serve as a filtering system for all of the fossil fuels we expel into the atmosphere.

Global warming may not be the only problem, if the last human on earth is gasping for oxygen. Removing any more forests, to make room for cattle to graze, is a slow form of global suicide. This only makes environmental sense.

Health problems, due to meat consumption, will require a book. If a person consumes any kind of meat, it should be in moderation. Obviously, there are better choices to eat than others, when considering cholesterol, cancer, and parasites.

Most of us have heard of Mad Cow, salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter. With fish consumption, mercury is always a factor. Fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fats, but consumption should be limited when you consider mercury. Pregnant women should get a professional opinion about any fish consumption.

For the record, flax seed oil is also a good source of Omega-3 fats. Therefore, we do not have to eat fish for Omega-3 fats. When you eat meat, you are always gambling that nothing will happen. This is life – and life is a gamble – however, let me approach one last point.

Is eating any kind of an animal humane – when we do not have to eat them? Does any one of us really think that animals feel no pain? In the past, I have heard people state than animals have no soul. Throughout history, some people made the same claims about slaves. Will our opinions of animals evolve over time?

In summary, Yoga instructors are teaching an holistic method of health for maintenance of mind, body, and spirit. When you teach Yoga, awareness is instilled within you and your students.

At the very least, global meat consumption should be cut back. This is in the best interest of human survival, and all life on this earth. Yoga teachers should be examples of holistic health and high moral standards.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: The Philosophy of Abundance2017-12-12T08:45:08-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Is abundance just a disguised word for “money?” Can money be used for a good cause? Do you wonder why some Master Yoga Teachers, Gurus, and Swamis frown on the idea of Yoga teachers “talking up” the concept of practicing Yoga for abundance?

The reason is quite simple: Most people think of material wealth first. Why? This is an example of survival instinct, and money is a part of survival; but there are many more types of abundance for Yoga students to learn beside money.

Physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional abundance are worthy of note, but the desire for a better life, by acquiring material wealth, is hard to put out of your mind. Let’s look at each aspect of abundance from a Hatha Yoga student’s point of view.

Physical abundance could be seen as physical prowess. This is why Hatha Yoga has become so popular outside of India. When a new student becomes proficient in Hatha Yoga, he or she feels better almost immediately; sometimes to the point of ego bolstering and this is not a direction for Yoga teaching to take.

The physical senses are our most primal and can be realized without any difficulty. Your friends, family, and coworkers may even notice the changes that are happening to your body due to Hatha Yoga practice. When teaching Hatha Yoga classes, remind your students to keep their ego in place.

Mental abundance can easily be seen as intelligence. However, a person’s intelligence cannot be demonstrated, unless it is successfully projected and proven through the use of good communication skills. Union by knowledge, which we know as Jnana Yoga, will also require much more work than most people would initially think, and communication is a necessary skill required in order to share knowledge.

Sadly, spiritual abundance is becoming rare in some cultures. The spiritual connection to God cannot be seen, but can be felt. Unfortunately, we try to measure the spiritual world with scientific instruments from our physical world.

How can you measure prayer or the benefits of prayer? How does science explain miracles? Science often remains baffled or claims miracles do not exist. Science is useful, but has created the “virtual world” for a generation who may end up lost in computer games, obesity, poor health, and unconstructive use of time. However, we know the virtual world exists because we can see it.

Emotional abundance is most often taken for granted. Our family and friends provide security, but we wish for more material wealth. When death or illness knocks at our door, all the money in the world may not be enough.

If you have emotional abundance, you are truly rich. When you have material wealth, emotional abundance may be very hard to find because you do not know who your friends really are. Money attracts people, but those people might not have friendship in mind. Many of the financially wealthy are givers, and there will always be someone who wants to take advantage of it.

Now, you see that abundance is many things, but the most valuable treasures in life can be attained by the financially poor. If, or when, you mention abundance in a Yoga class, start with the most important forms of abundance first. If you find yourself with too much material abundance, give the excess to a worthy cause.

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What should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 12017-12-12T08:44:43-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Most of the time, prospective Yoga teachers have a very strong foundation in Yoga, but sometimes they originally come from a related field like Martial Arts, Pilates, Dance, Gymnastics, or Fitness. This is fine, but be prepared for a “learning curve” and do not expect to learn all about Yoga in one Yoga teacher training intensive course. Even if you “lock yourself up” in an ashram for months, you should realize that learning Yoga is a life-long journey and not a race.

Now, if you come from a related field; you have a lot more mental work to do than a long-time student of Yoga. Hatha Yoga is physical form of Yoga, but being athletic is not as important as the knowledge a Yoga teacher should possess. So, what should you know in order to become a Yoga teacher? Below is a list of what a Hatha Yoga teacher should know in order to successfully teach Yoga classes.

Anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology should always be covered during a Yoga teacher training session. Yoga student safety is especially an important issue for those who will be teaching Yoga. Students are always physically different and Hatha Yoga practice can be made to adapt to anyone; regardless of age or physical ability. Anyone who desires to teach Yoga should have a complete understanding of how the physical body works.

Asanas are the postures held during Yoga practice. Hatha Yoga teachers do not have to know hundreds of Asanas to teach a Yoga class, but they should be very familiar with 26 to 100 different Yoga postures; depending upon the style of Yoga. Yoga teachers should be able to design a lesson plan using these postures, their variations, and the many other aspects of Hatha Yoga teaching.

Yoga teachers should know how to give Asana modifications to their students. Sometimes this could be advising a Yoga student to use a block, strap, bolster, chair, ball, blanket, or any other prop for proper alignment and safety. Other times, this might be giving a yoga student an alternative variation of an Asana.

Yoga teachers should be familiar with contraindications for Asanas; which are cautions that can be related to a specific Yoga posture. This is very important when working with Yoga students who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or have a specific ailment.

Yoga teachers should take the time to be familiar with each student and his or her particular health condition. This means researching health conditions that Yoga students have and staying on top of your own continuing education. After becoming familiar with an ailment; learn how you can help, but never give medical advice.

No Yoga teacher should ever put a student at risk. The body of a Yoga student cannot be forced into a position that a Yoga teacher feels is correct. Instead the body is gently guided to its natural limits, without pain and little discomfort.

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What should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 22017-12-12T08:44:18-05:00

By Paul Jerard

Yoga teachers should have good working knowledge of Yoga posture alignment and know how to assist a Yoga student who is holding an asana. When you are about to give an assist – ask for permission first; as this might be considered an invasion of privacy by some of your Yoga students. Yoga teachers should not take for granted that all students want a physical assist and respect their space.

Yogic philosophy: Yamas and Niyamas are the ethical principles of Yoga. Most of us read Patanjali’s guidelines from the Yoga Sutras. If you want to become a Yoga teacher, you should get your own copy of the Yoga Sutras. The Yamas contain the following five self restraints.

Ahimsa: A Yoga teacher should be a living example of how to avoid violence, harming, and especially killing. This principle can be carried further, as you should avoid purposely injuring yourself in any way. To avoid harming animals could also be included within this principle of Yoga. It is one more reason to consider vegetarianism or, at least, to cut back on meat consumption.

Satya: To be true and honest in every way. This is a very simplistic principle and includes avoiding deception of any kind, shape, or form. However, the truth can sometimes hurt people deeply, so you must use your best judgment when you want to avoid harming someone, but do not lie.

Asteya: This is to avoid stealing in any way. This is a simple principle, but throughout history, laws were sometimes modified to justify stealing. The problem is desire of something to the point of jealousy, and finally: Out right theft. The elimination of the Cathars, Africans, and American Indians are just three examples of people who suffered from modified laws that took away their land.

Brahmacharya: To be free from sensual imprisonment and to live in moderation. At first we might think of lust and correct this by seeing another person as more than a sexual object. However, with global obesity on the rise, in the industrial countries, the lust that may kill most of us is over consumption or food.

Therefore, we should strive to be moderate in eating, drinking, sex, Internet use, consumerism, computer games, television, and our behavior. With that said, the use of any illegal drugs is very far from moderate or responsible behavior.

Aparigraha: To be free from greed, wanting, hoarding, and to avoid being selfish. This is one more good reason to give to charity and help those in need.

Yoga teachers should not only know these principles, but should live by them.

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What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 32017-12-12T08:43:46-05:00

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Niyamas are the ethical observances of Yoga. Yoga teachers should know them by heart; they do not conflict with any law or religion.

Shaucha: To put it simply, be clean in hygiene, diet, and behavior. Hygiene and a Sattvic diet can become a daily ritual, but avoiding unhealthy or unclean thought is a daily challenge. This means controlling angry thoughts, angry actions, and suppressing the ego as much as humanly possible.

Santosha: This is commonly considered to be contentment, but it is also acceptance of life as it is. This is most difficult to attain in societies where material gain is the number one objective. Acceptance does not mean giving up but accepting what we cannot control. When we realize there is much in life that we cannot control, we open the door to inner peace.

Tapas: When we think of Tapas, the first word that comes to mind is austerity. This is fine, but Tapas is a way of life, based on fortitude, perseverance, dedication, discipline, and regular Yoga practice, put into action. Tapas will produce results, but may require you to practice Yoga, when it is much easier to eat a chocolate doughnut. One of the biggest problems with the world today is the lack of commitment toward goals.

Swadhyaya: This is taking the time to study sacred scriptures of your specific religion. The answers to all your spiritual questions can be found within them. You do not have to change your religion, but the more you read from your own religion’s scriptures, the more ways you can learn to appreciate people who practice a different religion.

If you take the time, you will see commonality in the principles of all the major religions. Jesus said, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” All of the world’s religions have a similar saying, but who really puts the words into practice and action? Only an enlightened person would make a statement such as: “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” This statement was made by Mohammed.

Therefore, reading and studying Holy Scriptures, mean nothing if you do not take positive action from what you learn. All of the scriptures tell us to live in peace. The worst crime against humanity is when a political or religious leader preaches hate and incites war or killing.

Ishwara Pranidhana: Acknowledge God as a supreme being by whatever name you are familiar with. Pray daily and actively participate in your religion.

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What should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 42017-12-12T08:43:21-05:00

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 that Yoga will change a student’s health for the best and improve his or her lifestyle, but it must be gradual. The mind, body, and spirit will not change much in a month, but a year of regular Hatha Yoga practice will yield some significant health changes.

How many Yoga students want an instant life change? Too many, and this is why we should not make unrealistic promises. It is up to the Yoga student to take action, come to classes regularly, and practice what you have taught in your Hatha Yoga classes. It is up to the Hatha Yoga teacher to fill the student’s mind with knowledge and encouragement.

If it took decades of neglect for a new student to achieve poor health, how can he or she expect a little bit of Hatha Yoga practice to perform miracles? Every aspect of a student’s health will be changed for the better by regular Yoga practice, but this is an “on demand” world, where some people are willing to risk the side-effects of a pill rather than take positive action toward better health.

The natural effects of regular exercise, proper breathing, better posture, improved diet, and self-discipline will result in a Yoga student who is less stressed, has fewer ailments, lives longer, and sleeps better.

When a Yoga student continues to make Hatha Yoga a part of his or her life for years; the true value of good health will be felt and seen. This same student will most likely practice Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga or other forms of Yoga “down the road.” The benefits of Yoga in any form will cause a student to go deeper into his or her personal Yoga practice.

Yoga teaching methodology is how a teacher reaches out to the audience through the use of teaching, communication, or observation methods.

Student corrections in regard to Yoga techniques should be straight to the point, but every Yoga teacher should take care to be tactful in the process. Yoga students come to you for guidance, so keep your ego “in check.” A few “rogue” Yoga teachers who are gruff and condescending can ruin any student’s desire to continue practicing Yoga.

What are the qualities of a good Yoga teacher? There are many, but being able to spot students in need and still show compassion is very important. Being able to teach any student is another strong trait. The realization that each Yoga student is uniquely different from each other, and cannot be “cloned” is a milestone in teaching.

Demonstrating and correcting Yoga techniques is only part of the job when teaching Yoga classes. A successful Yoga teacher must communicate with all students throughout the class and keep the passion for Yoga going.

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What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 52017-12-12T08:42:53-05:00

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 of instructing elite athletes who are 16 to 25 years of age, that’s wonderful. However, such a Yoga teacher should accept the title of “Yoga coach,” as this is a limited method for teaching Yoga students.

As Yoga teachers, we always remember the students who can turn their bodies into pretzels, but that is not all there is to Hatha Yoga. If Yoga were a physical competition, we could invite some top gymnasts to teach classes and retire from teaching Yoga because we were too old to perform feats that impress a crowd.

This is not meant to imply disrespect to gymnasts, martial artists, dancers, or any other highly trained athlete. There is a tremendous amount of knowledge, effort, work, and time that is involved in their specific training. Therefore, the same can be said for Yoga; since teaching Yoga requires in-depth knowledge and training.

Some of the children, I have trained, around 10 years of age are capable of performing amazing asanas with fantastic form. Should they be teaching Hatha Yoga to the rest of us? By now, I hope you understand my point.

Many Yoga teachers work with special populations because it challenges the mind. You have to research ailments, consult with other Yoga teachers, and find solutions to problems. This might be frustrating to a Yoga teacher who wants to show what he or she can physically do.

Therefore, a Yoga teacher who has not matured much past “showing off” should not be teaching Yoga to special populations. As long as he or she doesn’t hurt any elite athletes, everything should be fine. Some Yoga teachers are capable of working with the young and the old Yoga students, within the course of a week, but this is not usually the case.

The key ingredients for teaching Yoga to special populations are compassion, patience, understanding, and maturity. When Yoga teachers work with these groups, we always remember the fantastic comebacks Yoga students made from a stroke, heart attack, ailment, disease, trauma, or a special condition.

To be in the presence of a positively charged human spirit is an amazing feeling. This is what usually happens when Yoga students, who the world might have given up on, make a come back from a near death experience. These very special Yoga students will never be forgotten due to their indomitable spirit.

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What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know about Pranayama?2019-08-21T13:01:12-04:00

about pranayama benefitsBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP

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 Yoga classes?

Proper breathing is most likely the most important physical aspect of Hatha Yoga training. Yes, proper breathing is more important than fancy Asanas. Should this lack of attention to the importance of Pranayama, within the class, be corrected by those groups who certify Yoga teachers? Why do some educated, and competent, Yoga teachers “skip by” Pranayama during a Yoga class?

 

When an intern goes through his or her Yoga teacher training, the teacher trainer does cover many Pranayama techniques. For many Yoga teacher interns, this is a review. Each intern, who becomes a Yoga teacher, knows in detail the value of proper breathing, but when a Yoga teacher graduate goes out into the world, he or she finds that the student audience wants to learn “fancy tricks.”

This performance of fancy tricks has taken on a whole new identity and has become “advanced Yoga” in the minds of those who forget that Yoga is for the union of mind, body, and spirit. At no time is the ego part of any union.

The ego does not want to share anything. The ego wants everything, especially credit for beauty, material rewards, and feats of strength or flexibility. This is the reason why some beginner students are “bored” by Pranayama.

 

However, without Pranayama, we are not practicing Hatha Yoga. Therefore, students at all levels should learn all of the aspects of Hatha Yoga. The reason is simple: Hatha Yoga is not a gymnastics event.

Gymnastics is a wonderful sport, but if that is what a Yoga student wants, he or she should pursue that path. The fact is – Yoga is not a sport. Although Hatha Yoga is physical, it has many components, and all of them should be presented with the same enthusiasm as impressive physical feats.

Hatha Yoga teachers should still take the time to explain the laws of Prana to new students. Prana is more than just air, but proper breathing is the best method for cultivating it. If a new student has difficulty grasping the theory or philosophy of Prana, and Pranayama, at least he or she will learn how to absorb extra oxygen and oxygenate the blood much more efficiently.

For all of us, air is the most important resource we absorb. Water and food are also significant, but none of us will last long without air. Therefore, any discussion about Pranayama is is of value.

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What Else Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher know about teaching Yoga Classes?2018-02-04T10:50:47-05:00

how to become a certified yin yoga instructorBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

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 in the moment.” Within your class, “it’s all about Yoga” and anything else beyond that can be open to misinterpretation. Walk the middle path, avoid extremes, show loving kindness, and maintain a standard of professionalism within all of your Yoga classes.

Communication should be clear at all times. You must demonstrate, communicate verbally, and assist, if you have permission to do so. Always ask permission before making a physical assist during Asana practice.

Chakras are the energy centers of the physical and astral body. Yoga teachers know about balancing and cleansing them. Most Yoga teachers are familiar with the seven main Chakras, but there are more. No one should play with “Chakra Awakenings,” with out guidance from a Guru.

Bandhas are the many locks, but Hatha Yoga teachers should know Mulha Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, and Jalandhara Bandha very well. These are the three main Bandhas.

Mudras are gestures and they are often integrated with specific Pranayama techniques for healing. Not all Mudras are performed with the hands. In Sanskrit Mudra means “seal.” There are many Mudras and learning this is part of a Hatha Yoga teacher’s continuing education.

Kriyas or Shatkarmas are the six hygienic “deeds” or “actions.” A Yoga teacher should be clean in mind, body, and spirit. Every Hatha Yoga teacher is familiar with these six Kriyas.

Meditation is a part of each form of Yoga. It is a tool for clearing, calming, and focusing your mind, but there are also many methods of meditation. Each path of meditation leads to tranquility. All Yoga teachers should practice meditation twice per day. Guiding Yoga students is one thing, but a Yoga teacher’s meditation practice should be regimented.

A Yoga teacher should also be familiar with relaxation methods, specially, stage-by-stage relaxation. This relaxation method should be practiced privately, and Yoga teachers should make their students familiar with this technique.

With all of the above points mentioned, you can now see why the jump from Yoga student to Yoga teacher will take some time and serious practice.

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Online Yoga Certification – How Technology is Changing the Face of Teacher Training Courses2017-12-12T08:40:09-05:00

yoga teacher trainingBy 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, at a beautiful or exotic location.

Some of the pre-requisites would be previous experience. It would be wise to have two years of working knowledge as a student of Yoga before considering teaching classes. This may seem obvious, but there are those who jump “feet first” into everything.

There are more pre-requisites for the exotic Yoga teacher intensive. You should have the money required for travel, housing, meals, study materials, and any hidden costs. You should be single, with no children at home, or in a position to put your family on hold.

You should also be unemployed, or have an employer, who will allow you to take a lengthy vacation. Not many employers will rejoice to know you are attending a Yoga teacher certification course, while your work piles up. If your employer understands your desire to become a Yoga teacher, you are in a unique situation.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, most of us are not in a position to drop everything and attend an intensive course, without making some complicated arrangements with our families and employers. Hence Yoga instructor training, at home, has become a viable solution.

Books were, and still are, good learning tools, but Internet access, online video, DVDs, and CDs make learning the subtleties of Yoga much easier. The ultimate distance learning course should have an interactive mix of learning tools.

There was a time when Yoga books and face-to-face lectures, with a Guru, were the primary tools of learning; and they still have a valuable place. However, times are changing, and new technology has been integrated to produce a new breed of correspondence training for those who wish to teach Yoga classes.

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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.2017-12-12T08:39:07-05:00

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 Joshua 1:8, God tells his people to meditate on his word (the Bible) day and night.

Joshua 1:8 – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The spiritual aspect of Yoga will be revealed to you in the shape of your own religious belief, when you are ready for it. There is no need to for anyone change their religion or anything, just try to relax and be mindful of your daily actions. Mindfulness is an essential step in meditation practice.

How will I learn more about teaching Yoga safely?2017-12-12T08:38:37-05:00

Some, but not all, of the different safety issues are covered in your first two books. For example: contraindications are mentioned in the first book in preparation for your written exam. There is also a continuing education text in your third module, (if you are on the Multi-Payment Option Plan), that touches on these points. The continuing education text is also included in the Camp-in-a-Box version 3.5 and the Scratch and Dent Sale.

If you want a resource that goes completely in-depth on Yoga safety, there is a book called:

B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga The Path to Holistic Health ISBN 0-7894-7165-5.

This is an extremely valuable book. The first time I picked it up and started to read it, I had to have it. It has lesson plans for many special conditions and goes into more detail about props than any Yoga resource on the market.

Some basic guidelines for safely teaching Yoga classes: There are many conditions, but the three most common are limited range of motion, high blood pressure, and pregnancy.

With limited range of motion, you encourage students to use props. Over time and regular practice, your student’s range of motion will increase.

With high blood pressure, you should discourage inversions and possibly twists, if the condition is severe.

With pregnancy, you discourage twists, prone poses, and inversions. However, Yoga practice for pregnancy is different for each trimester and is more complicated, to say the least. That is why we carry a separate Pre and Postnatal Yoga teacher course for certified instructors, written by Jane Mackarness.

If you want to scratch the surface on this subject Yoga Zone has a pregnancy video that is informative and helpful. Shiva Rea also has informative videos on Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga.

How can I develop Cueing Skills?2017-12-12T08:38:11-05:00

Cueing skills are developed by copying your past Yoga instructors, video tapes, and repeating the directions you have read in your texts. Once you have finalized your lesson plan, try it out on a friend. Practicing your cueing technique will develop your skills.

If you want to critique yourself objectively, run a tape recorder and teach a mock lesson. When you play it back, you will see how your voice carries throughout the room. You can also follow along with the tape to see, if your directions are easy to understand. This type of an exercise will fine tune your ability to teach a Yoga class, as you learn to overcome any weak points you find.

How can I practice alone?2017-12-12T08:37:40-05:00

You don’t have to; you can practice with a local Yoga teacher, with the videos in your kit, with additional videos, with friends, or visit us for an inexpensive Yoga teacher training intensive.

What should my Yoga and health essay be about?2017-12-12T08:37:05-05:00

Your essay about Yoga, and health, can be very specific such as: Yoga for neurological disorders, Yoga for stress management, Yoga for seniors, Yoga for children, Yoga for sciatica, or any other health subject.

It could also be an overview of the many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits of Yoga practice.

The subject you choose should be something you are very interested in.

Therefore, anything you choose is fine.

Your essay should be approximately three pages long and a 12 point font.

At the end of your essay, please make a reference list of all sources used.

When to reference:

  • Paraphrasing or summarizing someone else’s opinions, theories, or data.
  • Using specific data, statistics, or graphical information, such as tables, photos or diagrams.
  • Using a direct quotation

You can use any reference system you like.

For some reason, many people use the Harvard referencing system.

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Why do I have to send a practical exam?2017-12-12T08:36:32-05:00

The practical exam (Video, DVD, or Streaming Video) portion, or if taken in person, is an integral part of the testing process. We must be able to view how you would teach a typical Yoga class.

You must have at least one Yoga student with you. This could be a friend or family student.

We are looking for the following skills – cueing, assisting, demonstration, voice inflection, and alignment knowledge. None of these can be measured by writing on paper.

On receipt of the Aura Yoga course material how do I proceed with my Yoga teacher training? What do I need to have in order to fully benefit from the Yoga instructor training material?2017-12-12T08:36:06-05:00

Upon receipt of your Yoga training course material, you will receive step-by-step instructions – however, let’s go over the highlights of your Yoga teacher certification course.

  • You would want to focus on your written exam first. Set a goal of reading a realistic amount of pages each day. For example: if you were to read 10 pages per day – within 3 months – you would have your written exam complete.
  • You would have developed a complete lesson plan for your Yoga class with Question 50 of the written exam.
  • You would pick a health topic to write about for your essay (3 pages – typed). It could be an overview of Yoga, and its relationship to health, or it could be Yoga and its relationship to a specific ailment. Either way, it is your choice, and I would pick a Yoga and health subject that motivates you
  • Once you have your Yoga lesson plan template, you can start to refine it for your practical exam (video or DVD). As far as VCD’s, or DVD’s, we can read any format – from any part of the world. We cannot view video tapes that use PAL format.
  • In your Yoga course, there are also a number of continuing education resources, for Yoga teachers, such as – How to set yourself up in business – Chakra Balancing – and Marketing your Yoga studio.

You should not get side tracked by these during the Yoga certification process. Therefore, focus on your Yoga teacher written exam, the essay, and the practical exam first – and in that order.

When using a Yoga correspondence course, how would I know, if what I was doing was a posture correctly?2017-12-12T08:35:38-05:00

About alignment: Always work with other Yoga teachers, even after becoming a certified Yoga teacher. It helps you learn new things, creates valuable contacts, and keeps you sharp. Find the best Yoga teachers in your area to learn from, work with, and possibly work for.

If you are far away from a Yoga instructor, mirrors are the next best thing, because they help you see your asana alignment, but sometimes Yoga without a knowledgeable assist is like cutting your own hair.

With the aid of mirrors you could develop your knowledge of alignment.

If you have a Yoga friend who has knowledge of posture alignment, you can both make progress together.

How much time will it take to be ready to teach Yoga to others?2017-12-12T08:35:09-05:00

Every Yoga practitioner is different, but an average amount of experience for an intern would be; to have a minimum background in Yoga of at least two years of steady practice, before starting a Yoga Teacher certification course.

This will give you a strong foundation in relation to the basics of Yoga. Within Yoga training, there will always be something new to learn. Every good Yoga instructor is a student at heart and will continue to be for life.

Is it possible for a person who is in his/her early 40’s to learn yoga and teach later?2017-12-12T08:34:39-05:00

Yes, the best Yoga teachers are the students who are serious about practice, know what they want, and are challenged along the way. Naturally athletic and youthful students can make good teachers, but they often push their own students to do things that they naturally perceive to be easy.

What Yoga teacher training level should I start from, and how do I proceed to the next teacher levels?2017-12-12T08:34:06-05:00

If you are not a certified Yoga teacher, you should start with a Camp-in-a-Box, which is a Level 1, 240-Hour, Yoga teacher training course.

What should be the ideal age to start yoga?2017-12-12T08:33:40-05:00

There is no ideal age for learning Yoga and there are many styles of Yoga, which focus on the many different aspects within such as Diet, Hygiene, Asanas for strength, Asanas for flexibility, Asanas for better health, Pranayama, Relaxation, Meditation, Enlightenment, and much more.

The fact is; anyone who can breathe can practice Yoga. Older students will be more familiar with their bodies and less prone to injure themselves, due to competitive thinking. Younger students are usually more flexible than older students, but there is much more to Yoga than flexibility.

Yoga Therapy – Helping Yoga Students who have Ailments and Illnesses2017-12-12T08:32:54-05:00

By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Yoga is a confusing topic, because it is so wide in its reach. Outside of India, Yoga is often seen as a form of mind and body exercise. Yet, Yoga has deep therapeutic value, which is being observed in medical and scientific research studies.

The current opinion of medical professionals is that Yoga is a useful adjunct to medical and psychological treatment. This is why foundational Yoga Therapy courses and programs have begun to grow. Students often remark how much better they feel after practicing on a regular basis. This has led to wide spread research about the reasons why Yoga practitioners feel positive results.

After years of teaching Yoga, many instructors learn as much reliable information as possible, about teaching Yoga as therapy. This usually happens as a response to student needs. Yoga teachers learn how to modify a typical practice despite a student’s pre-existing ailments and illnesses.

The next step after learning from a foundational Yoga Therapy course; would be to build on that platform of knowledge. This second phase of learning about Yoga as therapy should cover the needs of students or clients who have common health problems.

At this time, it seems as if there are far more ailments than there are Yoga therapists. If you consider, the different neurological disorders, different forms of cancer, stress related problems, and various heart diseases; each of these areas are very in-depth.

For example: Neurological disorders come in many different forms, such as – Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Epilepsy. This short list has only scratched the surface as to the depth of how many varieties of neurological disorders there are.

Knowing this, any Yoga teacher who wants to expand his or her knowledge of Yoga therapy would be best to concentrate on the immediate needs of his or her students with pre-existing ailments and illnesses.

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Yoga Teacher Question About Pre-existing Knee Problems2017-12-12T08:32:25-05:00

500 hour hatha yoga certification courseBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Some of the questions I receive are timeless. Hopefully, my answers will be too. The following question and answer session is about pre-existing knee injuries, but the same general guidelines and precautions are applicable to any joint injury. One of our duties, as Yoga teachers, is to empower our students to be able to make wise decisions regarding their personal health issues. Our best advice regarding pre-existing injuries is to point our students toward the professional advice of a physician or specialist. 

Q: At the moment, one of my Yoga students has a pre-existing injury to his knee joint caused by football in February this year, and there still is fluid on it to this day. I am not exactly sure what to do with the knee. Yet based on my understanding, hamstring stretches and quads stretches will be useful for him, as well as advising him to elevate his knee higher than the heart, as much as possible.

Would that be a right assumption? In regards to his back, shall it be treated as lower back injury or just stiffness? I know both of these would be advised with a different set of poses.”

A: Elevating the knee is a good idea because he should stay off his feet when possible; Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose) is one suggestion. Seated asanas, without putting stress on the knee, are another consideration.

Related to this, it is very important that he visit a doctor, because a fluid build-up that lasts for months indicates a serious injury. He may have damaged connective tissue, and the fluid is a result of his body’s natural protection to an inflammation within the knee joint.

His physician will likely recommend some ice and heat therapy, but he needs to schedule an appointment for a hands-on inspection of his injury. He might also have to get an X-ray and MRI of his knee for his doctor to give him the best solutions. Seated forward bends should help, but he really needs to see a doctor first, and get approval for the type of postures he practices.

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Will teaching Yoga to patients, who are recovering from Cancer, be of benefit to them?2017-12-12T08:31:57-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Yoga cannot replace the medical treatment that cancer survivors must experience. However, gentle, restorative yoga speeds the recovery process and provides therapeutic healing to a ravaged body.

Cancer does not discriminate, and strikes young and old with impunity. The good thing about yoga is that it offers an appropriate therapy, exercise program, and even life path, for anyone young, old, or in between.

The benefits go far beyond improved flexibility and relaxation. Yoga sets cancer survivors on the road to healing, with a life-centered focus and a real way to cope.

Health care facilities, around the world, are now incorporating yoga therapy into their cancer recovery centers. Medical professionals are beginning to recognize the extraordinary benefits yoga provides to patients.

The difficult road of recovery back from cancer is not always lit well enough within basic clinical care. Yoga focuses on the union of mind, body, breath, emotion, and spirit, to finally give cancer survivors a holistic leg to stand on.

People recovering, from most types of cancer, share at least a few maladies. Fatigue is the most common. Any time the body is subjected to high stress situations, such as – surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and pain, fatigue is an obvious result.

As part of the recovery process – The body has been fighting a disease and then fighting to heal. Regular yoga practice will increase energy levels, and allow those recovering from cancer, to feel able again. Yoga postures strengthen and tone core muscles in the body. This low-impact movement also improves circulation and mobility.

The particular postures and yoga routine, that will help someone recovering from cancer, will be prescribed on an individual basis. There are many types of cancers, and what may benefit one recovery, or individual, may not be as effective in the case of another. That is why highly trained, and expert yogis, are so important for therapeutic yoga and cancer recovery.

Knowledge of particular healing or therapeutic properties, of each posture, breathing method, and other yogic healing aspects, is indispensable.

Pranayama, or yoga breathing, focuses on specific breathing exercises that invoke relaxation and enhance optimum recovery. Yoga instruction often employs guided relaxation, meditation, breath awareness, visualization techniques, and guided breathing exercises.

Students are guided to find a peaceful place, where they release their anxiety and pain. Pranayama techniques also have an extremely beneficial impact on the nervous system. Focused breathing brings calm to the mind and body, allowing for healing. Stress is the number one enemy to effective healing.

As with many ailments, yoga students, recovering from cancer, often suffer from decreased range of movement. Along with increasing muscle strength, yoga postures improve range of movement and flexibility.

Posture is also improved, allowing proper body alignment and balance. With freer movement and mobility, cancer survivors will begin to grow lighter in spirit and feel more independent.

Yoga for cancer recovery should focus on providing the most benefit possible. This means patients should not push past the point of pain. The important thing for anyone to remember, who has been through a serious medical procedure, is to begin slowly.

Perform the yoga poses in a way that is comfortably challenging. There will be some discomfort on the road to recovery. Steadily press forward, and find the internal limits, but avoid approaching the pain threshold.

Yoga instructors need to remember that yoga therapy requires adapting yoga practice to individual needs. Each student’s case will be different. Each class period will be different. Teachers must also learn to be healers and “go the extra mile” for any student recovering from cancer.

Those recovering from cancers, who choose yoga practice to assist their healing, will benefit greatly across the board. In addition to regular yoga practice, pay close attention to diet and nutrition.

Yoga nutrition focuses on natural, whole foods that support the body’s functions. Support your body in every possible way to make a complete recovery when healing from cancer.

I teach a class with a 60 year old Yoga student who can’t do Halasana or Saravangasana. What would be good substitutes for these poses?2017-12-12T08:31:31-05:00

We cover modifications in all of our Yoga teacher training courses. The solution depends on the reason why your student cannot practice these asanas and if these postures will benefit your student. If the reason is a neck problem or high blood pressure, Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-wall pose) would be a good substitution for both asanas.

If is a matter of modification, you can use a wall for both asanas. In Halasana, a wall behind the head gives your student a variety of heights and depths to work with. To use the wall in Sarvangasana, start is Viparita Karani, bring the legs hip width apart and ask your student to slide the feet down (around 12 inches depending on your student’s size) with the soles resting on the wall, bend the knees, and then raise the lower back off the floor by pressing the feet into the wall. This is a modified version of a supported shoulder stand.

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Will I learn to care for my students so they can avoid injuries and work around injuries they may already have?2017-12-12T08:29:25-05:00

Student safety is Priority #1. If you injure your students, they will not be back and you may be opening yourself up for a liability lawsuit. Teaching Yoga is not a “show or exhibit.” Teaching is about the care and concern of your students and passing on your knowledge to them. Many “gifted” student practitioners, who are able to manipulate their bodies due to elongated joint capsules (“double jointed”), believe that everyone in the class is the same. Unfortunately, this type of thinking will push your students to the threshold of injury.

I know that inversions and twists are discouraged for students with high blood pressure. But is this only if it is untreated? Can a person who is taking medication and whose BP is normal safely do inversions and twists?2017-12-12T08:29:00-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Generally speaking this does apply to untreated Yoga students with high blood pressure.

However, when you have a new student with high blood pressure or any other ailment, you should always have them clear it with their physician, by getting formal permission to take classes. Even if your student is taking proper medication and the blood pressure readings are normal.

The doctor’s answer for students who are on prescriptions and middle-aged or younger is usually the same. The student is fine, and can take classes, if they stay on their prescription. However, the student should still get his or her doctor’s approval before participating in Yoga training sessions.

Why should you concern yourself with this? For the safety of each student, your peace of mind, to stay in touch with the medical community, and to avoid potential liability suits.

Staying in touch, by opening lines of communication, with the medical community will also bring you referrals and many more students.

The liability factor can be financially devastating, so never take anything for granted and as a Yoga teacher – never “play doctor.”

Is a Yoga lesson suitable/safe for those who have had slipped- disc (neck) problems?2017-12-12T08:28:33-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Firstly, a student, who has such a serious ailment, should get their doctor’s permission before starting to practice with a teacher. If possible, get a doctor’s referral to a particular Yoga teacher, who is more knowledgeable in this area. Many doctors often network with local teachers and ashrams, for the benefit of their patients.

The methods, personalities, knowledge, and patience, of yoga instructors who are teaching, will vary. Some of the poses that I would not recommend would be – Sirsasana (Headstand); Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand); Halasana (Plow Posture); or any other posture that could cause severe compression on the cervical vertebrae (neck). Also, your doctor should be made aware of any movements and positions, such as, chin locks, neck rolls, and fingers clasped behind the neck.

You may find it is important not to do any exercises that hurt, even a tiny bit. Pain is your body’s way of telling you, “not to do that.” The exercises that will help you the most are ones where you will feel a gentle stretch. If you don’t feel a gentle stretch or strain, I suspect the poses are not doing much for you.

If they hurt at all, stop doing them immediately. I’ve never seen any benefit from doing any asana, or any treatment of any kind (chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, etc.), that hurts.

Learning how to practice asanas for a serious condition, such as mentioned above, should be practiced under maximum supervision of a competent Yoga teacher. I would suggest at least one private lesson before trying a group class. A teacher may suggest, at least, a few private Yoga training sessions so that the student understands all the safety guidelines.

As educational as videos are, they are no substitution for the guidance of a competent Yoga instructor.

I have a prospective Yoga student who was recently informed that he has Type 2 diabetes. His doctor suggested Yoga classes. How can I explain how Yoga will help him?2017-12-12T08:28:06-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

His doctor has already explained the benefits of Yoga to him, but it seems he needs a bit more coaxing. So, let me go a bit further and draw a “bigger picture” of the many benefits that Yoga has for Diabetics.

There are two basic Types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is insulin dependent. The pancreas no longer make insulin thus patients with Type 1 Diabetes need to take insulin shots or use insulin pumps.

Type 2 Diabetes is not “insulin dependent” and is the most common form of Diabetes. This type of Diabetes can be developed by anyone of any age.

In Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and the fat, muscle, or liver cells do not use it properly. Yoga students and people who are overweight have a higher risk in developing Type 2 Diabetes, since both body fat and fat circulating in the bloodstream seem to interfere with the ability of cells to use insulin.

Most of the time, it is easy to ignore Diabetes in its early stage, especially when you see or feel few, if any symptoms. This is can be dangerous. Diabetes affects almost all your major organs such as the heart, nerves, eyes, and kidneys and can lead to both long and short term complications.

Exercise is very important: Regular Yoga practice and physical activities, such as exercise can have beneficial effects for diabetics.

In the case of those with Type 2, often over weight, exercise favors weight loss, increases the absorption of one’s own insulin and diminishes the need for oral hypoglycemiants.

For people with Type 1, exercise seems to bring little improvement to the metabolic control of Diabetes, but reduces certain risk factors for heart disease. Diabetics should know the possible problems which may occur during or after Yoga exercise and know what to do about them.

Below are some basic guidelines for Diabetics who want to practice in order to cope with their condition. This should all be cleared with your physician before starting a class.

Suggestions for Diabetic students who are beginning Yoga classes

  • Before starting a Yogic exercise program, measure your exercise tolerance. Start with simple movements and postures before progressing slowly to complicated asanas.
  • Avoid over-exertion during classes. Perform the flows (vinyasa) and postures slowly and smoothly, stretching the limbs and joints, and gently compressing the abdomen, without straining. Maintain asanas for a comfortable length of time. The amount of time holding Yoga postures should be increased gradually from 5 seconds to one minute, or even longer depending upon the posture and ability of the Yoga student.
  • Yoga students should learn to live in a holistic manner, at all levels of your being: physical, mental, and spiritual by recognizing the results of stress, emotional imbalance, diet, and living habits in relation to Diabetes.
  • While taking Yoga classes glucose levels should be monitored under the supervision of a doctor and appropriate medicinal dosages should be taken when required. After several weeks of regular classes, Diabetic students might be able to reduce such dosages.
  • Diet should be monitored throughout the Yoga training program. Avoid simple sugars such as white sugar, honey, glucose and sweets. Eat complex carbohydrates such as multi-grain, oatmeal, wheat, oat bran, buckwheat, beans, and brown rice. Avoid foods like white bread, white pasta, and white rice. Avoid all processed foods and eat foods with lots of fiber.
I have fibromyalgia and want to become a yoga teacher. Can you please advise me?2017-12-12T08:27:41-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

According to scientists at the University of Missouri- Columbia, “Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) who exercise and practice relaxation and other non-drug techniques report fewer symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and morning stiffness than do patients who receive medication alone. Optimal treatment of FMS should include non- pharmacological interventions, specifically exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy, in addition to appropriate medication management as needed for sleep and pain symptoms,” says Lynn A. Rossy, M.A., head of a study that made these conclusions.

As you already know, fibromyalgia is a condition that often produces pain, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and other symptoms. It mainly affects muscles and their attachments to bones.

This cycle of pain and other physical symptoms can lead to frustration, anxiety, and other forms of emotional upset.

Among recommended treatments are moderate physical exercise that stretches muscles and improves cardiovascular fitness, and relaxation techniques.

For those who suffer with fibromyalgia, Yoga exercise, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques offer a variety of benefits. Yoga training doesn’t require special equipment and can be practiced any time of the day, a few techniques at a time, as needed to maintain or cultivate energy and strength.

Many Yoga techniques can be performed in a chair, in a bed, or on the floor.

Yogic exercises stretch and relax all of the major muscle groups and help release tension and fatigue. Some asanas that involve spinal decompression are useful, as they work to relax tight, sore muscles, stimulate circulation and the hormonal system, and push fresh oxygen throughout the body.

In addition to strengthening and limbering the muscles, Yoga exercises and postures leave you feeling energized.

Yoga breathing exercises (Pranayama) counteract fatigue and help to reduce harmful stress reactions. Deep, rhythmic breathing helps to lift depression and reduces anxiety.

With depression or anxiety, the breath becomes shallow and less oxygen is available to the brain. The breathing exercises and physical exercises increase the flow of oxygen in the blood, to the muscles, and to the brain.

When practicing Yoga relaxation and meditation techniques, you learn to relax every muscle and forget about the pain within your body, while turning more attention to breath awareness during meditation.

Meditation will teach you to stop reacting to intense sensations and begin a more supportive relationship with your body. When you stop excess thought, even for a moment, your mind and body experience a much needed rest.

You can also practice meditation before bed to improve sleep patterns and possibly reduce dependency on drugs. Fatigue and disturbances in normal sleep cycles are common symptoms of fibromyalgia, daily meditation is helpful, as it provides deep rest that is, often, hard to achieve with normal sleep.

Regular practice of Yoga enhances physical, mental, and emotional well-being, providing a solid support system while coping with fibromyalgia.

You should seek out a gentle and compassionate Yoga teacher. It is wise to study with Yoga teachers who focus on therapeutic applications and healing your body.

Students, who have fibromyalgia, should not push muscles to point of exertion. Holding Asanas (Yoga poses) for too long, can cause symptom flare-ups as contracting a muscle for any period of time can activate trigger points. Movement should not be excessive although immobility is another fairly common cause of trigger point flare-ups. You should pause between repetitions and allow your muscles to relax.

Always consult with your physician or a medical professional about practicing Yoga or any exercise program before starting. 

With all of that said, some of our yoga teacher training graduates have fibromyalgia and teach classes to their students daily. All of them feel that a restorative practice has improved the quality of their lives.

Can I take this yoga teacher training course if I’ve had a foot injury?2017-12-12T08:27:12-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): I take Yoga classes, but I had an accident when I was younger.  My foot is stiff and out of shape.  There are some stretches in asana practice that I cannot do because my foot is not strong enough and I have internal scar tissue that restricts movement within my foot and ankle. Will this affect my yoga teacher training?

(A): Yes, the health your foot will affect your training, but with the right teacher, modifications, adjustments and medical care, you will be able to work around it. You will also have to be patient with yourself and that can be the greatest challenge for most of us.

Podiatric medicine is so diversified and foot or ankle ailments come in so many different varieties, that it would be hard for me to give you any specific Yoga training advice without more information and meeting you.

Lastly, tell your doctor you are taking classes and plan to become a Yoga instructor in the near future. Your doctor may even know of a helpful instructor in your area.

Teaching Yoga involves many more skills than mastering an asana (posture) practice. Postures are valuable for a healthy body, but they are just a part of Yogic methodology. With modifications to your postures, you should do the best you can, be the best you can be, and see many improvements toward a better quality life.

If your current teacher is patient, you are in the best place right now. However, if your teacher does not allow props and modifications, you may want to look for a local Yoga teacher (mentor), who has a compassionate and therapeutic perspective, to be in good hands.

Can I safely perform Yoga if I am suffering from disc herniation or scoliosis?2017-12-12T08:26:22-05:00

Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): My wife is suffering from disc herniation and this pain has caused 15 degree scoliosis. Some doctors has recommended surgery, but physiotherapists do not recommend it and they say just exercise will improve it. She is doing her exercises for 2 months but no improvement is observed. I would appreciate if you help me in this matter.

(A): Thank you for your inquiry. Please understand that my opinion is that of a Yoga teacher and I have no medical degree. That said – I understand both opinions and both sides of the issue. Sometimes surgery is the only option left, but alternative methods, such as chiropractic medicine and Yoga therapy also have a proven “track record.”

In order to see if this situation can be corrected without surgery or further pain to your wife, you may want to locate a physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor with a Yoga certification. This would be someone with a medical background, who specializes realigning the spine, and teaches Yoga.

Since your wife has been in therapy for two months, with no change for the better. It would seem her present exercise routine is not sufficient. It is still possible for her to get relief without surgery. One strategy is for her to practice asanas that decompress and realign the spine.

Another possibility is a Yoga therapist. Yogic therapy improves the quality of life for many people with back problems and Scoliosis, but you need a therapist who will get you results.

Lastly, when it comes to the spine and back pain, there are no guarantees – even with surgery. That is why surgery is often the last resort.

Questions about 200 to 240 hour Yoga Teacher Correspondence Courses from Aura Wellness Center2017-12-12T08:13:09-05:00

become a certified yin yoga instructorBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

There was a time, when we had one Yoga teacher training course. The original Camp in a Box was located on a five page website for years, but times change and we receive many requests from those who teach Yoga and those who want to teach in the future. We developed specialist courses for Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative teachers.

Yoga instructors often desire to reach out to specific groups of people. For this reason, we kept developing courses, which would help teachers who want to specialize. Below is a compound question related to our 200 and 240 hour Yoga certification courses.

Q: The style of Yoga I prefer is Vinyasa, I saw you also had an instructor’s training in this style. Now which do you recommend? You have the Camp in a Box, the Recycled 240-hour version, the Camp in a Box Basic, and the Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course. How do they differ?

A: People are guided by their passion for a subject. You stated: “The style of Yoga I prefer is Vinyasa.” With that said, will any other course honestly meet your needs? However, let’s review these four courses and compare them to each other.

The Camp in a Box and the Recycled sale: These two 240 hour Yoga teacher correspondence courses are the same course. The biggest difference is the Recycled sale materials have been used by an intern at our facility, or the materials arrived new, but were scuffed, scratched, or dented in transit to us. However, they have been inspected and are guaranteed to work.

The Camp in a Box, and the Recycled sale courses, are for teachers who want to reach the largest audience students. These courses are Hatha Yoga based. As a result, they focus on every aspect of Hatha Yoga.

The 200-hour Camp in a Box basic is a streamlined and slimmed down version of the original Camp in a Box. The foundational knowledge, which every Hatha Yoga teacher should know, is the bedrock of this course. There is one DVD about marketing and business included as an elective part of the program.

The 250-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course is a specialist program for teachers who feel that they are going to teach active crowds that crave a lot of movement. If your heart calls you to Vinyasa, you may want to take a closer look to compare it with the other Yoga courses we offer.

All of these courses have a foundational written exam and each one evolved as a result of requests from existing Yoga teachers and those who aspire to teach. Just as a glimpse into the future, we plan to develop a platinum line of courses, which will give interns a deeper grasp of anatomy, assisting, and modifications. We also plan to develop Hot, Power, Yin and Yoga therapy courses for teachers who have requested them. We do listen to your requests, while we work on research and development.

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Is a Correspondence Yoga Teacher Training course comparable to on-site training?2017-12-12T08:12:08-05:00

Yes, home study certification courses are not a new concept. Written distance learning Yoga courses have been around for years. Yoga teacher training online (with technical Email and telephone support) is a new method of tutoring. When you add Yogic methodology and meditation videos to the audio CD’s on the chakras, you have a powerful combination.

We still use many written materials, because they are so valuable, but videos, web clips, and CD’s make learning how to become a certified instructor much easier than it used to be. Many reputable universities have correspondence courses and “night school” classes. Graduates of those same programs are always very successful “self-starters” in life. Based on the number of calls we receive from spas, health clubs, ashrams, etc., there are a large number of employers eager to hire graduates of this correspondence teacher training course.

Why do I have to send a video or DVD for my practical exam? Couldn’t I just send a few photos or do an extra essay instead?2017-12-12T08:11:42-05:00

The practical exam (Video / DVD) portion or, taken in person, is an integral part of the Yoga certification process. In order to evaluate you, we must be able to see how you would teach a typical Yoga class. We are looking for the following teaching skills – cueing, assisting, observation, demonstration, voice inflection, and alignment knowledge. Many good teachers walk around the room, while helping students who need it.  None of these factors can be measured by still photos or writing on paper.

Please explain the complete examination requirements to succefully become a Yoga teacher.2017-12-12T08:11:11-05:00

The examination process for the 240-hour Yoga teacher training intensive course consists of three parts. 1. The written exam is based upon the study of two teacher’s texts and a 50 question test. The written exam consists of knowledge, which any Yoga instructor should know. You can Email it in a Word document, PDF, or send it by regular mail.

2. The Practical Exam is a video of you teaching Yoga, with at least one person, for at least 60 minutes. It should contain asanas, pranayama, modifications, assisting a partner on alignment, cueing skills, and meditation or a relaxation sequence.

You can send it in a streaming video by Internet or you can send a VHS/NTC, VCD, or DVD format by mail, UPS or Fedex. There is the option to visit here for your practical exam, but there is an on-site test fee of $95 for taking a practical exam in person. There is no charge for testing by video.

3. Your essay should be about Yoga, and its relation to any specific health topic, or an overview of Yogic methodology and its relationship to health. Your essay should also be at least three pages long, single spaced.

Additionally, you should also send a signed copy of your Yoga teacher ethics agreement.

How many Yoga students should be with me during a practical exam video?2017-12-12T08:10:39-05:00

When teaching a Yoga class for your practical exam video, there is a minimum of one student required, but there are no limits on the maximum number of students that could be be present. Some of our graduates have recorded their practical exam videos with a close friend as a student, while others have taught in a studio full of students.

For us to evaluate how you observe, interact, cue, make corrections and assist when needed, while teaching a class, it is required that you have at least one student present for your practical exam video session.

Will I be charged extra for study materials, Email replies, meals, lodging, phone calls, tutoring, etc.?2017-12-12T08:10:09-05:00

Everything you need to become a yoga instructor is in the Camp-in-a-Box. We do charge for shipping, but there are no hidden fees. Factor all the costs that are part of a typical instructor training course – including the lost wages due to time away from your place of work, study materials, lodging, meals, mentoring fees, membership fees, application fees, financing fees, exam fees and any transportation costs. When you consider all the money you could spend at an on-site teacher training intensive, it may more than double your base tuition cost. This distance learning program is, in fact, a very low cost Yoga teacher training program.

Is your course syllabus complete?2017-12-12T08:09:35-05:00

Yes, a complete Yoga certification course should contain all aspects of Yogic methodology, and there are many. After all, Yoga is the best health maintenance the world has ever known. Your course should cover most, but not all, of the following:

  • Asanas
  • Modifications and Contraindications
  • Yogic Philosophy
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Alignment
  • Working with Special Populations
  • Teaching Tips
  • Yoga Teacher Ethics
  • Chakras
  • Bandhas
  • Mudras
  • Yamas and Niyamas
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Business Development
  • Communication, Marketing, and Networking

If a course does not come close, you will not feel comfortable in a situation, where a student has asked a question you do not have the answer to. You may, in the process, inadvertently, injure your students due to what you do not know.

This Yoga certification course has a lot of material, is there an easy way to concentrate on each stage?2017-12-12T08:09:01-05:00

Yes, each section of your Yoga instructor training course has a different emphasis. Included with every Camp-in-a-Box is a set of step-by-step instructions to help you concentrate on your teacher training, without being diverted by all the “toys” in the kit. If you think that you might get “side tracked,” it would be best to follow these instructions included in your course, to the letter. 

What is the average time frame for completion of this course?2017-12-12T08:08:26-05:00

The average time for completion of this course and to become a Yoga instructor is 90 days. This is based upon the average turn around time of our graduates. Please bear in mind, there are two main factors to consider when considering time for completion.

1. How much Yoga experience do you have?

Many of our interns are experienced practitioners and some are practicing Yoga instructors without credentials. Some instructors have been teaching for decades, but have no certification. The more knowledgeable you are about Yoga, the easier this home study certification course will be. Therefore, if you have a lot of experience as a student, or you have previous teaching experience, this course will consume less time for you than it will for a student with a few years of experience.

2. How much free time do you have?

Each person has unique obligations in life. Some of us have children, jobs, college, house work and other duties in life. To study independently, you have to be able to set aside budgeted time for your distance learning each week. Once you get into the habit of reserving this study and practice time for your Yoga teacher training course, you are on the way to become an instructor.

What style of Yoga is taught in this course?2017-12-12T08:07:57-05:00

The original 240-hour program is a Hatha Yoga teacher training course, but many materials are included from different branches of Hatha. The same could be said for the basic 200-hour and 300-hour platinum courses. There are many different courses to choose from for teaching different groups, including prenatal and postnatal, restorative, vinyasa, chair, hot, kids, power and therapeutic programs. In each case, all of these are sub-styles of Hatha Yoga.

How long will it take me to complete this yoga instructor course?2017-12-12T08:07:27-05:00

On average, our teacher interns complete the 240 hour course in three months or less.

You have one year to complete your Yoga certification course. However, experienced students consistently complete this course in three months or less.

Call or Email for an extension if you are going to run over the one-year deadline.

Will I ever be required to attend an on-site Yoga Teacher Training intensive?2017-12-12T08:07:00-05:00

No, this entire Yoga teacher learning program is set up for home study with online (Email) and telephone support. You are always welcome to visit us – our next on-site Yoga teacher training intensive is posted at our studio website

Although it is not required, we enjoy meeting our interns and graduates. We will be happy to organize an inexpensive yoga teacher training intensive, if you are interested.

When do the practical exams and Yoga Teacher Training workshops at Aura take place?2017-12-12T08:06:33-05:00

Practical exams take place every Spring and Fall. Yoga Teacher Certification workshops go on all year long on Friday evenings and some Sundays. Yoga Teacher Training classes do not meet on holiday weekends. You can also call ahead to set a private test date. You can take an exam on-site with other interns or schedule a private session.

How could a Shy Person Become a Yoga Teacher?2017-12-12T08:05:35-05:00

By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

The calling to teach Yoga classes can reach into any of us, but what about obstacles which hold each of us back. A shy person may want to become a Yoga teacher, but how can he or she develop the voice of a Yoga teacher?

For an aspiring Yoga teacher, shyness is like a prison which stops him or her from life’s rewards. This person knows what to do, but feels serious anxiety when having to address a person or when having to speak in front of a group.

So what is a shy, but aspiring Yoga teacher to do, when confronted with this impasse? Should he or she give up the dream of becoming a certified Yoga teacher? Some trainers of Yoga teachers would agree, but the truth is there is a solution for the shy, but aspiring Yoga teacher.

Luckily, we are surrounded by recording devices. You can record your voice or film a mock Yoga class to develop your Yoga teaching skills. Watch the recording of yourself teaching Yoga, and later, practice along with the film or the audio recording. Then you can make corrections as you deal with the learning curve involved in becoming a Yoga teacher.

If you have some areas in your video or audio recording that need work; you will find a solution, but you must be patient with yourself. We are our own worst critics. This is just a part of the learning process in becoming a Yoga teacher. It is guaranteed that if you try, you will succeed, and you will not be let down.

Many of my best Yoga teacher training graduates spent their lives under estimating themselves, but found independence and a better quality life, teaching Yoga. The harshest judge many of us face on a daily basis is ourselves.

This is not an exercise in self-criticism, but a proven method for developing your Yoga teaching skills. Do not “beat yourself up,” but do take a constructive look at ways you can improve the range of your voice, cueing skills, and your Yoga lesson plan.

You should also seek out a trusted friend or an experienced Yoga teacher for constructive advice. Some Yoga teacher mentors will tutor you through any part of learning process.

Later, you may need at least one student and you can film your lesson plan in any open room. Some Yoga teacher interns have filmed a Yoga class outside, depending upon the season. Teaching Yoga in different settings will also build new found confidence.

You will learn to develop your own lesson plan. This is not acting, but a way to see your personality evolve into a Yoga teacher. This evolution of personality knows no boundaries. Most Yoga teachers are very confident and make the most out of enjoying life to its fullest potential every day.

To be honest, I was nervous when I taught my first Yoga class. I never thought I would be a public speaker, and I never considered that I would some day train Yoga teachers from every part of the earth. The raw skills are within all of us, but your dreams will not be realized without positive action by you.

Life happens, and hopefully, most of us change for the best. As a result, you will help others and have a tremendous feeling of job satisfaction, when you become a Yoga teacher.

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Could a Blind Man Become a Yoga Teacher?2017-12-12T08:05:01-05:00

how to teach yogaBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Recently, I ran into a case in which a Hatha Yoga teacher, who had been teaching for years, was being refused from a Hatha Yoga teacher training course. Before anyone gets stirred up over this and the Act on the Affairs of the Handicapped, in the United States, this story gets better.

His wife is also a Hatha Yoga teacher and they teach Yoga classes as a team. Yet, he was still refused the opportunity for certification as a Hatha Yoga teacher. At this point, you might be thinking of the legality of refusing anyone an equal opportunity. I am not an attorney, but this sounds like a viable case to me.

Do you think that the Yoga organization, which refused this gentleman the right to participate in their Yoga teacher training course, consulted their attorney before making such a decision? Honestly, I doubt it, and the idea of a Yoga organization showing discriminatory judgment goes against the purpose of Yoga.

Yoga means union or unity. Where is the “unity” in discrimination? Discrimination originates from a closed mind. Discrimination works closely with intolerance and can lead to unjustified acceptance of blatant lies or worse.

It is the morality of this issue that should concern us all. It is hard to imagine being blind every day, with so many things that most of us take for granted.

If you want to take a short tour of what it feels like to be blind, close your eyes, and within minutes your other senses will improve. Did you ever notice your hearing improves, when you try to meditate? Try to move around without opening your eyes, but use caution.

When you shut one of your senses off, the rest of your senses will become sharper, as a result of your “handicap.” A blind Yoga teacher will most likely have better cueing skills than most of us. With another Yoga teacher in the room, to assist, a student would get “the best of both worlds.”

This is why we have laws that protect all of us from discrimination. Sometimes, we think that common sense should rule our society, but as you know it does not always work that way. Everyone should make an honest effort to understand others.

We do not have to agree on every issue, but different viewpoints that work together make a healthier and creative world around us. If a blind man has a desire to become a certified Yoga teacher, who has the moral right to refuse him.

 

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© Copyright 2005 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

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When does one become a Yoga Teacher?2017-12-12T08:04:32-05:00

restorative yoga teacher certification courseBy Paul Jerard

When you teach a friend, co-worker, or family member one Yoga technique, you have taken the first step toward becoming a Yoga teacher. This is the traditional way Yoga was initially taught before Hatha Yoga classes became such a “magnet” to the public. Large Yoga classes are not a bad thing, but it is easy to forget the way Yoga was taught for centuries.

Now, let’s fast forward into the 21st century. Today we have access to instant information. You can learn Yoga from television, the Internet, books, DVD’s, MP3’s, CD’s and e-Books. It would seem anyone who wants to become a Yoga teacher has all the tools, at hand, to pursue his or her dream of teaching Yoga.

Should you read Yoga books to become a Yoga teacher? Yes, you will have to read and much more. Yoga books, DVD’s, and CD’s set a foundation of Yoga teaching knowledge, but there is much more to this, in order to become a Yoga teacher. It is daily experience gained through teaching Yoga students, which causes a Yoga teacher to further evolve beyond the initial teacher certification process. Practical knowledge and experience becomes a “treasure chest” for any Yoga teacher.

Teaching Yoga is a journey. If Yoga teachers sit still, without expanding their knowledge, they will become stagnant. Yoga books are great references, but Yoga teachers are works in progress. In fact, Yoga is a work in progress. Yoga changes as teachers make new and innovative discoveries along the way.

Hopefully, innovative Yoga teachers will record their discoveries for future generations. None of us has a life long enough to learn all that has been written over 5,000 years, but we learn everything that will help our students live a better quality life and more. Every student ailment is researched again and again.

Yoga teachers may eventually run into a situation where the right Yoga book is not available or maybe it was never written. Always remember that Yoga books are very valuable, but they are learning tools for the beginning of the journey, and good references, to come back to, when you put Yogic principles into practice.

So, when do you know if you are ready to become a Yoga teacher? If you have been practicing Yoga for years, reading Yoga information, and showing your friends Yoga techniques you have already taken the first step.

There is no promise that the journey to become a Yoga teacher will be easy, but it is rewarding. Yoga has much history behind it, but many new chapters are being written at this moment, and many more will be written in the future. The public is always in need of competent and innovative Yoga teachers.

 

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