Cesarean Sections, Back Pain, Hot Yoga

Cesarean Sections, Back Pain, Hot Yoga

Cesarean sections cause many problems for females. It seems common that the women develop back pain as early as 2-3 months since the cesarean section was done during delivery.

Passion? I don’t think so!

Passion? I don’t think so!

Many yoga teachers think that good teaching comes from passion for yoga. The more yoga I practice and the more passion I have for the benefits of yoga, the better my class will be? I wholeheartedly don’t think so! It goes without saying that there’s no teaching without practice. But passion without direction and without a good delivery channel is a disaster. The channel for expressing passion is found in skillfulness. I think that we teach better classes as soon as we begin to improve our teaching skills; you could also call those crafts or arts. What are the teaching skills? Now, that’s a very good question. I can give you a few examples and then you may also use your imagination to describe several more. Technical yogic skills, of course: safe and sound sequencing, pacing, modifications, variations, assists, etc. But there are more, which are hugely important and we need to give those more attention: tonality (what you sound like. Demonstration. Explanation. Creating good first impressions. Non-verbal communication. Walking / standing / sitting gracefully. Ice-breaking. Rapport building. There are many more. How skills are improved by performance with feedback, how you can perform and give yourself feedback without a mentor, how to teach excellent classes already before you hit a 10-year teaching mark—those are the secrets you discover through the personal sessions for...
On Teaching Yoga Classes

On Teaching Yoga Classes

For “New” or “Not-yet-confident” yoga teachers, some simple pointers to bring into your teaching pattern: Firstly, keep up a regular yoga practice outside of studio (solo practice, aka self-practice, aka home practice). Secondly, when teaching, find time to take 2-3 breaths, breathing deeply into the belly, and keep your shoulders down. Do this often. More pointers: Keep your feet firmly on the ground when standing Stand, or sit, upright. An upright spine is essential for projecting an uplifting energy, and for speaking properly Your voice should always fill the whole room (this can be practiced and improved) Choose your words carefully: Speak less, smile more, make eye contact Be sweet with beginners (this is important) Frequently get away from instruction. Bring in some personal input, a story, a joke, or just be silent and “feel the air” Be authentic, energizing, and speak in an inspirational way You will feel the improvement all across the board. Good...
The Discovery

The Discovery

It is as if I don’t really know how to teach my Yoga class, until I get in front of the Yoga students. At that moment, I discover my job. Thinking about the craft of teaching, reading about teaching, participating in teacher training activities, and ‘practicing teaching’ are just the preparation for the discovery. In the big picture, it is the students that tell me how to teach. I believe it is a part of my job to take the practitioners to a place where they can experience something meaningful, satisfying, something that they don’t often experience in the daily life. When we get to the final savasana, it’s like they can get a little taste of heaven. The teacher can be like the driver of the car that takes the students to some new place, some place extraordinary. I want to serve the students in my class that...