Sit up tall and close your eyes. Imagine a long plumb line running from the crown of your head to the tip of your tailbone. Soften your shoulders and broaden your collarbones. How does it feel to sit in alignment? What other parts of yourself can you bring into alignment?
by Sarajean Rudman Keeping your yoga teaching fresh and inspired is not only great for your students, it’s essential for you. Your students can sense when you’re feeling stagnant, just as they can tell when you’re passionate about what you’re doing, and they will reflect that energy back to you. When planning for a yoga […]
In this edition of Ask the Expert, Priti Robyn Ross, a Kripalu Yoga teacher for more than two decades, deconstructs Warrior I (yes, the knee bone is connected to the hip bone!), discusses hip openers, and offers tips for easing into Savasana. Can you recommend some alignment cues for Warrior I? I have a hard […]
by Alanna Kaivalya We are not a touchy-feely culture. When we greet someone we don’t know well, we typically nod and smile, or maybe shake hands. How many people do you hug on a daily basis? How often do you experience physical touch given with intention and caring? I had a student who came to […]
More is better—at least that’s what most Americans are brought up to believe. If we try harder, work faster, and expend more energy, we’ll achieve better results, more success, and greater satisfaction. I’ve bought into this notion just as much as anyone else. If I’m looking to take my game to the next level—whether I’m […]
One of the most gratifying things in my life is when I see someone light up talking about their yoga class experience. “I understand Mountain pose now,” said my student Carlene, with twinkling eyes and a huge smile. As a fairly new yoga student, she shared that she hadn’t had a clue as to why […]
An excerpt from the guide “Dynamic Language and Heart Opening Themes” on Danny Arguetty’s website: Nourish Your Light. When we, as teachers, use varied language, creative words, and clear instructions, there is a more complete quality to the practice at hand. Our language supports students in remaining more present to their own internal experience while […]
Terry Schaff, E-RYT, works as a yoga therapist with Loren Fishman, developing therapeutic yoga protocols for people recovering from injuries and living with physical challenges. Terry leads yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, and back pain, and specializes in post-operative rehabilitation and geriatric problems. www.terryrothschaff.com Describe what you do in 15 words or […]