How to Make a Vision Board

How to Make a Vision Board

One, you might be asking, what is a vision board, and two, why you should do one? A vision board (aka dream board, inspiration board) is a visual representation of your hopes, dreams, desires and goals for the future. This collection of images, and often,...

4 Ways to Practice Gratitude

4 Ways to Practice Gratitude

Here in the US, we're celebrating Thanksgiving--a time for feasting, remembering, spending time with family and giving thanks. I'm at home baking and spending time with my munchkin, so I'm reposting a blog I did last year about gratitude, and adding THAT to my...

26 Quick Ways to Boost Your Mood

26 Quick Ways to Boost Your Mood

Some days it feels like the only guarantee life provides is that it's going to be messy and busy. During these times, you might daydream of traveling to Bali like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. Anything to stop the busy train and boost your mood. In between...

How Important is Yoga Alliance for Teachers?

How Important is Yoga Alliance for Teachers?

One of the most common questions I receive during yoga teacher training is about registering with the Yoga Alliance after graduation. In my opinion, formed after twenty years in the yoga community, the organization is not as important as new teachers may believe them...

4 Common Fears When Starting Yoga Teacher Training

4 Common Fears When Starting Yoga Teacher Training

After mentoring hundreds of new yoga teachers, I can tell you most share one (or all) of these 4 common fears and concerns when they're thinking about yoga teacher training. I'd like to dispel a few of them now. #1 Common Fear I'd like to take a sledgehammer to this...

What Michael Phelps Can Teach You About Teaching Yoga

What Michael Phelps Can Teach You About Teaching Yoga

When people tell me they can't do yoga, or pursue teaching yoga, because they're not flexible, I whip out my Michael Phelps story.Undeniably Michael Phelps is probably the greatest and most well-known professional swimmer of our time. In the summer of 2012, Michael...

11 Ideas for Journaling Without Tons of Writing

11 Ideas for Journaling Without Tons of Writing

Research shows journaling can ease anxiety and depression, improve brain functioning and increase creativity. In short, journaling relieves stress. During my divorce in 2008, I wrote in my journal every day, using it to pour out my anger, sadness, and doubts. But many...

Most Common Sanskrit Words Used in Yoga

Most Common Sanskrit Words Used in Yoga

Mention Sanskrit in yoga teacher training and the students freak out a bit. But in order to understand yoga, you must study its root language. I can't teach you about Sanskrit in one blog post, but I can provide loose translations for the most common Sanskrit words...

Using Hasta Bandha in Yoga Poses

Using Hasta Bandha in Yoga Poses

Arm balances produce two types of feelings: exhilaration and intimidation. Whether you want to grab the brass ring, or stay safely on the ground, arm balances require a small to-do list of elements: hasta bandha, arm strength, shoulder engagement, core engagement, and...

10 Places to Start Teaching Yoga

10 Places to Start Teaching Yoga

If you're in the middle, or completing, yoga teacher training, you might be wondering about places you can start teaching yoga classes. It's certainly one of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients. How can I find a place or space to teach yoga? Do I...

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