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...

Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

One of my favorite cereals is granola, but a lot of the store-bought versions leave a lot to be desired in terms of preservatives, fat, and refined sugars. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, I learned how easy it was to make granola at home. As with most of my...

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...

What to Expect in Yoga Teacher Training

What to Expect in Yoga Teacher Training

Congratulations! You've officially enrolled in yoga teacher training. You did your research, paid your tuition, and bought your books. Woo-hoo! As you're prepping for your first training class, you might be experiencing some emotions because you're not sure what to...

How to Use Essential Oils in Yoga

How to Use Essential Oils in Yoga

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. So it was only a matter of time until essential oils arrived into the modern yoga class. Let's discuss some ways you can...

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