I’ve taken class with yoga teachers I didn’t know, who’s teaching style and instruction were so shocking and inappropriate I either had to abruptly exit the class or continually self-soothe throughout class by telling myself over and over again “remember, this isn’t yoga”.
On a slightly more mild scale, I’ve also been in classes where the instructor simply didn’t offer a sense of acceptance in their attitude. This created a tone of rigidity, judgment, and control. It also made it very uncomfortable to try to be vulnerable and go inwards.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for diversity within…
What is it and how does it work?
So much of our day-to-day life is now online. People work from home, have online conference calls, offer coaching through video chats, market to customers online, are connected through social media, take online courses and trainings, etc…you name it, and it is probably being done online.
Yoga can include a physical practice, how does that work online?
Virtual private yoga is done similarly to how it’s done in person 1-on-1, only it’s through video conferencing, like Zoom, with the instructor and student both set up with audio and video so…
you might be overthinking it.
Last year I was living and teaching yoga in New York City. The city is a bustling, lively, challenging place to live. Often times the notion of teaching yoga in such a place felt ironic, with the serene grounding practice of yoga in stark contrast with the chaotic noisy flow of life in the streets.
Yoga and meditation provide refuge from the city, and in fact my practice was at it’s strongest during this time because of how needed it was. …
Rock climbing is an intense full-body activity. It recruits mental focus, body awareness, trust, strength, flexibility, and steadiness. Huh, sounds kind of like yoga, right?
THE MENTAL GAME
The routes on the wall are called “problems” for good reason. There is a strong mental focus required to continue progressing upwards. Your brain and body are working together to not fall or get injured, to maintain secure placement on the holds, and incorporating any beta (tips) that might be coming from peers watching below.
As you take on problems that are beyond your current comfort level, a lot of climbing becomes…
An intrapersonal classroom on your mat
I didn’t expect to gain any sort of wisdom when I began practicing yoga 9 years ago.
I started for the way it made my body feel and the mental calm and clarity I experienced afterwards. Over time it evolved to become a versatile and invaluable support to return to. The more I practiced, the more yoga had a holistic effect, integrating into my perception and experience.
While from an outer perspective a yoga class might seem only physically focused, it has the potential to tap us into deeper layers of our experience.
How ‘networking’ really just means building community and making connections
Like many others, I don’t love the word ‘networking’. It has this machine-like, ulterior motive, abstract-feel to it that doesn’t convey enough humanness. Perhaps we’ll create a new word to describe this process so it seems more approachable and less like a LinkedIn lecture. But for now I’ll simply use networking to refer to this process of making useful connections and creating greater, more accessible community.
When I first committed to becoming a part time yoga teacher, networking felt like a daunting task in a market that was already saturated…
If you continually practice yoga, there’s a reason you keep returning to your mat; whether yoga has helped you reduce anxiety, deal with stress, or feel better in your body, you are likely getting something out of this practice that helps you.
Unfortunately, despite the service this practice provides, we tend to overlook the ways we can apply what we learn from class into our day-to-day life challenges. Yoga doesn’t just offer the opportunity to choose how we show up during our yoga class, but to live what we learn.
When a conflict arises, we may start to navigate from…
Breaking up with someone can feel like a small death. And it is in a way. The relationship and what it was is over. The vulnerable part of us that has opened and woven ourselves within the other person gets the rug pulled out from underneath. It can feel like that part of us has no air to breathe, and it can’t imagine how it will survive- because it won’t. That part of us that’s lived in connection with the other person is let go of. …
If you’ve decided to work with a private yoga instructor, but don’t know where to begin or how to find and decide on the instructor that would be best for you, check out the following insights to help guide you in the right direction.
Whether or not you’ve started seeking your instructor yet, ask yourself these questions:
I was taking a yoga class the other day with a teacher that was new to me. As she guided us into a particular pose, I started moving around within the range of the pose and exploring the pose with my body, something I invite students to try during their practice.
To my surprise, the instructor came over, held my arm in place, and pressed my foot down, ultimately pausing my intuitive movement and determining how the pose was going to look. …