Category Archive: For Yoga Teachers

Transform Anxiety to Peace With Yoga

In its pure form, the vitality that circulates through all things is called Shakti. As it enters your body, and becomes personalized, it’s known as prana. When you have an injury, sickness, are stressed or anxious,… Continue reading

Backbends: The Head to Heart Connection

Where you look matters. It’s a metaphor for keeping your eye on the “ball” of the positive things in life. Where you focus helps guide you where you want to go, not toward what isn’t serving… Continue reading

Three Levels Of The Mind + Poses For Legs (All Levels)

To help us understand the complexity of the mind, yoga philosophy has broken it’s functioning down into three different layers. The outermost layer is where reception of sensory input occurs. This is called the… Continue reading

Is Feet Together Really The Best Way To Practice Mountain Pose?

The instructions for tadasana are so common, so assumed in yoga class, that they’re often given nonchalantly and glossed over. As in, “You already know this, you do it a million times a… Continue reading

Discomfort & Perfection: The Crossroads Of A Seeker

The Perfectionists I played soccer. Once. When I was four years old. At the end of the game I was crying—near hysterically—because I didn’t score a goal and we didn’t win the game. I hated… Continue reading

Yoga Class: The Light Body & Pigeon Pose

Underneath the physical form of any yoga asana is the energetic form of the prana body. When we line up just right, we bring the outer form and the inner/prana body (the pranamaya kosha) together.… Continue reading

Neck Safety In Headstand

To invert or not to invert; it’s the new yoga controversy. The claim is that Headstand & Shoulderstand are too dangerous. Some yoga studios have abandoned them completely, commenting that we weren’t meant to stand… Continue reading

The Burning Desire For Wholeness: Finding Peace Through Yoga

Most of us live like we have 275 tabs simultaneously open on our mental browser. None of them are actually important, it’s just a frantic, agitated circle of being busy. It can be the consequences… Continue reading

Pain-Free Backbends Just By Using Your Legs

If I were to give only one clue for pain-free backbends it would be this: keep your legs parallel. While simple from external appearances, this instruction can go so in-depth that I’ve spent… Continue reading

How to Warm Up For A Challenging Yoga Pose

Whether in an alignment-based yoga environment or a flow-based one, there is often a single posture that is the most challenging of the class. In the jargon of yoga teachers this is called a… Continue reading