Category Archives: teaching yoga

Sanskrit: to use it or not? And how?

A word on Sanskrit Knowledge of the Sanskrit names of yoga asanas and other related terms lends credibility to a yoga teacher, especially when used sparingly and effectively. That being said, misusing or grossly mispronouncing the Sanskrit, while going unnoticed by most students, will most certainly turn off those who do notice. If you happen [...]

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How to sequence a yoga class

Unless you are teaching a style of yoga with a set sequence of postures such as Bikram or Ashtanga, you will need to choose the order of the postures you teach, otherwise known as “sequencing.” Put simply, sequencing matters. It matters in terms of how your students will feel in the postures – whether they [...]

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What yoga teachers need to know about prana and the subtle energy body

Prana and subtle anatomy: the Chakras, Nadis, and Vayus Subtle anatomy refers to energetic systems and processes that correspond to the physical body, but are invisible to most humans. With regular yoga practice one may become more aware of the subtle systems in their own bodies, and yoga teachers may begin to see or sense [...]

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What yoga teachers should know about yoga philosophy

Yoga philosophy in a nutshell Sadhana Sadhana means practice, and refers to the specific yogic techniques or spiritual disciplines one chooses to follow on a daily basis. Each of the yogic paths may lead to the same result—union with divine consciousness—but the techniques and practices one uses to get there may differ. The paths of [...]

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Yoga Alliance registration: Do you need it?

What the Yoga Alliance is and is not Yoga Alliance (YA) is the national education and support organization for yoga teachers in the United States. Their stated intention is to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions, and that the [...]

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