Most yoga teacher training programs offer two levels of classes: a 200 hour class and a 500 hour class. The 200 hour class is the basic course that all yoga instructors must pass, while the 500 hour class is available for ambitious, passionate and studious instructors looking to launch their careers to the next level.
Yoga may help kids on different levels. Practicing physical postures (asanas) can increase the production of endorphins, which generate feelings of well-being. Breathing techniques (pranayama) help regulate the nervous system by activating parasympathetic (relaxation) neurons and calming sympathetic (flight or fight) neurons. Guided relaxation techniques benefit kids by giving them an alternative way to respond to the stressors in their lives.
Yoga therapy aims to heal the body of any physical, mental, emotional or psychosomatic ailments by identifying the root of a dysfunction and practicing a set of techniques (asana, pranayama, meditation or relaxation techniques) intended to address the problem. It seems obvious to yoga teachers that people who suffer from problems ranging from persistent lower back pain to depression have been flocking to our classes in an attempt to alleviate their symptoms.
Yoga poses and pranayama exercises cultivate each vayu to varying degrees. Some Yoga asanas and breathing exercises cultivate the balance...
Many studies have recently shown, much to the delight of the yoga community, that mindfulness meditation is scientifically verified to help reduce anxiety. It is sometimes called mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, when studied in a scientific setting, but it is a mindful form of meditation through and through.
Yoga helps to control heart rate variability (HRV), an indicator of the heart's response to changes in the autonomic nervous system. Indian researchers examined the electrocardiograms of 42 healthy Yogis and 42 people who did not do Yoga. Participants ranged between 18 and 48 years old. Findings showed that Yoga practitioners not only had greater autonomic control over heart rate; they also had healthier hearts.
Chair yoga classes offer a great opportunity for the socialization necessary for high levels of self-esteem and happiness. This is quite...
How much time will you save if you take Yoga teacher training classes at home? For our example, you live an hour away from campus, depending on traffic, and your classes meet twice a week in the evenings for three hours each time. That amounts to four hours of commute time per week, or 16 hours per month. Now add in the actual class time (for our example) of six hours per week or 24 hours per month. You will spend about 40 hours per month commuting and attending class!
A lot of the focus on yoga, around the world, highlights the physical benefits available to its practitioners. Modern versions of vinyasa...
Apana vayu is a Sanskrit term that refers to the expelling of prana or life force energy, in the form of the breath, through a contracting, downward movement. Vayu refers to wind or force and apana is the downward movement of this force.