YOGA STYLES: Modern

/YOGA STYLES: Modern

Teaching Chair Yoga Classes

Chair yoga is a wonderful alternative for students who have trouble with mobility or balance. They can still gain many of the benefits of yoga stretches and breathing exercises while staying on or near a chair for support. Instructing a class that uses a chair as the main prop will be a change from a regular class of students with full range of motion capabilities. Yoga teachers must be careful to be sensitive to the needs of their students.

Can Power Yoga be Practiced as Therapy?

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.

Teacher Guidelines for Power Yoga

Some instructors believe that a Power Yoga class is no place for beginners or for kids. This is because an unfamiliarity with the poses ultimately means they cannot be practiced in a fast and flowing series. That being said, there are some cases when you may have beginners present in your classes.

Yoga and Pregnancy

Yoga can allow for a more comfortable pregnancy and women who practice yoga while pregnant are more likely to experience optimal health in the pregnancy and a more positive experience of birth and the post-natal period. It is important, however, for a woman to listen to her body and respect the cues given by her body at any given time. Overall, Yoga is an effective way to reduce stress and maintain fitness and flexibility throughout a pregnancy and beyond.

Power Yoga for Heart Health

Power yoga students learn to use inner strength to keep moving through a series of poses. They learn to breathe deliberately by filling up the abdomen, lungs, and chest with each breath and slowly releasing it. This is a healthy way to release stress and anxiety, while toning all of the body's muscles. The heart becomes stronger as it continually receives new blood and works to pump it throughout the rest of the body.

Restorative Yoga Poses for Anxiety

To practice Supported Supine Bow Pose, you will need a bolster and two blankets. If you do not have a bolster, fold a thick blanket or towel to approximate the same size and shape as a Yoga bolster. Place the bolster lengthwise on your Yoga mat. Fold the two blankets into squares and place them where your knees will be.

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