As they stand in Tree Pose, remind them to gaze at a steady point several feet in front of them. By holding a steady drishti, or gazing point, they will be more able to balance in Vrikshasana. The primary work in Tree Pose is to continue to elongate the spine by rooting down into the earth, in order to expand more fully towards the sky. In addition, by gently pressing the foot against the standing leg, your students will feel the hip-opening effect of this balancing Yoga posture.
By Kathryn Boland Challenges, Success, and Fun How can you create classes that are a fruitful yoga experience for your students? In Dance Studio Life Magazine’s November 2014 issue, master modern dance teacher Bill Evans states that he seeks to offer his students three elements in every dance class – challenges, success, and fun. Challenges [...]
Yoga has many healing properties and can do many amazing things. From mind to body and the energy in between, it is a sacred practice for a reason. When a practice incorporates body, mind and spirit, it’s little wonder most of the claims have a base in truth.
Before people begin teaching, they usually practice yoga themselves on a daily basis. However, once instructors begin teaching multiple public or private classes, their own practice may fall by the wayside. This can cause a teacher to lose what they were so passionate about before they started teaching. In order to avoid burnout, it's important to keep up with your own practice. While you may not have as much time each day, it's still important to find at least a little time for yourself daily. Doing some of your favorite poses on your own time can help you feel invigorated and restored, giving you the boost you need to stay excited about being a yoga instructor
Teaching yoga can be so much more than just a job – it is a unique experience that brings many people fulfillment and happiness. However, everyone, no matter how wonderful their job is, can get into a rut sometimes. If you feel like you need a burst of energy for your practice, try these tips before your next session.
In the same way, using a sensitive and appropriate krama of asanas will assist your students in making steady progress in their Yoga practice. One method of designing an effective sequence of Yoga poses is to choose a pinnacle pose to work towards. A pinnacle pose is an asana that is usually the most challenging for the students in a given class. In terms of harnessing Shiva’s energy of creation, working towards a pinnacle pose increases the energy and flow of the class until the pose is practiced.
Decide where and how you will approach your teacher certification. Will you take the minimum required 200-hour program or go for a 500-hour program? Will you do an intensive course over a month or spread it out over a longer time frame on evenings and weekends? It is important to consider your budget and time restrictions. In addition, make sure you feel comfortable with the teacher, as they will have a huge impact on the result.
By Kimaya Singh The way one chooses to earn their living is an important life choice. Most people need to work to support themselves, that's a given. Not everybody does what they love, though. If you have a passion for yoga and would like to share what you know with others, teaching could be your [...]
The typical path to becoming a Yoga teacher is to take a 200 hour certification course. In this type of course, students usually learn how to teach Yoga, correct alignment for poses, Sanskrit names for postures, yogic philosophy and functional anatomy. Students who graduate from a 200 hour level training program are ready to teach at a studio or gym.
Another new emerging concept is the teacher owned co-op studio. The tricky aspect of this is finding enough teachers with the same types of goals that work well together. One way to work out expenses is to figure out space cost per hour, and work out a plan around that.