Author: yogajon

May 2, 2018

What’s Stopping You From Starting Your Yoga Teacher Training?

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Are you considering taking a Yoga Teacher Training? How long have you been thinking about taking that leap? Me, about a year. I had this little voice that kept telling me, “You can do this, you could teach, follow your heart.” I ignored it for awhile until I was prompted to take a long look at my life and how I really wanted to spend my time.

Once I’d decided to take the plunge I researched all the courses I could find. I felt compelled to sign up with Yogacara from the moment I found them. The course content was exactly what I was looking for, a beautiful blend of philosophy and asana, tied in with the chance to fully immerse myself in the stunning Scottish coun… Read More

May 2, 2018

Stop, Breathe and Shift: How to Conquer Yoga Envy

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It happens. You go to a yoga class to connect with your body, your breath, and the purest part of yourself, but instead, get caught up looking around the room. Invariably you notice a fellow student with a more advanced practice and perfect, Instagram-worthy postures. Suddenly all of your good intentions and positive feelings fly out the window. Now you just feel bad about yourself, resentful, and completely discouraged. Congratulations! …

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May 2, 2018

Should you ‘get on your head’ or ‘off your head’?

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Are you feeling ungrounded? and maybe a bit ‘Off your head’ from too much partying perhaps? Are you feeling lacking in lacking in self confidence?

Well here is the solution… Get ‘onto your head’ (instead of ‘getting off your head’!) and build your self confidence by letting the ‘sun shine out of you’! by first ‘putting the sun into you’!

Thanks to my amazing photographer and dear friend Alessandro Sigismondi for his brilliance in capturing this magic moment at Mandrem beach, North Goa, India.

On a more serious note this is not a safe posture for most people to try. Today this was just for fun, and my studies really tell me that most people in the modern world are not really qualified or ready to practice headstand, and although many people can physically stand on their heads, they are not getting the true … Read More

May 2, 2018

Four Things I Learned Teaching My First 100 Yoga Classes in 100 Days

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After graduating from Yogacara Global 200 hour Teacher Training last spring, I immediately started teaching 7 classes a week. I had soon taught 100 classes in my first 100 days of teaching! Just like many jobs I’ve held before, I found that the first 3 months were full of lessons. In this time, I identified four takeaways that I hope will inspire new teachers and bring a smile to the face of experienced instructors.

1. Don’t Overthink It

As a new teacher, I was very anxious, examining each class through a critical microscope. Was I holding the pose long enough? Did the sequence flow smoothly? Was I being too repetitive? I started down the path of crippling overthin… Read More

May 2, 2018

How Do You Reset?

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There are clothes over junk mail, next to a book on yoga, next to a pocketful of change, next to an empty paper towel roll on the counter, next to a sink full of dishes. There are flip flops under the counter, slip-ons by the door, running shoes kicked against opposite walls in the bedroom, a disheveled row of shoes I keep around just in case I get back into basketball or golf or wearing suits. Shirts crawl out of my hamper like zombies from a grave, missed sock-shots surround it, other clothes are piled against the wall. At least the bed is made, my bed is always made. There are stacks of books I intend to read on the desk under stories I’ve written and notes from notes from a hands-on assist workshop. The bathroom could use a scrub down.

When I get carried away with everything else life tosses at me, I lose focus. My apartment is a direct reflection of my life when I’ve been running around and how I’m feeling. When it’s a mess, I’m stressed. Wh… Read More

May 2, 2018

The Gift of Restoration

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As a newer yoga teacher, I often am critical of the classes I teach. Did people like it? Was it challenging enough? Will they come back for another class with me? More often than not I find myself battling with the question of whether or not what I did or was enough.

A few weeks ago I taught a class when I wasn’t feeling my best. I had recently found out my grandmother was going on hospice, and I wasn’t feeling very present or “zen”. So, instead of a vigorous and flowing vinyasa class, I taught a slow, restorative class for a group of people who are usually there looking for a good workout. It was a very different class from what this particular group was used to. At the end of the c… Read More

May 2, 2018

Your Body, Your Sequencing

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Perhaps right now you are still trying to figure out the perfect system for sequencing a yoga class properly. You have probably tried different ways to sequence a class, ways that perhaps you learnt from a teacher, your yoga teacher training or both. However, have you thought that perhaps the art of sequencing goes beyond the techniques you have learnt from others, books and the hundreds of articles out there?

Once I had a teacher that came to a class I was subbing; she was also auditioning me to work at that studio. I respected her a lot and loved the way that she sequenced her classes. I was nervous when she came in to take my class. I had a lot of respect for her and I guess I wanted to give back to her and teach her an ‘a… Read More

May 2, 2018

Embracing My True Shy Self

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I grew up believing that being shy was a bad thing. I’m naturally introverted and growing up I was painfully shy. I found it very difficult to feel at ease in group situations and I would freeze up when anyone wanted to talk to me. Being shy made it painfully uncomfortable for me to talk about myself. I preferred to listen.

Growing up, I felt pressure from my parents and teachers to step out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure what gave me more anxiety, being told not to be shy or actually being shy. As I entered teenage hood, I discovered that drugs and alcohol made it easier for me to be outgoing. This unconscious form of self-medicating settled my naturally shy and anxious soul. Under the influence, I could behave with more… Read More

May 2, 2018

The Best Free Yoga Videos for April 2018

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In this month’s collection of free yoga videos, we have compiled a great list of videos for every level of yoga experience. Our list starts with gentle routines, moves into intermediate sequences, and ends with an advanced vinyasa practice. Whether you are a veteran yogi looking for a relaxing class or a beginner looking for a challenge, we have something to fit your body and mind’s needs. Yoga For Beginners: …

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The Best New Music for Yoga: April 2018 Edition

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Soft and spacious compositions predominate in this month’s collection of music for yoga, providing a perfect soundtrack to help us gently transition into spring’s energy of rebirth, new beginnings, and rejuvenation. We hope these beautiful ambient soundscapes will help you remain grounded, calm and balanced during the expansive and vibrant energy of springtime. Earth Tones by Praful & Spirited Tribe The final release of this collaborative trilogy does not disappoint with …

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