Archive | January, 2013

Yoga Instructors-know your students

31 Jan

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You will find that not every student learns in the same way. With a variety of different ways of processing information, each student that you teach to may respond differently than another to the same teaching style. It is important to always consider these differences when teaching a try and include teaching methods that will help all the students learn in a way that suits them best.


Linguistic Intelligence: The gift of words. Linguistically intelligent people best understand the world through the spoken and written word.

Visual/Spatial Intelligence: The gift of pictures Visually intelligent people best understand the world through visualization and spatial orientation.

Musical: The gift of music Musically intelligent people best understand the world through rhythm and melody. Continue reading

Principles of Injury Prevention and Management

30 Jan



General Tips

  1. Be sure to warm up efficiently. This will lubricate your joints, increase blood circulation, and prepare the body for more strenuous poses.
  2. Start with milder posers, and progressively work your way into advanced poses.
  3. Ensure proper alignment in every yoga pose, enabling increased freedom of movement and balance. Through proper alignment, muscles and ligaments are strengthened on both sides of the active joint.
  4. Avoid hypertension. Bend knees slightly (or “secretly”) during standing poses. To avoid elbow injury, avoid „popping‟ elbows, and be sure to move gracefully into poses that require extensive arm support.
  5. Use helpful materials and props, such as blankets, blocks and belts. This takes stress off of joints, and helps to stretch and strengthen tight muscles.
  6. Encourage a non-competitive atmosphere, both within yourself, and with your students. Don‟t over-stress the body, and listen to your body for tell-tale signs of undue stress and tension. Continue reading

Yoga and Jalandhara Bandha

29 Jan

Jalandhara Bandha

Jalandhara Bandha is the chin Bandha described and employed in Hatha Yoga. Jalandhara Bandha is a yoga exercise where the throat is contracted and the chin firmly placed on the chest. Jalandhara Bandha is a yoga exercise where the throat is contracted and the chin firmly placed on the chest. Due to this movement, the vocal organs are influenced.

  1. The chin lock
  2. A similar action to that of a child, standing back-to-back with a childhood friend and trying to be the tallest
  3. The neck feels long and light
  4. The head feels supported and stable
  5. The chest feels buoyant
  6. The abdomen feels long and lean
  7. It improves easy, effective breathing Continue reading

Yoga Mula Bandha

28 Jan

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In Sanskrit mula means root, and thus Mula Bandha is the root lock. To find it, sit, stand, or even be in an asana, and if you are a man, contract the area between the anus and the testes. If you are a woman,  contract the muscles at the bottom of the pelvic floor, behind the cervix. Mula bandha, or the “root lock,” is a conscious action, a dynamic engagement and release of the pelvic floor in relationship to the movement of the diaphragm.

  1. The “root lock”
  2. The deep awareness of the support that the pelvic floor and lower abdomen offer the pelvic and abdominal organs, as well as the pelvis, sacrum and lumbar spine.
  3. About finding the neutral position for the pelvis, and becoming conscious of the pelvic floor muscles – and their trying to feel their subtle contraction at the end of the exhale. Continue reading

Yoga and Bandhas

27 Jan


The bandhas are mechanisms by which a yogi can direct the flow of prana, the universal life-force energy that animates and unites us all. Bandhas are subtle internal locking techniques that are used to strengthen and protect crucial parts of the body, especially during strenuous practice. More technically, bandhas are defined as the co-activation, or simultaneous testing, of antagonistic, or opposing, muscle groups around a joint complex. Bandhas strengthen and stabilise joint complexes, helping to move prana, or energy, and consciousness to precisely where it needs to be focused. Continue reading

Disease Tendencies of the Three Yoga-Ayurveda Qualities

26 Jan

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Vikruti or Imbalance

Our current state of imbalance, or Vikruti, is the best place to start in assessing our own health. Once we are fully aware of we are in terms of mind, body and spirit, then we can take the necessary steps toward harmony and health. We can group the most common Virkutis, or imbalances, under general headings. If your imbalance is under a specific dosha, then the first steps to return to balance would be to consult the relevant dosha balancing guidelines. For example, if your imbalance is one of vata, then you should turn to the vata guidelines for guidance on how to bring yourself back into balance.

Vata Vikruti
This imbalance is characterized by the following characteristics:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Fatigue
  3. Inability to relax
  4. Restlessness
  5. Low appetite
  6. Worry
  7. Distractedness
  8. Decreased mental focus
  9. Inability to think logically
  10. Dry skin Continue reading

Yoga Teacher-Important Tasks and Reflections

24 Jan

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  • Are you interested in eventually opening your own studio?
  • Do you wish to give private lessons – or lessons at school or in the workplace? What about yoga retreats?
  • Do you wish to run your business with a partner?
  • What do you want to call your yoga business?
  • Are you comfortable doing self-promotion for your yoga class or studio?
  • How many groups of students do you feel comfortable working with in any given class (keep in mind that increased flexibility means increased business opportunities)? Continue reading

Promote Your Yoga Class

23 Jan

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  • Update your resume, so that it includes all of your training, experience, and education in the practice of yoga. This will help you reflect upon your strengths, and it will also prove to be a useful tool when you search for employment opportunities at yoga studios.
  • Don‟t be ashamed to get your resume, name and style out there! Drop your information off at studios, schools, libraries and communities centres – you never know who might call. Continue reading

Work and Communication in the Business Environment

22 Jan

Group Yoga Class

Work and Communication in the Business Environment

Teaching yoga offers freedoms that other jobs don’t. You get to practice what you love, wear comfortable clothing, and focus your professional energies on an ancient tradition that invigorates the mind and soul. That doesn’t mean, however, that you ought not to follow some standard workplace and communicative etiquette. Some points on this are listed below.

  • Show up on time for classes, and tell students that you expect this of them, as well.
  • Be prepared for classes – and let this show. Always bring your lesson plan and props. Students will show you increased respect and cooperation if you make it clear that you have really got your class under control.
  • As a yoga teacher, you will naturally develop a special and intimate relationship with your students. But keep in mind that they are also your clients. Ensure that students pay you in a timely fashion for classes by being organized and systematic with your finances, and demand from students the respect that you show them. Continue reading

Follow Workplace Safety Procedures

21 Jan

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Workplace Safety Procedures

  • As a yoga teacher, you should motivate students to do their best – but avoid pushing them too hard. Achieving this sensitivity comes as a result of experience – so when you are getting started, it is probably best to err on the side of caution.
  • Ask students about any injuries, disabilities, or other potential barriers to their yoga practice that they might have – prior to that student‟s getting started in your class. Watch out for contraindications in these (and all) students; failing to monitor them could lead to legal trouble – even if you have liability insurance (which does not cover “negligence” on the part of the yoga teacher). Continue reading