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Omega Yoga Institute

15 Feb

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Omega institute was founded in 1977. As the Managing Director Stephan Rechtschaffen has done a magnificent work for the foundation with his colleague and partner Elizabeth Lesser. PirVilayatInayat khan, the famous scholar and the eastern meditation teacher worked for the institute for while and “university of life” is designed by their cumulative effort. Personal growth while social change is their aim. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s teaching which the introduction of omega point is the first cause of the institute’s name. Omega point is the term to describe peak of unity and integration towards the evolution of life. From the rented facilities to the owning campsite has been developed in 1981. There they achieved a significant landmark and the probability to growth as a campus. Now it is consisted with two hundred acres of land and hundreds of buildings including Ram Dass library. Continue reading

Identifying Elements of a Safe Yoga Practice

14 Feb

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A safe yoga is one that respects the body and mind and is mindful of the body’s limitations and needs. The saying “less is best” is the best way to encourage a safe practice. Always use the breath as a tool for movement as well as a judge of limitations. If the breath isn’t steady, then the pose isn’t steady and Sthira Sukham is not being achieved and the pose is then not safe. Always encourage a mindful practice that respects the uniqueness of each student and their abilities.

General Guidelines to encourage for a Safe and Comfortable Practice

  1. Empty bowels
  2. Empty stomach
  3. Link breath and movement
  4. Practice any time of day except after meals
  5. Body awareness
  6. Savasana and relaxation included in every class
  7. A balanced diet Continue reading

Occupational Health and Safety

13 Feb

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As a yoga teacher, whether teaching in a studio or privately, it is important to create a safe space for yourself and your students. As a teacher it is your responsibility to prevent injuries not only for your students, but for yourself as well. Here we will review the key components to reinforce a safe practice for all participants.

Insurance Requirements

All yoga teachers need their own insurance. In the case that a student or yourself are injured, this will insure that you are not held liable for any of the damages. Some insurance companies will require a Yoga Alliance membership number and identification number in order to register. Make sure that when you choose an insurance company, that it is accepted in the country in which you are teaching. Continue reading

The White Lotus Yoga

12 Feb

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The White Lotus Foundation is non-profit organization based in 2500, Santa Marcos Pass, Santa Barbara, California 93105, United States of America. It is a nonsectarian and dedicated to the development of all human kind. The location is very special with pure air, spring water, beautiful sandstone swimming holes, hiking trails and plenty of secluded places for silent reflection. They offer indoor accommodations and as well as yurts, campsites under the bay trees, near waterfall and ocean. It is an ideal place for practicing yoga. They offer a complete Yoga Training Course with yoga teacher certification four times a year. The curriculum includes, how yoga works, the origins of yoga, an exploration to Iyengar, Krishnamacharya, PattabhiJois and classical yoga. Continue reading

Sequencing and Progressions of Yoga Classes

4 Feb

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Every contemporary school of yoga features particular variations on how to sequence a yoga class. Most sequences are referred to as ‘linear’ in nature, which means that that one posture follows another in a smooth and step-by-step fashion. The postures progress from less challenging to more challenging, and then back to less challenging, in what is often referred to as a ‘progression’.

Some styles of yoga focus heavily on the pose/counter pose idea. Iyengar uses this sparingly, usually only applying the idea to cooling down after Back Bends, but there are some other applications. An All Levels class is not a Beginner class. Many All Levels classes offer vigorous movements and strengthening poses. Continue reading

The Mechanics of Breathing

3 Feb

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The action of breathing in and out is due to changes of pressure within the thorax, in comparison with the outside. This action is also known as external respiration. When we inhale the intercostal muscles (between the ribs) and diaphragm contract to expand the chest cavity. Air moves in and out of the lungs in response to differences in pressure. When the air pressure within the alveolar spaces falls below atmospheric pressure, air enters the lungs (inspiration), provided the larynx is open; when the air pressure within the alveoli exceeds atmospheric pressure, air is blown from the lungs (expiration).

  •  The respiratory system is divided into two parts: the upper respiratory tract (nose, sinuses and pharynx); and the lower respiratory track (larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs)
  • The breath enters the nose to the throat, then to the trachea, and then to the right and left bronchus, then bronchioles, then alveoli. Continue reading

Mechanics of Breathing Function of the Muscular System

2 Feb

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Respiratory muscles are divided into two groups: primary muscles (essential for full breathing) and secondary muscles, which are auxiliary helpers, and help to adapt and control breath. The roles of these muscle groups should never be reversed, because secondary muscles do not have the same stamina to be the prime movers for breathing, and are very inefficient and energy consuming.

The principle muscles of respiration include:

  1. Diaphragm. Responsible for 75% of the respiratory effort of relaxed breathing. It is a dome shaped like an umbrella or parachute.
  2. External intercostals. Responsible for 25% of the respiratory effort of relaxed breathing. They lift and expand the rib cage, increasing the negative density of air in the thoracic cavity, allowing air to be drawn into the lungs. Continue reading