Your Yoga Not Mine – From The Diary of a Yoga Teacher

This yoga teacher is done with going through the motions of asana practice. Asana practice alone is not enough. As a yoga teacher, I want to offer more than a flowing choreography and a good stretch.  Why are we doing what we do in a yoga posture?  How does it relate to our life away from the mat? Yoga can change life for the better right? Yoga is not just a band-aid for stress, and aches and pains, although it can be applied that way and that’s not so bad... Read The Rest →

Yoga Class Themes and Teaching

Theme based classes have caught on in the last few years and take many different forms.  The basic idea behind most yoga class themes is that it gives students something more to focus upon while engaging their practice.  This is a great idea and I’d like to offer you one that can also be very therapeutic from life effectiveness perspective. In Phoenix Rising our therapeutic theme based yoga experiences are fueled by these four fundamental ideas and principles: Yoga is great for the body but more importantly can also be... Read The Rest →

A More Meaningful Life

Are you looking for a career that gives deeper meaning to your life? SEEKING MEANING IN LIFE  is something we all do, and it often includes questioning our career. Many seekers of a fulfilling career are naturally drawn towards a career as a yoga professional – either as a teacher or a therapist. It’s a meaningful and potentially fulfilling choice, and one that serves others. In 1984,  I was in search of a more meaningful life and career.  So I left my Australian homeland and tenured college teaching job, to study and live at... Read The Rest →

On Teaching Yoga – 5 Ways to Keep Your Students Coming Back

1. Connect  We are tribal by nature.  We like to belong.  To belong we need to connect.   Be sure to connect with each student personally, let them know you appreciate them being there, get to know them as a person, their interests, what they are seeking from yoga, and their goals in life.   Accept them for who they are without giving advice.  Use email and social media to connect, not just to advertise. 2. Treat  your  students as adults and teach that way Most yoga teacher training programs do not... Read The Rest →

5 Tips for Yoga Teachers

I work with a lot of yoga teachers.  And I have been on the journey of being a yoga teacher for many years now.  I often find a commonality amongst us teachers, especially as we begin our journey.  We tend to fall into the mind trap of having to be someone other than who we are.  We often feel like we need to project this image of “perfect” as if we have already attained the highest state of enlightenment, kaivalya, and show our students that we always live from it. ... Read The Rest →

So you want to become a Yoga Therapist?

Of all the things you could do with your life, this is a great choice.   Yoga, as a profession, offers fulfillment,  a wonderful lifestyle, and can also provide a reasonable income once you have established yourself. To get started though, you will need to find a training program that will give you all that you need. There are many different approaches to yoga .  Most of us know that.   What many of us may not know is that there is also a huge difference in the quality of the education that... Read The Rest →