Yoga Therapy and Healing

As yoga therapy becomes even more mainstream, and the benefits more widely accepted, more people are jumping on the bandwagon and the growth accelerates. As practicing yoga therapists for many years, we have known how yoga therapy can help anything from sciatica to a failed marriage.   So it’s great to finally be recognized and become part of the mainstream. But one of the problems associated with the popularization of yoga, is the tendency to apply it as a panacea and imply that all you need to do is “know” how... Read The Rest →

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 →

Gifts of Phoenix Rising: Unconditional Positive Regard

I give Phoenix Rising sessions, offer class series and lead 8-week groups.  I also teach weekly Hatha yoga classes in the ParaYoga tradition and offer private instruction.  I used to think these were separate domains, but the longer I steep in the waters of Phoenix Rising, the more the boundaries blur.  I’m going to use these blog posts as a chance to explore aspects of Phoenix Rising that fertilize all I do as a yoga teacher. “Unconditional positive regard” is a key principle of Phoenix Rising work.  The term was... 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 →