Posts Tagged ‘teaching yoga’

What Makes a Good Yoga Class?

And what makes a really bad one?  Greetings fellow yogis. I have just returned from a really crazy, really bad yoga class. It was so wrong, that my friend and fellow teacher wants her money back. It was so wrong, that I feel slightly mistreated. It was so wrong, that I am compelled to write…

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Practice is the Point

Practice is the Point, a ‘Theme Weaver’ Theme You: (Put your “Why” or reason to teach here.) I teach to help everyone find clarity in their practice, and purpose in their life. Theme:  Practice is the point, a sports theme. The pose is just a stepping stone. HOVs:              Practice,…

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A Yoga Theme for Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning 1. You: Put your reason for teaching yoga here. 2. Theme: Spring cleaning. Can also work with themes about habits and getting organized. 3. HOVS: Sauca, cleanliness, intention, samskaras, clarity 3. Anecdote: Open your class with any story or dharma talk about spring cleaning and getting organized. Perhaps mention the yoga Niyama Sauca…

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Who Do You Love? A Valentine’s Day Theme

You:                 Why do you teach? Write it here so you won’t forget. Theme:            Who do you love? A take on ‘Safe or Sorry’? HOVs:              Risk vs Reward, Santosha, Contentment and Tapas, or fire. Anecdote: On Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but remember the ones I loved. Did you date the good boy…

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Finish Strong: A Theme Weaver Theme

You:                 Write your “why” for teaching here. Theme:            “Finish Strong” or “Make it Happen,” or “Overnight Success” HOVs:              Possibility, Opportunity, Resilience, Strength Anecdote: There is no such thing as an overnight success. There are years and years of hard work behind every “new star.” How we end this year, is how we begin the…

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Independence Day, Inspiration To Go.

Independence Day The “Other” Eight Limb Path by Theme Weaver © You:                 Why do you teach? Write down your Yoga Teaching Mantra. Theme:            What are you willing to fight for? Celebrate success today. HOV’s:             Freedom, Courage, Choice, and Fight the Good Fight. Anecdote: This theme can be modified and used for July…

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My Conscious Uncoupling: Poses I’m Letting Go.

After two decades of daily practice and a lifelong love affair with yoga, I am announcing a conscious uncoupling from certain poses. There are no hard feelings. We will maintain a wholeness in our separation that will allow us to co-parent my body, mind and spirit. We will always have mutual respect for each other,…

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The Pressure to Teach Hard Poses  

There’s so much pressure on local teachers to fill their rooms, be authentic, and sell studio memberships, that it’s a wonder anyone can remember why they wanted to teach in the first place. The best advice we receive is you be you, and people will follow. As if. I am a somewhat cranky, older woman who…

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Be careful for what you want. 

Dear Yogi Muse, I have been teaching yoga for six years and I want to know how to get to the next level. My classes are fairly full, and I have consistent, regular students. Where do I go from here? Should I branch out to other studios, or become a travel-teacher? What is next, oh…

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When Good Themes Go Bad

  In general, I believe that any attempt to theme a yoga class and bring in some tidbit of inspiration is going to work out better than if a teacher made no attempt whatsoever. This is the “no effort is ever wasted” theory. But even though an effort will be a growth opportunity, it is not…

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