A Plea for Clarity in Class Descriptions

Imagine you are a prospective yoga student. Looking at class schedules online, you see a lot of “vinyasa” yoga, and you wonder what it is.  The descriptions say that the poses that “flow” together with breath and that all levels are welcome. This isn’t much information to go on, so you decide to go takeContinue reading “A Plea for Clarity in Class Descriptions”

Teaching Series: Preventing Burnout

So now you’re a yoga teacher.* You’re in love with your life, you’re in love with yoga, everything is super amazing, rainbows and sunshine! Or, maybe it is for a while, anyway. If you haven’t read the first part of this series, I recommend checking it out to review some of the “yogastential crises” thatContinue reading “Teaching Series: Preventing Burnout”

Teaching Series: the Yogastential Crisis

“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” they say. “Follow your dreams!” “Do what you love and the money will follow!” Sometimes, we’re quoted Rumi: “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” Or, the Bhagavad Gita: “It is better to do your own duty badly than to perfectlyContinue reading “Teaching Series: the Yogastential Crisis”

“I’m Here, But…”: thoughts on making your practice your own

Often, my newer students come into class with disclaimers: “‘I’m here, but…” or, “I don’t know how much I’ll be able to do tonight…” they start, sometimes with a shamefaced look, “because I’m just really tired,” or, “Something’s going on with my left wrist,” or “I tweaked something in my back,” or “I’m still recovering fromContinue reading ““I’m Here, But…”: thoughts on making your practice your own”

The Yoga of Self-Expression

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will notContinue reading “The Yoga of Self-Expression”

Falling From a False Summit: Or, The Less I Think I Know, The Better

The longer I teach and practice yoga and meditation, the less I am sure I know. That being said, I do have some critical questions we can ask ourselves as students, and teachers, to be sure we’re on the right path.    This is, perhaps, the largest reason for the remarkable decline in my once-prolificContinue reading “Falling From a False Summit: Or, The Less I Think I Know, The Better”

Making Space – Finding Balance in Self-Employment

And so it is that you find yourself, on a dreary Thursday afternoon, vacuuming the floor and singing “We Are the World.” You are wearing pajama pants and a tan sports bra and singing the backup parts too. You sound fantastic, but your dogs are cowering under the bed in terror. A knock on theContinue reading “Making Space – Finding Balance in Self-Employment”

500 Classes Later… Five Big Lessons I Learned as a New Yoga Teacher

Last night I taught my 500th yoga class. No fanfare, no fuss, in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in the room who had any idea, and I wasn’t prepared to throw myself a party over the milestone, but it does have me thinking a bit today. When I first threw myself intoContinue reading “500 Classes Later… Five Big Lessons I Learned as a New Yoga Teacher”

My Favorite Yoga Teacher…

Isn’t it great that there is a kind of yoga class for just about everyone? Astanga, Bikram, Chair, Hot, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, Broga, Doga, Star Wars Yoga… I really believe if you don’t like yoga you’re probably trying the wrong kind, because it varies so incredibly much. And within each of these subcategories, you haveContinue reading “My Favorite Yoga Teacher…”