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Posts Tagged ‘downward facing dog’

The not so perfect yoga pose

Every week on social media I post a picture of me in a yoga pose and let my friends and followers know what my yoga theme is for the week. Every week I have a theme in my classes. The theme is a focus of the class. It’s a full well-rounded practice with a point. […]


The whole body benefits from Downward Facing Dog

At some point in my yoga practice I assumed I had mastered Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog). The great thing about yoga is that we keep practicing and learning and deepening. When my teacher Richard starting working with me on my Downward Facing Dog in December 2013 he helped me to stop pushing too […]


Using strap for Chatarunga Dhandasana

One of the things I learned while in my yoga teacher training was to learn to “steal good.” And I do this pretty regularly. As a teacher myself I take things my teachers do and make them my own. It’s a great way to learn to teach and to share awesome things I learn along […]


Learning over the weekend

Over this past weekend I attended two 5-hour yoga workshops. There were supposed to be three, but unfortunately the Friday Fibromyalgia yoga workshop was canceled. I attended the two workshops at Piedmont Yoga Studio. Piedmont explains a little about the workshops: Adaptive yoga is the tailoring of the practice to people who are not “sick” but […]


Being a gym yoga teacher sub

At the end of October I will be taking over yoga classes at a gym in Alameda where the regular teacher will be going on maternity leave. She recently went on vacation, which gave me an opportunity to be the yoga sub for four classes at Alameda Athletic Club. I taught a Thursday evening, a Sunday […]


Teaching beginners

Yesterday in yoga teacher training my fellow teacher students and I practiced teaching beginners. We have all worked with each other and most of us have worked with friends and family. (Working with each other is great practice. But it is also easier because we are intermediate students and know how the pose is supposed […]


The gift of yoga

I recently wrote a post about being frustrated with yoga. Frustrated with how I had learned things and how the more I learn I am finding more than one way to do something. That bothered me for a few days and, of course, I wrote about it. Soon after I started feeling better about my […]


My home practice

In my first Saturday yoga teacher training class we focused on home practice and I, of course, wrote about it. To be a good and effective yoga teacher I must have a regular home practice. Five times a week for about 45 minutes is what is recommended. I couldn’t commit to that at first so […]


Learning about home practice

We’re not here to serve the (yoga) poses. These poses are here to serve us. ~Vickie Russell Bell in last night’s yoga teacher training class Yesterday was my first Saturday class with Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga teacher training program. We have class every Thursday night and one Saturday a month. Yesterday we got to […]


Cleaning my yoga mat

Last year I wrote about cleaning my yoga mat. I had a fairly inexpensive yoga mat and took a chance by throwing it into the washer. It dried rather quickly and seemed like a successful cleaning of the mat. I now have a Jade Yoga mat, which is rather expensive. And the material is different. According […]