And the winners are …

Thanks again to everyone who gave me their favorite and least favorite yoga poses.

Today I taught the sequence I wrote up of the favorite yoga poses. I will also teach it on Tuesday.

Then next Sunday and Tuesday (my last two yoga classes at Alameda Athletic Club) I will teach the least favorite poses sequence, which I still need to write up.

I received more favorite yoga poses than least favorite, which I take as a good sign.

Some people told me why they loved a pose or why they didn’t and some just gave me the poses.

If you told me why you didn’t like the pose I made suggestions to your comments on what may be going on or ideas on how to make it easier on your body.

This was a Comment Contest Tuesday and there were three winners.

As long as you made a comment on the actual blog post you got your name thrown into the drawing. If you made more than one comment you got your name thrown into the drawing more than once.

The randomly picked winners were Gail, Jen C. and Monica.

All three will receive (one already has) a box … Continue reading

It’s simple: Know yoga students’ names

I read articles regularly about yoga and about what being a good yoga teacher looks like and means. Some of the articles I agree with and some I don’t.

There are tons of articles out there. Some say what I learned in my teacher training program and other articles completely contradict what I believe to be correct and true.

One thing I recently read talked about how it is important to know your students’ names.

YES!

This was definitely discussed in my teacher training program. And the teachers’ classes I regularly attend know all of their regular students’ names and make an effort to learn new student names.

In the classes I have been subbing at Alameda Athletic Club there are, of course, the regulars. There are new people regularly and the not so quite regulars.

Last week I saw a student who I hadn’t seen in about a month. I said, Hi, Sharon.* How are you?

Sharon kinda stared at me. I got nervous that I got her name wrong. She said, You remembered my name? I said, yea, that’s part of my job.

I ran into a similar situation after I had only subbed one class and a student came … Continue reading

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 to look, what we are supposed to do and how to modify when necessary.)

But teaching a class of beginner students really gave us the experience and insight to teach a beginner yoga class.

There were 20 of us teachers in training and 11 beginner students.

Each teacher in training taught one pose to the class.

I taught Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) (pictured above). I had a plan on how to teach the pose and changed how I needed to teach it right before I got up there.

It’s OK to do the pose and teach it to beginners as it is happening. But it’s hard for students to hear you if you are upside down and your head is kinda buried.

So I did my best to teach the pose without actually doing the pose, which is challenging. But I think I … Continue reading

The benefits of setting an intention in yoga

There are a lot of things I love about practicing yoga.

One of my favorite things is at the beginning of practice you set an intention.

I like how this article describes setting an intention, (setting an intention connects) the what I’m doing with the why I’m doing it in a body-mind-spirit manner. I find that when I set a thought, affirmation or prayer to my movements, I am much more present in my breath, more inspired to complete my practice. Setting an intention is a personal ritual.

Most of my yoga teachers ask us to set an intention at the beginning of class. When I practice alone in my home practice I set an intention.

My set intentions vary. Sometimes I set it for myself, my practice or for someone I care about who could use the extra positive energy.

Yesterday in class for the first time I set an intention toward someone who has been hurtful to me recently. I don’t want to have the negative energy take over.

I am someone who holds grudges, I get my feelings hurt easily and I tend to let negative feelings fester inside.

I am trying to learn how to … Continue reading