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Posts Tagged ‘Yoga Journal’

Taking care of our feet with yoga

As a yoga teacher I teach and practice the same sequence for a week (as many of my yoga teachers do). The sequence I teach my students is the sequence I practice at home over the same week. And I usually like to have a theme each week, whether it is an anatomical focus or […]


Mirroring yoga students

I learned a lot of great things in my yoga teacher training. Mirroring your students as a yoga teacher was highly advised. I get why that is a good idea. It makes it easier for your students to follow you in something, especially if the pose or action is complex and/or has a lot of […]


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 […]


Help me with yoga poses

We haven’t had a Comment Contest Tuesday in some time. I need your help. I am nearing the end of my teaching stint at Alameda Athletic Club. I have decided for my last two weeks of classes I am going to ask for student (and GFG! reader) input. It’s pretty easy. Tell me your favorite […]


I sweated a lot in a Bikram yoga class

Let me say that I realize this post may cause dislike, disagreement, possibly angerĀ … But this is my opinion and my feelings on hot yoga. And you are allowed to disagree. I don’t believe Bikram yoga (hot yoga) is real yoga. After experiencing it I will say it is some form of exercise? … yoga […]


Curbing sadness with yoga practice

This was originally posted on Nov. 10. I thought it would be nice to repost. This is a great sequence to do any time, not just when you are sad or have low energy. Someone I care about has been sad lately. I want to help him. And anyone else who could benefit from this […]


Triangle transformation follow-up

  Recently I wrote about my Triangle transformation. Over a year I watched as my Utthita Trikonasana dramatically changed and became healthier for my body. I talked about how I hyperextend in my knees and I have learned how to stop that in this pose. Knee hyperextension, which means too much opening at the back […]


Women’s Issues & Yoga

I am coming around the corner and I can see the end … I graduate from Piedmont’s Deep Yoga teacher training program at the end of this month! Last night in yoga teacher training we went over two topics: Women’s Issues and Being a Yoga Teacher. I’ve been looking forward to the women’s issues topic […]


Be flexible with your inflexibility

Over my winter break from work I was able to “teach” yoga to three friends to work on my teaching skills and give them a “free” class. Every practice was different and in different locations (gym, my house and a hotel room). Thanks again to my friends for giving me the opportunity to work on […]


Regular Restorative practice helps keep me balanced

The December Monthly Challenge was nicknamed 5 for 5. A challenge I made for myself was to attend the Sunday night Restorative Yoga class at my yoga studio every Sunday in December (as long as I was in town). (I won’t be attending this coming Sunday as I will be out of town.) The first […]