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Posts Tagged ‘yoga teacher’

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 […]


Keeping up during my week with snacks

We all need to make sure to take care of ourselves. I find it even more pertinent as a teacher, especially a teacher of yoga. I teach at multiple places for yoga and cycle, which means I drive from one class to the next multiple times a day. My eating schedule depends on my teaching schedule […]


The Real Go Fit Girl!

As a yoga teacher, an indoor cycling instructor and a health and fitness blogger I try to reach the biggest audience I can. Besides with actually teaching and blogging I try to keep up with the kids (and the rest of us) with social media. (I can’t possibly understand all the social media out there, […]


Livin’ the dream

At the end of my yoga teacher training we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion. As I type this I realize our reunion would be about now … We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as […]


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 […]


Getting back to the yoga teaching

For the past week and a half or so I have been making contacts at gyms and yoga studios. I joined LA Fitness and have chatted it up with a couple of cycle teachers and a yoga teacher. I have been applying at gyms in the area where an application is accessible. I have found […]


My style as a yoga teacher

After I graduated from yoga teacher training a good friend gave me a beautiful journal. I decided to use it as my class teaching sequence book. I have a notebook for my own home practice and one with sequences I teach. (A yoga sequence is an order of the poses I am teaching or practicing or […]


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 […]


Taking public yoga classes

At some point this summer when I was still working full time the shuttle bus schedule changed. With the change I wouldn’t be able to make my regular 5:45 and 6 p.m. yoga classes that I liked to regularly take during the week. I was talking to a friend at work about the new schedule […]


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 […]