Month: September 2016

Guide to Understanding the 8 limbs of Yoga

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Yamas: how to behave in the world

In modern Western Yoga, we tend to focus on the physical side of yoga, mostly practicing the yoga poses, or asanas.  But the asanas are actually fairly new to the practice of yoga AND they're only one of the eight (ashta) limbs (anga).  In other words, there's a lot more to think about when we talk about yoga, like the...Read More
Amazing must-have book for yoga teachers and learning yogis: recommedation and shop

2100 Asanas Recommendation: Awesome Yoga Inspiration Book for Yoga Instructors and Students

I have to give credit to my sister for finding this yoga book, 2100 Asanas The Complete Yoga Poses.  When I was visiting America, she brought it over to my mom's house to show me.  We were both really excited as we flipped through together and started trying some of the new and different shapes on the living room floor. [Just...Read More
Guide to Nadi Shodhana: How to and Benefits

Nadi Shodhana: Alternate Nostril Breathing: how to, benefits, mudras, and meaning

[caption id="attachment_101" align="alignright" width="349"] Use your ring finger to close the left nostril for Nadi Shodhana[/caption] Nadi Shodhana is a kind or Pranayama (breathwork) that involves breathing through alternate nostrils.  Nadi means river, stream or channel.  In this case, it refers to the energy channels, called nadis.  Shodhana means refinement or purification.  Nadi Shodhana is a purifying breath that helps...Read More
Yoga Teacher training: the invaluable lessons yogis learn

Yoga Teacher Training: Module 3: Refining The Art Of Teaching

In our last module of yoga teacher training, there was a bigger emphasis on teaching practice (thankfully).  We had lots of sessions where the instructor put the names of some poses on the board and then we had to guide a friend through the poses, sometimes two or three times per sequence.  That sounds repetitive, but it was actually really...Read More
Yoga Teacher training: the invaluable lessons yogis learn

Yoga Teacher Training: Module 2: Discover The Skills & Magic Of Teaching

The second module of yoga teacher training was a real challenge, mentally and physically.  9 days in a row is tough!  We did some soul searching and some more practice teaching.  We made more lesson plans and executed some of our own pose successions. I was the studio assistant on the first day back.  The studio assistant helps set up...Read More