Yoga teachers: should you join Yoga Alliance?

When you graduate from a 200-hour teacher training that has been approved by Yoga Alliance (YA), you have the opportunity to join the Alliance and become a “registered yoga teacher” [...]

How to do crow pose (bakasana) safely

Crow pose (bakasana) is the entrance to more challenging arm balances. (Check out this video on my favorite way to get into the pose.) When practicing crow pose, you need a few key elements: [...]

How to Protect Your Yoga Business with Yoga Teacher Insurance

Hey new yogis, many of you have asked me about insurance and why you need it. Check out this guest article from Canopy. They cover some important points and – for my yogis in the States [...]

How to Sequence to Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise is a bound standing pose, where you balance on one leg and try to look like a stork. But, you know, an elegant stork. It’s a doozy of a pose, requiring balance, open [...]

How to sequence safely to Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose

Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose – is a beautifully challenging yoga pose. It’s a complex pose with a lot of benefits: Opens the chest and front line of the body Works your [...]

Flow Sequence to Wheel

A classic. Component Parts: backbending (thoracic) upper arms in flexion/ external rotation hip flexors open core engaged (lightly) neutral hips Sequence: Opening sit in virasana on blocks [...]

Sequence to Dragonfly. Bam!

I taught this delightful little power sequence in YYoga’s 3-Day Principles of YYoga Teacher Training as a demonstration of sensibly sequencing to peak poses. Keep in mind that access to [...]

How to cue Ardha Chandrasana

“Stack your hips.” Oh, friends, how many times have I heard this oh-so-convenient (and oh-so-terrible) cue? The problem with cuing stack your hips in Ardha Chandrasana is that most [...]

Eka Pada Galavasana sequence

I taught this power sequence during the first weekend of YYoga’s 300-hour. Check it out. To do this pose well, you need open outer hips, coupled with hip buoyancy (from the core and back [...]

The Seven Steps to Meaningful Theming

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Pregnancy and Practice

Congratulations! You’ve got a bun in the oven and rapid changes are on the way.  Not only is your body undergoing marvelous and radical transformation, but most likely other areas of your life [...]

How to Audition for a Yoga Studio. Includes: the worst piece of advice you’ll get.

The yoga industry has finally made it.  Auditioning has arrived. The very word “audition” conjures up the image of nervous and leotard-clad showgirls warming for A Chorus Line while singing, “Got [...]

How to: Wheel – strapping for shoulder stability

A good – if slightly claustrophobic way – of keeping the arms from splaying out in the ascent to Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana). Tips: I’d be less likely to use this on a really [...]

Wheel: modification for splaying legs and feet

Take a look at how the use of a simple block can transform the space and stability possible in Full Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana).  Notice how the upper body is also affected by the prop. Tips: set [...]

Wheel: for wrist issues and tight shoulders – great partner assist

Anyone with wrist issues or tight shoulders knows that Wheel (Urdhva Dharusasna) can be hard to do. Here’s a simple and easy partner assist that you can do (keep it simple by not using [...]

How To: Forearm Stand

A marvelous doozy of a pose, Forearm Stand (pincha mayurasana) invites into a full inversion and a backbend a the same time. Here are clear and easy steps for safely instructing your students [...]

How to: Headstand with a prop assist

Teach your students to find the necessary stability for their upper backs with this simple block assist in Headstand. By placing the block at the level of the shoulder blades, you will help them [...]

How To: Handstand

Step by step guide into handstand. Here are some tips: Straight arms: Keeping the arms straight will keep you and your students out of “nose to floor” danger Midline: Hug the inner [...]

How to: Shoulderstand – Part 1 & 2

How to do and teach a safe and effective shoulderstand. Learn about why shoulderstand can be risky, why we prop, and how to make this pose safe for your students.

How to: Chaturanga!

Learn to do and teach an excellently positioned Chaturanga. Use props to find your best alignment and protect the delicate shoulder joint for repetitive stress injury. Check out as we do this is [...]

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