It is crucial to create a sample lesson plan before starting as a new yoga instructor so you can see where your class will go from start to finish. This should include what postures you want to cover, approximate timing, the name of each posture, and anything else you want to cover during the session.
Pranayama is the part of the Yoga Sutras that deals with breathing techniques. Pranayama simply means control (yama) of prana, or life force energy. These breathing practices are an important step in understanding how to balance and regulate your life-force energy, making it easier for you to achieve a meditative state.
Several years ago, I attended a yoga workshop focused on yoga pose transitions. I will never forget how the gifted teacher stressed the importance of “how exiting the pose is just as important as entering”. Since that time, my awareness in my own practice as well as when I teach has been to really pay
The light is beginning to emerge at the end of the tunnel, but let’s face it, we’ve all had quite a year! This year feels more like cramming a decade of anxiety and loss, a full spectrum roller coaster of emotion into the longest/shortest year. This is why pranayama breathing is so important. Pranayama, one
Exploring nourishing words about yoga can inspire the use of mantras, or help you stay motivated, no matter where you are at in your yoga journey. Yoga is a mind-body practice, and it is fruitful to give your mind the necessary nourishment to focus on as you move on and off the mat. Here are some
Written by: Erin Doty Yoga unfolds and purifies what is no longer needed. It reveals what we cling to, starting with the breath. A held breath stifles energy flow, much like holding onto beliefs, expectations, and judgments that can lend to toxicity. The ancient practice of yoga has eight limbs, and aparigraha is the sixth limb of yoga. Aparigraha explores
Written by: Erin Doty I became a yoga instructor to help others unify and transform their lives. Yoga helped me regain mobility and navigate chronic illness with great hope and ease. Immbolity brought me to yoga. My practice didn’t start with traditional yoga asanas (poses), it started and primarily remained with corpse pose or savansana
Sheetali Pranayama, AKA Cooling Breath is a breathing practice that very effectively cools not only the body but also has a calming cooling effect on the mind and the emotions. Sheetali comes from the Sanskrit root sheet, which means “cold” or “frigid.” Interestingly enough, this pranayama also kindles the digestive fire. I find my practice
Written by: Katharine Larson This month is all about giving out to the universe what you wish to receive. Feeling a mid-summer slump? I know I have felt a bit sluggish lately. Sometimes it is hard to maintain a strong sense of self-motivation, especially during this pandemic. Daily affirmations can help get you motivated again
Written by: Katharine Larson One of my favorite summer activities is taking a trip to my local farmer’s market. There is so much satisfaction in purchasing locally sourced produce, making a huge salad, and devouring that salad chock full of nutrients sans hormones and GMOs. Because the produce is grown nearby, the food you are