Clearly the profession of teaching yoga is not usually thought of as being a "money maker". You don't often look into the eyes of your instructor and see big dollar signs shining back at you. But the truth of the matter is that is exactly how your instructor makes money. By doing their job...just like how anyone else makes money.
This seems like a simple statement yet something yoga teachers constantly deal with is the notion that their job is something fun they do "on the side" and that it shouldn't be taken seriously; therefor if it's not a serious job, they shouldn't be offended or thrown off when they are asked to do their job for free. Yes many instructors do have other jobs to make a more sufficient income and no most of us don't do it for the money BUT it is still their job none the less. And jobs pay money.
The video and article I am sharing with you today is in response to a message I received requesting a tutorial for Natarajasana, or more commonly known as Dancer pose (or lord of the dance pose); but even more specifically how to keep feet grounded and stable in standing balancing postures like this one. Check out the video then read on for benefits, tips and reminders for your practice at home.
Ahimsa, the act of practicing non-violence; which clearly falls into many aspects of lifestyle as it is one of the Yamas - our attitudes toward the environment/aka basic guidelines for living a life of personal fulfillment in which benefits society. The most popular conversation piece revolving around the topic of ahimsa, however, usually involves an uncomfortable discussion between two groups of people:
Ahh, the great debate! ...I'm uncomfortable just typing about it!
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Today is the first time in a long time that I have had any type of illness that made me feel so awful that I actually had to get a sub for a class. But even in all of this awfulness, I still wanted to post a video I had made the other day before getting sick.
This is in response to a message I received through my youtube channel regarding stretches for chest, shoulders and arms. Many people complain about being tight in these areas or that they can't reach their hands together behind their back, if that sounds like you, try the variations I've shown in the video with the use of props.
When people hear the word "detox" they often correlate it to spring cleansing; however fall is a fantastic time to prepare your body for the quick transition from incredible heat to cool temperatures and autumn illnesses. Join me at the Yoga Patch for this four week yoga detox vinyasa series where we will twist, bend and flow to ignite our inner fires and flush our systems of unwanted waste! Check out the flyer for more information!
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Today's video post is about the all-so-famous seated lotus (or padmasana in Sanskrit). It is thought of as being a "key posture" of any "good" yogi's practice However many people are unaware of its unique, anatomical requirements of the yoga practitioner and that it completely depends on your body's natural ability to externally rotate the hip joint. If your body does not possess the capacity of hip rotation required to perform such a posture it can be incredibly damaging to the knees.
Every once in a while before I teach I will ask the group of students if there is anything specific they would like to work on that day in class. Hands down the most popular response is "something to relieve my back tension". As someone who was diagnosed with both scoliosis as well as kyphosis as a teenager I understand what chronic back pain and discomfort can be like; but I also know that it doesn't have to be that way. I know because yoga has helped to me to straighten my spine an entire two inches.
One of the reasons I named my current series "Building Meditation Muscles" is because a huge part of the process of seated meditation is actually building up the core strength for your body to withstand extended periods of time in which your spine will be tall and your body completely still. Not everyone takes this thought into consideration when preparing to start their own routine, yet I will go as far as saying it is a crucial part of being able to do so. Today I am sharing with you the core routine that I have created and perform each morning before my practice to ensure that I will have a more comfortable seat to settle into the stillness and silence of meditation.
Earlier this week I was able to attend a customer service seminar at one of the locations I work at - which was incredibly insightful and really made me think about how I interact with students and possible clientele. And then that got me thinking about why I do yoga and why I love teaching it so much. At some point in time, as I created this string of thoughts in my brain, I began to get a little bit anxious and eventually a little bit angry because it felt like I was contradicting myself. I want to teach yoga to help people grow as individuals and money doesn't really matter, but I need to make money and the more of it there is the better! Wait, how can that work? How can I make a lot of money doing something I feel so passionate about without selling out?
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