Yoga and Being a Healing Presence

Yoga and Being a Healing Presence

I don’t pretend to be enlightened in any shape or form. The fact that I am a yoga teacher doesn’t mean I am immune to frailties and suffering. In fact, I may be more sensitive to them. I end up paying attention to things somebody else might sweep under the carpet. Perhaps exposing my stumbling blocks is better than tripping over them.
I’m 72 years old and still doing personal development. To that end, a few years ago I did a course that had me journaling, reading and pondering. […]

Sensitivity of Touch: Yoga Adjustments

Sensitivity of Touch: Yoga Adjustments

I’ve taught many different aspects of yoga, but I do have my favourite subjects. I was able to teach one of these yesterday–yoga adjustments–at Forster Yoga Studio. I presented theory and practice on the hands-on, physical way of instructing students in postures.
In an article in “Yoga Suits Her, I described three main styles of learning. One of them is kinaesthetic. I’m someone who learns this way–hands-on, experientially. I’ve discovered through my teaching over thirty-five years that a disproportionate number of yoga teachers learn kinaesthetically. […]

Back to the Source: A Plug for Patanjali

Back to the Source: A Plug for Patanjali

Patanjali as source
I wonder how many yoga teachers talk about the meaning of yoga in their classes. It’s taken me a long time to acknowledge the importance of doing this, and, to do it.
My reason for not communicating on this topic? Remarkably, I thought it wasn’t what people came for. They came for a workout, for relaxation, for community, but not for talking philosophy.
There’s another reason I’ve avoided talking about the meaning of yoga. I haven’t always understood it. It’s been a slippery edge for me. […]

Too Many Yoga Teacher Trainings?

Too Many Yoga Teacher Trainings?

There’s a lot of controversy in the yoga world about the quality of yoga teacher trainings right now. It was inevitable. The explosion in the popularity of yoga has meant that not only do more people want to do yoga but more want to teach it. So, we see the proliferation of yoga brands with the various ‘styles’ offering their own spin on yoga teacher training. There are short courses, long courses, on-line courses, part-time, diplomas, advanced diplomas, and I don’t know what-all.For my part, I have a teaching certificate from Martyn Jackson (1980), another from B.K.S. […]

Remedial Yoga in a Holistic Context

Remedial Yoga in a Holistic Context

In this morning’s yoga class there were six students: one with a pinched neck nerve, one with a strained rotator cuff, one with dodgy knees, one with an arthritic ankle and elbow tendonitis, one with a sore back, and one ‘normal’ (at least for the time being).
In looking at a group ‘remedially’, I saw a collection of ailments. Looking through the holistic lens of yoga, I saw students who are totally fit to practice yoga according to their ability.
For my money, I believe everyone should adapt yoga according to their individual needs and constitution. […]

Workshop: Yoga Adapted for Older Students

Workshop: Yoga Adapted for Older Students

I want to let you, your friends, colleagues, and family know that I will be presenting the following workshop in Currumbin, Queensland:

Yoga Adapted for Older Students:
A Workshop for Teachers and Experienced Students
January 19th 2013 

As Australia’s large ‘Baby Boomer’ generation moves into senior years, I believe it’s vital for yoga teachers and students to understand how to adapt a yoga practice for older students.
In this half-day workshop, attendees will learn how one’s changing anatomy influences yoga practice and how and when to adapt practices to work with common ailments of the ageing process. […]

A Sutra a Day: III-38 – Responsible Teaching

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Over the years, I’ve tried to sublimate my personality to my teaching. This hasn’t been an easy process as I like to be the centre of attention, and I know that especially in my early years of teaching, I had to overcome being a show-off.
Yoga teachers have a big responsibility to their students. […]

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen*

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen*

There is an attitude these days of lionising elders especially when they have managed to avoid falling into decrepitude. This is especially true about women who “look good for their age”. What does that mean anyway? I saw a photo of B.K.S. Iyengar posted on Facebook praising him for looking pretty all right at 93. Aged yoga teachers are often singled out for kudos when they have achieved ripe old age in reasonably good health of body and mind. My octogenarian friend Collyn likes to say he is good for any age. […]

Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Yoga Learning Styles

Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Yoga Learning Styles

Anybody in the education game should know about ways of learning. They should also know their preferred way.

These styles of learning can roughly be presented in three categories: auditory, visual and kinaesthetic.

Sometimes the styles overlap. It’s possible to be an auditory/visual learner, or any other combination.

Yoga Standing Poses are Unbeatable

Yoga Standing Poses are Unbeatable

The asanas can be grouped into families: standing poses, seated poses, abdominals, forward & backward bends, inversions, restorative poses. And, finer tuning might include: lateral forward bends, standing forward bends, passive backbends, prepatory poses, and so on. It’s certainly handy to have a coat hanger to help organise the huge miscellany of yoga postures. The style of yoga called Iyengar, is often taught in a monthly schedule where week one emphases standing poses, week two, forward bends, week three backbends, week four inversions/pranayama/restorative. Standing poses are a stand-out group among the clans of asanas because of their all-round utility. […]

N.Y.Times Yoga Talk About Sex

N.Y.Times Yoga Talk About Sex

Maybe it had to happen. Yoga has been on such a great roll. In recent weeks, though, the N.Y.Times has published a couple of articles, both by the same writer, that have stirred the opinions, angst, and ire of worldwide yogis.
The first yoga article by William Broad added promotional currency to his newly-ly published book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards. The piece was titled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” There was a storm of activity on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and on the New York newspaper’s on-line forum. […]