Teaching Tips

SI Joint Dysfunction in Yoga

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Yoga Practice Tips | 0 comments

SI Joint Dysfunction in Yoga

SI joint ‘dysfunction’ had been part of my life and personal journey for over 30 years. Sometimes the pattern was not noticeable, sometimes very painful for weeks on end, and most notably used to create a scoliosis pattern with knee and shoulder strain on opposing sides. What I can confidently report is that coming to understand and apply the right yoga moves is what had given me a fairly high degree of functioning even though my SI joints had been out of out of alignment at least half of the time. Now, in 2016, it turns out they are more stable thanks to the right maintenance....

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Balancing What Sequence?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Yoga Practice Tips | 0 comments

Balancing What Sequence?

It is unclear to me where the practice of performing a long series of standing poses on one leg preceding the other originated. However, from my experience with yoga– taught in the lineage of Krishnamacharya’s Ashtanga revival– I have not experienced that type of asymmetrical pose sequencing. From a body-wisdom point of view, as well as my Iyengar perspective, I would like to suggest that long sequences of standing poses all on one leg then the other (rather than symmetrically addressing both sides of the body for each asana) to be impractical for several reasons. If the goal of...

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Become a Great Yoga Teacher

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Become a Great Yoga Teacher

Becoming a good Yoga Teacher begins with our personal practice. While on our yoga mats, we want to build internal awareness and learn to clear the channels, also known as Nadis. Using alignment and subtle action, we can create an experience of inner space and stability. Many teachers and students move through their yoga practice as if the outer expression of the pose were more important than the inner expression of the pose. This misplaced focus often results in a lack of stability and a loss of connection with the subtle energies. Through my experience and training in the Iyengar Method, I...

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Going beyond flow to a deeper practice.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Going beyond flow to a deeper practice.

I am very excited to be offering the all-new 300-hour Transformation Yoga Therapy Teacher Training curriculum starting February 20, 2015. My intent continues to be that of helping yoga teachers to become the best they can be. Various forms of flow yoga cover so much of the yoga market place, and it has value. However, there is a sensibility that gets lost as one moves quickly from one pose to another. In my experience rapid movement lessens the connection of my mind to my body making my practice more superficial and moving me away from the discovery and potential of yoga as a healing art. I...

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Yoga Hips – Most Misunderstood Pose

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Yoga Hips – Most Misunderstood Pose

Keep your Hips Joints Healthy It has long been understood by medical professionals that the first movement of the hip joint to be lost is the ability to externally rotate the thigh in the hip socket. This loss of rotation indicates the beginning of degeneration of the hip joints. As we are taught in the Iyengar method, Virabhadrasana II is a foundational pose to create external rotation and healthy hips. A successful Virabhadrasana II remains challenging for most students in two distinct ways. The most obvious way is that the shortness and power of the inner thigh muscles inhibit the opening...

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Supported Sarvangasana: Shoulder Stand

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Supported Sarvangasana: Shoulder Stand

One of my most influential teachers, Aadil Palkhivala, once said, “Practicing yoga without including an inversion, is like trying to make lemonade without lemons.”  For those students who have mastered some version of shoulder stand and or headstand as a part of their home practice, his statement makes perfect sense. If you are a student who is still hoping to make friends with shoulder stand, the approach I offer here may help. Throughout my years of teaching I have successfully introduced students with a wide variety of physical conditions to the following version of shoulder...

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