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Teaching Ideas outside the Box

I had conversations with six different Yoga teachers this week. From Michigan and Indianapolis, to N. Carolina and Arizona and two fairly local to where I live in California.  All of us are in the age range between 50 and 70. And what amazed me about these individual...

What to do with Students who get Dizzy in Yoga?

Do you worry about your students?  How can we not!  We worry when they don't show up. We wonder how they are doing with that sore shoulder, or the low back twinge they told us about.  And we often worry that they might trip, fall and get hurt ... and especially not to...

Being Mortal – Factoids about Aging we Need to Know

When we find a good book or good movie, we love to share it with a friend. Justine recommended this book to me and I am only halfway through and already have taken some new things I learned into my Yoga teaching. For instance, did you know that forward head carriage...

Get Your Students to Take their Shoes & Socks Off

How can we keep on bringing new ideas into our Yoga Teaching? How can we learn new ways to explain or reinforce important concepts? How can we get out of our own teaching rut? I have a simple answer that takes a little work on our parts. There are two steps involved....

At Risk Yoga Poses for the SI Joint

I have a bird's eye view of what is happening in the bodies of our 50+ aged Yoga students.  How?  Because I produce Gentle, Senior and Chair Yoga DVDs and videos and I keep track of who is buying and viewing certain topic areas.  So, see if you can guess which Gentle...

Getting Off Track and Back on…. A Yoga Teacher Shares His Journey

I would like to share a few lines with you to keep you in the loop of my progress with yoga (specifically) the online chair yoga course. Three days ago (9/3/16) I celebrated my one year anniversary as a stroke survivor. One year since everything in my (and my wife's)...

Why Core Strengthening Helps with Organ Prolapse as we Age

"My doctor says I don't need surgery any longer!"  Those words came from one of my 70-something year old Chair Yoga students recently.  She was beaming from ear to ear.  Guess what the proposed surgery was?..... prolapse repair. Shhhh... most people don't want to talk...

How to Turn a Factoid into a Yoga Class Sequence

How can we continually come up with something "new" every time we teach?  Follow the 70/30 formula.  Which is 70% of what you teach in a Yoga class is familiar to your students and 30% is new (or a new twist on an old thing!)   How can we fill in that 30% that keeps...

Students and Teachers: How they Come and Go

I read an interesting article about the importance of Community to support our health. One of the suggestions was to find a Yoga studio or Yoga gathering... because love, joy and spiritual nourishment often reside there. I will say firsthand I know that to be true. As...