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The Art of a Well-Paced Class

Posted on 8/30/2017 by Jason Crandell in Yoga Teachers Jason Crandell What Yoga Teaches Us Art of a Well-Paced Class

Every day during my teacher trainings I give my students time to practice on their own—at their own pace. The practice period is only 15 to 20 minutes, but it gives everyone a little quiet time to integrate the work we’ve been doing as a group. And, it gives everyone the opportunity to work on whatever it is they need at the time. I’ve watched hundreds of students practice in this environment and one thing that stands out: No one goes fast. No one. I’ve never seen one person choose to move at a pace that outstrips their breath. I’ve never seen someone go so fast that they get winded. I’ve seen people choose to practice quiet, restorative poses. I’ve seen people choose ridiculously demanding poses. I’ve seen people choose everything in between. But, I’ve never seen someone move so fast that they can’t breathe deeply.

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What I Learned from My First Year of Yoga

Posted on 4/5/2017 by Kristin Gibowicz in Yoga Teachers YogaDownload.com What Yoga Teaches Us Kristin Gibowicz

As I reflect on my humble beginnings this Spring, I give thanks for my inspirational teacher-trainer, Trevor Tice who passed away suddenly in December 2016.

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Why You Don't Need a Guru

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Ashley Josephine Why You Don't Need a Guru Practice of Yoga What Yoga Teaches Us Guidance Intuition

For many years, the practice of yoga was learned by dedicated students taught by their guru. Students learned yoga from one teacher or lineage and then either taught those same teachings or continued to study and live life. Today, when we read texts about how to learn yoga, you will always find a statement about the importance of finding a teacher. Presented as fact, this statement leads aspiring yoga practitioners to believe they indeed need to find their “guru.” An ideal of the guru is romanticized and categorized in the minds of many as an “if-then” statement — if I find a guru, then I will become enlightened. The problem with this dichotomy is that the student becomes disempowered by the notion that she can never find success on her own. Students are unable to progress in the true practice of yoga when this idea of the guru guiding practice becomes all-encompassing.

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The One Thing You Should Take Away From Your Yoga Practice

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Tara Augustine in Peace Tara Augustine What Yoga Teaches Us Remember to Breathe Be Present Yoga for Stress

I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years, and have learned an awful lot about myself through my practice. Mostly about parts of me that haven’t healed. It’s been a process of taking down the walls I have built around my heart during my life – most notably, emotions and fear.

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