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Magic of Yoga

Posted on 9/19/2017 by J. Brown in Magic of Yoga J Brown Yoga Practice Yoga Teachers

In the post-lineage void of the current yoga scene, conversations around safety and improving the quality of yoga teacher-training often turn to biomechanics for solutions. However, replacing one arbitrary imposition on our bodies with another does not address the real issues. Fostering safer spaces for practice, or creating any sort of positive change in our bodies, will likely require new understanding based on a broader range of possibilities and ideas.

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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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Love Hate Yoga

Posted on 8/23/2017 by J. Brown in Yoga Teachers J. Brown Yoga Yoga Industry Truth About Yoga

Pop culture continues to enjoy a glossy-eyed love affair with yoga. But many long-time practitioners and professionals are discovering that, somewhere along their journey over the last decade or so, either yoga or they have changed. As once die-hard yogis attempt to discern what, if anything, of their practice has stood up against the test of time, their relationship to yoga needs to be allowed to evolve or they’ll likely feel compelled to part ways.

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Teaching Yoga Redefined

Posted on 7/5/2017 by J. Brown in J. Brown Yoga Teaching Yoga Meaning of Yoga Yoga Teachers

A number of long-time yoga teachers are deciding to stop referring to what they teach as yoga. In the past, the term yoga represented a freedom to explore and discover truths outside western cultural norms. Now that yoga has largely become a western cultural norm, fueled by the advertising prowess of a multi-billion dollar industry and challenged by scholars questioning appropriation, public perception has been shaped in ways that have made the word yoga seem limiting. However, the teachers are the only ones who hold the power to define what they do, not scholars or the industry.

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What I Learned from My First Year of Yoga

Posted on 4/5/2017 by Kristin Gibowicz in Yoga Teachers 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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Abundance Mentality: A Career in Yoga

Posted on 11/23/2016 by J. Brown in Abundance Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teachers J. Brown Yoga Challenges of a Yoga Teacher Yoga Careers

Continuing education for yoga teachers is in high demand since the proliferation of yoga teacher training certification has reached epic proportions. No one expects someone to be seasoned after merely two hundred hours, and technological advancements have enabled newfound access and resources to anyone with an internet connection. More than just a knowledge of yoga, or adjunct skills for teaching, these offerings often purport to give practical career advice that will help graduates succeed financially. Unfortunately, business advice for “yogapreneurs” is often grossly misguided.

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5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

Posted on 6/13/2016 by Jason Crandell in Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teachers Jason Crandell Burnout

Like all livelihoods, teaching yoga comes with challenges that can lead to burnout if they’re not managed. Here are five essential tips to help you manage the stresses of teaching yoga so that you can savor your career and guide your students without crashing and burning.

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Taylor Swift: Yoga Studios are a lot like Apple

Posted on 9/9/2015 by Erin Ozimek in yoga Yoga Teachers Om Discounts Trial Students

The $30 billion yoga industry might stand to take a lesson from Apple and Taylor Swift and pay their teachers even if they offer a discounted introductory package.

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Pros and Cons of Yoga Teacher Training

Posted on 7/7/2015 by J. Brown in Yoga Teachers 200-hour standard Old-school practitioners J. Brown Yoga

Yoga teachers don't really make a living off teaching yoga classes anymore. Many rely upon conducting yoga teacher training. But contrary to popular belief, this trend may have less to do with the business or marketing inclinations of yoga teachers and more to do with the purchasing and study habits of the yoga-going public.

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