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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Yoga Teacher Certification for the Rich and Famous

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By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 

Do you think the high cost of becoming a Yoga Teacher is too far out of reach? Will you have to sacrifice your family’s life savings to become a Yoga instructor? How will you be able to justify the time off from work needed to gain your Yoga certification?

There are cost-effective, and less expensive solutions, to learn to teach Yoga by becoming a certified Yoga instructor, without the cost of an “arm and a leg.”

Recently, I was talking to an intern from an outside Yoga Teacher Training program, which had paid nearly $10,000.00 for on-site training, on an exclusive tropical island. He was upset, since he had borrowed tuition costs from his parents, and sacrificed his job, in order to become a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher.

He visited my web site for a Yoga teacher correspondence course and discovered my course was a fraction of the cost he and his family paid. He asked me how this is possible. I explained that we do not need to feed, house, or supply hundreds of Yoga interns. 

On top of that, there are no transportation costs to be concerned with, when using a Yoga home study course.  The only cost is for materials, tutoring, and Yoga teacher certification.



Further, I explained that to be trained in a face-to-face setting, by a Master Yoga Teacher, is more expensive due to the “hands on” time spent with his teacher. After all, we have an onsite Yoga Teacher program that is more expensive than our correspondence course.

Time spent learning Yoga from a Master Teacher, or a Guru, is a valuable service. Our course is designed for an experienced Yoga practitioner who doesn’t need as much hands on help or who has a local Yoga teacher for guidance.

He continued the conversation to ask me about technical support, and I explained that we handle it by Email, over the phone, and some interns stop by for our Yoga teacher workshops. We have had Yoga teacher trainees visit us from California and Great Britain to attend a workshop. By the sound of his voice, he seemed depressed, and I asked him, “What is wrong?”

He told me that he hadn’t been taught anything about the marketing involved in the Yoga business or about business in general. He felt it would take a long time to pay his parents back and didn’t know if his job would still be available to him when he gets back home.



Then, I explained that we have Yoga marketing and business tools in our standard course and as a separate course for experienced Yoga teachers. I invited him to come to a Yoga marketing workshop when he gets back to the States, and, we both, made a new friend.

We all feel a “calling” to do work that gives us satisfaction. It helps to have a passion about our work and to know that you are helping others along the way. This is one of the many benefits of teaching Yoga, but I advise you to research the cost of Yoga instructor education, and to be careful not to put yourself too far in debt.

Otherwise, your passion for Yoga could turn into a financial worry - well into the future. This would make it difficult to teach the benefits of Yoga to your students, while you are stressed out over your bills.

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Great Tips For Teaching Vinyasa Yoga

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By Faye Martins


While there are several forms of yoga that can help people maximize health and increase flexibility, vinyasa yoga is particularly effective in generating these great results. In many cases, people who are passionate about yoga find themselves drawn to the idea of teaching vinyasa yoga as a profession. This can be an incredibly powerful and positive experience for many reasons, including the fact that individuals who make this vocational choice can play an integral role in helping others optimize wellness while accomplishing other significant health-related goals. In order to become the best vinyasa yoga instructor, implement the following tips and tricks:

1. Get Certified.

This is the first step towards becoming an excellent vinyasa yoga teacher. Certification is important for many reasons, including the fact that reputable fitness centers and wellness companies will typically not employ people who have not completed coursework or training programs indicating their proficiency in the field. With that thought in mind, it is important to seek out a certification program that will offer the type of extensive knowledge and practical experiences that will facilitate mastery of vinyasa yoga. This objective can be accomplished in numerous ways, including by conducting a keyword search of "vinyasa yoga certification" in the search field of an internet browser. Once individuals locate certification programs that are comparable to their goals and budgets, they can enroll and obtain the certification.

2. Practice Before You Preach.

Although getting certified in vinyasa yoga is the first step towards excelling as a teacher of this form of yoga, certification is only the beginning in the journey towards becoming an excellent instructor. The next part of the journey involves devoting continual time and attention to mastering the movements. Once individuals get in the habit of practicing vinyasa yoga moves consistently, they will excel in "preaching"-or telling students exactly how to execute the moves correctly. To get the most out of this strategy, it's a good idea to designate a specific place and period of time to practicing. For some people, this might mean doing vinyasa yoga for thirty minutes right after waking up. For others, it could mean practicing for one hour during a lunch break.

3. Ask For Assistance.

Irrespective of the industry that an individual works in, having a mentor or advisor is an almost sure-fire way to become more effective and productive in completing work-related assignments and generating personal growth. Since this is the case, individuals who have opted to become vinyasa yoga instructors should take the time to find a person with extensive education and experience in the field. Asking this person for assistance with personal and professional development can take individuals from good to great with respect to their level of expertise in teaching this form of yoga.


4. Engage Your Audience. 

Vinyasa yoga is a life-giving form of exercise that involves the execution of fluid movements and studied breathing that can make the physical activity both fun and challenging. Yoga instructors who want to help their students get the most out of the practice should do all that they can to make the class engaging and interactive. This can involve anything from asking the students whether they are able to breathe steadily while executing movements to walking around the classroom in order to determine whether students are moving their arms and legs correctly. When instructors engage their audience and demonstrate that they are genuinely concerned about the well-being of their students, the class can go from good to great.

Conclusion

While the aforementioned techniques and tricks are certainly not exhaustive, they do provide aspiring vinyasa yoga instructors with several strategies they can implement to excel at what they do. By utilizing some or all of the teaching tips outlined above, the experience of teaching this form of yoga can be absolutely amazing.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Going Green with Yoga Distance Learning Courses


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By Faye Martins

Are you looking to take yoga teacher classes to improve your skills? Are you earth-conscious? Distance learning courses for yoga certification have many advantages over traditional courses. Among others, saving time and money are huge benefits. One often overlooked benefit of taking distance learning courses is the reduced impact on the environment. Taking yoga distance learning courses is another way to go green or continue to green your lifestyle because distance learning courses are intrinsically greener than traditional courses
Go Green with Distance Learning Yoga Teacher Courses
Taking distance learning courses instead of traditional yoga instructor courses eliminates the need to drive or use public transportation to get to class, thereby reducing gasoline usage and emission pollution. Taking even half of your courses by distance learning helps to improve the environment. This also lengthens the life of your vehicle and saves you money.

Further, it reduces your stress because there is no hassle of “getting to” class. Just log on, click and go. Learn at home, the library, the park, or local coffee shop. No need to skip work or miss time with your family; take your class studies with you in your laptop. When you are finished with each class, just log off with no hassle of a traffic jam to get home. Taking distance learning courses to become a yoga teacher also means you have more time to study or practice what you’ve learned instead of commuting to and from school.
Yoga distance learning programs spend less energy on serving students than traditional classes due to building maintenance expenses and costs for utilities. Going green with distance learning yoga certification courses also means that the teacher trainer and school is using less paper to print course work such as the syllabus and assignments. Learn online and save trees by saving paper. It also lessens the use of copiers reducing the amount of ink and toner purchased and increases the life of the machines. Distance learning is also a greener approach because it allows the student to access more materials online rather than in paper format. Books can be read online. Videos of lectures or demonstrations, and course content can be viewed on your laptop or tablet.
Considering taking a yoga teacher certification course? Consider a green approach by taking yoga teacher training distance learning courses and improve the environment while improving yourself.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yogic Happiness and Mindfulness

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By: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed

Entwining the diversified healing practices of Yoga has the ability to create a very strong foundation for nurturing and sustaining vibrant physical, emotional and spiritual health. The paths of Yoga have become so well-known that many holistic educationalinstitutions are now offering courses based on the integration of Yoga, positive psychology, mindfulness practices, and happiness. Yogic practices, techniques and philosophies offer a practitioner many ways to improve his or her mental and physical health and well-being.

Similar to Yogic principles is Gautama's understanding and experience of why there is suffering in the world and how we create and sustain a state of suffering by our own thoughts, actions and beliefs. After a long, arduous process of inquiry and self-discovery, Gautama finally came to rest underneath the protective boughs of a large tree. As the story goes, Gautama meditated underneath this tree throughout the night. In the morning, he had come to a state of understanding about the nature of existence, the suffering inherent in all life and how to free oneself from this suffering.  

During the night, Gautama also came to many profound realizations about how to acknowledge our own universal suffering while maintaining a state of internal equipoise. Gautama recommends that we acknowledge our own suffering and the suffering of those around us from a place of witness consciousness. From that day forward, Gautama would become known as the Buddha, or the Enlightened One. He is one of the most well-known and beloved spiritual teachers of all time. Gautama and his followers distilled the essential cause and nature of suffering in the Four Noble Truths. 

The Four Noble Truths encompass the reality of the suffering that all living beings experience at some point in their lives. The First Noble Truth speaks to the objective reality of suffering inherent in being alive. The Second Noble Truth objectively recognizes how painful it is to try to hold onto life situations and circumstances that are constantly changing. This includes relationships, jobs and life itself. The Third Noble Truth addresses the underlying lack of satisfaction in our lives. This thirst to quench the longing for satisfaction and understanding takes many forms, including greed, anger, despair, and addiction. 

The Fourth Noble Truth is essentially Gautama’s answer to the way out of the previously mentioned quandaries. The Fourth Noble Truth encompasses the Eightfold Path of Buddhism. The Eightfold Path lays out eight steps or ethical injunctions and actions that will eventually lead a seeker towards a permanent state of enlightenment and oneness with the Divine. The Eightfold Path is visually represented by the Dharma Wheel that delineates all eight steps leading a Yogi or Yogini toward illumination. 

One of the aspects of the Eightfold Path is right speech. The term “right speech” refers to both speaking the truth and speaking in such a way as to uplift those around you and to not cause harm. Although practicing right speech may seem simplistic and easy to do at first; on deeper analysis, the full practice of right speech is quite profound. In the Pali Canon, one of the primary texts of Buddhism, right speech is defined as refraining from divisive speech, abusive speech, lying, and gossiping. In the Buddhist text, the Abhaya Sutta, adhering to the principal of right speech is to never lie or speak in such as way that your speech is ill-timed, not beneficial or disagreeable to others.


Of course, as a Yoga student, you may have to weigh the ultimate goal of implementing right speech with your need for assistance doing a specific Yoga pose. For example, if you are having trouble doing a headstand, asking for assistance from your Yoga teacher is certainly advisable, even if your need for help may be disagreeable if your teacher appears to be stressed or busy with another student. Timing your request for assistance in a respectful and patient manner would be implementing right speech in terms of your Yoga practice. This is a simple example of how the cognitive practices of Buddhist inquiry and mindful awareness work beautifully in tandem with the practice of the various techniques of Yoga, including Yoga poses, mediation exercises and self-inquiry practices. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Self-Care For Yoga Instructors

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By Kathryn Boland 

Do you sometimes feel burned out, exhausted, and in real need of a "re-set" button? Do you have a set of self-care practices that helps you to do that? Are you seeing the need for self-care practices, and wondering how to make and maintain them? As yoga instructors, we give much of our energy and loving-kindness to our students – so that they can reach closer to their best selves. Those things are like money in the bank – if withdrawn, they need to be replaced, or there’ll be a deficit. Low funds in the bank can result in fees and debt. Low energy and loving-kindness can result in lack of enthusiasm for our work, bitterness, depression and burn-out. 

In graduate school for Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy (from which I graduated a little more than a year ago), the importance of self-care, and how to go about keeping it in our lives, was a consistent theme. Why? Apart from psychological science and concrete counseling techniques, much of the work comes from being one’s most empathic, present, and non-judgmental self. In the face of many people’s emotional and psychological pain – day-in and day-out – that’s not possible without self-care. With Dance/Movement Therapy, all of that also involves the body; Dance/Movement Therapists experience clients’ pain and trauma on a somatic level, and can take into our own bodies. 

It’s similar with yoga instructors; though we don’t serve in a clinical role, we are also often tasked with helping people heal, and then reach closer to their full potentials, on a body level (and on a mental level, if our interactions with students concerning their hardships enter into conversations). Yoga instructors can also easily experience unstable employment, overwork, complicated schedules, financial concerns, and physical exhaustion. In the face of these troubles, the only that we can keep offering all that we do to our students is to reset and replenish through self-care. Read on for some concrete ways to build this into your life, and keep it there – if you might not presently have it. Namaste, dear readers and fellow teachers!

1) Care for your vessel - your body! 

Of course yoga practice goes far beyond the physical, but our bodies are the vessels through which we transmit our knowledge and caring to our students. Even our voices deliver our knowledge through our speech, for instance. Have a trusted physician whom you see for an annual physical. Get plenty of sleep, nutritious food in moderation, water, and balanced physical activity (including moderate amounts of cardiovascular exercise - such as brisk walking, jogging, and cycling - to supplement the stretching and strengthening that yoga offers). Ayurvedic medicine can also provide ways to keep everything from your throat/vocal cords to your eyes to your bones in excellent condition, according to your unique Dosha. We only get one body, so it behooves us to care for it! That said, it's never too late to take strides towards taking better care of our physical bodies. 



2) Maintain your practice. 

It makes sense that we could lose enthusiasm for teaching if we don't nurture our own practices, while always selflessly guiding in theirs (as it should be when we teach - that's not the time for our own practices). Consistently practicing, whether in classes or independently at home (but ideally both), helps us to stay connected with why we love yoga. It can feel refreshing to have an instructor give you a physical cue that feels great (someone nurturing your practice, not the other way around!), or move and stretch in the ways that are best for you today - rather than focusing on what's best for your students. 

Practicing can also give us fresh ideas for teaching, such as innovative transitions and prop uses. That can help us avoid creative "blocks", when we might feel completely dry of fresh new ideas. It can feel really difficult to have the time and money for studio or fitness center classes, I know from experience. But I also found that some intention-setting, prioritizing, and creative re-arranging made having (and making very good use of) a studio membership was actually do-able for me. On the other hand, it can feel nice to have self-care completely unrelated to yoga. Read on for ideas about that! 

3) Find your non-yoga bliss. 

Engaging in enjoyable, enriching activities outside of yoga practice can feel like a breath of fresh air. But rather than being wasted time, they can offer us creative material to enhance our teaching. They can also help us refresh and renew, so that we're at our bests when we come back to teaching. Such activities include fine arts (painting, potter, jewelry making, et cetera), music (as a listener, singing, playing a musical instrument, attending live music events), gardening, creative writing, and myriad other things. Just being out in nature (through outdoor sports, camping, hiking, and even time in a local park) can also be rejuvenating. It can offer new perspectives through mindful reflection (away from the noise of the 21rst century world), as well as a sense of gratitude for simply being alive! 

4) Keep your social circles strong. 

Practicing in a studio or fitness center community (see above) can also provide a sense of community, with like-minded individuals to celebrate achievements and offer support through the hard times. It can also be refreshing to stay connected with individuals who don't practice yoga, but with whom you can relate in other ways. Interacting with such people can help keep your world-view broad and offer creative inspiration for your teaching. And who knows, even without trying to convince them, you might be enough of a positive walking, talking example of what yoga can do that they decide to start practicing! Stay engaged with close friends and family as well, the people who've been with you through thick and thin. If things ever get rough, or you just need to re-ignite your passionate fire for what you do, they’ll be there in the ways that you need them to be. That’s indispensable! 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

What Should a Hatha Yoga Teacher Know? – Part 2

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By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Yoga teachers should have good working knowledge of Yoga posture alignment and know how to assist a Yoga student who is holding an asana. When you are about to give an assist - ask for permission first; as this might be considered an invasion of privacy by some of your Yoga students. Yoga teachers should not take for granted that all students want a physical assist and respect their space.

Yogic philosophy: Yamas and Niyamas are the ethical principles of Yoga. Most of us read Patanjali’s guidelines from the Yoga Sutras. If you want to become a Yoga teacher, you should get your own copy of the Yoga Sutras. The Yamas contain the following five self restraints.

Ahimsa: A Yoga teacher should be a living example of how to avoid violence, harming, and especially killing. This principle can be carried further, as you should avoid purposely injuring yourself in any way. To avoid harming animals could also be included within this principle of Yoga. It is one more reason to consider vegetarianism or, at least, to cut back on meat consumption.

Satya: To be true and honest in every way. This is a very simplistic principle and includes avoiding deception of any kind, shape, or form. However, the truth can sometimes hurt people deeply, so you must use your best judgment when you want to avoid harming someone, but do not lie.

Asteya: This is to avoid stealing in any way. This is a simple principle, but throughout history, laws were sometimes modified to justify stealing. The problem is desire of something to the point of jealousy, and finally: Out right theft. The elimination of the Cathars, Africans, and Native Americans are just three examples of people who suffered from modified laws that took away their land.

Brahmacharya: To be free from sensual imprisonment and to live in moderation. At first we might think of lust and correct this by seeing another person as more than a sexual object. However, with global obesity on the rise, in the industrial countries, the lust that may kill most of us is over consumption or food.

Therefore, we should strive to be moderate in eating, drinking, sex, Internet use, consumerism, computer games, television, and our behavior. With that said, the use of any illegal drugs is very far from moderate or responsible behavior.

Aparigraha: To be free from greed, wanting, hoarding, and to avoid being selfish. This is one more good reason to give to charity and help those in need.
Yoga teachers should not only know these principles, but should live by them.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nurturing Independence with Yoga: Alternate Nostril Breathing

By: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed

Anxiety and depression are so prevalent in our society today that these uncomfortable physiological states can be considered a pandemic. Our very way of life leads many of us to feel exhausted, stressed out and unable to unwind. Along with the frequency of states of anxiety and depression, many people suffer from insomnia and, in turn, a compromised immune system. Over time, not being able to unwind, relax and let go into a state of being, instead of perpetual doing, can lead to a multitude of physical and mental health issues. 

Many people rely on mood moderating substances in order to help them relax. Unfortunately, many of these substances have side effects and can be quite addictive. Some mood altering substances can also be deadly in the long run. Take alcohol, for example. In the short run, alcohol relieves anxiety and helps you to relax. However, over time, the body grows accustom to alcohol and even dependent on it. When this happens, the individual who is dependent on the daily consumption of alcohol runs the risk of a number of serious physical complications including psychological dependency, cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease. 



If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, or any kind of prescription medication, practicing Yoga postures and breathing exercises several times a week or more, will help to loosen the bonds of addiction by offering you other ways of relieving pain, anxiety and depression. In fact, there a number of recently published studies that clinically document Yoga’s efficacy at relieving panic attacks and bouts of anxiety. Yoga is also highly effective for relieving sciatica, lower back pain and joint and muscle stiffness. 

To truly enjoy all of the benefits that Yoga has to offer, it is important to practice the physical postures of Yoga in conjunction with breathing exercises and periods of meditation. There are also a number of other practices advocated by the Yogic scriptures, which help to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind. Some of these complementary practices include chanting sacred mantras and texts, contemplative exercises and the study of one’s own thinking patterns or samskaras. 

Yogic breathing exercises and pranayama are very effective at relieving stress and anxiety, while boosting a Yoga practitioner’s energy level and sense of optimism. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is one of the primary Yogic breathing exercises. This pranayama alternates inhaling and exhaling through the right and left nostrils. Hence, it is also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing. When the inhale and exhale alternate between each nostril, the flow of life force energy or prana is balanced throughout the body. 





* Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

To practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, come to a comfortable sitting position on your Yoga mat. If your hips are tight today, you may wish to place a folded blanket underneath you for added support and comfort. Take a few deep breaths before beginning your pranayama practice. When you are ready to begin your practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, place your right thumb on the outside of your right nostril, the first two fingers of your right hand on the space between your eye brows and the little finger of your right hand on the outside of your left nostril. 

Gently close your left nostril with the little finger of your right hand. Inhale fresh oxygen in a smooth and fluid fashion through your right nostril. When your lungs are fully expanded, pause for several seconds and close your right nostril with your right thumb. As you close your right nostril, gently apply pressure to the space between your eyebrows with the first two fingers of your right hand. When you are ready to exhale, release the hold on your left nostril and exhale fluidly through your left nostril only.



When you have completed your exhale, pause for several seconds, and then inhale steadily and fully through your left nostril only. Retain your breath for several seconds, and then pinch off your left nostril with the little finger of your right hand as you simultaneously release the hold on your right nostril. Exhale fully and completely through your right nostril only. This is one round of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. Complete three to ten rounds of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama at your own pace. 


This breathing exercise is both calming and energizing. It is a very soothing way of quieting the vrittis of the mind. If you are feeling anxious, exhausted or overwhelmed, practicing Alternate Nostril Breathing is a great way to independently ground yourself and calm you mind without the use of mood altering substances. This Yogic breathing exercise is frequently practiced at the beginning of a Yoga class or just prior to Shavasana or meditation.

Virginia Iversen, M.Ed, has been practicing and studying the art of Yoga for over twenty years. She lives in Woodstock, New York, where she works as a writer and an academic support specialist. She is currently accepting Yoga and health-related writing orders and may be contacted at: enchantress108@gmail.com.
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Yoga My Way or the Highway


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By Faye Martins

Recently, I attended a Yoga boot camp class that was physically invigorating, but it was an enlightening experience as well. The class objective was clear and there were no misconceptions about the class being physical. The room was hot, the asanas were challenging, and the students were barked at like raw military recruits. An abusive dog owner had nothing on this instructor, who took on the role of pseudo dominatrix. The audience (students) loved it as she verbally abused them like a wolf in a hen coop. 




She had a few choice words for one student with carpal tunnel syndrome and she didn't give her one modification. This made me wonder if this teacher had any knowledge of modifications or if she was just letting her ego run wild. She finally succeeded in harassing this student, who was in obvious pain, out the door. The problem is this student might think every teacher and yoga class is like the one she left.

My feeling has always been that some teachers need to post a sign at the door or hand out their guidelines before students enter their class; if students can't ask you questions or look you in the eye during class. Lastly, if you are a yoga teacher who likes abusing people, be prepared for the day when you meet somebody who will invite you into an octagon ring for the fight of your life. A Yoga school should be geared toward helping students rather than creating a playground for instructors who are social misfits.

Changing Yoga Schools for Students with Physical Ailments

Students who have physical ailments often benefit from a variety of different types of therapeutic yoga. The type of physical ailment one has determines the types of activities that will benefit them the most. In some cases it may be impossible to expect the student to reasonably complete any type of vigorous yoga program without modifications. In such cases, therapeutic yoga may be the perfect solution to help an individual maintain flexibility and improve physical health.

Yogic methods were introduced thousands of years ago and have become popular around the world for several decades. However, popularity continues to increase. It is possible to find yoga classes in virtually any location. In many cases these yoga classes can be adjusted to successfully fit the individuals who are participating. Therefore, students who are suffering from certain physical ailments may be able to participate in a variation of yogic methods as a means of mind-body therapy.




Awareness 

Hatha yoga helps individuals become more centered and more aware of their bodies. In addition, it increases mobility through a series of asanas. The classes can be customized to help individuals who have specific needs so that they receive the greatest benefit from taking the class.

Yogic methods have been found to be helpful for a variety of reasons. They have the potential to lower blood pressure by helping individuals relax and they also increase the core strength of an individual by allowing them to participate in movements that require a great deal of balance and strength. 

Students also strengthen muscles by isolating each individual muscle group and improving flexibility and mobility. This is helpful for individuals who are suffering from musculoskeletal issues as long as they do not overdo it in class. People who suffer from certain health conditions should first discuss their issues with their doctor and then with the individual that is teaching the yoga class so that it can be designed to provide them with the greatest benefit.




Benefits for Life

Yogic techniques can serve people well for the rest of their lives. Therefore, Yoga is an important method to learn for dealing with the physical and mental stresses that are present in daily life. People who have certain physical issues may find that they actually receive a greater benefit from the class than do those who have no such issues because they are able to focus on strengthening their bodies and reducing their stress levels simultaneously. As a result, yogic methodology is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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To see find out more about yoga or to see our selection of affordable courses, including our online yoga teacher training intensives, please use the yoga resources on the right side of this page.

If you are a teacher, yoga studio manager, blogger, e-zine, or website publisher, and are in need of quality content, please feel free to use my blog entries (articles). Please be sure to reprint each article, as is. Namaste!