Sunday, April 30, 2006

Teaching Yoga for College Credit

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By Cynthia L. Marshall, Ph.D.

Recently, in my college credit class, Yoga II, which studies Ashtanga, the students handed in their papers concerning the changes which they see in their lives which they feel are linked to their intensive study of yoga.

Here are some excerpts from my students' papers:

Yoga changes you from the inside out.

Since practicing yoga, I'm willing to try more foods and eat healthier foods.

Yoga has changed my social nature. . . I have been trying not to just lash out. I have also done a lot of different things for people without receiving credit.

(Megan, 21 years of age)

I feel this semester's poses and workouts have also changed my physical body from the inside.
I think Yoga has also taught me to be positive about my future and teaching as a new career.
I used to worry about everything. I just think now, what can I do? It might not happen, why worry?

(Tina, 35 years of age)

As a yoga teacher within a college setting, I set goals for my students. They write papers, do oral reports, and create models/lessons for yoga class. In terms of grading, I concern myself mainly with their accomplishing the goal, not creating a quality judgment about the goal. Recently, I asked my yoga students to create an art work, a collage, a sculpture, a photo montage, or drawing in which they depicted their yoga journey. I was amazed at the outpouring of creativity.
Not one student said, "I am not an artist." All created sensitive portraits and concepts in a different medium. One student sculpted a lotus blossom out of clay with round seeds which she said were symbols of her different learning experiences in yoga.

At my college, yoga is a three credit course, not a one credit physical education course.
I can't express how fulfilling it is to see the students growing in terms of their practice, how smooth and graceful they have become, how their writing has improved, and now their art work has been an integral part of class.

The teaching of yoga and meditation in a college class is something I wish all could experience, both yoga teachers and students.

Cynthia L. Marshall, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Yoga
1-800-335-0222 ext. 134

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Yoga: How to make exams stress free?

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By Dr. Rita Khanna

It’s not stress that kills us …It’s our reaction to it!

Stress is the feeling we experience when we lose confidence in our ability to cope with a situation. Exam stress is created by anxiety over one's performance fear of results and of reaction of parents and friends. Exam nerves afflict not just teenagers but also their parents. Emphasizing prevention here are a few simple techniques to help control exam tension.

How to prepare

One of the best ways to avoid becoming stressed when faced with an exam is to be well prepared. Don't leave your study to the last minute. Make your books, notes and essays more user-friendly with summary notes, headings, sub-headings, highlighting and revision cards.

1. Manage your studying

Do not lock yourself in with your books 24 hours a day. Two to three hours is the maximum amount of time you can study before you stop absorbing what you read. Therefore break your periods of work with periods of relaxation. Reward yourself for your hard work with small treats.

2. Start relaxing NOW

When you know a stressful period is coming up introduce some relaxing activities into your schedule. Maybe go for a half hour walk, take time to make yourself a tasty lunch or go along to a yoga class. Stretching exercises and meditation can help lower your general anxiety, especially if done on a regular basis.

3. Eat properly

Feed your head with healthy foods. Some foods are more calming than others like lemon water with honey, fruit juice, seasonal fruit, vegetables, salad, curd, butter milk, soup, Dalia, khichadi, milk shakes, and lots of water. Avoid very rich or spicy foods.

4. Good sleep is vital

Exam stress sometimes makes sleeping difficult. So, set a definite time to go to bed and keep to it. A period of gentle music, a light snack or a glass of milk and a warm bath will help you relax before bed. On the night before your exam, avoid cramming. Instead relax and have a good night's sleep. On the day of the exam, start with a leisurely breakfast, walk to school if possible and arrive in plenty of time.

5. Keep busy

Keeping busy when you're not studying stops you dwelling on exam worries. Sport and other activities, such as dancing, art and cooking, can make you feel more relaxed, as well as boost confidence. Therefore take regular breaks out from your studies to relax in this way.

6. Complementary therapies

Yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and massage all have proven benefits in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Find out about good yoga classes from the list of useful organizations. Do not start yoga classes at the end of the term when exams are nearing. Students should be introduced to yoga and meditation by an acclaimed guru from the start of the academic year.

7. Support groups

Think about getting together in a study group with fellow students. It can help with revision whilst providing you with an opportunity of sharing your anxieties with your peers and thus letting off steam and reducing tension.

What’s the best approach to the actual exams?

Self-help techniques are going to be very helpful in the run-up to the exams, and even when you’re sitting in the exam room.

Avoid panic.

1. Once in the exam, if you feel panic is rising and your mind blanking out , close your eyes and focus on slow, deep breathing for about one minute and give yourself time to calm down.
Breathing in this way calms your whole nervous system. Simultaneously you could give yourself some mental pep-talk by mentally repeating "I am calm and relaxed" or "I know I will do fine" or engage in prayer. If you still can't remember the information then move on to another question and return to this question later.

Be nice to yourself

2. Self-affirmation works wonders! You may feel small but tell yourself that you are great. Challenge your feelings of inadequacy with positive thinking. It really works. Avoid unnecessary competition. Recognize and accept your limits. Remember that everyone is unique and different.

Dr. Rita Khanna,
Yoga & Naturopathy Expert
Secunderabad. India
Telephone: +91-98497 72485

Standing Yoga Poses

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By Felicity Walker

Several of the most effective poses are the standing positions. They provide superior stretching of the muscles and they have recognizable effects on the speed and efficiency of the nervous system. Most standing poses manage to enhance the asanas and they offer you an increased opportunity of mastering equilibrium, both physical and mental. In the following paragraphs we will take a look at two of the most significant standing poses, the Mountain pose and the Triangle pose.

The mountain pose (known as the Tadasana) got its name from a number of defining properties that share the symbols of the mountain. The pose benefits from a high level of relaxed strength and a sense of invulnerability. Very like a mountain, the person practicing this pose will be surrounded by tranquillity and will feel a heightened impression of balance. The clarity and profound vision offered by this pose permit you to go deeper in your inner emotions and unite with your inner self on a very deep level.

The mountain pose is achieved by placing the heels slightly apart, so that toes are parallel. Carry out a back and forth rocking movement on your toes and slowly come to a complete stop. Raise the ankles in order to consolidate the pose while also tightening the leg muscles. Thrust your tailbone towards the floor while lifting your pelvic area towards the navel. Your arms should be resting near your body while you are pushing your shoulder blades backwards.
The clear-cut positive effects of the mountain pose made it the basis of many other poses.

Tadasana implies that the practicing yogi has to discover the meaning of balance and stillness before progressing further. For this reason, the mountain pose is one of the best ways to connect with your inner emotions while uncovering the subtle ways of yoga. The energy channels of the mountain pose traverse your whole body, following the spine, from the back of the neck and on towards the legs.

The next significant standing pose is the Triangle pose, or the Trikonasana. This comparatively easy pose has a satisfactory stretching effect on the spine, giving it a good lateral motion that complements the stretching of alternate forward poses. The straightness of the knees is essential while performing this pose, as this will allow your movements to be fluent and to stretch all the targeted muscles and organs.

Bending to the left and right needs to be done gradually and fluently. This is one of the yoga poses that is good for providing the foundation for the next levels of postures, which are more advanced and harder to perform. The stimulation of the spinal nerves is also useful and it improves complete body flexibility.

In order to enjoy the full advantage of the triangle pose you have to position your body properly. Your feet have to be spread apart while you are pointing to your toes. Try to alternate the pointing motion from your left foot to your right one while keeping a constant rhythm and perfect balance.

After you extend your arms parallel to the floor you should breathe in deeply, allowing the energy to reinforce your movements. While exhaling aim to execute a slight bend to either left or right while sliding your hand down your foot.

This motion requires a lot of flexibility in the lower back muscles area, so a good warm up session is completely essential before attempting the triangle. Yogis who try this pose often notice the sensation of a lighter body, joined with a feeling of mild warmth in the stretched muscles.

Using Yogic Posture Exercises as Workout Routine

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By Sanjay Johari

The word “YOGA” is derived from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. The literal meaning of Yoga is addition, or joining or combining. The practice of Yoga involves a set of routines and carefully controlled lifestyle which help in realizing inner potential, attaining higher consciousness level and aligning or becoming one with the all pervading consciousness or energy level. While attempting to reach the goal, there is tremendous improvement in physical, mental and emotional health.

Yogic postures, called Yogasanas, form one component of Yogic practices. By themselves these postures can bring about awesome benefits in overall fitness. There are prescribed methods of doing these exercises. Basically one has to form the body in a particular posture, hold the body in that posture for sometime and then slowly come back to what we can call the posture of rest. These exercises are characterized by absence of jerks and slow body movements.

To understand these exercises better let us compare them with dynamic exercises with which we are more familiar, such as acrobatics, gymnastics, jogging etc. These exercises are effective on muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems. There are dynamic Yogic exercises (different from Yogic posture exercises) which also stimulate nervous and glandular system. All these exercises involve speed and dynamic body movements resulting in expenditure of energy and perspiration.

In Yogic posture exercises there is deep relaxation and energy conservation resulting in freshness. This is basically a nerve culture as it relaxes the nerves. The exercise starts from the posture of rest. First lie down in this posture, calm down your breathing, calm down your nerves and calm down your thoughts. Then form the posture you have in mind with slow body movement without jerk of any kind. Posture exercises are accompanied by prescribed breathing pattern. This posture is maintained for prescribed length of time which may be several seconds to few minutes. Then come back slowly to the posture of rest. After remaining in rest for 30 seconds to few minutes, the next posture exercise is done. This pattern is repeated for as long as you wish to do the exercise. Normally exercise workout routine for 30 minutes in a day is good enough for an average person.

Doing these exercises regularly gives remarkable benefits. Generally circulation of body fluids improves and metabolic activities become more efficient. Better blood circulation ensures more thorough distribution of oxygen in the body and more complete removal of toxins. Additionally each posture benefits particular set of organs and muscles. Depending upon the need and condition of health, tailor-made set of exercises can be designed.

Many people believe that life-force flows in our nerves. When the flow of life-force is unregulated and uncoordinated it provides conditions for development of body disorders or ailments from within the body. Yogic posture exercises work very well in this area and prevent ailments. The overall body vigour and freshness are maintained. There is a balance of metabolic activities and unnecessary growths in the body are avoided.

If you are looking for general well being, life free from diseases and lifetime fitness regular Yogic posture exercises can help you. Though these exercises can be combined with other work-outs, they can by themselves provide all the workout routine you need for maintaining a good health.

Sanjay Johari regularly contributes articles to various ezines.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mommy and Me Yoga - Benefits for Life

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By Paul Jerard

What can children and parents gain from practicing Yoga together? When should I start teaching Yoga to my son or daughter? What about Mommy and Me classes? Let’s cover a bit of ground, and establish some realistic expectation for parents and children.

What can children and parents gain from practicing Yoga together? “The sky is the limit,” as they say. Children and parents need more bonding time. We need to eat together and find activities that solidify our relationships. Mommy and Me Yoga classes offer a chance for families to bond, while children are impressionable.

Like any activity, Yoga can be practiced at an early age. As long as Yoga practice is supervised, and the teacher is knowledgeable, parent and child will benefit in many ways. Parents who have no knowledge of Yoga should consider toddler classes or the Mommy and Me Yoga classes.

Classes should be divided according to age. For example – Children who are one to two years of age could be separated from the two to four years of age group. Below twelve months of age, most children are in the watching stage.

Some babies will copy what they see, and you should never expect too much from any child. Children will learn Yoga much better in a patient environment. There should not be a deadline for the time it takes a child to learn aspects of Yoga. Children have a lifetime to learn the many benefits of Yoga. Surprisingly, most children of all ages will demonstrate Yoga techniques they learn at home.

When should I start teaching Yoga to my son or daughter Yoga? Any time is fine, as long as you make it fun. For parents, this is the beginning of learning how to guide without discouraging. Yoga will teach children life skills, such as stress reduction, anger management, goal setting, and enhance athletic ability.

What about Mommy and Me classes? If you have a Mommy and Me Yoga class in your area, it is worth signing up. Parents should let the Yoga instructor lead the class. This seems obvious, but you would be surprised how often parents can be counter productive to children’s activities.

Mommy and Me Yoga classes will contain many of the following aspects: Yoga music, kids music, singing, basic Pranayama, coloring books, theme Yoga classes, Asanas, mixing dance movement with Yoga, drawing with crayons, story telling, Yoga games, focusing drills, relaxation techniques, meditation, and lots of fun.

There are many Yoga books, DVD’s, card decks, coloring books, and Yoga music CD’s for children. With so much to choose from, a child’s attention can be harnessed for constructive purposes. The greatest benefit of all for children is the ability to control their own attention span.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Yoga Teachers Wanted in Austin, Texas

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Looking for Yoga Teachers in the Austin, Texas Area

There is a Brand New studio opening in Austin, Texas.

The name of the studio is: Studio S and it will open in May.

They are looking for Yoga teachers from various styles of Yoga.

Interested Yoga teachers should apply by contacting Stacy.


Telephone: 512-577-9723


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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Yoga Teacher Training: Become a Yoga Teacher

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How to Shift Gears, Change Careers, and Become a Yoga Teacher, Part 1

By Paul Jerard

Do you enjoy practicing Yogic exercise? Does teaching seem like your ultimate dream job? Does the thought of becoming a teacher feel like a “calling from within?” How would you pay your bills teaching classes for a living? If your life mission is becoming a Yoga teacher; let’s look at a few practical solutions to your obstacles.

If you feel like a “fish in water” during a Yoga training session you are not alone. However, when teaching Yoga becomes your own long-held aspiration, your spirit will not be fulfilled in the “daily grind.” You begin to feel frustrated in commuter traffic, and during office hours, when your dream job of teaching seems out of reach. So what do you do next - if you really want to become a Yoga teacher?

Apparently, you are focused on your goal, so you are far ahead of the majority of people who do not have a clue about what they really want. Here is a formula, and sequence of events, for you to consider: Focus, action, plan, envision, pace yourself, and goal realization.

Focus: It seems like you already are focused on becoming a Yoga teacher, but you should do some research on what teaching is really like. The types of Yoga teacher training courses will vary, according to style, hours required, on-site training, or correspondence course. Also, the preparation for a 90-minute class is something the average student is unaware of.

Action: Most of the world’s population never gets to this point. Most people fall into a “rut” and never take any action to move forward. This requires even more research about what you plan to do, how you plan to teach, and who you plan to teach to.

Plan: Write your goals down and only share them with people you can trust. Look at your goal of becoming a Yoga teacher as often as possible. Write down the exact chain of events required for you to become a Yoga teacher.

Envision: Visualization is important in reaching any goal. When you practice meditation, you should see, feel, hear, and possibly smell, what your new career of teaching Yogic methodology will be like.

Pace Yourself: There is a saying, “Rome was not built in a day.” If you try to get to your goal of teaching too quickly, you will “burn out” along the way. Life is a journey, not a race; “stop and smell the flowers” along the way.

Goal Realization: Once you become a Yoga teacher, do not “rest on your laurels.” Continuing education will be an important and valuable part of your life. always remember: A teacher is a student of healthy living for life.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Yoga Teacher Training: Benefits of Yogic Exercise

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Yoga has been practiced by people the world over for many centuries, and it is still very popular today. Many people use it to strengthen the mind, body and spirit connection. There are actually several forms of yoga, and a seemingly infinite array of poses and postures that can be used. But however you choose to make use of yoga exercise, here are the top five benefits of including yoga in your home fitness routine.

1. Yogic exercise not only strengthens your muscles but also increases their flexibility. Many people today use weight training to help build larger more powerful muscles. However, short and powerful muscles can be prone to injury. And flexibility is often ignored in many workout routines. Yoga training can help round out your workout schedule, not only strengthening the muscles of your body but also making them flexible enough to protect you from injury as you exercise.

2. Yoga training also helps increase your energy level. There is an emphasis on increasing the oxygen level in your blood while doing yoga training, and that in turn leads to a more energetic overall feeling. Because of the increased flexibility that yoga brings, there is a tendency to move more anyway because there is a wider range of free movement available in the body. And staying active also leads to higher energy levels as well.

3. Yogic exercise also stimulates endocrine gland function by utilizing twisting and bending poses that activate the endocrine system and helps normalize sluggish glands.

4. One of the most popular benefits of yoga training exercises is that it not only strengthens and improves your physical condition, but also helps relieve stress and tension to improve your mental outlook too. Today's society is fast-paced and hectic, and this can take its toll on one both physically and mentally. Yogic methodology recognizes this, and many of the slow stretching movements and deep breathing that is part of most yogic exercises help clear your mind of the cares of the day and focus it on positive things instead.

5. Closely related to your mood and mental outlook are other psychological benefits of practicing. Very often we carry negative messages and feelings inside, and the practice of yoga helps a person better tune into the person that they are inside, increasing self awareness and self esteem.

There are lots of other advantages and benefits of adding yogic exercise into your fitness workouts, including the fact that it is both inexpensive and relatively easy to do. You may find by incorporating yoga into your daily routine, that even more benefits become readily apparent. This is fine because asana practice is a deeply personal experience. It is not necessarily the same for each person who practices it. But hopefully the benefits of yoga exercise that we have covered in this article will help convince you that it should be a major part of your daily fitness routine from now on.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Yoga Instructor Training: Why is Teaching so Rewarding?

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By Paul Jerard

Can teaching Yoga really be that rewarding?

Why do Yoga teachers love their job? Will your Yoga teacher training open up doors for your dream job? Let’s look at some of these questions and see how you can make your dream job become a reality. Even if you have no desire to teach, the practice of Yoga can be your gateway to satisfaction, fulfillment, achievement, and a successful life.

Is teaching classes really a rewarding occupation? After the first student comes up and thanks you for class - that is only the beginning. Some Yoga students have pre-existing ailments and pain. Yoga cannot promise a cure for any ailment, but it can offer less pain, pain management, and sometimes, pain goes away altogether. Your students will definitely tell you what Yogic methodology does for them.

The gratification of helping others, on a daily basis, is spontaneous. This cultivates positive energy from within the core of your inner being. You give the gift of Yoga, but you share positive energy, and usually walk away with more energy than you had before you taught a class.

Being able to make your own hours is a priceless benefit for teachers. You do not have to be in traffic during peak times. You choose the time and place you want to work. If you want to teach Yoga in the morning at a corporate fitness center, senior center, health club, or teach a private session, you can choose the best option for your schedule and “pocket book.”

As a Yoga teacher, you are a perennial student for life. You must pursue knowledge every day, for the safety of your students, to enhance your Yoga teaching practice, and to improve the lives of all those who learn from you.

Teaching any style of Yoga is akin to practicing Jnana, (Union through knowledge), even if you are a Hatha style teacher. How can I state this? Yogic knowledge is infinite and the pursuit of Yogic knowledge is a daily task. Continuing education is an integral part of every teacher’s life.

Otherwise, Yoga instructors will become stale and unsafe in our teaching methods. You see, Yogic methodology is an evolving system of health maintenance, where “nothing is carved in stone.” Therefore, we must learn and share the latest methods for a safe class.

Independence, from the daily grind, is total freedom to meditate, be your own boss, and live the dream of teaching Yoga to others. If you teach Hatha, you will be in the best possible physical shape, due to the physical aspects and living with a moderate diet. You can stop and visit your local bookstore at any time, while the world is in “9 to 5 mode.”

Having time to spend with your family, enjoying life, and having the “time to smell the flowers,” are newfound parts of a Yoga teacher’s life. What is more important than the quality time you have to spend with loved ones and friends? Yogic methodology gives all of us time to reflect on the real priorities in life and could be compared to a brief vacation in your daily life.

Being able to reconnect your spiritual side is a part of Yoga training. Regardless of your religion, you will gradually gravitate back toward “your roots.” You do not have to look outside your religion for answers. The answers to life, and the divine, are within the religion you were brought up with. Yogic methodology is a tool to improve your spiritual health. Yogic philosophy does not discriminate and does not condone intolerance.

All Yoga teachers will pursue the path of self-improvement. It may start as pursuit of physical prowess at first, but will end up being much more. This is why Hatha Yoga is a gateway toward many other forms of Yogic philosophy that benefit the complete health of mind, body, and spirit.

Why do Yoga teachers love their job?

With all that has been stated up to this point, Yoga teachers and their students are some of the happiest people in the world. This comes at a time when the vast majority of humankind is stressed out, having anxiety attacks, and feeling aggression. Words like tranquility, harmony, success, and gratification, seem like a myth to those who do not practice Yoga on a regular basis.

On another note, you have control over your job. Yoga teachers choose the age group they want to teach. You can teach a particular age group or all ages.

The time and place are up to you. If you are a late riser, you can stay in bed. If you are an early riser, you can teach in the early morning and “close up shop” earlier in the evening.

What if you do not want to become a Yoga teacher?

Will your Yoga training open up doors for your dream job? The fact is - Yogic methodology gives all of us the power of self realization. We become aware of the real priorities in life. There is no better gratification than self-help and being able to help others.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

How to Teach Yoga in the Corporate Marketplace, Part 2

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By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

The previously mentioned benefits of Yoga, for companies, are just the “tip of the iceberg,” when you consider that Yoga also teaches gradual lifestyle changes, exercise as a regular component of life, a moderate diet, anger management, and stress reducing techniques.

For most Yoga teachers, bragging does not come easy. Yet, the public cannot see the obvious benefits of Yoga, unless you point them out. When you decided to become a Yoga teacher, you also decided to educate the public about Yoga.

When Yoga instructors mention these points in their marketing materials, this becomes an offer that defines Yoga’s many benefits, instead of supposing that a corporate decision maker knows what Yoga is. When it comes down to it, you should be able to explain the benefits of Yoga in a paragraph and have it etched into your memory.

This prepares you when you talk to the public about what you do. To state: “I teach Yoga classes,” is not enough of an explanation - if the person you talk to has a mental picture of Yoga as just a bunch of pretzel poses, displayed by show-offs.

Your letters, to local companies, should be as long as needed, but you should also mention the benefits of having a corporate Yoga program in the first paragraph or two. The decision maker, who reads your letter, will see the benefits, or not, but if you have captured his or her interest, he or she will continue to read.

You could refer potential companies to your Yoga website, as well. However, if you have captured a prospective decision maker’s attention, you had better fully explain the benefits of a Corporate Yoga program, while you have captured his or her attention.

I can already hear the complaints, “I wanted to become a Yoga teacher, not a copywriter.” If you can talk, you can write. After you write, have your copy proof read, a few times, by someone who is good at it. If you really need a copywriter, feel free to contact me, but please understand that quality copywriting is not cheap.

Let’s get back to the types of injuries Yoga workshops can prevent. For office workers, Yoga can help stretch out connective tissues in the wrists, hands, fingers, elbows, shoulders, neck, and back.

All of these areas can stiffen up through repetitive motion. Add to this fact, that all of an office worker’s muscle groups can become very tense and create backaches, headaches, anxiety, hyper tension, and many more ailments.

Manufacturing companies, with workers who assemble products, also see a multitude of injuries - from industrial accidents to repetitive motion injuries - specific to the job. Yoga instructors can teach how to shift weight properly without injury. Developing awareness, or “living in the moment,” can also help reduce accidents.

The fact is, Yoga training is totally beneficial to all workers, regardless of their specific duties. It is the responsibility of Yoga teachers to convey this message to the corporate decision makers and the public. Job opportunities for Yoga teachers are all around us, but we must act in order for the corporate world to react.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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How to Teach Yoga in the Corporate Marketplace, Part 1

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Dr. By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Many instructors, and Yoga teacher training interns, are seeking methods for reaching into the corporate sector. After all, the corporate sector is almost as alluring as a government contract. Yet, there is a mystery surrounding how Yoga teachers should enter the corporate world. Below are some of the most effective ways to establish a strong business as a Corporate Yoga Teacher.

Yoga offers many health solutions to the masses, but for the corporate world, Yoga offers solutions for accident prevention, injury prevention, employee job performance, and cutting down on “sick time.” Some “forward thinking” companies have corporate fitness centers, group fitness classes, and Yoga classes.

However, Yoga instructors still have to explain what exactly they teach. For any teacher, this is a great chance to redefine the purpose of Yoga. This is an opportunity for Yoga instructors to explain how learning Yoga will fulfill the needs of responsible companies. By taking preventative action for their own employee’s sake, these companies will save money in worker’s compensation claims and improve their overall production.

It is unfortunate that greed and fear are the prime motivators involved in buying most products and services. Another prime motivator is the actual need for your product or service. As teachers, we offer the service of education for the purpose of prevention and complete health maintenance.

Corporate Yoga teachers are addressing something more powerful than fear and need - combined. That is the reality, and experience, of paying more, every year, for worker’s compensation claims. Real experience is more powerful than perceived fear. Yoga programs, for the corporate sector, offer very real solutions.

This is where the strength in a Corporate Yoga program shows. All companies, and especially the larger ones, know the harsh reality of paying for accidents or repetitive motion injuries. Most companies have also experienced a dip in production due to increased absenteeism. So, the “bottom line” is that Yoga training offers many solutions for companies, which want to take action.

What should Yoga teacher’s mention in their brochures, letters, post cards, faxes, Email, and flyers? If you are sending anything electronically, please make sure you have permission. With that said, Yoga training offers businesses solutions such as: Improved physical balance, flexibility, coordination, awareness, self-discipline, goal setting skills, and how to effectively use your body for leverage without causing injury. As a Yoga teacher, you could offer a short-term “Yoga workshop for injury prevention,” as an introductory program to “get your foot in the door.”

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers, Part 8

By Paul Jerard

Let’s summarize and “recycle” a few points in the previous articles I have written about options for Yoga teachers, who may be considering specialization. These are not all of the options for Yoga teacher’s, to consider, when thinking about how to find employment “outside of the box.” You will need to work on your intuitive feelings to get an idea for the next popular Yoga trend, if that is what you are after.

As any experienced Yoga teacher will tell you; there are many more employment opportunities for Yoga instructors outside the Yoga studios and health clubs. Over the years, I have coached and trained many Yoga teachers who were certified by other programs, but needed to see that employment opportunities for Yoga teachers are everywhere.

One of the most lucrative salaries I have ever been paid, as a Yoga teacher, was for teaching Yoga to teen students within a juvenile correctional facility. Now, this would not be for everyone, but this is a good example of opportunities for employment, when you decide to become a Yoga teacher.

Some Yoga teachers do very well teaching private or semi-private lessons to their Yoga students. Teaching Yoga privately is really a matter of demographics. You have to solicit neighborhoods with residents who have disposable income.

Therefore, to be effective, you must gear Yoga private lesson offers toward “upscale” neighborhoods. As a Yoga instructor, you have to pay your overhead too. If you charge $80 per hour for a private lesson, you will work half as hard as the Yoga teacher who charges $40 per hour.

To find out what price your local market will bear, inquire about the private rates of local Yoga teachers and personal trainers. Then, work your marketing efforts toward those clients who will actually pay for private Yoga sessions. If you have to travel to teach private Yoga lessons, your rate should reflect your travel time.

About your own students: One way to find out what your current students want is by creating survey forms. This will give you feedback as to what kind of Yoga specialization is in demand, in your local area.

Yoga student feedback is essential, but some Yoga students will walk by your survey forms for months, or years, without giving you any information. How can you create an incentive for honest feedback from your current Yoga students? Offer them a free Yoga class in return for the time it takes to fill out your survey.

Continuing education is the most important part of your Yoga teaching career. All Yoga teachers must establish a steady routine of learning more information that applies to their students. The purpose of all this Yogic education is for student safety, liability protection, and to be the best Yoga teacher you can possibly be.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers, Part 7

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By Paul Jerard

Mommy and Me Yoga: These classes are popular enough to be a regular weekly class. Yoga studios do have them, but they are also popular at dance studios, child care centers, martial arts studios, and “kid friendly” fitness complexes.

The Yoga teacher, who considers teaching in a Mommy and Me Yoga class, must have “the patience of a saint.” Teaching children Yoga is one hurdle that many Yoga instructors don’t want to jump over, but teaching toddlers with their mothers, in the same class, is quite another matter.

Therefore, carefully establish guidelines to keep everyone’s behavior in control. You may start out with ten rules, but after a few months I will bet you have many more. Interestingly, I have found that just a few obnoxious parents will, unknowingly, be the cause of rules, and safeguards, for the rest. Such is life - we have laws that most of us would not consider breaking, but always someone comes forth to be the cause of new laws and more rules.

Back to the saintly Yoga teachers who run Mommy and me Yoga classes. If you teach these Yoga classes, you have my deepest respect and I congratulate you.

I have never run one of these Yoga classes, but did once have the experience of teaching children, and their parents, martial arts - in a joint setting. Notice, I said “did once have” – one parent single handedly created 30 new rules before he was finally dismissed. By the way, his child is still welcomed. He was my personal test of patience.

Religious Yoga: Most people, outside India, discount the value of Bhakti Yoga. This is a serious mistake for the masses to be so involved in buying, gathering, and consuming materials, that “we cannot see the forest from the trees.” With the condition of the world today, there has never been a better time to pray for peace, tolerance, a return to traditional values, and preservation of the families.

Bhakti Yoga is the Yoga for divine worship and devotion to God. It helps, if you practice this with other Yoga practitioners who share your same religious beliefs. This will avoid conflicts and create a strong bond within the group. This form of Yoga has not become as popular outside of India.

Perhaps this is the one link that is often missing in Yoga practice. Yoga is not a “soulless” or a mechanical practice. The connection to God is enhanced through prayer, meditation, singing, and Yoga practice.

Do not worry; Yoga is an equal opportunity practice. Yoga can be integrated with any religion. Yoga does not discriminate, or justify hate crimes, against people who think or worship differently than we do.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

At Last!.....A Comprehensive Yoga Course for Beginners

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This Yoga course has been customized to give beginner Yoga students the foundation of a solid Yoga practice, based upon four aspects of Yoga.

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If you are new to Yoga, this inexpensive Yoga course is a great place to start.

This Beginner Yoga course is designed as an 8-week "at home program" that will progressively teach beginner Yoga students in an easy to follow, step-by-step method.

Each week, in an Integral Yoga class, will begin with Yoga Nidra (through your audio CD) followed by the Asanas (as described in your manual), then Pranayamas and concluding with Mantra meditation (your second CD).

This Beginner's Yoga training course is Amazingly Progressive!

Yoga Nidra will progress from a short introduction of 15 minutes in the first week and through more advanced aspects of awareness with each week.

The Asanas or Yoga postures for beginners will progress from very simple Anti-arthritis series through to the Standing and Balancing postures.

The powerful Pranayama techniques begin with a few rounds and go up to more rounds with longer breath controls.

The meditation practice is divided into 4 stages for 2 weeks each.

The Yoga training handbook, which is also included in this Yoga course, covers most of the common questions about Yoga practice.

There is a featured chapter on “Therapeutic Yoga” where you can learn about practices for disorders and ailments.

This Yoga course has been defined as well laid out plans with Performance Sheets which you can fill up each week to know of your progress.

Perhaps one of the most useful features of this Yoga course is that you will dicover how to move beyond the enclosed 8-week Yoga training routine.

It will also teach you how to move to the next level of your Yoga practice.

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The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers, Part 6

By Paul Jerard

Partner Yoga: Usually, Partner Yoga is reserved to workshops or special occasion classes. When I first practiced Yoga, as a child, we did a lot of partner work. In those days, I don’t think we were really concerned with space issues. Kids tend to gravitate toward each other like a “litter of kittens.”

Somehow, Partner Yoga has not grown among adults in the popularity it deserves. In a Partner Yoga class, many students remark at how much they got out of each aspect, including meditation. A relaxation sequence can be performed with the crowns of the two heads being four to six inches apart. This actually creates a more intense form of relaxation.

Marie, my wife, and I used to teach these classes to singles groups. This puts a “new twist” on the term, “blind date.” Our Partner Yoga workshops did serve to get singles more comfortable with each other. So, Partner Yoga can be adapted and re-define the purpose of a Yoga class.

We know that Yoga training helps people in every aspect of health. However, Partner Yoga integrates Yoga with touch, bonding, and sometimes, a bit of humor. All of these, combined with Yoga practice, make for a very healthy activity. Despite all of this, Partner Yoga seems to be resigned to workshops. Partner Yoga is also a good “at home practice” to be shared among loved ones.

Prenatal Yoga: To be blunt - If you are teaching pregnant students without their doctor's approval, and you are not a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, you are "playing with fire." It is hard enough in a Yoga class to address the needs of all students. For pregnant Yoga students, I recommend a specific Prenatal Yoga class.

This may seem a bit harsh, but Yoga instructors need to protect themselves, legally, as well as the health of all their students. Once you research all the precautions and guidelines for Prenatal Yoga, you will fully understand my point.

Just to “scratch the surface of the iceberg,” here are a few ideas to consider. Prenatal Yoga is a specialist’s field. Just because you briefly covered it in a level 1 Yoga teacher training, does not mean you should enter this field without a specialist education and certification in Prenatal Yoga.
Each trimester is handled differently. The first trimester can be as dangerous as the third trimester, if a student is not receiving specialized Prenatal Yoga instruction. The last trimester is similar to Chair Yoga, but that does not qualify a Chair Yoga instructor to work with pregnant students.

Therefore, if you feel the “calling” to teach Prenatal Yoga, you should enroll in a Prenatal Yoga course. Once you graduate as a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, you will be glad you did. This is a rewarding field, but you need to be trained properly to become a Prenatal Yoga teacher.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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