Sunday, June 29, 2014

What You Will Learn In A Power Yoga Instructor Certification Program

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By Faye Martins

Power Yoga involves sitting and standing movements that link the usage of meditation, pranayama, breath-work and physical movement. It is able to effectively balance the North American demand for physical exercise and the values of yoga that originated centuries ago in India. It is sometimes practiced as a hybrid style in a room that is maintained at a temperature of 40.6 degrees C or 105 degrees F. In order to become an instructor, a person must successfully complete a Power Yoga instructor certification program.

The popularity of Power Yoga has exploded over the past decade. This has caused many gyms around the world to begin offering it as a class to their members. There is no question that yoga, in all of its various forms, is now one of the most practiced forms of exercise on the planet. Due to the high demand for these types of classes, gyms are constantly looking for qualified instructors to teach these classes. Let's take a look at some of the things that are required in the vast majority of training programs for yoga instructors:

Most of the programs that are available to teach people to become a Power Yoga instructor are able to be completed in only a single semester. This usually consists of somewhere around 60 hours of training. However, there are other schools that require students to have as many as 180 hours of training. Prior to registering for an instructor program, be sure to verify exactly how many hours that the course you are taking requires.

Most of the major Power Yoga instructor classes are held on the weekend, enabling people who work during the week to earn their certification easily. Here are some of the major topics that are included in most classes to become a Power Yoga instructor:

How to become an inspiring teacher

The goal is not just to be able to teach others Power Yoga effectively, but to inspire your students to take the practice of yoga seriously. Ideally, you want your students to adopt the fundamental principles of yoga into their every day lives. This will help to get their friends and family interested in practicing yoga. In a way, a Power Yoga instructor is more than just a person that shows you how to perform various yoga positions correctly. He or she is a public speaker who must be able to communicate effectively with the students in the class. This ability to communicate is just as important as the instructor's knowledge of yoga.

Important qualities of a yoga instructor

Some of the other key elements that every person must master before they can become a Power Yoga instructor are the principles of instruction, correcting/assisting, observation and demonstration. Obviously, a big part of an instructor's job is to effectively show his or her students how to successfully perform the various yoga poses. There will be people who are not able to do some of the poses correctly. It is then the responsibility of the instructor to work with these students until they are able to do the pose correctly, unless they are not physically able to do it. Patience is an important quality that all Power Yoga instructors must possess. This is because it may require working with students repeatedly in order for them to master some of the poses.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How and When to Correct My Yoga Students

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By Sangeetha Saran

This article refers to physical forms of yoga, such as: Hatha, Vinyasa, and Power styles. The activity of yoga is like a precious gem; it is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice with an immeasurable transformational power. The yoga approach is multifaceted and doesn’t require performances, competition, grading or judging as it only involves the practice of physical poses with breath control and meditational process.

The main focus of yoga practice is performing physical postures (asanas) in which correct alignment of body parts and stability is very important. According to expert yogis, appropriate posture is essentially important for practitioners because poses are practiced for gaining lightness of body, wellness and steadiness. The correct positioning of our body helps our muscles and joints to support the body for the best possible movement during practice and in life.

The core aim of a yoga workout is to attain body balance and perfect symmetry. The famous “Yoga Sutra” by Patanjali describes that correct body alignment is necessary for being comfortable, relaxed and stable in any pose. A competent and trained professional teacher always explains again and again every specific asana movement has benefits and risks of getting injured before conducting the practice session. 

It is the responsibility of the instructor to guide students to perform poses in such a manner that helps in eliminating the menace of having harm or injury. The teacher may also advise students to perform according to their own physical limits, listen to their body, pace themselves, and not to compare one’s self with others. If they overdo a pose or push beyond their body limits they may get hurt.

In comparison to dance, physical yoga is a slow paced workout that entails experience and patience, acquired through regular practice. In a normal yoga class there are different levels of practitioners with different health conditions. The teacher should build up a friendly environment and good communication in class.
For a new comer it is difficult to maintain body balance like others who are practicing with more experience, the teacher should encourage these students by giving positive feedback so that they may feel good and try to reinforce correct posture. Do not allow beginners to practice advance level or challenging poses like shoulder stand or headstand.

The teacher should become aware of each and every practitioner’s movement and should resolve their problems in a positive manner.  For example: while practicing standing and bending asanas always check that feet are placed properly because tension and misalignment in the spine is caused by an unequal distribution of body weight on feet. Whereas in seated poses and spinal twists, the sitting bones are tilted forward slightly, for flexible students it is easy to tip forward, but for inflexible one’s it is difficult.

Less flexible students will be aided with the support of props like pillows or a blanket underneath. When performing side angle pose, the body weight is shifted on one side. Therefore, this pose is performed gently and slowly. Overstretching and aggressiveness should the hurt knee joint and adjoining muscles. The teacher should keenly observe students and correct them by demonstrating repeatedly in detail about their proper body placement in order to avoid injuries and attain maximum benefits of asanas. For all of the reasons stated above, educated teachers should offer corrections in form of physical adjustments, variations, or modifications in specific poses.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Tips On How To Teach Yoga Students On The First Day

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By Faye Martins

There are many resources available that suggest how to teach yoga students. But if students don't return for the second day, it's all a waste of time. An instructor has just a couple of hours to convince their students that this will be a life-changing experience and that they are the person that can guide them there. Understanding this keeps classes full of curious and dedicated students.

Make a Connection

An instructor that can express how yoga has improved their life gets students interested. It doesn't need to be a story of cancer survival. It could be that yoga helps concentration while in college. Perhaps it calmed anxieties around relationships. Or it even could have been a way to better health. A connection is made with the instructor when the students hear that yoga has the potential of helping them in their everyday lives.

Less Talk and More Doing

The classroom contains a variety of students. Different physical attributes, backgrounds, cultures and experience levels are present. Each student has different questions that will take the entire session to answer. They all share one thing - they are there to do yoga. After a short introduction, show them a breath or warm up technique and "hit the mats."

Target the Beginners

When the class has multiple levels of experience, focus on the beginners. The experienced students know the limits of their bodies. They know how to match their breath with the pose. Help the beginning student master the basics. It will motivate others in the class to perfect their techniques.

Everyone Will Be Successful

When an instructor looks at the class with this thought, they work with the strength of each student. One student may be quick to pick up on a breath exercise. Another may adopt the Mountain pose perfectly the first time. Some students will succeed just by having tried all the exercises and made it to the end of the class. When each student feels that they have had a successful yoga session, they will be back.

Give Them Something to Take From the Class

Students with little motivation to think about yoga after the first class may not be back for the next one. Give them a simple Pranayama exercise such as abdominal breath or alternative nostril breath to do at home. Show them Child's pose and have them do this every morning. Give them something to remind them of yoga each day before the next class. They will be back to see what else they can take away and use in their lives.

Perfection Comes from Practice

However well the students follow the exercises on the first day is perfect for them in that session. Don't be concerned about perfect arm and leg positions. Don't suggest that yoga is not really being done properly until they do attain perfect control of their bodies. Encourage the students to practice. Praise them for having a successful first class. Every student wants to hear "You did great today and you'll do even better in the next class."

Be the Student

Learning how to teach yoga students is something an instructor continues doing throughout their career. Each student provides different challenges. Each student learns differently. The instructor who recognizes this is flexible, adaptable and always asking themselves how they can improve their teaching skills.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Benefits Of Online Yoga Certification Programs

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By Faye Martins

Becoming a certified yoga instructor can help you make a career out of something that you enjoy. If you are interested in increasing your physical and mental fitness, teaching a yoga class enables you to do both in a single setting. Additionally, you can meet new people and develop friendships that can last for years. How could online yoga certification programs help you earn your spot as a yoga instructor?

Learn at Your Own Pace

The best reason to take any type of class online is that you can learn at your own pace. Instead of having to take time off of work to get to class or have a set schedule for completing papers and tests, you can do your coursework when it suits you. This can be particularly convenient for those who have kids or a busy social life outside of work.

Online Programs May Cost Less

In most cases, an online program will cost less than a traditional program because there is less overhead when conducting a class over the Internet. Therefore, the company that runs the certification program can pass the savings on to you. However, there may still be mandatory fees that you will have to pay no matter when or where you get your certification.

Online Programs May Take Less Time to Complete

Do you want to get your certification as soon as possible? If time is not on your side, you may want to consider an online program to help you get your certification in a matter of weeks instead of months. Depending on where you live and what you plan on teaching, you may be able to start your own class while you are taking the online program.

Take Classes From Anywhere

If you are planning on taking a trip in the near future, you won't have to choose between giving up the trip and giving up on your certification training. All you need to do is ensure that you have a working Internet connection wherever you happen to go. As long as you have an Internet connection on your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can do your coursework on the beach, in your hotel room or even on the plane as you travel.

Choose From a Larger Number of Instructors

When you take classes from local instructors, you could be limited to the number of people who you can choose to work from. When you take your class online, you can choose from hundreds of instructors who have the credentials and teaching style that best fit your needs. This makes it easier for you to pass your class and learn as much as possible in the process.

Taking an online yoga certification course makes it possible for you to earn your dream job without a lot of time or hassle. If you have a busy work or social life, you don't have to choose between going to class or having fun with your friends. Instead, you can get your work done when you choose and finish your program in less time.

Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Why Take A Yin Yoga Teacher Course?

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By Faye Martins

What you are about to read applies to any style of Yoga. The point is: There is much potential in teacher training of any kind. Why would you want to take a Yin Yoga teacher course? For those who are interested in yogic methods, it could be a worthwhile way to combine a hobby with a career. When you are doing something that you love, you won't feel like you have worked a day in your entire life. What are some other reasons to take such a course?

Expand Your Horizons

Even if you don't want to become a teacher yourself, taking such a course can be a good way to learn something new and meet new people in the process. At the very least, you can incorporate the things that you learn into your own yoga routine or into the yoga class that you already teach. If you lead a stressful life, understanding various forms of yoga can help you relax and lead a healthier life. It is said that those who practice yoga have lower blood pressure and are generally happier and in better physical shape compared to those who do not practice yoga.

Establish Yourself in a Niche

Establishing yourself as an expert in your niche could provide you with many opportunities to make money. While you could start a yoga studio and teach classes, you could also start a website, write books, and make speeches that will generate many lines of revenue. When you have multiple revenue streams, it provides you with career flexibility that not everyone can enjoy.

Learn How to Teach Others Who Are Interested in Life Improvement

Some people have strong networking skills and networking opens many doors. Once you have become certified as a teacher, you can then start to teach others how to become more than they thought possible. If you aren't one to be interested by creating websites and selling yoga goods online, this may be where you want to take your talents. After you put your time in establishing yourself as a teacher, you may be able to start your own school that is taught by others. Basically, this allows you to use your reputation to make money without having to do anything alone.

Start Your Own Product Line and Earn Commissions 

Another way to leverage your name and reputation is to create your own product line that can be sold on your website, at retailer locations throughout the world and on TV. If you have a big enough name, you could be able to charge hundreds of dollars per product. This means that you could make millions of dollars per year just by lending your name to various products. You will make the money while others do the work marketing and selling the product. It is a win-win situation for you.

It can be lucrative to take a yin yoga class. You can get certified to teach your own class, build your brand to the point where you can sell products or franchise your own yoga services or become a motivational speaker using yoga principles as the basis for your talks. Overall, you have many opportunities to make money and better your life by taking these classes.

Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.  

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Importance Of Teaching Yoga Student Safety

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By Faye Martins

Yoga is growing in popularity every single day as one of the best ways to get in great physical shape and rejuvenate the mind and body. However, due to the physical demands of yoga, it is important for every yoga instructor to emphasize yoga student safety in all yoga classes.

Many yoga newbies make the assumption that yoga is easy and not as physically demanding on the body as other forms of exercise. Just because yoga students are not constantly jumping around and running in place certainly does not demonstrate the intense physical nature of yoga and how serious injury is very possible.

Sprains, bone spurs and nerve damage are just a few examples of how students can become injured when they do not practice yoga properly. While more severe injuries are not commonplace, they do happen. Luckily, there are some very easy steps that instructors can take to ensure safety in their classes.

The first thing an instructor must do is properly teach each yoga pose. In addition to simply demonstrating how to perform the exercise, instructors should always teach the proper way for the body to move and how far it should extend to prevent injury. Instructors should also teach warning signs of possible injury. Some students may not realize the difference in pain that comes from working hard and pain from pushing the body too hard.

It is a common practice for yoga instructors to personally assist their students with yoga poses. This is something that every yoga instructor should do to make sure students are performing poses as they should. This will help students to understand what position their body should be in when performing the pose. Obviously, yoga instructors cannot feel the pain that may be occurring with students during yoga poses and should never push students too hard. Yoga safety really begins with those who teach the instructors.

Another important aspect of teaching yoga safety with students is for the instructor to be familiar with their student's medical history. If students have existing injuries, certain yoga poses may cause further injury. If the class size is small enough, the instructor can more easily keep track of any history of injury with their students and can advise proper yoga poses throughout the class for individual students. In larger classes, the instructor should be aware of each pose and how it could aggravate injury. For example, if a certain yoga pose may be difficult for someone with a back injury, the yoga instructor should advise students as a group of such potential for injury.

Instructors should always be mindful of the fact that there will be students in their classes who are over-achievers. These students may push themselves a little harder than they should. Good instructors should closely watch all their students and intervene when they feel as though a student is pushing themselves beyond their limits.

Yoga student safety should be the first concern for every yoga instructor before each class begins. A well-educated instructor who has their student's best interest at heart will ensure a successful and safe yoga experience for everyone.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.  To receive Free Yoga videos, Podcasts, e-Books, reports, and articles about Yoga, please visit: