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    We are please to roll out a new feature at our forums. As you may know, these are open forums where anyone is free to ask or answer any question (within reason, of course). The answers might come from people with a wide variety of expertise or experiences. As such we wanted to offer a spotlight on our members who've achieved the level of Yoga Instructor (in the US, individuals have taken 200 or 500 hour courses in training). An answer to a question isn't necessarily right or wrong based on the level of training, or lack thereof. Good advice is good advice (the same goes for bad advice). However, along with the training, might come a deeper understanding of the issues at place. As such, we wanted to offer our visitors the opportunity to communicate with and benefit from the accumulated wisdom gathered during their training process. Individuals who've announced themselves to this forum's moderators will have the group title Yoga Instructor and a starburst badge icon appearing below their avatar on their profile page as well as in each post they create throughout these forums. Again, the goal isn't to imply that advice from a Yoga instructor is better than advice from a regular forum member. Rather we aim merely to highlight posts from individuals that have achieved instructor status. As with any advice obtained from the internet, you should take it with a grain of salt and employ your own good common sense to assure the information gathered is appropriate for your own personal situation. If anyone reading this is a yoga instructor and wants the designation shown here, please reply to this thread or send me a private message Currently we have the following forum members listed as yoga teachers... @brenskip55 @AnandaYoga @YogaByCandace @heatherlynne @sandrayogawpg @LaurenG @Marija @Yagmur @jeevmoksha @blissedoutnatalie @Lorelei @JenJenJen @YogiKris @Breathe @LissaYyoga @kindtribeyoga
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    Thank you all so much for your input! All of you gave such great advice. I may check into correspondence classes like YogiKris suggested, and in the meantime, perhaps I can manipulate my husband into letting me work with him Thanks again, to all of you!
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    Hi cheyb! First of all, the simple fact you ask the question (in the forum and to yourself) means you aren't not irresponsible. I think if you do it with friends just to see if you like to teach before doing a teacher training, it's ok. You know we also do that when we are in a teacher training. When I was in my training, I was teaching a private class to one of my friends every week. I was not paid and she knew I had no certification but I needed to train myself and to be in teaching conditions to learn to explain the postures in English (which is not my mother tongue). Another girl in the training was doing the same with her boyfriend. If this is with people who know you and trust you and you need it to make sure you really wanna become a yoga teacher it's not bad. But if you want to teach a regular session, even with a small group, I think it's better to get a certificate. Because the basics of yoga are the most difficult to teach like adho mukha svanasana or Utthita trikonasana or virabhadrasana, etc. These are some poses you find in every yoga class for beginners but these are some of the most difficult to explain (more difficult than crow pose for example). Most of all, being a teacher is more than teaching, a teacher is kind of a therapist for some students who come with an injury or a cancer or different personal issues. Do you know it is possible to do teacher training by correspondance courses ? I don't know how it works but it does exist. Maybe it would be a good option for you if you really want your diploma but you can't leave your kid (which is understandable). If you really want to get this diploma, you will find a way, I'm sure. Maybe ask some help to Universe, during your meditation ? Also, if you have some doubts, let me tell you the teacher training will motivate you more and more to become a teacher. You'll go deeper and deeper into yoga so it's really amazing and you want to share all of this with the entire world haha. So, in my opinion, it's fine if you teach yoga to relatives, friends, maybe workmates (without being paid) to make sure you enjoy to teach. But I would advice you to get a diploma if you want to promote your class/session and teach to groups and strangers. I hope my answer helped 💜
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    Good question. I've been practicing for a couple of years, taking two classes on the weekend and working out on my own during the week at my office complex' gym. Last year, I invited a couple of co-workers to join me. They were less experienced than me (or is it I...I hate those two...I always get confused which one it is) and neither took formal classes, so I was the teacher. I weighed the question you are asking. They clearly understood that I was not a formal teacher. I worried about liability, to the point of printing out a standard exercise disclaimer...but didn't do anything with it. As long as you're not charging them, disclose your level of expertise and you have a relationship with them so you both understand the full nature of your lessons...I don't think it's irresponsible. It's no worse than going for a run and advising them to hold their arms in a way that there's not excessive swinging, etc. But you have to know your trainees. I wouldn't engage with complete strangers as you might trip across someone litigious. Others will chime in, but when I asked @YogaByCandace the very same question and she was okay with how I handled it. On the plus side...it was a lot of fun and they benefited greatly.
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    Hello, my name is Ashley, I'm 29 and I'm a mom and wife and I live in a small town in Colorado. I have chronic illnesses that have lead me to pushing my yoga practice forward in hopes of regaining mobility and strength. Since November, I've been able to stop walking with a cane and have gained muscle, which has helped my joints to not dislocate as often as they usually do. Candace's brand of yoga and her videos have been absolutely perfect for me and have given me so many parts of my life back! I look forward to continuing on in my practice, gaining strength, and getting to know all of you here. ✌🏻namaste!
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    Good morning, everyone! I have a question about leading a yoga session without having your teacher cert. ***Disclaimer: I am coming here with this question because I absolutely do not want to be irresponsible or put someone at risk for injury! I just love yoga and want to get my feet wet teaching to see if it is something I would enjoy. The area I live in has not quite jumped on the yoga bandwagon. Most of the classes available are offered in gyms and are multi-level inclusive (not that that's a bad thing, but classes on specific types of yoga, workshops, etc. are in short supply). So, I have always practiced yoga on my own, using supplemental materials such as the YBC blog, videos, and now, Namaslay. I've been thinking about getting my teacher cert., to make yoga more accessible in my area, but am currently a stay at home mom with a small child, so that's not in the cards for me at this point in my life. Lately, I've been toying with the idea of perhaps leading a small group in informal sessions such as at the park on the weekends (I would make it clear that I am not certified). There would be no charge for the sessions, and it would mainly be a way for a small group of people to come together and experience a "basic" yoga flow. However, without my certification, I don't want to be irresponsible and I also don't want to be held liable on the off chance that an injury takes place (I saw some posts on yoga teacher insurance.) I guess what I am basically asking is this: 1. Is it irresponsible to lead a session (I don't want to call it a class since I'm not certified) without certification? and 2. Could I be held liable for any potential injury? I appreciate any thoughts/comments. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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    Hmmm...okay, let me see if me got it right (LOL)... if I said "I went to an incredibly amazing workshop lead by @YogaByCandace this weekend, which I learned a lot of new stuff and had a wonderful time. I can't wait for the next workshop!!" that would be correct, right??
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    Yep, I think it's ok provided you don't teach what you don't know, you make it really clear you're not certified, and do it with friends rather than promote it as a class. <3 @LarryD517 - Somewhat unrelated, but I always wondered about me vs I and my cousin explained it really well. If you can chop off the other person from the sentence and your pronoun you're using for yourself makes sense, then it's right. For example - Jenny and me are going to the store. That's wrong because if I say "Me is going to the store" it doesn't make sense. So it has to be Jenny and I are going to the store. If I say, The teacher demonstrated crow pose to Jenny and I, it wouldn't work because "The teacher demonstrated crow pose to I" doesn't make sense. So in that case, it would have to be The teacher demonstrated crow pose to Jenny and me. The more ya know!
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    Hey fellow YBCers! I've booked my retreat to Kenya for this summer, I'm super excited about it. Just looking for anyone else that is attending! Can't wait to meet everyone there
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    I posted my code of ethics here. You can have a look and see if you find some guidance from that. 1.01 Scope of Practice(a) Yoga teachers/therapists provide services, teach, train student teachers/therapists, consult and conduct research with populations and in areas only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, consultation, study or professional experience. Supervised experience kind of stands out there.
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    This is one of my issues with my disordered eating that I work on. One of the things my therapist and I have developed, especially as she does yoga as well, is to switch my pose to something more body friendly and one of strength (say, one of the Warrior poses or Tree) and then bring myself back to my intention, saying it out loud. It can be just under my breath, whispering it or saying it with intention as I practice at home. It breaks the cycle of thought and brings me back to why I am doing what I am doing - to be at peace with my body. I have the tendency to fixate, so by physically taking myself out, I break the fixation. Hopefully that helps a little.
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    Return to your breath. Listen to the rhythmic, oceanic sound, especially during "ujaya" breathing. Take at least four seconds on the inhales (during passive poses, like resting in downward dog) and try to make the exhale even longer. If you concentrate on breathing you won't focus on "other stuff" The meditation that instructors lead at the beginning and end of the class .... are skills to train you in clearing your mind. You can use these skills any time you wish.
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    If you still want to get the same amount of protein, you can carry soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs. My trick for soft-boiled is to steam eggs for 8.5 minutes (using a steamer basket, gentler than boiling!). I do it the night before and ice them, then store in the fridge in a container that I take with me to peel them and eat them. Just add more minutes if you don't want them that gooey.
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    Yay! So glad you found us, too, and SO glad to hear you're doing so much better. That is amazing!! Congrats and keep up the great work <3
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    My name is Lady Bonser. I'm from the Mojave Desert, USA. Recently an opportunity to learn about Yoga came my way & then continued on its way. This left me w/a desire to learn more, so Ive started a journey, sailing the openness of the web. I found this oasis & wish to stop a while, learning from you. Be Blessed LB
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    I just happened to come across Candace's blog one day while looking for a yoga program and I fell in love with her non-judgmental way of excersie and the fact that she doesn't force you to sit through long periods of meditation. I can't stand to meditate, I'm a busy person and I don't have time to just sit for long stretches and do nothing. (I'm a mother of 2, a subsititue teacher, and a full time student so my time and energy is very limited.) I need to start doing some strength training to incorporate into my workout routine. I also run anywhere from 2-4 days a week and then yoga1-3 times a week (if I'm lucky I might get 4 workouts in or maybe have to skip a week all together.) Running is my main workout but I want to build upper body and core strength so that I can preform headstands and then handstands. What I'm looking for is a female (preferably) with an attitude similar to Candace's. I want to work with dumbbells and resistance bands at home. I am not a gym person (again, limited time) so I would like videos online. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    Hi Everyone, I am somewhat new to yoga. I have had my good days and my bad days while at yoga. Some days, I completely forget about the outside world and even everyone in the class and just focus on being present throughout the practice. However, lately I have been having a very difficult time staying focused through an entire class and end up wishing the class would end early. I can't seem to break out of this negative thought pattern. For example. Bending over in a pose and noticing my stomach and small little rolls that form when bending over. From there my mind starts to wander about what I've been eating and how I need to be better about eating healthy (although I am a pretty healthy person). There are times when I can focus back on the mat, however, the next time we bend over the thought process spirals again. I feel like I end up leaving more stressed than when I came to practice. I've noticed this typically happens after a weekend where I went out and probably had a few too many drinks and stayed out a little too late. I don't want to give up going and having a good time with friends... But at the same time I want to continue to see the progression with my yoga practice. Any advice on how to work on this? Thanks
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    Thanks so much for the kind words, Chey, and welcome to the forum!! <3
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    If external environment is prompting some negative thoughts, can you close your eyes in the pose and turn inwards to focus on the feeling? E.g. when you folded over, instead of looking at your stomach, close your eyes and concentrate on pushing your foot down to the ground, bending from your hips, or whatever cues your teacher is saying at the time. One of my teachers cues us to notice whatever "internal dialogue is going on" and exhale it out to let it go. Wandering thoughts always happen - don't judge yourself for it and focus on inhaling for 4 seconds and exhaling for 6 seconds (a little longer). Or focus on an alignment cue - e.g. in warrior 2, is your back foot's outer arch pushing down into the ground? Can you make your stance longer and go deeper, so you have to engage your muscles? In that case, those endurance parts of the practice make me focus and take my mind off whatever else was going on before. Or try a different class to mix it up - sometimes ones that play music might help, or, a hatha style class where the teacher is constantly giving verbal alignment cues can give you a lot to listen to. I go to Hatha classes a lot now, but in the beginning I found music playing classes helped me stop looking at the clock and wanting to leave because I just let myself enjoy the music in the background.
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    Beginning is the hardest part! Here's a post that may be helpful. And this series is for yoga teachers, and has a bunch of posts that may be helpful as well.