Breathe

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  1. TOYogi liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Best thick/sticky mat   
    I personally love B MAT. You can get it in different thicknesses as well as lengths. It is super sticky.
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Alcohol and Ahimsa   
    I'm not much of a drinker and don't really understand the attraction to drinking, but each person has their own vices, I guess. You have to do what feels right for you.
  3. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Do you get nervous when there are other teachers in your class?   
    For telling teachers if you are a teacher as well... I would say it doesn't matter. Every teacher is also a student. If they know you, then they probably already know you are a teacher. If they don't know you, telling them you are a teacher may make them feel a bit uncomfortable - like they will be judged.
    I've not yet had any of my teachers in my classes, but that's probably because I'm a new teacher. Although, I did have one of my teachers tell me to let her know when I would be comfortable having her attend a class as she wanted to come, but she didn't want to make me feel extra nervous as I started out.
  4. Breathe liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Alcohol and Ahimsa   
    I think it's a personal choice. I've decided - who am I to say what is right or what is wrong for someone else? I rarely drink (I just don't like how it makes me feel), but we all "sin" in different ways  
  5. Breathe liked a post in a topic by Lorelei in All Levels vs Basics   
    Oftentimes, All Levels classes are offered at studios.  As a new yoga teacher running my own program, I'm asking other yoga teachers out there if they can tell me how they plan an All Levels class.  
  6. Breathe liked a post in a topic by Anahata in All Levels vs Basics   
    I understand now, sorry for the confusion. Most poses everyone can do. Some will just go a little deeper, some not so deep. I usually just aim for the average of the class. The more advanced will likely do a little more on their own. And then I will watch to see if a few are unsure so I offer them an easier version or guidance in the pose.
    In other poses I will have to offer different poses for different people. For example Bridge and Wheel the are the same pose but it is a big step from the easier to the more difficult. So I will have them all do one Bridge and then do a vinyasa. Half way through the vinyasa I stop the class in upward dog ‘pause in updog’ one person in the class will get the joke ‘paws in updog’ the rest of the class wonders what is going on with the laughing. Anyhow, at  that point I will have them do Sphinx pose and show them not let the belly drupe – lower back dump which is excellent training for all backbends. Then back to a few Bridge poses. Where I will suggest Wheel as an option. A few might give it a try. A few more might start to act uncertain so I will give them the option of the one legged Bridge which is an good building step towards Wheel. At htat point I will remind them all of the correct form for these poses. And pulling the belly in from Sphinx which is very helpful for all these poses. So I have set up a training (more details are added in class) for all these poses that are the same. At this point in the class I would have people in Bridge, one leg Bridge and Wheel (maybe even one leg Wheel). And all using the basic teachings which are the same. Plus I would try help individuals if they needed something.
    That is just for one pose. Like I wrote at the start much of the class will only be one pose for everyone which is less complicated.
  7. Breathe liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in All Levels vs Basics   
    Hi Lorelei! I usually aim for a somewhat basic flow. The other day I had a fun vinyasa that went: tadasana, forward fold, halfway lift, hold plank. Option for beginners to stay here or even take it to the knees, option for more experienced to do a variation with either a push up or toe taps or both. Then we move on, chaturanga, cobra for beginners or up dog for more experienced, downward facing dog. Three leg dog, then shoulders over wrists and knee into forehead. Then, side plank but beginners can take lower leg knee to the ground, while more experienced can do regular side plank with a lifted top leg variation. Then side plank on the other side with same options for beginners/experienced, with the additional option to drop into wild thing. Then everyone step forward to the front of the mat, and we continue on. So basically, always have in your back pocket a few places where you can pause and give some options for beginners and give some options for the more advanced. Once you as the teacher get more comfortable with juggling the different levels (it's challenging!), you'll be able to kind of improvise as you go. I hope that's helpful!
  8. Breathe liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Do you get nervous when there are other teachers in your class?   
    That's a really good point about not saying something that may make others uncomfortable. You should invite your teacher come to your class that would be really nice.
  9. Breathe liked a post in a topic by Lorelei in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    This is something I struggle with too.  I find that my teaching is better when I maintain a regular practice that involves taking classes.  I'm not saying that I achieve this goal regularly, but strive to do it.  I have been going back to the studio where I did my wonderful teacher training lately, and I've found that I teach better and that I feel better when I get there at least once a week.  It's a goal to work toward for me.
  10. Breathe liked a post in a topic by Anahata in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    Teaching does take away from what we are used to doing without teaching. But I have found teaching also advances our own practice in different ways. Some other good benefits as well. So that is a really good part. I think the trick is to find the balance and everyone is different. I only teach one class per week for this reason. I have other reasons outside of yoga that I only teach once per week but even if they weren't in the way I would still only teach once.
    Now give us a real shock and tell us the weather at your location. "It's really nice out today. It's only 300 below zero."
  11. Breathe liked a post in a topic by mbcyoga in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    It is a balance between teaching and your personal practice....I find I do better if I do take at least on class each week at the studio.   A couple of reasons, it takes me out of my teacher brain, connects me with other students, and lets me observe and go deeper....
  12. Breathe liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    I couldn't agree more - it is tough to find balance between being a teacher and being a student. I try to take classes at least once a week, and I try to do my own practice daily, even if it's just a few minutes per day. My own personal practice is very different from what I teach. Sometimes I share it on instagram, and people have asked for tutorials but I have had to draw the line and just say no. I didn't want my own personal practice to start being "work" for me, and I don't want to start doing my own practice with this idea in the back of my head that I need to really design it ahead of time so I can teach it, do you know what I mean? So my advice would be to set boundaries, go easy on yourself, and try to get to a studio to be a student in a class every once in a while or more.  
  13. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    LOL - it's only -23 degrees Celsius here at present. It's supposed to warm up to -16, which means with the milder temperatures comes more snow.
    Thanks for the tip. As a very organized person, I think I'm having a hard time getting a good schedule nailed down - which is leaving me feel a tad unbalanced.
  14. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Balancing Teaching and Own Practice   
    I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on balancing teaching and one's own practice. I'm a new teacher and have just started offering classes. I love sharing my passion for yoga with others and, even though my classes are small, I find it beautiful to see my students in each pose... A whole new perspective! However, I'm finding it to be a lot of hard work to prepare for classes and promote them. And, while I still practice myself fairly regularly - usually testing out my class sequences and timing - I find I'm missing just being a student. I'm miss going to the studio and just doing what I'm told - getting lost in myself and in my own practice... or when practicing at home, just doing whatever comes natural and paying attention to what my body is asking for that day.
    Maybe it's just because teaching is new for me and a better balance will come in time?
  15. yogafire liked a post in a topic by Breathe in Do you get nervous when there are other teachers in your class?   
    For telling teachers if you are a teacher as well... I would say it doesn't matter. Every teacher is also a student. If they know you, then they probably already know you are a teacher. If they don't know you, telling them you are a teacher may make them feel a bit uncomfortable - like they will be judged.
    I've not yet had any of my teachers in my classes, but that's probably because I'm a new teacher. Although, I did have one of my teachers tell me to let her know when I would be comfortable having her attend a class as she wanted to come, but she didn't want to make me feel extra nervous as I started out.