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Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana by Melanie Cooper  link

Why We Recommend It

This is an impressive addition to modern yoga literature. So many books about yoga continue to be written to students, thereby offering only a small part of the story that helps teacher hone their craft. Specific support for teaching is lacking in most sources but Melanie Cooper addresses this need head-on and she does it very well. In fact, her book is twice as good as most because she provides both great support on many aspects of teaching plus wonderful asana adjustment teaching. That’s a lot packed into an organized, accessible teaching manual. Highly recommended! – Shelly

Book Quote

This book is for teachers of all kinds of yoga. It is a source of sadness to me that some yoga teachers look more for the divisions between types of yoga rather than what we have in common. I feel we are all doing essentially the same thing but with different emphases to cater to all the different personalities and body types doing asana.

More Books

While we have highlighted a few outstanding books, there are literally hundreds of wonderful books and we encourage you to peruse the entire list. Any one of these may be just what you need!

  1. Arguetty, Danny — Nourishing the Teacher: Inquiries, Contemplations and Insights on the Path of Yoga  link

  2. Cormier, Noelle — What Makes Your Heart Sing? A Guide to Creating Themes for Yoga Classes  link

  3. Farhi, Donna — Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship  link

  4. Fields, Jay — Teaching People Not Poses: 12 Principles for Teaching Yoga with Integrity  link

  5. Gerstein, Nancy — Guiding Yoga’s Light: Lessons for Yoga Teachers  link

  6. LePage, Joseph & Lilian — Yoga Teachers’ Toolbox  link

  7. Lo, Karen — Blessed to Serve  link

  8. Main, Darren — The Yogi Entrepreneur: A Guide to Earning a Mindful Living Through Yoga  link

  9. Marchildon, Michelle Berman — Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga  link

  10. Stephens, Mark — Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques  link

Other Resources

  • 90 Monkeys – Professional development resources for yoga teachers  link
  • Aquin Yoga Teachers’ Blog  link
  • beYogi  link
  • Carol Horton PhD Articles – Yoga teaching topics  link
  • Grace & Grit – Yoga teacher mentoring  link
  • ShaktiYoga New York – Yoga teacher mentoring webinar  link
  • Speak Your Inspiration – Yoga teacher mentoring  link
  • Teachasana  link
  • Yoga and Body Image Coalition – Creating a safe space for bodies of all types and promoting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity  link
  • Yoga Teacher Magazine  link
  • Yoga Teacher Resource  link
  • Yoga Training Guide – Teacher training schools  link

See Also

Sequencing

The Yoga Technique Guide by Bruce Bowditch  link

Why We Recommend It

This spiral bound reference book offers a lot of value. Developing skills and confidence in alignment and sequencing are often the biggest challenges in the first few years of teaching. While some trainers and workshops provide excellent teaching support on these vital topics, becoming an expert in these areas requires ongoing commitment to practice and study. After the training workshop is over, you need a guide or reference to refer back to, but compared to other teaching topics, practical written support on these topics is slim. So this guide really stands out as a quality support piece for teachers. It covers the fundamentals of alignment and explains the relationship between physical alignment and energy flow. And it includes sequencing guidance plus sample sequences for each type (hip stretching, grounding, calming, invigorating, etc.) – Shelly

Book Quote

The cycles of nature and the seasons are a perfect metaphor for sequence building. We start quiet and still in a seated posture at the beginning of our practice, just as Winter is poised for Spring. The gradual warm awakening of Spring transitions into the bight, full exuberance of Summer. The power of Summer peaks, then moves toward the descending energy of Autumn. Autumn folds inward, finally releasing back to Winter and its silence. When designing your own sequencing, keep the rhythm of the seasons in mind.

More Books

While we have highlighted a few outstanding books, there are literally hundreds of wonderful books and we encourage you to peruse the entire list. Any one of these may be just what you need!

  1. Bowditch, Bruce — The Yoga Practice Guide, Dynamic Sequencing for Home Practice and Teachers  link

  2. Bowditch, Bruce — The Yoga Practice Guide, Volume Two, Sequencing and Pranayama for Energy Balancing  link

  3. Meza, Melina — Art of Sequencing – Volume One  link

  4. Meza, Melina — Art of Sequencing – Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa  link

  5. Rufty, Jodie & Liz Parks — The Art of Yoga Sequencing: A Hip Opening Practice  link

  6. Stephens, Mark — Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes  link

Websites

  • IDEA Health & Fitness Association Yoga Lesson Plans  link
  • SequenceWiz  link
  • YogaClassPlan  link
  • The Yoga Recipe  link

E-Course

  • The Art of Yoga Sequencing with Jason Crandell link

See Also

Adjusting & Assisting

Books

  1. Abelson, Jill — Extra Love: The Art of Hands-on Assists Vol One  link

  2. Abelson, Jill — Extra Love: The Art of Hands-on Assists Vol Two  link

  3. Cooper, Brian PhD. — Yoga: The Art of Adjusting  link

  4. Cooper, Melanie — Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana  link

  5. Gannon, Sharon & David Life — Yoga Assists  link

  6. Kaivalya, Alanna — The Art of Adjustments: The Yoga Teacher’s Guide to Safe Hands-On Assists  link

  7. Keil, David — Hands-on Adjustments: Techniques for Adjusting Yoga Postures  link

  8. Pappas, Stephanie — Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting: An Insightful Guide for Yoga Teachers and Students  link

  9. Rachman, Martia Bennett — Yoga’s Touch: Hands On Adjustments, Alignment and Verbal Cues  link

  10. Remski, Matthew — What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? Injury, Touch Abuse, and Trauma in Modern Yoga  link

  11. Stephens, Mark — Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques  link

Websites

  • Jillian Pransky Website – As part of her training, she helps teachers develop observation & intuitive skills, and to provide energetic touch  link

See Also

Online Classes

  • 20 Hottest Yoga Videos on YouTube (Elephant Journal article)  link
  • Audible Yoga  link
  • Black Swan Yoga TV  link
  • CorePower Yoga Online  link
  • Do Yoga With Me  link
  • Ekhart Yoga Online  link
  • Gaiam TV  link
  • Grokker  link
  • My Yoga Online  link
  • My Yoga Pro  link
  • My YogaWorks  link
  • Udemy  link
  • Yoga Download  link
  • Yoga Journal  link
  • Yoga Learning Center  link
  • YogaGlo  link
  • Yogavibes  link
  • Yogis Anonymous  link

Practice Podcasts

  • 5 Podcast Picks for the Yoga Lover – fitsugar  link
  • 10 Best (Free) Yoga Podcasts. Ever. – elephantjournal  link

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