Delving into the many yoga teaching topics is a joy. But the dilemma we all face is an overabundance of information.
If you are researching ways to continuously improve as a teacher, we offer the most organized resources you’ll find. But still, even on our site, there’s likely more than you could get through in this lifetime.
We recognize that the challenge and opportunity of our lives is to mindfully choose how to spend our precious time and energy. We’re dedicated to helping maximize your time.
If you’re wondering where to start or which direction would be best for you, here we offer brief guides to help you choose where to focus to most efficiently meet your particular needs. Whether you “know what you don’t know” or “don’t know what you don’t know,” we can help you efficiently grow your knowledge and skills.
In most cases, the links are for content provided to members only, but we include the guides here in Free Resources to give any interested teachers a sense for the topic and how you might think about it.
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In this 6-minute audio guide, you’ll get a quick overview of the type of content and tools available and get advice on where to start. And, then, based on your interests and needs, learn how to choose an optimum path of study and focus.
Where to Begin
See below for more information on what each includes.
With very flexible students, they may need to guard against pursuing “flexibility for its own sake.” With these students, how can their focus during stretching be redirected?
Name six signs that could indicate overstretching.
What condition makes students more prone to overstretching?
Jill Miller has been transparent about the issues resulting from her history of overstretching. What happened from overstretching and what was her diagnosis?
What are some stretching practices that don’t improve flexibility?
Describe how muscles are not elastic, and why this important.
Name two safe and effective ways to improve flexibility.
How do mindfulness and visualization contribute to effective stretching?
Although doing a vinyasa or short static hold of a pose can warm you up and make it easier to stretch, why isn’t this enough to improve flexibility? Why are long holds necessary for addressing postural tension and making flexibility gains?
Describe progressive deepening techniques.
What other expert recommendations—that are often naturally accomplished in a well-rounded asana practice—will contribute to effective stretching?
What are some examples of myofascial release techniques?
Is myofascial release recommended before, during or after your regular practice?
In this 7-minute audio guide, you’ll get a quick overview of the type of content and tools available and get advice on where to start. And, then, based on your interests and needs, learn how to choose an optimum path of study and focus.
Foundation: Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics
The study of foundational anatomy is necessary to fully understand teachings around injuries and conditions. We recommend these 10 topics which relate to the Nervous System, Respiratory Anatomy, The Spine and Musculoskeletal System.
We want this section to guide you through some simple steps to increasing your proficiency—not be overwhelming. You may be dismayed to see that our anatomy recommendation list is quite long. But here’s the deal: we’ve worked very hard to make those topics digestible and applicable. And we think you’ll agree that if you understand the teachings there, learning about injuries and conditions will come naturally, based on an understanding of these foundational teachings. That means you’ll also have the perspective that will lead to being more capable of forming hypotheses and teaching plans based on your own observations and experiences.
For other interests and needs, we offer many more study and teaching tools for Conditions of the Spine, Back and Hips, Other Joint Issues & Common Conditions, Pregnancy, Mental Health, Trauma & PTSD, Arthritis, and Neurological / Brain-Related conditions. Each topic is broken down into practical chunks to help you build a strong foundation and focus in on what you need. See the Safety, Injuries & Conditions Hub.
More Specifics on What You’ll Find Where
About Injuries & Conditions in Yoga
What are three general ways to approach the topic of Injuries, Conditions & Yoga?
What are five common causes of yoga injuries?
How can you help to prevent injuries in your classes?
What is required to go beyond accommodation of a student’s condition to attempting to encourage particular healing or reduction in symptoms?
What is required to safely accommodate students with injuries and conditions in class?
According to a 13-year study of yoga-related injuries in the U.S. (published in 2017), the majority of injuries occurred in what category of students?
How can you address some of the inherent challenges of teaching an individual practice in a group setting?
What are some challenges and considerations related to learning about individual students in a group class?