Yoga Teaching Knowledge Standards, Proposed Standards for Widespread Adoption



Yoga Teacher Central offers Teaching Knowledge Standards for yoga teachers to:

  1. Promote and support widespread adoption of training models that adequately prepare yoga teaching professionals.
  2. Make it easy for teachers to become aware of gaps in their knowledge, and to efficiently bolster their education in foundational knowledge.

Scroll down to see a complete list of knowledge standards.


We also offer free and private self-assessments for yoga teachers to:

  1. Provide an effective way to assess knowledge of each of the standards.
  2. Make it easy to self-assess privately, on your own time.
  3. Help teachers who identify educational gaps to bolster their knowledge with accessible and practical lessons.

Get the free self-assessments here: Standards & Self-Assessment Hub


  1. We recognize and support the Heart of Yoga recommended standards for yoga teachers (detailed here), which offer a comprehensive perspective of yoga teaching as a whole.
  2. There are no other widely published or accepted standards for yoga teaching professionals. Therefore, we offer these specific minimum knowledge standards. (A common misperception is that Yoga Alliance has published teaching “standards,” that it “certifies” teachers and that YA registration has a relationship to teaching competency. That is not correct. See factual information here.)
  3. These standards relate to the knowledge component of teaching only, as distinguished from practice, transmission and mentorship.
  4. These standards are relevant across a wide range of teaching styles, are comprehensive in scope and have been methodically devised and contextualized in a full curriculum.
  5. Each of the standards has been well-researched, is transparent, and is fully supported with clear, precise and accessible lessons. (Due to this full transparency, anyone on the planet can fully consider the standards, customize the recommendations for their own use, and provide feedback, which we wholeheartedly invite. We are happy to change and update the recommendations at any time.)
  6. We offer teachers an opportunity to become aware of any gaps in their education, and to efficiently round out their education in the fundamentals. See the Standards & Self-Assessments Hub for free and private self-quizzes.
  7. For teacher trainers, we provide curriculums and a library of resources for meeting these knowledge standards, plus much more in the way of advanced and specialized teaching knowledge.

The standards (listed below) are organized as follows:

  • Roots of Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Physiology
  • Student Safety Foundations
Teaching Arts
  • Ethics & Equity Foundations
  • Teaching Methodology Foundations
  • Your Presence as the Teacher
  • Alignment & Adjustments
  • Sequencing Foundations
  • Adapting for Student Needs
  • Personal Practice & Self-Care
  • Professional Development
Yoga Techniques
  • Breath & Pranayama
  • Asana Foundations
  • Mantras & Meditation
  • Poses

Roots of Yoga

Yoga History
  1. Origins & Sources of Yoga – Gain a basic understanding of the roots of yoga philosophy.
  2. Branches of Yoga – Be familiar with the major branches of yoga and their origins.
  1. Sanskrit Introduction – Gain an understanding of the origins of Sanskrit, its distinctive qualities, and the significance of it being the language of the original yoga texts.
  2. Sanskrit Study & Teaching Tips – Progressively develop the capability to use Sanskrit in teaching by practicing vowel pronunciation and learning common Sanskrit words that form the components of pose names.
  3. Sanskrit First Words – Be prepared to introduce Sanskrit words into teaching.

Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy Foundations
  1. Defining Yoga – Be aware of the profound depth and potential scope of yoga as a philosophy and practice, and consider multiple perspectives on the purpose of practice.
  2. Foundational Philosophies – Gain an understanding of key assumptions built into the foundational philosophies upon which various branches of yoga are based: Samkhya, Advaita Vedanta and Tantra.
  3. Bhagavad Gita Introduction – Understand The Bhagavad Gita’s prominent role in yoga philosophy, and establish a foundation for exploring its teachings.
  4. Yoga Sutras Historical Context – Gain a basic understanding of the historical context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and build a foundation for exploring the teachings.
  5. Yoga Sutras Overview & Structure – Be familiar with the scope and content of The Yoga Sutras.
  6. Kleshas Introduction – Be grounded in the teachings of kleshas, a foundation of yoga philosophy.
  7. Eight Limbs Overview – Gain an understanding of the intention, teachings and tools of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
  8. Yamas & Niyamas Overview – Be familiar with the general subject matter of the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) as a whole and individually.

Anatomy & Biomechanics

Anatomy & Physiology Prep
  1. Tips for Studying & Teaching Anatomy – Be familiar with priorities and guidelines for studying and utilizing knowledge of anatomy and physiology in teaching.
  2. Anatomy & Study for Safety and Accommodations –Be clear about what specific steps you can take to better understand various conditions and to support students with such conditions.
Musculoskeletal System
  1. Musculoskeletal System IntroBe familiar with terminology and basic facts regarding the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the foundational structure and function of bones, joints and muscles (with more detail on each, and on connective tissue, in separate lessons).
  2. Connective Tissue & Fascia Understand the anatomy and physiology of connective tissue, the functions and significance of fascia, and techniques for applying this knowledge in teaching.
  3. Location & Movement Terminology Learn terminology that describes anatomical movements and location.
  4. Muscle Movement & Contraction Gain an understanding of how muscles move and learn the related terminology.
  5. Joint Movements & ROM Be familiar with foundational terminology related to joint movements, factors that affect joint mobility, and the normal ranges of motion for various joints.
  6. Muscle Pairs & Pose Examples Acquire knowledge of key agonist/antagonist muscle pairs in major joint movements, and name poses that utilize them.
  7. Hyperextension & Hypermobility Be familiar with the characteristics of musculoskeletal health and issues, particularly hyperextension and hypermobility, and teaching techniques to optimize joint health, especially for students with hypermobile joints.
Spine & Back Anatomy
  1. Spinal Regions & Vertebrae Be proficient in the anatomy of the spine including each of the five regions, the spinal curves and the vertebrae.
  2. Back Muscles Learn the anatomical terminology and function of superficial, intermediate and deep back muscles, plus poses that strengthen and stretch them.
  3. Spinal Functions Learn the functions of the spine and the attributes of a healthy spine.
  4. Spinal Movements Be proficient in using accurate terminology related to spinal movements and how to apply knowledge of the movements to inform teaching of the various categories of asana.
Anatomy of Posture
  1. Healthy Posture Learn terminology and considerations related to posture including anatomical position, habits and muscle memory, sensory motor amnesia and the attributes and implications of healthy posture.
  2. Postural Issues & Conditions Become knowledgeable about postural issues such as thoracic mobility issues, hyperlordosis and kyphosis, and the vast variety of potential causal factors.
  3. Teaching Spinal Anatomy & Posture Apply knowledge of spinal anatomy, posture and compensatory movement patterns to support effective teaching of individual students, and review sequences that may help with teaching healthy posture.
Core Anatomy
  1. Core Form & Function Gain an understanding of the foundational anatomy of the core, including the function of the individual muscles and the core as a whole.
  2. Core Fundamental Teachings Be proficient in choosing practices and verbalizing teachings to promote a balanced, healthy core.
  3. TA & Engaging Deeper Abs Be more deeply knowledgeable about the TA and how to effectively teach engagement of the deeper abdominals.
  4. Pelvic Floor Become proficient in describing the pelvic floor, its role in core functioning, potential issues, and teachings that can contribute to pelvic floor health.
Pelvic Anatomy
  1. Pelvis & Hips Anatomy Intro Become familiar with the foundational anatomy of the pelvic region including naming conventions, the bones and joints, the female pelvis, and the important functions of the pelvis.
  2. Hip Muscles Learn the anatomical terminology and function of hip muscles including anterior muscles (hip flexors and quadriceps), medial muscles (adductors), posterior muscles (hamstrings, glutes) and lateral muscles (rotators).
  3. Pelvic Tilt & Hip Movements Be proficient in using accurate terminology related to hip movements and how to apply knowledge of pelvic tilt and hip movements to inform teaching.


Physiology, General
  1. How Yoga Supports Health & Physiology Become competent in specifying the ways that yoga supports health from various perspectives.
  2. How Trauma Affects Physiology & Wellness Understand the widespread prevalence of trauma, and its specific and profound physiological effects.
Nervous System & Stress
  1. Nervous System Overview Understand the foundational anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
  2. Vagus Nerve Be familiar with the significance of vagal tone in the experience of stress and the effectiveness of yoga techniques.
  3. Stress & Relaxation Response Understand the functioning of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and the workings of the Stress Response, Fight or Flight Response and Relaxation Response.
  4. Why Yoga Works Be proficient in communicating how yoga impacts the nervous system and stress, and the many profound effects this has on health, including genetic expression (epigenetics).
  1. Respiratory Anatomy Introduction Gain an understanding of the foundational physiology of the respiratory system.
  2. Accessory Muscles & More Be familiar with the nasal cycle and lungs, plus the differentiation between primary and accessory respiratory muscles and the muscles used for inspiration and for expiration.
Flexibility & Stretching
  1. Anatomy & Physiology of Flexibility & Stretching – Understand what limits flexibility (including connective tissue and the nervous system) and gain a deeper understanding of stretching.
  2. Stretch-Related Reflexes Be knowledgeable about the Stretch Reflex, the Golgi Tendon Reflex and Reciprocal Inhibition, and explore how to apply this knowledge in teaching.
  3. Stretching Issues & Techniques Be proficient in identifying and preventing overstretching as well as practices that do and do not improve flexibility.

Student Safety

Student Safety Foundations
  1. Injuries & Conditions in Yoga Be knowledgeable in injury prevention and ways to accommodate students who have injuries and conditions.
  2. Sensation & Pain Gain an understanding of the complexity of pain and how to use this knowledge when teaching asana.
  3. About Contraindications & Alternatives Learn the importance of knowing and utilizing contraindications and cautions, and understand how to wisely choose alternatives.
  4. When to Refer Out Know when it’s advisable to refer students out for diagnosis or individual assessment and how to be prepared to do so.
  5. Contraindications Index Be familiar with the Yoga Teacher Central Contraindications Index and understand the necessity of having contraindications on hand when teaching.

Ethics & Equity

Ethics & Equity Foundations
  1. Teacher-Student Relationships & Ethics Be knowledgeable about ethical factors in teacher-student relationships, including the likelihood of psychological transference, and reflect on how to wisely fulfill the responsibility of a teacher.
  2. Equity in Yoga – Inclusion & Diversity Understand the factors that impact equity and diversity in yoga and become familiar with specific ways to mindfully and proactively address these factors.
  3. Inclusive & Accepting Word Choice Be competent in choosing words that inspire an inclusive and accepting environment in which to practice yoga.
  4. Cultural Appropriation & Cultural Exchange Be aware of what cultural appropriation looks like; the historical context that explains the significance of honoring the roots of yoga; and how to mindfully and ethically do so.
  5. Body Positivity + Larger Bodies Be aware of perspectives and actions that can help to support students in having a body positive experience.

Teaching Arts

Teaching Foundations
  1. Teaching Methodology Intro & Overview Become familiar with the scope and range of foundational skill sets for effective yoga teaching.
  2. Humility & Boundaries Be aware of the critical role of mindfulness and embodiment while teaching and explore how to apply humility and boundaries for optimum outcomes.
  3. Practice & Study Foundations (Part 1) Explore the reasons why personal practice and self-study are vital for effective teaching.
  4. Skillful Teaching Be familiar with specific elements of artful and skillful teaching, and tools that can support you in developing your skillfulness.
  5. Promoting Student Safety Be knowledgeable in how to foster a safe, noncompetitive environment and to promote student safety.
  6. Space & Logistics Checklist Be aware of a number of logistical and timing considerations to attend to before class, during class, and after class ends, plus considerations for obtaining student feedback.
  7. Sacred Space & Ritual Become familiar with the significance of ritual and specific considerations for setting up a sacred practice space and honoring the Four Directions.
  8. Teaching with Themes Be familiar with techniques and considerations for effectively teaching themed yoga classes.
Your Presence as the Teacher
  1. Authenticity, Body Language & Presence Be aware of elements of your teaching approach that contribute to your overall presence, so that you can be your unique self while also examining ways to maximize your effectiveness in delivering the teachings.
  2. Sonic Components of Voice Be familiar with the sonic (sound) components of voice (cadence, tone, energy and volume) and become conscious of optimizing your voice for teaching.
  3. Wise Word Choice Be aware and skilled in specific strategies for effectively and wisely choosing words while teaching.
 Alignment & Adjustments
  1. Defining & Teaching Alignment Clearly understand why and how to teach people as opposed to poses, and techniques for empowering students to learn alignment “from the inside.”
  2. General Alignment Principles Prioritize spinal positioning, breath awareness, the foundation of the pose, “stacking” bones, moving from the core, and using knowledge of muscle pairs during practice.
  3. Choosing Alignment Cues Be clear that no alignment teaching will work for all students while exploring cues that may work in a reasonably broad set of situations, plus cues that may be problematic.
  4. Problem Cues: Spine & Pelvis Be familiar with considerations related to cueing for rib flare and misalignments of the spine and pelvis, taking particular care with the problem cues “tuck (or scoop) your tailbone” and “use a flat back.”
  5. Problem Cues: Standing Poses – Be proficient in considerations related to such cues as “place feet parallel,” “square the hips” and “align your kneecap toward the second toe” plus other cue options to meet particular needs.
  6. Adjusting & Assisting Guidelines Establish a foundation for decision-making and proficient techniques for assisting an individual student, whether verbally, energetically or physically.
  7. Mindful Asana Transitions Be proficient in teaching mindful asana
 Planning & Sequencing Foundations
  1. Inviting Inspiration Have a structured process you can turn to for inviting inspiration and creativity using a mindful planning strategy.
  2. Class Elements Be prepared to consider a multitude of yoga techniques to create comprehensive class plans.
  3. Sequencing Fundamentals & Guidelines Lay the foundation for sequencing poses to safely and effectively meet class objectives.
  4. Choosing & Arranging Poses Learn how to apply anatomy, biomechanics and knowledge of poses to choose and arrange poses in order to promote a balance of strength and flexibility, prepare for a peak pose, sequence vinyasa flow, and meet other objectives.
  5. Segmenting Your Class Be familiar with how a class can be segmented in order to assist in effective sequencing and pacing, and how to use a segmented class framework for setting and meeting intentions.
  6. Sequencing & Pacing to Balance Energy Explore how yoga affects energy and understand the guiding principles and practice effects of yogic tools (langhana, brahmana, samana) in order to sequence in a way that promotes energetic balance.

Adapting For Student Needs

Adapting for Student Needs
  1. Adaptation Principles Be aware of adaptation principles that can serve as a foundation for making in-class decisions.
  2. Trauma Informed Teaching Become familiar with foundational considerations related to trauma-sensitive teaching, and review specific tactics for promoting emotional and psychological safety in the classroom.
  3. Working with Pain Cite research on the effectiveness of yoga with pain and apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and yoga tools to adapt practices for pain.
  4. Pregnancy & Yoga Intro Know the criteria for determining when it’s appropriate to accommodate a pregnant student in a general class and when it’s advisable to refer to a Prenatal Yoga Class.
  5. Pregnancy Adaptations by Trimester Be aware of general safety cautions, plus guidelines and suggestions for each trimester.
  6. Beginners Intro Be prepared to teach to the unique needs of beginning Hatha Yoga students.
  7. What Students Want & Need Be prepared to balance students’ desires to be seen and included, a teacher’s need to promote safety, and the need for students to explore without feeling excessively “corrected.”
  8. Mixed Level Classes Understand the challenges in effectively teaching a mixed-levels class and review suggestions for overcoming them.

Personal Practice & Self-Care

Personal Practice & Self-Care
  1. Reaching Your Teaching Potential Reflect on the ways that being a teacher is different from being a student and explore particular actions that can help you to meet your potential as a teacher.
  2. Personal Practice & Study (Part 2) Clearly understand why personal practice is vital for teachers and how to overcome obstacles to practice.
  3. Inspiration to Teach Explore strategies for stoking your passion and inspiration to teach, overcoming perfectionism, inspiring persistence, and framing struggle or failure.
  4. Self-Care & Burnout Be clear about common stressors faced by yoga teachers, what self-care is and is not, and specific strategies for preventing and addressing burnout.
Business Planning
  1. The Business of Teaching Become familiar with business considerations related to yoga teaching including the importance of your niche, applying mindfulness, and considering various career strategies.
  2. Building Business & Revenue Streams Become familiar with the variety of ways to build teaching experience and create revenue streams via different teaching formats and opportunities.
  3. Marketing Your Yoga Business Become familiar with ways to approach marketing of a yoga business.
  4. Insurance & Continuing Ed Be aware of recommendations, requirements and resources for obtaining teaching insurance, getting signed liability waivers, choosing professional affiliations and engaging in continuing education.

Breath & Pranayama

 Subtle Body Foundations
  1. Energy & Subtle Body Anatomy Have a foundational understanding of energy from scientific, philosophical, and practical viewpoints, and be familiar with the yogic perspective on life force energy (prana), how it moves and functions, and how yoga impacts energy.
  2. Koshas Overview Learn the kosha model and explore ways to apply and teach it.
  3. Chakras Introduction Become familiar with the philosophy, function and symbolism of chakras.
  4. Pranayama Philosophy Be familiar with the meaning and deeper philosophical perspectives on the purpose and effects of pranayama (breath practices).
Breathing Foundations
  1. Breath Teaching Cautions Be clear on the cautions related to practicing pranayama and best practices for teaching about the breath, including teaching to beginners.
  2. Healthy & Restricted Breathing Be knowledgeable about the power of the breath to affect physiology and emotions, and the causes and effects of breathing issues, including reverse/paradoxical breathing and chest breathing.
  3. Natural Effortless Breathing Become proficient in the naming conventions related to natural breathing and diaphragmatic or belly breathing; characteristics and benefits of natural breathing; and ways to teach belly breathing, the three-part breath and effortless breathing.
  4. Basic Breath Training Understand the difference between unconscious and conscious breathing and techniques for guiding students in conscious breathing that slows their breathing rate and expands respiratory capacity.
  5. Yogic Breathing Understand the differences between clavicular, thoracic and diaphragmatic breathing and become knowledgeable about conscious exhalation and diaphragmatic rib cage breathing.
  6. Pranayama Teaching Foundations Understand the parts of the breath cycle, what is necessary for safely teaching kumbhaka and which practices serve different energetic purposes.
Pranayama Techniques
  1. Ujjayi Be familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Ujjayi Pranayama, also known as Victorious Breath.
  2. Nadi Shodhana Be familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Nadi Shodhana, also known as Anuloma Viloma and Alternate Nostril Breathing.
  3. Sama Vritti Be familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Sama Vritti Pranayama, also known as Equal Breathing, Harmonious Breathing, Balanced Breathing, Box Breathing and Square Breath.
  4. Kapalabhati & Bhastrika Be familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Kapalabhati, known as Skull Shining Breath, and review an introduction to Bhastrika, Bellows Breath.

Asana Foundations

Asana Foundations
  1. Mudras Introduction Be familiar with the five classes of mudras (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha and adhara), their purpose and the central role they fulfill in Hatha Yoga.
  2. Bandhas Introduction Be familiar with the purpose of bandhas and why it’s inadvisable to teach bandhas in most drop-in classes.
  3. Asana Philosophy & Purpose Memorize and understand sutras 2.46 to 2.49 and become familiar with philosophical perspectives regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.
  4. Pose Families Introduction Understand the importance of function over form and how knowledge of pose categories and families informs teaching.
  5. Asana Category Highlights Learn the physical and energetic effects of all major pose categories and become proficient in using this knowledge to inform sequencing.

Mantras & Meditation

Meditation & Mantra
  1. Mantras & Chanting Introduction Be aware of the central role and importance of mantras in yoga practice.
  2. Meditation & Mindfulness Introduction Have a foundational understanding of meditation from a yogic perspective.
  3. Meditation Effects Be knowledgeable about the many potential effects of meditation and become proficient in explaining yoga philosophy related to thoughts, sensations, suffering, absorption (samadhi) and meditation.
  4. Teaching Meditation Be knowledgeable in how to apply the philosophy and knowledge of meditation to practical and effective teaching.

Asana Categories & Poses

Be familiar with the qualities and sequencing considerations of each category of asana, plus naming, effects, cautions, basic form, cueing and variations of individual poses within each category:

  1. Standing Poses
  2. Surya Namaskar & Vinyasa Yoga
  3. Balancing Poses
  4. Core Strengthening Poses
  5. Arm Balancing Poses
  6. Backbending Poses
  7. Forward Bending & Hip Stretching Poses
  8. Twisting Poses
  9. Inversion Poses
  10. Meditation Seats
  11. Chair Yoga
  12. Restorative Yoga
  13. Yin Yoga

Next Steps

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Practice vs. Knowledge

Yoga is a lifelong pursuit of learning and practice. And so, too, is the teaching of yoga.

Yoga teachers develop their skills and evolve over time through:

  1. Personal Practice
  2. Practice Teaching and “Real” Teaching
  3. Mentoring / Coaching
  4. Transmission
  5. Knowledge

The techniques that teachers use in their growth and evolution fall into two broad categories:

  1. Practice, and
  2. Knowledge Acquisition

Here we use “practice” to mean all those things that you engage in with the mind-body in real time, including not only your personal practice (including self-study and reflection) but also practice teaching and receiving coaching and mentoring. Both practice and knowledge are critical for teachers.

  • Teaching is not simply spouting knowledge, and it’s not just oversight and coaching of students. Excellent teaching is a sharing of your whole self, including your accumulation of experience and a transmission of your energy.
  • A teacher lacking adequate practice will not have the level of experience and consciousness needed to transmit the depth associated with transformation, and they may sound “hollow” or superficial.
  • A teacher lacking adequate knowledge will be unprepared to share the deep and broad scope of teachings, to utilize and adapt the broad and deep teachings that are needed to effectively meet the variety of student needs.

Although growth as a yogi and teacher usually happens in ways that are non-linear and organic, we find that practice and knowledge are most effectively approached methodically. One of the reasons why a teacher training can be so transformative is because it inspires disciplined and methodical practice and knowledge acquisition.

The primary reason for distinguishing knowledge acquisition from practice is this:

  • Many vital aspects of a yoga journey fall under the category of practice, which cannot be written down in a book or manual.
  • Knowledge, however, can be methodically studied, which is an accessible and practical way for every teacher to efficiently build an ever-more-powerful teaching toolkit.

Practice is critical to personal evolution, which happens in organic and non-linear ways. Knowledge, however, is a component of teaching that can be methodically learned at a pace that you define.

When it comes to the knowledge component, perennial study is a critical aspect of teaching effectiveness. The more we learn, the more we realize there is to learn. Thus, lifelong study is the norm for teachers.

As you become more aware of the vast scope and depth of knowledge related to yoga teaching, it may at times feel overwhelming. To reduce overwhelm, it can help to bring some perspectives and strategies to your learning:

  1. As a general rule, study is best approached methodically, as opposed to reacting to whatever gets thrown at you from random sources of information.
  2. Honor your learning style and move at the optimum pace for you. Since there’s no end to learning, there’s no need to rush. If something feels challenging to you, take more time with it. And if something comes naturally and easily, be grateful and move on to the next step in your learning.
  3. Generally, it’s ethically advisable to meet a minimum standard of knowledge and to integrate that learning before endeavoring to teach others. No matter where you are in your development, if you’re sharing yoga as a guide, be sure to teach what you actually know. Refer out when faced with something you don’t.
  4. Learning the fundamental knowledge in any subject is most efficiently achieved by using a structured or methodical approach. However, as you go further in your study, curiosity and interest serve as excellent guides to lead you to your next area of study.

Sample Support

Here you’ll find examples of the lesson support behind each standard.

Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Exchange

In this lesson, we differentiate cultural appropriation from cultural exchange and explain the significant reasons for honoring the roots of yoga.

  • Objective: Be aware of what cultural appropriation looks like; the historical context that explains the significance of honoring the roots of yoga; and how to mindfully and ethically do so.
  • Description: Define cultural exchange and cultural appropriation, and explain the key differentiators between them. Describe the vital significance of the roots of yoga and what appropriation of yoga looks like
  • Free Sample Lesson: Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Exchange

Defining & Teaching Alignment

In this lesson, we introduce alignment and a general approach to teaching it.

  • Objective: Understand the goal and priorities of teaching alignment and how to empower students to learn alignment “from the inside.”
  • Description: Define “alignment.” Explain the goal of alignment and how alignment and prana are said to relate. Explain why no alignment teaching works for all students and provide priorities in teaching alignment. Explore the value in empowering students to learn alignment “from the inside” and how this can be accomplished.
  • Free Sample Lesson: Defining & Teaching Alignment
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