Delving deeply into the many topics related to yoga teaching 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 more than you could get through in this lifetime.
We recognize that the challenge and opportunity of our lives is mindfully choosing how to spend our precious time and energy, and we are dedicated to helping maximize your time.
So 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! : )
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We offer a library of what might be called Warm-Up Practices. It includes stretches, asana variations and flows (or mini-vinyasas).
In this 4-minute audio guide, you’ll get a quick overview of the type of tools available and how to efficiently find what you’re looking for.
Purpose / Intention
These practices can be used to warm-up or to prepare for particular target actions.
They may serve as preparation for more physically strenuous asana.
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
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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 work to improve flexibility?
Describe how muscles are not elastic, and why this important.
Name two safe, efficient 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.
Begin with the study of foundational anatomy that is necessary to fully understand teachings around injuries and conditions:
We want this section to guide you through some simple steps to increasing your proficiency—not be overwhelming. And so we’re a little 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 your being more capable of forming hypotheses and teaching plans based on your own observations and experiences.
However, we know you have limited time plus your own unique combination of experience, knowledge and interests; as such, we can absolutely help you adapt your study as needed for your situation. For instance, if you have limited time and your priority is to increase knowledge of how to adapt practices for students with sciatica, you will greatly increase your confidence and ability to support students by jumping right to Sciatica. In the case of general low back pain, you might begin in About Low Back Pain and Yoga for Low Back Pain but once you have a sense for the issues, you may then find a need to jump to Anatomy of The Spine, Anatomy of Movement, Anatomy of The Pelvis and/or Anatomy of The Core.
Injuries & Conditions: Where to Begin
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More Injuries & Conditions: Resource List – Includes links to resources for 34 conditions, from Addiction & Recovery to Anxiety, Cardiovascular Conditions, COPD, Headaches, Osteoporosis & Osteopenia to Scoliosis and Varicose Veins
More Specifics on What You’ll Find Where
Injuries & Conditions: Introduction
According to a 13-year study of yoga-related injuries in the United States that was published in January 2017, the majority of injuries occurred in what category of students?
In some cases, it is vital that students have an individual session with a physical therapist, yoga therapist, or other qualified professional prior to engaging in a group class. What is an example of such a case?
How can a teacher 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?
What steps can help newer teachers who are not feeling confident in their understanding of various conditions, and of teaching practices to support students with such conditions?
Name six injuries and conditions for which it may be reasonably expected that a yoga teacher is prepared to support.
What may be an unspoken assumption regarding the health and ability of students in drop-in asana classes?