There are many different populations of students who can benefit enormously from a practice of Chair Yoga. Some of the specialized groups of students who benefit from a supported practice include older students, students who are recovering from head injuries, students who are healing from surgical procedures, and students who may be living with long-term, chronic diseases that affect their balance, coordination and their ability to stand for extended periods of time.
What is “doga,” and can it honor the real practice of yoga? Formats vary, but practices typically last 30 minutes, rather than a full…
Chair yoga is a wonderful alternative for students who have trouble with mobility or balance. They can still gain many of the benefits of yoga stretches and breathing exercises while staying on or near a chair for support. Instructing a class that uses a chair as the main prop will be a change from a regular class of students with full range of motion capabilities. Yoga teachers must be careful to be sensitive to the needs of their students.
You may have noticed that Aura Wellness Center recently added a Power yoga course. Yet, people considering yoga teacher training courses often wonder what the “power” is all about. To some people the word (power) doesn’t seem yogic. So, what’s all the hype about this particular style?
Some students may even feel fear when they step onto the mat because they are afraid they will not be able to meet their own high expectations of themselves or the perceived high expectations of their teacher or the class at large. For instance, in some Yoga teacher training classes, there is a strong emphasis put on being able to drop back into Upward Facing Bow from a standing position. However, dropping back into this challenging backbend may not be appropriate for all teacher trainees, during every class.
Pregnant students should be in a specialized class with a teacher who has successfully completed a prenatal yoga teacher training course.
Power yoga combines the traditional yoga practices of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Tristhana. Ashtanga refers to performing a specific series…
By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP These days, many students ask how to become a Restorative Yoga teacher. As you move toward a healthier lifestyle, you may be considering teaching. Following some soul searching, you might also see teaching Yoga as a way to help others. Let’s look into becoming a certified Restorative Yoga …
If your back feels tight, a simple standing forward bend (Uttanasana is the name of the yoga pose) will help to stretch out your thoracic and lumbar spine. If you tend to round your back at work, try doing a seated version of Cat (Marjaryasana) and Cow (Bitilasana) pose right at your desk. These two yoga poses stretch all three curves of your spine and relieve tension between your vertebrae.
To practice Supported Supine Bow Pose, you will need a bolster and two blankets. If you do not have a bolster, fold a thick blanket or towel to approximate the same size and shape as a Yoga bolster. Place the bolster lengthwise on your Yoga mat. Fold the two blankets into squares and place them where your knees will be.