Back in May, 2015, before I even packed a suitcase or planned much of an itinerary beyond purchasing plane tickets, I made a fairly significant decision. I quit identifying as a ‘Yoga Teacher’. I hollered my frustration at my office walls, and I hollered my grief into the spacious sky above my desert walking ground. I… Continue reading ‘What I Did On My Summer Vacation’
loose: to set free from fastening or attachment (nautical) Preparing material for yoga classes is a fairly solitary process. I tend to do a lot of circling my mat and shuffling papers before I can loose my mind and free dive into soft tissue and fluid body systems. Once there an inner world opens up… Continue reading Swimming My Sea
Oh, the things they don’t mention in yoga teacher trainings… There you are, newly-minted and starry-eyed. You are going to bring yoga to everyone ~ and anyone ~ who has the courage to step through your door. You will teach to whomever shows up, and if they can’t afford your classes, you’ll set up some kind… Continue reading Stories from the Yoga Teacher’s Mat: Dealing with The Neighbors
It was a fine Spring morning in New England. After 2 hours in the classroom, my teacher trainees and I were taking a short break and heading to the practice room, where we would be reviewing teaching techniques for the next 3-4 hours. We timed our arrival at the yoga studio to coincide with the end… Continue reading Stories from the Yoga Teacher’s Mat: Headstand Gone Wrong
I have always liked having smart students in my yoga classes, even the smart-assy smart ones. Their questions over the years have helped me examine, re-examine and occasionally even re-work my premises, prejudices, preconceptions and even some of my most cherished notions of what constitutes ‘yoga’. Those smart students have helped me stay awake and alert… Continue reading How to Use a Yoga Teacher Training to Become a Smarter Yoga Student
As more and more people show up for yoga classes, teachers might consider adding private and semi-private sessions to their repertoire. I began to offer this service about 8 years ago, once I felt well-established in my teaching skills. I had enough hours on the mat, specialized training, and the confidence to work with adults… Continue reading Giving good yoga, one-on-one.
Location: Anywhere I am in my own body, which is pretty much everywhere, all the time. The living room of my second floor apartment (temporary quarters for this rather fluid time in my life). Satellite locations include the Atlantic Ocean (mid-coast Maine), the high desert of central Mexico. Investigative tools and materials include: Walls covered with white… Continue reading The ‘Fluid Yoga’ Research Lab