The 7 Chakras of Teaching: Practical Tips for Vinyasa Yoga Teachers

This one is near and dear to my heart, a love letter to yoga teachers with a few things I've learned in my nascent teaching career. Visit My Yoga on Gaia to read the complete article covering root to crown guidances for Yoga teachers. 

Every student deserves to feel like they are being led, cared for and protected during what can sometimes be a vulnerable space of self-exploration. If we experiment with new variations, transitions and sequences during class, we are projecting the potential risk of the unknown onto our students. This is a violation of trust and can drain both energy and confidence. Instead, treat your home practice as a laboratory and work out the mechanics of anything new inside your own body before inviting others to do so.

Muladhara on my Mind.

I’m not sure whether it is the change of seasons or the impending transitions of so many people that I love, but I have been feeling a little uprooted as of late.  I generally love the energy of change, I welcome it.  I find peace in the chaos and have learned to embrace transitions for the opportunities that they bring.  As a creature of conditioning, I had to learn to love this feeling.  I have moved more than 20 different times over the course of my life.  Some moves were international, others just down the road, some moves were temporary and all moves involved some degree of packing and unpacking.  Only in my most recent series of moves however, did I begin to appreciate the simple comfort that can come with developing roots wherever you go.

To balance this recent uprooted feeling, I have found great ease in a grounding yoga practice this week, awakening muladhara, the root chakra.  Anatomically located at the base of the spine, this energetic center is the seat of emotional and physical stability promoting a healthy foundation for the remaining chakras.

One of my favorite ways to bring awareness to the root chakra is by practicing the variation of balasana (child’s pose) shown below.  In this shape, the base of the spine softly rests upon that which grounds the body to the earth – the feet.