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.

Vinyasa Yoga Poses & Sequences

You'll find the basic structure of Vinyasa Yoga along with some of my favorite poses and sequences in my latest article at My Yoga on Gaia!

Vinyasa Yoga arises from an intrinsic personal freedom to breathe and move in the way that is most beneficial at any given time. To call once again upon the experiential wisdom of Shiva Rea who likens this quality to a river, "there is a direction to the flow but like a river, it is allowed to find its course." In Sanskrit, this quality is called sahaja and illustrates the spontaneous response that arises within Vinyasa Yoga when we allow ourselves to be led by subtle body intuition. Whether or not the resulting movement bears any resemblance to a yoga pose.

Morning Yoga: From Waking to Awakening

Please enjoy my latest article on My Yoga Online to explore the benefits of practicing yoga in the morning. 

On a cellular level, exposure to morning light initiates the body’s start-up procedure. Upon first exposure to light from darkness, the brain shuts down melatonin production thereby stimulating physical systems and corresponding bodily functions. Unfortunately, our eyes do not distinguish between natural and unnatural light sources, so that middle-of-the-night glance at a smartphone screen to check the time, is like telling your body it’s party time.