How To Tell If Your Yoga Instructor Knows What They Are Doing

The yoga industry is absolutely booming. There are yoga studios and teachers popping up everywhere and it is so awesome to see so many people starting this practice. I have taken classes from teachers who know their shit, like I leave feeling just so good. But I have also taken classes that have just felt wrong, off, or choppy. Different styles of yoga benefit different people and everyone has their “thing” but here is a list of clues that your yoga teacher is knowledgeable and capable of putting together a safe, fun class for you!

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Yoga Tutorial: Chaturanga

Chaturanga, if you lack upper body strength or have any sort of shoulder and/or back pain can be a super challenging pose. Made all the more difficult by the fact that you do at least a handful of them in nearly every yoga class. Today I am breaking down chaturanga and also showing a great way to modify it as you build up strength or accommodate trouble spots for you!

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My Week of Yoga: Personal Practice

Are you sick of hearing the words “polar vortex” yet? Well imma talk about it for a minute. The polar vortex had us Midwesterners homebound and stuck inside due to a huge amount of snow and record-breaking cold temps. The positive to all of this is it allowed me to pour time into my personal practice. What once made me uncomfortable is beginning to feel like home.

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MY Week of Yoga: New Year, More Yoga Please

With the holidays and the studio being closed some days I had the opportunity to lead my own practices at home. It was awesome to sit back and reflect on how far my practice has come this past year since really committing my time and energy to going to classes and flowing at home. I am encouraged and so excited to see what this year of yoga will bring.

 

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My Week of Yoga: Called to the Mat

This week had me pulled to my mat every single day. Even days I didn’t plan to do yoga, I found myself on my mat. It came primarily in the form of self-guided practice as opposed to studio time which is a rarity for me. I know as schedules get busy during this holiday season I probably won’t get as much studio time in and instead will have to be flexible with my practice (pun intended).

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Lessons Yoga Can Teach You

Typically what I have found with yoga is that people initially fall in love with it because of how it makes them feel. They come to the mat looking to relax, to heal, or to get in shape. They fall in love with how they feel during and after class. After some time this love tends to deepen and you begin to explore all the facets of yoga.

What I love most about yoga is just how much you can learn. Yoga, in all of its limbs, is an incredible teacher. Today, I am sharing the biggest lessons I have learned both on and off the mat.

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