Do you have to be able to do something to teach something?
Another question that frequently comes up in yoga and for me the answer is almost always, yes.
I'm not saying that every yoga teacher out there needs to have a highly advanced practice, but I guess I think of it like this: would you take a math class with just a high school math level student as the instructor? Or guitar lessons from someone who has just a beginner / intermediate level of guitar?
If you're looking for an introduction to something, an exchange even, of course you can go with whomever you want and give him or her a title of whatever you want, be it 'teacher' 'instructor' etc.
These days, though, 'yoga teachers' seem to be a dime a dozen and so many times I feel like people label themselves as yoga instructors before they're ever even yoga students.
Once you start advancing in yoga - be it in the physical asana practice or a more devotional spiritual practice, (and no, the two are not independent one from the other) the need to search out an experienced teacher who has already gone down the path you're trying to find your way along becomes very apparent.
Why take an inversions or meditation workshop with someone who only has a mediocre practice of these things?
Of course you can learn something from everyone, and it's not to say that all advanced practitioners will be good teachers, but nowadays it seems that so many people aim to make money off of yoga and set up their personal business side of it before actually taking the time to establish a strong and dedicated practice.
People with little to no experience practicing adopt a fake it till they make it attitude with an over eagerness to 'teach,' lead workshops, retreats, meditations, even teacher trainings...
And yoga with its 'happy flower, all loving, don't judge' mindset makes it difficult to sort out the experienced teacher from others.
Choose your teachers wisely.
Spend your time wisely.
And try to stay lighthearted about the whole thing, it's Saturday. 😉
Pensamientos on a weekend morning.
Twisting lotus in #headstands .
🍃Inspired by @carrot_bowl_bonnie, this is a creative take on a traditional #yogaflow , disrupting familiar #movement , introducing a different #perspective on #strength . 🙌🏻#yogapractice#yogastrength *Exhale, Down Dog *Inhale, Roll to #Plank *Exhale, #Chaturanga *Inhale, Child’s Pose *Exhale, Chaturanga *Inhale, Plank *Exhale, Roll to Down Dog, Drop knees *Inhale, Nose-graze to ground through arms to Up Dog *Exhale, Down Dog
h a p p y FRIDAY friends 🌟I’m really excited to share with you a NEW YOGA CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT: #EVERYBODYOGABODY !💃🏼
starts tomorrow until June 1st 💫 •
it can be easy to fall into trap of believing you have to look a certain way or be able to get into a perfect pose to do yoga. we forget that no one body is the same & may find it intimidating because if we’re not thin or flexible or strong enough. key word: not being enough. but it’s time to let go of that fear. get on your mat. & love your body exactly how it is. are you ready?!
before jumping in, here is the exact secret on what you’ll need to get a yoga body:
step 1: do yoga
step 2: have a body
the poses that make up this challenge are based on achieving different functions rather than a set pose. allowing your body to focus on obtaining the benefits of a pose rather than the appearance itself. for each one of us it will be different so choose what’s right for you & most importantly - HAVE FUN! ✨
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for those who like to plan ahead:
1. standing / balancing pose
2. forward bend
3. twist /sidebend
5. hip opener
7. empowering pose of choice
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This Week’s Class Focus:
• Focus •
Did it! This pose eluded me for a long time, but I finally figured out that (once my body was capable of taking this shape) it requires #drishti . So do all asanas, but it’s easy to get away with a Warrior 2 while your eyes are wandering around. This one requires the focus, steadiness of the mind, full attention. .
Start by standing tall with your legs together. Squat as low as you can (opt: use a blanket under your heels). Side stretch to the right, leaning into your right hand. Rotate your chest to the right and place both hands on the floor outside your right leg. Stop at any of these points to get a feel for each one. Every step is necessary for the final pose.
Snuggle your left arm right up against your right leg. Plant your hands shoulder-width. Lean into #chaturanga position in your upper body (use the shoulder position we established 2 posts ago in Tadasana). Steady your gaze. Lift your hips slightly so you can walk your feet out from under you and gain more room to lift. Lift your bottom foot. Keep that gaze fixed on a point in front of you. Lift your other foot and squeeze your feet together and your forearms toward each other. Breathe and smile! Come out carefully, as you entered.
Spice it up: You can use a wall to place your feet against, blocks under your shoulders to avoid dipping, or a blanket/pillow forward of you if you fear falling forward. #explore#play#focus#stillness
It always seems impossible until it’s done. What are you waiting for?
Challenge yourself now!
Take the risk.
Try something new.
Do it for you — don’t compare your abilities to anyone elses.
It’s your journey for a reason 🔮🌿🤸🏽♀️
Me han preguntado varias veces si además de yoga hago alguna otra actividad fisica.. la respuesta es no..sólo yoga, nunca antes había hecho algún trabajo físico.. a través de la práctica gane mucha fuerza.. Muchas personas se sorprenden de eso.. hasta que prueban hacer una #chaturanga por ejemplo..😅😅
Y la fuerza que gane no es sólo en términos físicos..gane confianza, seguridad en mi misma, encontré equilibrio en mi vida...no quiere decir que no lo pierda por momentos, sólo que se que mi práctica es mi "brújula"a la cual recurro cuando me siento perdida..
Feliz finde🙏 .
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One legged chaturanga. Chaturangas will leave you with some beautifully toned arms. 💪🏼 Make sure to have a solid chaturanga before proceeding to one leg. Some things to watch out for: 1. keep the elbows glued in to the body. 2. Don’t collapse your back, so keep the core nice and strong. 3. Don’t let your shoulders dip down past your elbows. This might not seem like a big deal right now, but when they dip past you’re crunching the neck and over time it could do some major damage. Proper form is number one. You want to feel good. 👌🏼🤗🧘🏻♀️
If you want to know what the most precious yoga pose is, you’re going to get a different answer from everyone
For some it’s handstands
For others it’s down dog, child’s pose or savasana
For me it has to be chaturanga 🤲
A simple looking pose, it requires incredible core and arm strength and kicks the butt of even us who have done it hundreds and hundreds of times 😂
It forms a key part of so many yoga classes, part of the classical “take your vinyasa” plank-chaturanga-dogs
It’s also the first arm balance any yogi will try and can be safely attempted the first time you ever step on the mat
It was the first step for many towards crows, handstands and other more impressive balances
A simple pose that demands respect (and lays you out if you don’t give it 😂)
And that is why, to me, chaturanga is the most important pose
It's the trivial things like flowing through your #Vinyasa and #chaturanga that have been disheartening the most for me after injuring my wrist back in December (nonyoga related)
I feel like it will never get better and I will not regain my abilities
When the music is rushing trough your vains and all you can feel is electric love for this current moment ♡
So so so looking forward to see Børns live today 🤗 Absolutely one of my favorite music. Definitely a happy Friday 🙌
Wenn die Musik deinen ganzen Körper elektrisieren lässt und du nur noch voller Glück die Musik und den Moment wahrnimmst ♡
Ich kann es kaum erwarten heut Abend Børns live zu sehen und hören. Auf jeden Fall eine meiner Lieblingsbands aktuell. Ich würde mal sagen, happy Friday 🤗
THIS! Chaturanga is one pose I am constantly trying to cue and set up so people can avoid injury. In a normal class I often see people enter and go through chaturanga in a way that *may* be detrimental to their body. .
Thanks for the great “this vs that” @kickassyoga (PS, follow her, she’s amazing!) .
Chaturanga dandasana o postura de la tabla:
Es un clásico ésta postura en yoga, sin embargo es un asana que hay que perfeccionar constantemente ( mantener codos pegados a las costillas , mantener glúteos bajos , espalda recta, entre otros), lo importante es que trabaja y fortalece brazos y abdomen algo muy cool para mí 😶🙏 #chaturanga#chaturangadandasana#asana#tabla#posturadelatabla#yoga#yogalife
Inhale, half lift... Push the fingertips down and spread the shoulder blades as in a high plank. Scoop in the low belly and lift the chin, gazing between the eyebrows.... Keep the lower back soft so you can breathe into it - the back of the diaphragm expands most in spinal flexion.
If you're doing a handstand, hands flat. Lift the chin but gaze between the hands. Breathe into a gently tensed core as you lean more into the hands... #IntraAbdominalPressure ... Continue to slowly inhale as you float into the heavens, or hold your breath if you have a Pranayama or Kriya practice... Exhale as the feet land in #chaturanga and linger on for while. 💪