In any yoga teacher training there are basic teaching tools that are introduced and extensively practiced: instruction, demonstration, observation, adjustment and assisting. Along with those, usage of language and voice goes hand in hand once we dwell in the instruction part of teaching yoga as well.
Why are those principle tools fundamental?
Each of those tools addresses more or less effectively a student’s learning style. Basically, this means that each person learns best through techniques that favors one mean of communication or (most frequently!) a combination of those means.
Continue reading Yoga Teaching Tips and Predominant Learning Styles: how to reach each student while teaching yoga to a group
It’s generally agreed that there are three main periods of yoga dissemination.
1. Prehistoric: The teachings were handed down from master to student orally, with no written record. These teachings were supposedly passed on by gurus who lived in forest hermitages
2. Historic: The practice of passing on teachings from gurus to disciples continued in forest retreats, but with a mixture of oral and written traditions
3. Modern: Bringing together of teachings from many sources, frequently making use of written sources without the need for a teacher to instruct students.
The Beginnings of Yoga
The beginnings of Yoga are shrouded in the mists of time. What’s not in doubt is the fact that yoga has been in existence for at least 2,500 years, but many experts also believe that it’s more likely to be around 5,000 or even 10,000 years. One of the difficulties with attempting to date the first awakenings of the yoga movement is that in the early days it was an oral tradition, passed down from teacher to student. Eventually, the theories and practices began to be recorded, but initially this was on fragile palm leaves, which have not stood the test of time. Only in later years were more permanent ways found to record the important aspects of this ancient practice. Continue reading The History of Yoga in India
Cancer will affect around one in two people and is one of the world’s major health conditions. The World Health Organisation estimates that 14.2 million people are diagnosed annually with cancer, and that figure is set to almost double over the next 20 years. Understandably, vast resources are being invested into researching the causes of cancer and possible cures, and certainly the prognosis for many cancers is significantly more positive than in the past. However, many people who are diagnosed with cancer will lose their lives to the disease, so being told you have cancer is one of the most traumatic health events you’re ever likely to encounter.
There are several recognised medical approaches to treating cancer, but many people also turn to other treatments and therapies, either in the hope of an alternative cure or to help them the manage the unpleasant side effects that conventional treatments can cause. Continue reading The Advantages of using Yoga as Complementary Therapy for Cancer
A healthy digestive system in the age-old Ayurvedic healthcare system and Yoga is linked to the foundation of our well-being. On these holistic sciences perspective a healthy digestive system is revered as the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle while most of the diseases are believed to arise from a poor digestion. The metabolic energy of digestion is called agni. It helps in eliminating the body wastes and Continue reading Yoga for a Better Digestion
Yoga is deeply concerned with Nature’s raw sources of energy: oxygen and diet. While the first one can be extensivelly addressed in a normal yoga class the second one tends to be a topic of those who are longing to loose some weight and getting fit. A proper diet is surely the key point Continue reading Yogic Diet Tips for Indigestion
Modern life is full of hassles. Work deadlines, family obligations and all the frustrations, and demands that come along with them. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works.
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You’ve heard a lot about the benefits of Yoga to your health and have decided to give it a go. But if your first few sessions will lead to a sustained effort towards making this practice part of your daily ritual, largely depends on whether you were lucky to find the ‘right’ Yoga class to begin with. Continue reading Which Yoga is right for me?
Yogis as homeless tramps is a shocking perspective for westerners that had been practicing Yoga as a way for achieving health, fitness and peaceful minds. However, that is exactly how Yogis were seen in past centuries in India and if I dare say, still today in a lot of places around the ancient country. Continue reading Yogis: from Tramps to Trend
Yoga and Ayurveda, the practice and the science
Both Yoga and Ayurveda are ancient sciences that provide a holistic approach to a sound mind and body. Their teachings have been brought down through the ages and are based on the three basic Vedic principles of Trigunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) and the panchamahabuthas (earth, air, fire, water, space). Continue reading Yoga and Ayurveda
Yoga is not a religion; it is though part of what has picked up a negative connotation: the Mysticism. Unfortunately, mysticism, nowadays, comes out almost as a dirty word once thrown in any “respectable conversation”. That happens due to the rationalization of our societies, which means, basically, that traditions, values and emotions Continue reading Yoga, Mysticism and why Yoga is not a Religion