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Two Female Yoga Teachers You’ve NEVER Heard Of

Two Female Yoga Teachers You've NEVER Heard Of

Yoga has become a huge part of British popular culture, but back in the 1950s and 60s, it was an exotic and ‘foreign’ activity. We’ve all heard of the male teachers who brought about the popularisation of yoga in the UK – world-famous figures, such as B. K. S. Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois – but did you know that there were two female yoga teachers who played a crucial part? We didn’t either!

So, let’s play our part in celebrating the role of women in yoga and the history of yoga in this country. (more…)

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On Yoga Teaching: How to Cope with Student Injury

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It’s the nightmare scenario you hope you’ll never have to deal with – a student injury in one of your yoga classes. It does happen and it’s wise to think ahead as to how you would deal with that situation.

Yoga teachers are in the frontline of dealing with people who have pre-existing aches and pains. The idea is that we will help them to gradually get over injuries and improve their overall strength and flexibility. And while yoga is a pretty perfect form of all-around body conditioning, the people we teach (and we ourselves) aren’t perfect.

Sometimes injuries will occur in the class setting, and when that happens, it’s best to be prepared for how to act. (more…)

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Are You Stealing from Yoga Teachers?

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We learn about cheating at school. We know copying someone else’s homework right before the lesson is wrong, but sometimes you get away with having ‘done the work’. Then, by extension, we learn about plagiarism and copyright infringement; it’s wrong to take someone else’s work and pass it off as our own.

But what’s the stance on stealing sequence and yoga lesson ideas from other teachers? Is this as bad as plagiarism and cheating? There’s no doubt about it that yogic stealing happens. One of the founding principles of yoga is asteya – or non-stealing. The third of Patanjali’s yamas, asteya is also the urge to covet what another has. We might want the charisma of another teacher, the smooth teaching style, the easy grace. But that is not ours to take. What we can take are their ideas.

So how do we sort out the ethics of yogic stealing? (more…)

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What’s the Story with Kirtan?

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Yoga is a vast subject, and just when you think you know all about it, a whole new yogic practice hoves into view that you know nothing about – step forward, kirtan. So what’s the story of kirtan? Put simply, it is yogic chanting, meditation through song, or communal meditation. It is an ancient practice that is being brought bang up-to-date and steadily rising in popularity here in the UK. So here’s a handy guide to kirtan, from its ancient origins to its modern-day form. (more…)

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London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019

London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019
London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019
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How do you know you’re ready for a yoga workshop? And what are they? Workshops are usually longer than a regular yoga class and often have a specific focus, which allows you to work more deeply on your practice. If you’ve been attending classes regularly for around 6 months or have established a regular yoga practice and feel that you want to take things a step further, the best way to do this is to head to a yoga workshop. (more…)

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