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On Yoga Teaching: Are you ready to run a yoga retreat?

On Yoga Teaching: Are you ready to run a yoga retreat?

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘yoga retreat’? Do you imagine burnished blue skies, delicious vegetarian spreads and relaxed yoga sessions with a bunch of like-minded people? Or something more austere with intensive yoga sessions, time for silent contemplation and some proper headspace? Whatever you think of, it’s certainly true that yoga retreats are growing in popularity, and the trend doesn’t look set to change any time soon. (more…)

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On Yoga Teaching: Are you Ready to Run a Workshop?

On Yoga Teaching: Are you Ready to Run a Workshop?

You’re an established teacher, with regular yoga classes and a foundation of good teaching experience. You’ve been thinking about leading a one-off workshop, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or not. (more…)

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5 Ways to Avoid Yoga Teaching Performance Anxiety

5 Ways to Avoid Yoga Teaching Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety (often called “stage fright”) doesn’t always involve a stage.  Anyone whose activity brings them to the attention of an audience, such as a yoga class or (even worse) a yoga assessment, can experience performance anxiety.

What is Performance Anxiety?

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Performance anxiety comes about when our energy is occupied by ourselves and our anxiety instead of focusing on the task at hand. Anxiety is a powerful emotion, triggering the release of adrenaline, which prepares the body for danger by readying it for fight or flight. (more…)

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The 5 Basic Principles of Yoga Sequencing

The 5 Basic Principles of Yoga Sequencing

You know when you’ve been to a really great class. You were moved seamlessly through warm up poses, into active invigorating poses, into a really deep peak pose and then smoothly cooled down to the final Śavāsana. You ache the next day in a satisfying, you’ve-worked-in-all-the-right-places kind of way. (more…)

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