You’ve probably heard many a teacher say, “Tuck your tail,” in asanaclass, making it seem like a widely understood and accepted cue. But the phrase can be interpreted many different ways, often resulting in a chain reaction of unintended movement.
When I ask students what they would identify as their core, 9 times out of 10 they point to their abdomen. While they’re not wrong (there are key muscles of the core in their abdominal region), there are far more muscles involved than that.
The ubiquitous trope that “yoga is stretching” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both yoga and human anatomy. Now that scientific research is largely debunking ingrained notions of what it means to “stretch,” the language that yoga teachers and media are using to describe what yoga practice does needs to be questioned.
Yoga is many things to many people, but I think we all agree that the main objective is to quiet the mind. Some find solace by balancing on their hands, others sitting on a cushion.
Some wise and sensible words here, all teachers should take a moment to think about this.
If you are a yoga teacher, you are likely dedicated to continuously learning new information about asana and anatomy in order to keep things fresh for your students.
To get the most out of a yoga practice on the physical level, we learn to go deeper into our poses with ease instead of force. This also prevents us from sustaining injury. Great tips in this article.
Eight psychological and emotional pitfalls that stand in the way of genuine success in teaching yoga and how to overcome them