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When Burnout Knocks: The Struggle of Keeping Teaching Healthy, Honest, and Vibrant

When Burnout Knocks: The Struggle of Keeping Teaching Healthy, Honest, and Vibrant

I have heard most yoga teachers I know, at one point or another, say something along the lines of, “I have been teaching so much, I haven’t had time to practice.” This statement usually precedes weeks or months of the dreaded but all-too- familiar malaise of yoga-teacher- burnout. In professions in which holding space and giving to others is paramount, such as teaching of all kinds, caregiving, public interest work, social justice, medicine, counseling, and so forth, the threat of offering so much there is nothing left in the tank is a constant occupational hazard. When burnout happens among yoga teachers, however, there are additional layers of expectations and stereotypes that must be overcome. Just because yoga fosters calm, relaxation, and balance in students does not mean that teachers reap the same benefits simultaneously. Second, just because a person teaches yoga does not mean it is easier for that person to recognize and confront the signs and symptoms of burnout.

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Living Yoga Off The Mat

Living Yoga Off The Mat

Think back to why you first took a yoga class. To rehabilitate an injury, perhaps, or as way to counter stress? Because you needed some exercise? Because it just sounded fun? What was your “aha!” moment in which you realized there was change that lasted long after the practice was over? What are the transformations that keep you coming back to the mat?

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Tuning Up Mind and Body: How Yoga and Sound Therapy Work in Harmony

Tuning Up Mind and Body: How Yoga and Sound Therapy Work in Harmony

Sound therapy practitioner and meditation teacher Sara Auster explains how yoga and sound therapy can work in a variety of ways.

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Making It to the Mat: What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About the Most Difficult Part of the Practice

Making It to the Mat: What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About the Most Difficult Part of the Practice

How many times at the beginning of a class has a teacher stood up and said, “You made it to your mat. The hardest part is over.” Yes and no. Many barriers to students finding a steady practice schedule are practical: time, cost, and convenience. There is a growing body of research to suggest, however, that the key to students finding a sustainable practice runs deeper than managing logistics; it cuts to the heart of what differentiates yoga from other exercise choices. Students are more likely to return to class when they find a connection to a teacher’s holistic presentation of the mental and physical aspects of yoga.

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Pool Yoga 2.0: Is the World Ready for Pool Noodle Yoga?

Pool Yoga 2.0: Is the World Ready for Pool Noodle Yoga?

Pool yoga has given way to Aaron Reed’s amazing new approach -- pool noodle yoga. It’s providing a lot of new opportunities for people who could never do yoga before.

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Why Yoga Trade is More Than Just a Yoga Instructor Job Site

Why Yoga Trade is More Than Just a Yoga Instructor Job Site

The website Yoga Trade is about more than just finding yoga instructor jobs. It’s goal is to be an opportunity and learning hub for the yoga community.

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Six Ways You Can Get Work Teaching at a Yoga Retreat

Six Ways You Can Get Work Teaching at a Yoga Retreat

Teaching at a yoga retreat sounds like a blast, but it’s actually hard work. Find out what it takes to live the yoga retreat lifestyle from yoga teacher Mary Tilson.

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Can a Psychic Help You Become a Better Yoga Teacher?

Can a Psychic Help You Become a Better Yoga Teacher?

An interview with Intuitive Medium Jill Willard, who will share with you how accessing your intuitive powers can help you becoming an amazing yoga teacher and a better person.

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Yoga for Better Posture: A Pain-Free Approach

Yoga for Better Posture: A Pain-Free Approach

YogAlign is a method of doing yoga that breaks from many of the traditional approaches of instruction. It’s yoga for better posture, and a much more pain-free existence.

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Research Reveals What it Takes to Be an Effective Yoga Teacher

Research Reveals What it Takes to Be an Effective Yoga Teacher

Andrew Tanner of Yoga Alliance shares with us insights from the 2016 Yoga in America Study, including tips on what it takes to be a great yoga teacher.

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