Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Helping Students Master the Asanas: Part One

“Will I ever be able to do ____?” [Fill in the blank with a popular yoga asana.] This is a question that I often receive from my students. They have seen the pictures in the books and watched some of their classmates glide—seemingly effortlessly—into a pose that is challenging to the watchers. I never answer with a simple yes or … Read More

Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga

Yoga Asanas and Stretches for The Lower Back

Hey, guess what? We are going to pretend that Randy — you remember Randy from the last therapeutic yoga article, whom we almost sent to the hospital because he had so many complications with his back problem — has responded well to a conservative yoga therapy program. Can you guess what has been his favorite part of his yoga program? Well, … Read More

Short Stories, Yoga

Yoga is for Growth on All Levels

When Steve first came into my class, he had a pronounced slump, and his body and face were all gray from not being able to take in enough oxygen. He was about 58 years old at the time, a geography professor at the University of California at Davis. Locked into the academic environment, he’d never really “lived in his body”; … Read More

Personal Transformations, Yoga

Insights Into Truthfulness

Teaching yoga is such a wonderful way to deepen the understanding that we are all divine. One way I’ve come to see this more and more is through teaching three sections of a 15-week, three-credit yoga class at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. I’d like to share with you some of the inspiration that I’ve felt in doing this. … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Unique Teaching Experiences, Yoga

Nuclear Yoga

Recently I was asked to do a four-hour seminar for stress reduction at the Savannah River Site (SRS), a nuclear facility near my home in South Carolina. I was very surprised and excited to have this opportunity. I’ve done short presentations before for the U.S. Department of Energy, Westinghouse, and Wackenhut at SRS, but never a seminar. This was new … Read More

Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Getting the Point

Have you ever reached a point with your sadhana — or in your teaching, or in anything else from which you seek fulfillment — where it just wasn’t giving you what you wanted? Did you think, “What’s wrong; why isn’t there more joy”? Of course you have. Everyone has. But what can we do about it? I’d like to share with you … Read More

Personal Transformations, Yoga

Relax and Feel

Getting “The Feeling” The thing that kept me coming back to Hatha Yoga during my eight years of on-again-off-again practice was “the feeling.” I felt something when I practiced, and I didn’t feel it when I didn’t. But what was I feeling? It felt like a summer breeze. It felt like getting out of the shower after having been in … Read More

Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Burn Bright, Not Out

In 2002, I interviewed three Ananda Yoga® teachers who teach a lot, and I’ll share their wisdom with you. Each of them gave a wealth of insights and solutions, including: how to recognize the many ways in which burnout can manifest finding the causes of burnout a wide variety of practical solutions, both preventative and remedial Even if you don’t … Read More

Miscellaneous, Yoga

Living in the Spine

Recently someone asked me: “You say that yogis need to live in the spine. What does that mean, and how can we do it?” Good question! At Ananda, we so often speak of living in the spine that it’s easy to forget that its meaning isn’t obvious; in fact, newcomers sometimes think it’s downright strange. I’d like to address how … Read More