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Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Nine Deep Relaxations and Visualizations

Question My students really like it when I do an extended Savasana (sometimes 20 minutes) with visualization. I recall that Swami Kriyananda had some of these types of visualizations on tape and wonder if they are printed anywhere. Or if anyone has any mind visualizations, as well, I would be more than happy to know some of them. Answer from Nayaswami … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Teaching Yoga in a Health Care Setting

In 1983, when I first decided to go to nursing school, I thought I would get training in an occupation that would be service-oriented, and then I would find a way to integrate spiritual teachings into my work. Over the years I have worked in many traditional settings: hospital, health department, home health, and hospice. I have attempted to use … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Ananda Yoga: A Natural Treatment for Insomnia

A friend recently shared an inspiring story of how he overcame his difficulties with insomnia through the practice of Ananda Yoga. Matthew attended our most recent session of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. He openly shared with the group that he had been an Infantry Marine about 10 years prior, and had been … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Ananda Yoga for Tall Posture and Bone Strength

When I first started doing yoga postures, I heard that Yoga would make you taller. Being about 5 foot 2 inches in height, I always liked the idea of growing taller. And although after many years as an Ananda Yoga practitioner and teacher, I still don’t tower above the general population, I can say that at 62 years old, I … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Therapist Training

Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis

For fifteen years, I’ve been teaching yoga. In December of 2012, I did something that changed the direction of my yoga teaching in a very positive way: I took a weeklong course Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength at Ananda’s retreat center, The Expanding Light, near Nevada City, California. The course is part of the curriculum for Ananda’s Yoga Therapy Training … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga Tips on Meditation

Anyone can receive many benefits from meditation during pregnancy, and all of those benefits—calmness, communion, centeredness and more—are especially important at this special time in life. Meditation practice can help you get through, not only the challenges of pregnancy, but also those of delivery. However, meditating while pregnant can have its challenges. Here are some tips on how to work … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga: Are You Ready for the Good News? Part 2

In Part 1 of this article Nicole discussed how to handle three “prenatal situations” that you might encounter in your teaching: (1) a new, pregnant student drops into your general yoga class, (2) a pregnant student and her pregnant friends ask you to teach a prenatal yoga class, and (3) an advanced student of yours becomes pregnant. We’ll pick up … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga: Are You Ready for the Good News? Part 1

Read Part 2. It’s in the news: prenatal yoga is a great choice for mothers-to-be. Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Gunasheela Surgical and Maternity Hospital in Bangalore, India collaborated on a research project (published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, April 2005) that showed that practicing prenatal yoga helped to improve birth weight, reduce … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Tadasana – The Standing Mountain Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies The only difference for a fat person in this asana is that s/he may prefer the legs to be a bit wider for better grounding, balance, and comfort.

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Garudasana – The Eagle Pose (also The Twisted Pose)

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies Because of extra flesh in the upper arms and thighs, it’s hard for a fat person to wrap one limb around the other. If the student has good balance and is otherwise fairly flexible, I have him/her place the foot of the raised leg on the lateral part of the knee, … Read More