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Moving Toward Standards for Training Yoga Therapists

Last summer saw an historic meeting of some 40 schools that currently train Yoga Therapists and are member schools of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). On August 31 – September 1, 2011, I was able to meet with about 70 other people at Asilomar, CA, plus IAYT’s Board of Directors and their Standards Committee, which recently submitted a … Read More

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Reflections on the 2011 Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference

This first-ever Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference was held October 30 – November 2 in Indian Wells, CA. More than 300 teachers attended, most of them from the U.S., but also represented were India, Australia, Japan, and China. The conference was unique in that (a) it was affordable, (b) all meals were vegan, and (c) it was designed for yoga teachers … Read More

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Yogananda’s Views on Hatha Yoga

Although written for Ananda Yoga teachers, this article will interest any serious practitioner of yoga. I’m sometimes asked, “Where does Ananda Yoga come from? Paramhansa Yogananda didn’t teach asanas, did he? Did he even do them himself? What’s the story?” I can certainly understand why there would be confusion, so I’d like to clear it up in this article. I … Read More

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How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program

If you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, here are some important questions you should ask about any teacher training school you’re considering. 1. What style of yoga is taught? Don’t choose a yoga teacher training just because the dates fit your schedule, or it’s cheap. Rather, train in the style that you want to teach. And if a school … Read More

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What is Ananda Yoga?

Although written for Ananda Yoga teachers, this article will interest any serious practitioner of yoga. What do you say when someone asks, “What is Ananda Yoga?” Probably you give a brief and rather general answer, tailored to what you think he or she will best relate to. But what is Ananda Yoga, really? There’s no quick, definitive answer, but in this … Read More

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Future Directions for Yoga in the West

Enjoy Gyandev’s popular keynote address to the 2011 Keynote for Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference. In the audience were hundreds of yoga teachers from all over the world. Many people expressed regret that they couldn’t attend the keynote in person, and a number who were there asked to see it again, so here it is: Gyandev McCord – Keynote speaker at … Read More

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First Chapter of Gyandev’s New Book Spiritual Yoga

Now Available Chapter 1 The Art and Science of Hatha Yoga Yoga is an art as well as a science. It is a science, because it offers practical methods for controlling body and mind, thereby making deep meditation possible. And it is an art, for unless it is practiced intuitively and sensitively it will yield only superficial results. — Paramhansa … Read More