Blog Posts and Articles from our Community of Yoga Teachers
This is a space where teachers and students from our community - people who teach on our courses or who have studied with us - can share and offer articles, blogs, experiences and much more.
Further below we have an archive of valuable articles and posts we enjoy on the web:
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Have you ever been told you can’t sing?
For those of us who have, there are a few paths we consciously, or unconsciously, choose: we either stop singing, or we contain our singing to the shower or car, or to when we’ve consumed the right amount of alcoholic beverages to let ourselves belt out the anthems of our youth.
Yet in my work, my voice is one of my most important tools I use in teaching Yoga. It’s not just what I say, but how I say it. Here I share my journey with reclaiming the power of my unique voice.
I LOVE music. I am constantly astonished by music. By the endless creativity of musicians to produce beautiful, moving, wild rhythms, melody and harmony. I could never imagine life without it. What a blessing music is in our lives!
Yoga is my other love. I regularly join the two together in my own practice and in my classes you will often hear me playing music to support the Yoga. Sometimes I may even bring my guitar and play live for people.
Donna Farhi is an internationally respected Yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982. Donna Farhi is also the primary Yoga teacher for Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal, core faculty at Contemporary Yoga. She is the author of several...
Erich Schiffmann teaches what he calls Freedom Yoga – the freedom to teach and practice any style of Yoga he likes! His approach is about tuning in, listening to guidance from within, the inner teacher, and then doing as is prompted.
This encourages and empowers the student to listen and respond to their own body and movement, to practice in a way which respects their body, and how they find themselves at the beginning of each practice.
We’re gearing up for playing more with video – it’s a great medium for showing movement as opposed to a static photo of a posture. There is so much that may be explored in the transitions between postures, in how we flow, in how we move.
In a nutshell: an exceptionally clear and extremely practical guide to core integration, stability and support I first came across Donna Farhi's books back in 2004 and was immediately hooked by her accessible, relevant and inspiring writing and teachings....
Neal has been featured again in one of New Zealand's top online Yoga websites, The Yoga Lunchbox. The article asks a number of prominent Yoga teachers: "How has Yoga changed your relationship with your body?" You can read Neal's response below and also there is a link...
We are happy to see Karla Brodie being featured in the Sunday Star Times (18 June 2017). In an article by writer Stephen Heard, he writes about his first experiences of Restorative Yoga and about Karla's classes. Wonderful to see the news about Restorative Yoga...
An extract from Vincent's forthcoming book ... By many, contemplative practices are seen as passive. This is far from the truth. There is a real struggle when we engage the reality of our minds, there is no other experience like it. Here we realise how elusive,...
Many of these tips and suggestions came from online sources (quoted at the end), and many also from my own experience. I hope you find these valuable. Make it your own Be inspired by other teachers and their language and the way they use their voice, but ultimately,...
I have been beavering away in the last few months planning and creating a comprehensive schedule and new website for our Contemporary Yoga Centre in Remuera, Auckland. It feels informally like a re-launch of the Centre as we have been operating in a rather low key way...
Yoga practice for me is about surrender, presence and an ‘everything is as it is’ approach. Surrendering any idea that we have to go somewhere, achieve something or reach any point of perfection in our practice can be very liberating. The ‘practice of surrender’ in yoga may then support living life with a renewed sense of ease and flow.
Finally after almost a lifetime of yoga practice and study I was introduced to Somatics. I had struggled with a broad variety of different ideas about how yoga should be practised. A lot of the instruction seemed contradictory and hard to clearly embody. I kept...
At first, we do not realise the power and the beauty of the practice to transform our lives. A few years down the line we may recognize that in fact Yoga is leading us on an amazing journey of self-discovery (recovery!).
Yoga offers this to us all, teachers or not – practices and teachings to help us become who we truly are.
As the popularity of Yoga continues to expand, more and more people are being drawn into practices beyond Yoga asana (posture), into breath work, into meditation, into the subtler aspects of the tradition. One of the practices that is becoming increasingly lauded is...
In Restorative Yoga we use props such as blankets, bolsters, chairs, sandbags, eye bags and more to support us in our practice. We spend time and care setting up these props so that when we practice they support us fully and we may profoundly relax.
An archive of useful articles and blog posts from the web
I first heard about Peter Blackaby many years ago when I was still living in my home town Brighton, England, almost 20 years ago. He was becoming a well-known teacher even then. He still teaches in Brighton and I'm hoping to catch a class or two with Peter when I...
Good quality sleep is SUCH an important part of our well being. When we sleep we allow our body to restore and heal itself, both on a physical and psychological level. Depression, anxiety and stress can result in poor sleep, and poor sleep can result in depression, anxiety and stress.
So whichever way you look at it, getting a good nights sleep is vital for our well being.
An interview with Lisa Petersen, on Yoga Journal, Spain.
Lisa Petersen has been a friend and colleague of Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal for many years. We all share Donna Farhi as a major inspiration for our Yoga teaching and practice, among other influences of course.
By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International
When considering shoulder alignment in downward facing dog, what are the first cues that pop into your mind? If you’re like most yogis, one of these cues is likely to be “external rotation.” With occasional exceptions, the instruction for the upper arm bone (humerus) to rotate externally in the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa) in down dog is a foundational alignment rule taught in most yoga teacher training programs.
By Ray Long MD, of The Daily Bandha
Working with the muscular stabilizers surrounding the individual joints is a central tenet of both injury prevention and rehabilitation. In this blog post we illustrate how to work with myofascial connections to protect your knee in Pigeon and Reclining Pigeon pose.
By Cynthia Allen on Huffington Post
No matter how many candles were on your last birthday cake, to get the most out of your life and be on track for feeling fine at 99, here are seven essential moves you need.
#1 Wiggle – Just stop with the sitting still as a rock.
By Ray Long MD, of The Daily Bandha
A central concept in all healing arts is that of correcting imbalances within the body. The principle of re-establishing balance can be found across all cultures from Navajo sand paintings, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine to modern allopathy.
By Amber Burke, on Yoga International
For many yoga practitioners, the sacroiliac (SI) joints are shrouded in mystery. Many yoga teachers say that some poses should be practiced in a certain way “for the health of the SI joints” without identifying where these joints are anatomically or explaining why students should care about SI joint health.
By Eric Franklin, on The Franklin Method
The classic core muscles are the diaphragm, the abdominals, the pelvic floor and the deeper layers of the lower back muscles. You can stabilize your core with your glutes and other peripheral muscles. Natural movement can be sufficient to train your core. You can get a workout from every day things like walking and even breathing.
By Olga Kabel, on Sequence Wiz
You know how sometimes you go to a yoga class and you come out feeling “This is exactly what I needed! I feel great!” and other times you end up feeling: ”That was awful.” Our tendency is to think that it is the fault of the teacher who didn’t do a good job (and sometimes it is), but more often it is about managing our own expectations and needs for the practice.
People come to yoga classes for all sorts of reasons, but they can mostly be summarized as “to feel better”. But what does it mean “to feel better”?
By Leah Sugarman, on Yoga International.
As I’ve travelled further along my yoga journey, my practice and my teaching have evolved in countless ways. Many things that were once staples in my personal practice no longer even find their way onto my mat. And many things that I swore were worthless have become essential to my teaching.
Just as I’ve ditched my teenage reckless-driving habits, my Candy Crush addiction, and my coffee dependency, I no longer incorporate the following six cues into my practice or my classes.
By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International
Mobility, stability, and flexibility are qualities we’re often taught that we are working to improve through our yoga practice. These terms are somewhat ambiguous, however, and it’s common for each of them to be interpreted differently by different sources. As a result, not all yoga teachers approach these concepts the same way. In this article, I will clarify the concepts of mobility, stability, and flexibility and present what I consider to be the most helpful definitions for each as applied to the practice of yoga.