People come in all shapes and sizes, have varied proportions, and have diverse lifestyles and habits. Yet somehow when we step onto our yoga mat, we seem to forget about these differences and expect everyone to achieve the same shapes and angles in every pose... More here.
Yoga backbends have the potential to balance the compressive qualitiy of life, with flow-on benefits to breathing, mood and energy. But unless we practice them skillfully, even compassionately, we might take our postural habits with us. Read more here.
Injuries and medical conditions exist in any population, but the prevalence increases with age. Older beginners aren’t fragile, but they may be experiencing challenges less common in younger beginners. It can be helpful to know more about those we’re likely to encounter most often. Read more here.
With so many yoga teachers being trained, it’s less and less likely that graduates will follow the well-worn pathway to teaching only open classes in yoga studios. Many teachers, myself included, have created a more sustainable career by focusing on a specialized student demographic. Read my top four reasons to focus on older beginners here.
Yin yoga is commonly equated with passive stretching, but yin has much more to offer than flexibility gains. There are four other potential effects of yin that even the most supple students can benefit from... Read more.
If there were one belief I could dissuade my students of it would be that there is a single version of a pose that everyone can achieve with patience and persistence, and that any variation of that ideal represents failure... Read more.