Yogaland Teacher's Companion: How to Teach the Most Essential Sun Salutations to Beginners
Learn how to teach your new yoga students the four most essential sun salutations. This episode includes the benefits, most essential cues, and key focal points to teach your students. It even shows you how to troubleshoot the most common challenges.
8 Essential Concepts from Yoga Philosophy to Teach Beginners
Yoga philosophy is so vast, it can be overwhelming to think about how to convey it to beginners (or even in your mixed level classes!) It's one of the reasons yoga teachers lean so heavily on Patanjali's eight limbs -- Look! A list! Everyone loves a good list! And while there's nothing wrong with sharing the eight limbs, Patanjali's worldview is different than, say, the Tantric worldview. This week, Jason shares the 8 philosophical concepts or themes he teaches beginners. It's a macro-view of how he likes to incorporate the teachings and will give you lots of inroads that are accessible to all levels of students.
10 Essential Asana Concepts To Teach Beginners
It's January, which means, in all likelihood, more beginners are coming to your classes! On this episode, Jason helps you prioritize 10 essential concepts to convey to beginners when you're teaching asana. This foundational episode will help you take a step back and review how you're teaching your students and it will likely spark your own inner priorities, too!We're launching Jason's brand new online course, Mastering the Art of Teaching Beginners on January 15th! Learn more about the program by joining the waitlist here: learn.jasonyoga.com/beginners
It's time to create a 4-week series for beginners. Here's how.
Jason is a passionate advocate for creating a simple 4-week series for beginning yoga students. January is a great time of year to do it (obvs), so we thought we'd talk through why a beginners' series is so vital, how to pitch it to your studio, how to price it, and how to create a curriculum that is thorough without being overwhelming.If you'd like more guidance on how to teach beginners, get on the waitlist for Jason's upcoming online course, The Art of Teaching Yoga to Beginners, here: learn.jasonyoga.com/beginnersWe also have lots more free teaching content available on our Youtube Channel or on the website. Check out our shownotes to access: https://jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode285
How Yoga and Mindfulness Can Help Your Relationships
One of the upsides of long-term practice is that you develop skills that help you in your day-to-day life. On this episode, Andrea and Jason share the skills that they've gleaned through yoga and mindfulness practices that have helped them in their relationships -- both with each other and with their loved ones.Things like -- seeing our reactivity and learning to pause and respond, developing a more stable sense of self, learning to acknowledge and allow others to have feelings, and calmly abiding with our loved ones are just a few of the key points Andrea and Jason talk about.Coming soon -- a new course with Jason: The Art of Teaching Yoga to Beginners. If you'd like to be notified when have more info and dates for this online course, join the waitlist here: https://learn.jasonyoga.com/beginners
Slowing down doesn't sound sexy or ambitious or entertaining. Here's why it's such a worthwhile skill to cultivate.
Oh the irony. The sweet, sweet irony of going to yoga class to "find balance" or "inner peace" only to find ourselves rushing through Sun Salutations or consistently choosing the "hardest" variation of a pose even if we are way out of our depth. We've all been there. Slowing down is hard. It doesn't sound sexy or ambitious or entertaining. And yet, if we profess the desire to better manage our stresses or to navigate our daily lives with more ease and efficiency and less, well, self-torture, then learning to slow down is a worthy practice.Jason and I dive deeply into this subject this week and we offer ideas for setting the intention to slow down in your yoga practice. I hope it resonates during the rush of the holidays.Shownotes: jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode283Registration for Jason's Mastering the Art of Yoga Sequencing course can be found here: learn.jasonyoga.com/sequencingJason has new courses that focus on Yoga Anatomy and Teaching Beginners coming soon! Join our newsletter and we'll send you updates when they're ready: jasonyoga.com/newsletter
Navigating the pressure to make vinyasa classes harder, faster, stronger
I think it's safe to say that if you teach vinyasa yoga in any modern setting you've felt pressured -- either overtly by your boss or subconsciously by an antsy student -- to make your classes "harder." Today we unpack this phenomenon and attempt to get to the heart of it. We talk through what we are responsible for as yoga educators, and what we can let go of. Jason also offers helpful ideas for classroom management.
Yoga Teachers' Companion: Four Ways to Change Up & Reinvigorate Your Sun Salutations
You deserve more than just another Chaturanga and Upward Dog--and, so do your students. Here's a tutorial on spicing up your Sun Salutations and adding creativity--while maintaining balance and effectiveness.
Your 5 Most Common Sequencing Questions Answered
Jason has recently been answering lots of questions about yoga sequencing lately -- on his recent webinar and Instagram lives -- so we today Jason is answering the five most common sequencing questions that have cropped up recently.Included in this discussion:Is it better to do backbends before or after inversions in a sequence?Where should hip openers go in a sequence?How many postures can you do on one side in a vinyasa flow before moving to the other side?Should you do "open-hip postures" or "closed-hip postures" first in a standing vinyasa flow?What's the best way to prepare for Hanumanasana (aka Splits)?We have tons more FREE sequencing content for you, which you can find here on the shownotes page: jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode280You can also learn more about Jason's online course, Mastering the Art of Yoga Sequencing, here: learn.jasonyoga.com/sequencing