Three “No-No’s.” The Fine Art of Teaching Yogic Breathing to Young People: Part One

This four part series of posts will address the in and outs of teaching pranayam (yogic breathing) to young children, teens and their teachers. In a workshop at Yoga Works nearly 12 years ago, the brilliant professor of Indian Studies from Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Chris Chapple, said, “Yoga starts with the negative, with what […]

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5 Ways to Spark Teens Interest in Yoga

Imagine this scene: Skilled, well-intentioned yoga teacher enters classroom full of wily, stressed out teens. She proceeds to put in CD of new age music and asks students to take their seats. It’s the first day of yoga. Let’s start with an “Om,” she says. She inhales deeply, closes her eyes and “Ooooohhhmmmmm.” Then, a […]

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3 Yogic States of America

Apple pie, baseball, yoga? The foundations and core values of Yoga are about as American as you can get. Let’s look at 3 states Yoga and the  roots of American ideology  have in common. 1. Unity- The commonly accepted translation of the word “yoga” (Sanskrit) is “union.” More precisely, but not exact, is that “yoga” […]

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Use Your Library Voice

Across the nation, yoga teachers are harnessing kids quiet associations with the library as a catalyst for yoga programs. I subscribe to several news alerts that feed my inbox daily good news about all things youth yoga. It’s becoming normal to see several new library yoga classes cropping up every week. Librarians from cities large […]

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Yoga in Schools: The Religion Question

  Lately, the “religion question” seems to be arising via blogs and social networks in a monthly wave. During the last fifteen or so years I’ve been involved in school yoga, the religion question  bobbed up to the surface only occasionally and typically came from a new teacher wondering what to say if the question […]

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Urban Teens, Earth Day & Yoga: Let the Planet Do the Teaching. on elephantjournal.com

Walking meditation was not the first yogic technique that came to mind when developing curricula for teen yoga classes. Yet, it’s that practice which helped my students find a deeper connection not only to yoga, but to the planet and their place on it. Read article here on elephantjournal.com And please recommend it if you like it.

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