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Linda Karlsson

I am one of those skeptical yoga practitioners. Although I used to be one of those big-blue-eyed-wide-open-stars-in-their-eyes-smiling-mildly-constantly kind of yoga practitioners.

What happened in between the two states is a very long story, but let me tell you that it involved all the juicy ingredients of gurus, a yoga teacher husband old enough to be my father, ashrams, a near-death experience in India, Reiki certificates, vegan raw food frenzies, a degree in Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy, a cult, and a lot of self-proclaimed healers and teachers who kept saying the same phrase... Read more

Anya Porter, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I admit that a part of me cringes when a bright-eyed, eager, and perhaps somewhat naive student of yoga tells me, “I’m registering for my 200 hour training!  I’m finally following my dream to be a yoga teacher! I’ll be done in three weeks!” or when someone says something to the effect of, “I mean why not just do it, it’s only a month, everyone I know is getting certified to teach yoga these days and I’m ready for a life change!” There are a multitude of things I could say in response to statements like these. For starters, many of the teachers I have had the privilege to study with... Read more

“Start going up to people and introducing yourself.”

Thus my mentor instructed me as I began the apprenticeship portion of my 300-hour teacher training. The words were enough to send a chill down my spine, bring a cramp to my stomach, and adhere the soles of my feet to the floor as firmly as if they were smeared with Crazy Glue. Scanning the studio, I started to hyperventilate.

What was it that hurtled me into a state of near panic? What fear-inducing Gorgon had almost turned me to stone? Nothing other than a group of Level 1 students innocently filtering into the room,... Read more

Michele Bickley, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Practice makes perfect? Ha!! Trying to be perfect made me crazy. Literally. I was in bad shape.

I don’t like the phrase “practice makes perfect.” And lately, I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot -- in yoga class, reading it on blogs, and the other day even my four year-old daughter uttered those very words. Hearing that from such an innocent little person caused me to flashback to my childhood and how I, at a very young age, started on the quest for an unobtainable perfection. 

Growing up as a dancer, I tried to obtain the perfect body. How could I be rail-thin, with a... Read more

Nothing Has to Happen, Yoga Teacher Magazine

In my aspiring-actor days, I worked with a group called the New School Acting Ensemble.  Our director, the late Jeremy Whelan, used to tell us before we began a scene, “Remember, nothing has to happen.”  Knowing that actors can fall into the trap of trying to do too much, trying to make something happen – gesticulating, mugging, forcing emotion - he encouraged us to relax and allow our characters and the scene to develop organically, based on true emotion rather than force of will.

Nothing has to happen.

Lately I have repeated this to myself at the beginning... Read more

Marianne Elliott, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Part of my job as a yoga teacher is to keep reminding my students I’m no different from them. I might have practiced yoga for a bit longer than them, though that’s certainly not always the case. I may have a certificate on my wall declaring me ‘certified to teach yoga’. But I still sometimes make choices that don’t align with my values. I say yes, when I want to say no. I do things though I know they will cause me physical, emotional or spiritual suffering. I make mistakes and I get stressed out.

Fortunately, it is in my very humanness that I’m of most value to my students. I’m able... Read more

Carolina Daza Carreño

Teaching Yoga in New York City, Paris, and Madrid, has become a common ground reference for understanding the multiculturalism of Yoga in the West. These are three buzzy cosmopolitan vibes, three major languages being spoken, and three kaleidoscopes to the world’s cultures; thus in these three, Yoga has become a human revolution for spiritual evolution.

 “What is out of sight is out of mind...” is the big principle that has guided our societies for decades, and one that has strengthen my approach to Yoga as a revolution towards nourishing “what is out of sight”...our most precious... Read more

J. Brown, Yoga Teacher Magazine

This article was originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of Yoga Therapy Today, a publication of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Visit their website here:


Many people are coming to Yoga because they have pain and want relief. What they don't always bargain for is that addressing pain through Yoga practice entails more than just stretching their bodies.


At the workshop on the Fundamentals of Therapeutic Yoga that I... Read more
Kyczy Hawk, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Five years ago I changed my life, again.

I am one of the universe’s lucky creatures; I have had both the challenge and opportunity to open many new chapters over the course of my life. From American child living in foreign lands, to quasi foreigner living in America, from adult child to young adult with children, from active addict to recovering addict, and from barely employable to over-employed and most recently from highly paid to richly paid; the look of my life and its purpose have changed radically over the years, each section unfolding from the last.

A... Read more

Jennie Olson Six, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1. Don’t demonstrate poses. It doesn’t matter that most of the time people: a. don’t know their right or their left or their front or their back foot, or: b. they haven’t felt their big toes for months unless they stubbed them on the coffee table. And if they have a learning disability or hearing loss, just get louder and more emphatic in your cues. If you drill those clear, concise cues and repeat them over and over and over again, they’ll get it.

2. Don’t ask permission to give adjustments. And don’t let them say no. Your job is... Read more