Our children are our best teachers

Elephant Journal

Years ago I was friends’ with a special ed teacher. As a psychiatric mental health practitioner, one of the best pieces of advice I can give to parents raising their children is: “If you work on yourself and not on your child this will benefit both of you!”

2018 82

Oops! I chose the wrong Yoga Teacher Training.

Elephant Journal

Choosing a teacher training has to be one of the hardest things a potential yoga teacher needs to do. And varying costs, and lead teachers, and styles, and religious bases. There are thousands of options. And so many locations. Aaahhh! I’m getting overwhelmed all over again! So, what happens when you’ve picked one, […].

2018 70

7 Ways Yoga Teachers can make classes more Trauma-Informed.

Elephant Journal

The challenge is that the there are few yoga teachers who have training in trauma and so many don't realize the potential pitfalls of holding a class that is not trauma-informed.

2018 91

Home Yoga Practice: what counts if you are a Yoga Teacher?

Elephant Journal

This fixed idea of what it means to practice yoga daily means that people who need to practice daily teachers are confronted with feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or failure, because the nature of their lives means it is impossible to meet this demand.

2018 105

“Celebrity Yoga Teachers are a Disease.”

Elephant Journal

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The Hypocrisies of a Western Yoga Teacher.

Elephant Journal

I am a yoga teacher, and like many in the yoga circle, fell victim to a reinforced belief that a “good” yoga teacher was sober, meditative, vegan, calm, a feminist, an environmental activist, potentially trippy, and bendy. Enlightened Society Non New-Agey Spirituality Right Livelihood Yoga alcohol authenticity Eastern society ego hippy meditative paradox partying stereotypes student teaching tradition truth Western society what is a yoga teacher?

2018 67

Letter From an Ex Yoga Teacher: Please Address Gun Violence

Elephant Journal

When I began teaching yoga, I couldn’t get over the fear that the students were so vulnerable, and I couldn’t protect them. Sure, I could turn a lock on the front door. But is that enough? Is that enough to lock the door and then encourage everybody to peel off their socks, barefoot. Lay on […].

2018 68

Garlic as my Friend, Teacher & Inspiration.

Elephant Journal

Food Green Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality crops eco-conscious farming friend garlic health benefits inspiration nurturing shadow side teacherThese intrepid plants began their lives in the late fall, during the dark and cold of November and December, growing roots long after most plants.

2018 64

3 Essential Traits of a Truly Transformative Teacher.

Elephant Journal

I recently learned that a teacher and mentor of mine had died. Enlightened Society Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality WAYLON: Today Only Yoga divine wisdom essential traits goals meditation our best selves pay it forward right livelihood teaching transformative yoga teacherIt was a great loss to me and to everyone who never got to experience her wisdom. However, at the same time, her passing was a.

2018 63

The Yoga Teacher’s Weird Question – To Dye or not to Dye

Elephant Journal

I have a first-world problem. I face the question of whether to grow out my silver-gray hair or keep dyeing it blonde. As I often do when faced with a decision, I took to my meditation cushion for inquiry. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows” of revealing my age, as Shakespeare would […].

2018 72

KUMU POHAKU (PIEDRAS COMO MAESTROS)

Indigenize

Articles Spiritual Ecopsychology AEI animismo antropología Audubon Expedition Institute conciencia Diego Viegas ecopsicología ecosistemas Español espiritualidad espiritualidad basada en la tierra Hawaii Kumu Pohaku lima huli magia Pele piedras reciprocity Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Spanish stones Stones as Teachers Tina R. KUMU POHAKU (PIEDRAS COMO MAESTRAS): DESPERTAR A LA DIMENSIÓN ESPIRITUAL DE LOS ECOSISTEMAS.

2018 127

Yoga’s Middle Generation: Reflections on being a 40-something Yoga Teacher.

Elephant Journal

When I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago, most of the teachers I was studying from were approaching 40. Equal Rights Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga acceptance aging creating a bridge Duncan Wong fortysomething next wave old versus new yoga celebrities yoga practice yoga teacherOver the course of the next 10 years, I watched them age gracefully and share the.

2018 64

The Yamas & One-Night Stands: A Yogi Perspective on Sex.

Elephant Journal

As a yoga teacher, I use the eight limb path of yoga as general life guidelines. Academy Apprentice/Audit Blogs Apprentice Thesis Elephant Academy Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Love Yoga boundaries casual sex eight limb path ethical principals mindful relationships one night stands sex sex life The Yamas yoga teacherThe yamas are the ethical principles that detail how to show up and play your part in life.

2018 72

The Surprising way this Yoga Teacher deals with Anger.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Funny Health & Wellness Right Livelihood anger be there for yourself being calm blowing up chilled out frustration miscommunication sticky situations the angry woman yoga teacherAt the start of the less than professional behavior, I trusted the timing of the multiverse and felt compassion for the VA—who seemed to be having a tough time—and I just cracked on with other tasks.

2018 63

What to Remember when you Start to Doubt yourself as a Yoga Teacher.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Right Livelihood Yoga feedback guru right livelihood self-doubt share your practice student yoga teacher trainingI recently had an insightful conversation with one of my best friends, who is also a yoga instructor. She and I share much in common when it comes to yoga: a love of teaching, a propensity for.

2018 72

Lessons from Omelas

Indigenize

Adventures Tales & Blarney gratitude high school Joanne Burnett justice Omelas social change teachers Ursula LeGuinI was sad to hear that writer Ursula K. LeGuin died last night. I got to meet her, once, at a conference of the Mythopoeic Society, and found her to be as stunningly present and wise in person as on the page. But that was just a mild fangirl moment: her influence on me […].

2018 156

The Best Relationship Advice from My Greatest Spiritual Teachers.

Elephant Journal

Arts Blog Inspiring (Wow) Love growth healing heartbreak hurt learning let go love move on pain relationship spiritual teachersOur most important and most intimate relationships will force us to grow and seek new ways of engaging with one another when it’s not working.

2018 63

Record-breaking eagles’ nests, coastal Georgia, and a wicked sunburn

10,000 Birds

The students had a good laugh on the following Monday when their teacher came to class with a wicked, lobster-hued sunburn. It was a cloudy day as I made my way to Tybee Island on the Georgia coast.

Most Innovative Online Educational Tools to Use in 2018

Green Prophet

From lesson planning software, student-teacher communication apps, to tutoring apps, here are the 7 hottest educational tools to use in 2018. This is an online platform where teachers pose questions and wait for students to answer through short videos.

2018 63

Why are you Touching me? How to practice Anatomical Safety as a Yoga Teacher.

Elephant Journal

For me personally at this stage of my journey as a teacher, I’d be comfortable saying it’s impossible. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Right Livelihood Yoga Adjustments anatomy hero pose RYT safe alignment trust virasana yoga teacher yoga teacher trainingIf I’ve just met someone, the likelihood that they’ve given me enough information (if any at all) to make intelligent and safe adjustments to their shapes, is extremely slim.

2018 63

How to make it, mindfully, as a Yoga Teacher—with Danielle Radulski.

Elephant Journal

How to make it, mindfully, as a Yoga Teacher—with Danielle Radulski.

2018 83

What Breaking my Ribs taught me about Self-Acceptance.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Yoga broken ribs ego healing mindfulness self love self-acceptance yoga practice yoga teacherAs a competitive collegiate runner, I lived the mentality of “pushing it.”

2018 97

Naropa University Authentic Leadership Program at Twin Oaks Farm: Horses as Teachers.

Elephant Journal

What Horses Teach Us. I’m doing Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership program, right now. It’s fun. It’s also challenging stuff.

2018 83

When one Big Company picks on one Yoga Teacher. ~ Kino MacGregor

Elephant Journal

Because of his legal might, together with his tone of voice and words, I felt bullied. It made me sick, and I left each conversation feeling traumatized and abused. I never.

2018 97

I’m a Yoga Teacher and I F*ing Hate Yoga Culture

Elephant Journal

Yoga culture is b t. There, I said it. So many of us are thinking it, some of us are saying it, but it is still being instilled into our brains that this ancient, transformative, sacred spiritual practice is a form of fitness and/or physical exercise that only thin, young, white women in expensive leggings can […].

2018 46

The Number One Gift we can give our Yoga Teachers is also the Hardest to Give.

Elephant Journal

Health & Wellness Yoga negative feedback pranayama yoga classes yoga practice yoga teacherThe entire drive home I thought about her comments. I wasn’t angry so much as upset that she had…well, she had questioned my.

2018 63

Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Well, yes, but I also remember my beginning birding class, and my teacher, the fabled Starr Saphir, instructing us to examine the structure and shape of the bird and its bill. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2018.

2018 207

Dear Yoga Teachers—it’s Time to Talk about Gender Inequality.

Elephant Journal

With the majority of yoga teachers and students being women, where is the awareness of this deep level of gender inequality in the yoga world? Enlightened Society Equal Rights Non New-Agey Spirituality WAYLON: Today Only Yoga #metoo asana balance feminine feminism gender roles inequality masculinity toxic

2018 72

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

What do you do when you are a bird guide in a Central American country incredibly rich in birds and other natural resources but which has no birding field guide? You write your own. And, what do you do when you can’t find a publisher?

4 Feng Shui “Secrets” to Create the Perfect Yoga Space at Home

Elephant Journal

The first time I sat on a yoga mat, My teacher said this is an hour for you, Tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t remember the last time I had taken and hour for ME? I was BUSY everything about my life was BUSY. That hour a week changed my life being on the […].

2018 78

7+1 Lessons of Life

Elephant Journal

Life is a lifetime teacher and an impeccable teacher of a lifetime 2. 7+1 things life has taught me. Life is bizarre, beautiful, brutal all at the same time 3. We still don’t know if it’s us experiencing life or if it’s life experiencing us for without us life ceases to exist therefore it […].

2018 75

Solar power installations suck away the light of the sun

Green (Living) Review

A former teacher who used to teach science expounded her theory that plants could not longer photosynthesize because there would not be enough sun.

Positive Discipline - Guide for Teachers and Educators

The Green Changemakers

Classroom Discipline If a student misbehaves in the classroom, a teacher must have a few techniques that they can use to reduce or eliminate the unwanted behavior.

2018 52

The Second Stage of Mindfulness Meditation Most of us Aren’t Practicing. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

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2018 91

Prepare for the future to be happy in the now.

Elephant Journal

Many teachers of mindfulness advocate that the practice of mindfulness creates satisfaction and joy in our life. Mindfulness is not a new idea but now, more than ever, we are surrounded by positive quotes like “live in the moment” and “be present with the now.” This is a wonderful notion, but how can the practice […].

2018 74

I’m a Yoga Teacher who Can’t do the Splits—& that’s Okay.

Elephant Journal

The other night, while leaving my waitressing job, my boss and I were joking about whether he would ever come to a yoga class, and he asked me whether I could do a split. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Meditation Yoga deep lineage flexible images inflexible poses technology yoga class Yoga poses

2018 63

How to Connect with our Inner Guru.

Elephant Journal

All of these teachers are helping us to turn around in consciousness, and to regather all the scattered parts of our being. Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga awakening inner guru nano-teaching video sacred teachings spiritual growth spirituality student teachers

2018 87

The Best Cure for an Emotional Hangover.

Elephant Journal

Instead of allowing it to eat us alive, we can follow the advice of the great teachers: Pema Chödrön, Brené Brown, Charlotte Joko Beck, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. We are experiencing some tough times lately.

2018 101

My Parents have Practiced Yoga for Decades—but they’ve never Stepped Foot on a Mat.

Elephant Journal

Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga asanas hatha yoga meditation reason for yoga spirituality yoga practice yoga teachersMy parents have been following the path of yoga since before I was born, yet they've never stepped foot on a yoga mat.

2018 77

The Simple Pleasures found in a Wretchedly Bad cup of Coffee.

Elephant Journal

Food Inspiring (Wow) Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality attachment buddy the elf coffee dissatisfaction expectations lessons mindfulness rituals simple pleasures teachersSwallowing, I spoke a single word, summing up my irritation. Blehhhh.

2018 87

Trauma-Informed Yoga: When the Breath acts as a Trigger.

Elephant Journal

I’m going to share today a fact that is not commonly discussed in the yoga world, but is extremely valuable for both yoga student and yoga teacher alike: it is not uncommon for survivors of trauma to.

2018 83

What a False Prophet, Nasty Guru & a Bliss Babe taught me about Self-Love.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Love Non New-Agey Spirituality awakening bliss bliss babe enlightenment false gurus false prophet guru self love shadow dance shadow work spiritual Spiritual awakening synchronicity teacherNothing is static, especially enlightenment. Awakening to our true nature does not mean liberation from one’s personality (and its shadow), but rather, a new relationship to it.

2018 79

My Yoga Teacher “Grabbed her by the P*ssy” too, but I still Love Him.

Elephant Journal

I regretfully realize that I have been too fast to dismiss the rumors and the photographs of my teacher. I have allowed myself the bliss of ignorance. Enlightened Society Equal Rights Yoga #metoo #timesup ashtanga ashtanga yoga boundaries in yoga kino macgregor me too sri k pattabhi jois Tim Feldmann

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