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The Art of Teaching Yoga

“Soon yoga teachers are going to be like Starbucks: one on every corner. You’re going to have to bring the best of you and the teachings you’ve received and continue to be a student if you want to bring a richer and more robust practice to your students. Mentorship is the best way to do that. And The Art of Teaching Yoga is an incredible platform to start that process.” -Giselle Mari, The Art of Teaching Yoga mentor

The Art of Teaching Yoga is a semi-private mentorship program that will develop your teaching skills and help you wisely integrate your knowledge. You’ll study principles of sequencing, improve your hands-on assists, and refine your voice as you move through a curated three-day schedule and attend mentorship sessions with master teachers Giselle Mari and Coral Brown.

What to Expect:
You’ll take classes with master teachers at the main YJ LIVE New York event and join seasoned mentors Coral Brown, teacher trainer, holistic psychotherapist and longtime student of Shiva Rea, and Giselle Mari, a worldwide master Jivamukti teacher, and teacher-trainer, for breakout sessions with an intimate group of fellow RYTs. With one-on-one feedback and candid group discussions, you’ll build on your strengths, improve areas of growth, and develop your unique teaching style.

The experience includes a full three days at Yoga Journal LIVE New York, a pre-event assessment, live coaching sessions within an intimate group of RYTs, and connections you’ll establish as you advance your career.


The Curated Schedule

Friday, April 21

9am-4:30pm: Full-day workshop with Coral Brown and Giselle Mari: Infinite Practices, Few Basic Principles: How Seasoned Teachers Build Meaningful Yoga Classes That Hook Their Students

Saturday, April 22

8am-10am: Select your own class

11am-1pm: Safe, Effective, and Inspired Sequencing with Coral Brown

2:30pm-5:30p: Exclusive mentoring breakout sessions

Sunday, April 23

8am-10am: Select your own class

11am-1pm: Master Hands-On Assists with Giselle Mari

2:30pm-5:30pm: Exclusive mentoring breakout sessions

Price: $699


Yoga Training for Kids

Welcome to our kids yoga teacher training led by Rina Jakubowicz. This three-day program is for school teachers, yoga teachers, moms, dads, and anyone who wants to connect to kids. You will join an intimate group of students focusing on Super Yogis’ Schoolhouse Mission: To empower kids by teaching them valuable life skills influenced by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Rina’s teacher, Swami A. Parthasarathy.
When: Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 9am-5pm each day
Price: $750 for 24 hours of in-person training
SuperYogis’ Schoolhouse Mission:
To help kids empower themselves by teaching them life skills like:

1) How to focus

2) Healthy coping skills

3) How to communicate effectively

4) Tangible yoga practices for daily life challenges

Training Includes Lecture, Interactive Discussions, Some Asana and Play Time

What to Expect:

1) Learn techniques and lesson plans built around helping kids develop greater focus, healthy coping skills, improved communication, and tangible yoga practices for daily life challenges—all with a lot of LOVE and tons of FUN!

2) Understand the fundamentals of class management and how to guide a class efficiently.

3) Learn the importance of assessing different age ranges and how to target them differently according to their capacity.

4) Explore fun games, stories, and poses to teach the kids in order to make learning fun and relevant.

5) Connect to your deeper self and your own inner child so that you can better understand kids and ultimately serve them with authenticity.

6) Discover truths about yourself that you might never have expected by taking this course.

Want to Become a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher Trainer?
This 3-day training is Part One of your certification process. If you choose to become a certified teacher through Yoga Alliance, then you have to follow through with Part Two of the training. This requires additional work and contact with Rina after this weekend training is completed. You will have one year to finish the assignments and program in order to become a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher. If you choose not to do Part Two, then you can teach Kids Yoga but you won’t be certified.


The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga classes are very popular, and when paired with a cardiovascular exercise (such as walking), yoga can be an ideal way for moms-to-be to stay in shape. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, yoga can keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve your balance and circulation during pregnancy – all with very little impact on your joints.

Yoga is also beneficial because you’ll learn how to breathe deeply and consciously relax, which will be helpful as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and new motherhood. Learning to breathe fully is actually one of the first things you’ll learn in a yoga class. To use the breathing technique practiced in yoga, known as ujjayi, you take in air slowly through your nose, fill your lungs as you expand your belly, and exhale completely until your stomach compresses.

Learning to do ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most. When you’re in pain or afraid, your body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. A regular yoga practice will help you resist the urge to tighten up when you feel pain, and make it easier to relax instead.

According to a recent review of 10 research studies, prenatal yoga also lowers your chance of having pregnancy complications, your pain and stress levels, and possibly even your risk of having a baby that is small for his gestational age.

The benefits of yoga aren’t limited to your pregnancy and physical well-being. “Taking a prenatal yoga class is a great way to meet other pregnant women and to become part of a community,” says Cynthea Denise, a registered nurse and prenatal yoga instructor in Oakland, California. Being in a positive, supportive environment with others can give you a regular emotional boost and keep you motivated to continue exercising.

Yoga tips for the first trimester

First, check with your provider to make sure it’s okay for you to start or continue a yoga program. If you get the go-ahead, try to find an instructor trained in prenatal yoga. If that’s not possible, make sure your instructor knows you’re expecting, says Denise.

You probably won’t have many restrictions this early in your pregnancy, but remember to follow rules of safe pregnancy exercise such as drinking lots of water before, during, and after exercising to stay hydrated.

Breathe deeply and regularly as you stretch. If you’re already a pro at yoga, recognize and accept that your regular routine will require modifications as time goes on.

“Listen to your body and trust what it tells you,” says Denise. If you’re feeling pain or discomfort, make an adjustment or ask your instructor to recommend an alternative position.


A Simple Guide For Beginners

While there is a lot to learn, discover and explore in the tradition of yoga, it is best to start simply and not let yourself be overwhelmed. Our How to Start a Yoga Practice guide will give you the 4 basic steps to starting a yoga practice. Once you have worked through this list, continue on with our Yoga for Beginner’s section.

1. Learn how to breathe
The most important thing to do in yoga is to breathe, especially when holding the postures. Learn the basic Dirga pranayama breath to use during yoga. Most importantly, breathe in and out through the nose into the belly. Read our Breathing in Asana article for more advice on breathing while practicing yoga poses.

2. Start with a brief meditation and intention
Sit in easy pose or accomplished pose (or any comfortable seating position) and take a few minutes to ground, center and focus inwards with one of our meditations. You may also want to set an intention, goal or prayer for your practice at the beginning meditation.

3. Use basic and beginning level postures
Make sure you have read our General Practice Guidelines before attempting any yoga poses. Start with one of our warm-up sequences and then try one of our basic yoga pose sequences and/or these simple postures: seated twist, cat, dog, down dog, child, cobra, mountain, triangle, forward bend. Then explore our Yoga Pose section for other poses to practice.

4. End with Shavasana (relaxation pose)
Always end your yoga practice with Shavasana, resting on your back and consciously relaxing your body for 5-15 minutes. It is also recommended to practice a short seated meditation after Shavasana to integrate your yoga practice and transition back into the world.

Please note that it is common for the first couple of times practicing yoga to feel awkward and strange; this will pass with time and practice.


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