Monday, March 17, 2014

Tips for the New Yoga Teacher

Just posted this to my personal blog but thought it is good to place here too. Inspired after finishing the practical part of the latest Yoga Teacher training programme at Ananda Sanga. Tips for the New Yoga Teacher When asked what it takes to be a good yoga teacher, Seane Corn, an acclaimed yoga teacher, replied: “Having a committed personal yoga practice helps” With that in mind here are some useful tips: 1. Remember why you are teaching yoga: Most likely you decided to teach yoga because of YOUR love of yoga. It is up to you to impart this to your yoga pupils, so that they also develop this love of yoga. 2. Remember what yoga is: Bringing harmony and balance to all levels of our being! Union, integration, balance! 3. Teach what you know: Even though you may not be able to do a practice properly if you know how to teach it properly you can teach it! Be focussed while teaching. Be clear, simple and straightforward. 4. Be adaptable and prepared: Prepare your classes ahead of time and stick to the plan, but at the same time be prepared to change or adapt something if the need arises. Have options for beginners and more practiced pupils. 5. Remember they are people, you are teaching: They have feelings, emotions and want to feel good. Make the class about them - not you. Be engaged with your pupils. Do not get so involved in your practice in front of the class that the people are neglected or ignored. 6. Make eye contact with your pupils: Watch students and walk around your class. If need be make soft physical contact to help correct a pose. 7. In the beginning keep it simple: Teach asanas and pranayama that you know well yourself. As you incorporate more involved practices into your personal practice and become skilled at them, then introduce them into your class teaching. Repetition can be a good thing for newbies. 8. It’s not about you – be a light unto those attending your classes! Ask yourself again: ‘Why am I teaching yoga?’ To see Yoga trainings go to:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yoga Sanga Festival

The Yoga Sanga Conference & Festival took place from 14-16 December 2013 in Greyton, South Africa. It was 3-days of everything yoga and people gathered from all over South Africa to celebrate this event.
We had a fantastic line-up of yoga experts, teachers, talks & workshops. There was a variety of stalls, which contributed to the overall feel of the festival.
Everybody commented on the feeling of unity, love and warm heartedness of the festival & the people attending.

 Months of hard work and dedication paid off to read and hear all the wonderful feedback re the Yoga Sanga Festival. It makes everything more than worthwhile!

 Here is an interesting article by one of the people who attended the festival  -

 Hope that you can join us for the Festival in 2014!