“Lately I have encouraged working with lyrics as a method of modern mantra in an attempt to help people with their intellectual wellness.”
This brings me to my eternal conflict with the practice of modern yoga versus traditional yoga. The adoption of divinity as a by-product of taking part in or teaching yoga concerns me and often leads me to question every word that comes out of my mouth and every thought that enters my head. At what point do regular people turn into beautiful souls?
I am really lucky to have articles/blogs in print. This is my latest for FitPro on Why We Do Sun Salutations I hope you enjoy it.
It’s a strange trait of our time that we are so often told that you can, you can, you can until we do and then we are told that it’s wrong. It is just this way so often when learning how to become a yoga teacher. There is definitely no right way and everything you […]
Our final day is dedicated entirely to you! Finding time each day for silence and stillness. Time to switch off and allow yourself the luxury of experiencing the here and now just for a few moments. Replenish and nourish your body with your breath. Clear your mind of the past and the future. Find your […]
Day 6 of our Yoga Pose Challenge. Let me guide you through a better way to hold yourself in the crescent moon pose. This is one of my favourite postures for opening up the hips and quads and really working into the lower abdominals. A beautiful balancing posture that can be easily incorporated into a […]
We’ve made it to day 5 of our yoga pose challenge and it’s time to just go for it! The handstand is something I’ve always wanted to master and it’s still work in progress (as you will see!) No technical tips from me today just something of a personal challenge. If you are not so […]
It’s day 4 of our Yoga Pose Challenge and today I will be guiding you through the most effective way to achieve a true spinal twist. It’s easy to just go through the motions but follow my tips and make this wonderful stretch works for you. My name is Jayne Nicholls and I am an […]
Are you ready to begin your yoga teacher training online? It’s day 3 of our 7 day yoga pose challenge and we’re moving on to the powerful Tricep Dip. Incorporated effectively into your everyday practice the tricep dip becomes a complete and effective workout for your arms, back, shoulders and core. Let me guide you […]
Learn so much more with our online yoga teacher certification. THE TRIANGLE POSE ( the short but sweet version) Follow our 7 day yoga pose challenge. A combination of playful videos and posture enhancing tutorials. Today we get technical. It’s all about the subtle detail when working through your postures. Did you even know you […]
Have fun and be interactive in your yoga teacher training. Follow our 7 day yoga pose challenge. A combination of playful videos and posture enhancing tutorials. Day 1 kicks off with a fun sequence featuring the crow. We would love to see your crow pose or sequence, post your pictures on the GXT facebook page […]
Qualify to teach children with this online yoga teacher training. This qualification is everything you need to teach yoga to children aged 5- 16. We created this qualification with you in mind. It is Level 3 on the OFQUAL National educational framework so that you will be comfortable teaching in schools, clubs and the community. […]
Qualify to teach yoga with the very latest in yoga teacher training. This is the best foot forward when starting to teach yoga to a modern audience. Get the best advice on choosing your yoga teacher training certification. Are you ready to begin your yoga teacher training online? When enrolling on a yoga teacher training, […]
The transition from loving taking part in yoga classes and making the decision to qualify to teach yoga is so very important. You want a course that teaches you everything you need to know in order to be a competent teacher but you also want course leaders who nurture the very best parts of you […]
You just have to do Yoga! Every one is doing, it, it changes your life, it de-stresses you, helps you sleep ……… This is all well and good, but stepping into a yoga class where everyone seems to know what they are doing and you have no idea is a MASSIVE ASK. With this in […]
If you love music, love to move to music and want to become stronger, more stable and move with total ease this desire is Step 1 to yoga flow. The wonderful thing about yoga postures is that they fit like a jigsaw puzzle with one another. Every time you make a new picture or take […]
You know the process of losing yourself in music and movement via a beautiful yoga flow is simply food for the soul. Doing it in class with other people is magical and doing it alone with your own thoughts is transformational. Just have the confidence to link the yoga postures that you know and love […]
Try this beautiful flowing yoga warm up. If your flow or vinyasa class contains a flow of postures, here is a warm up to prepare the mind and body for what is to come. I have a great tip for yoga flow and that is to make it different every time you teach a class. […]
The wonderful things about the computer you own and the world wide web are accessibility & speed . Our digital connectivity has changed the way that we do everything, and yes this includes learning how to teach yoga. This is all about how we changed the face of yoga teacher training. Learn to teach yoga with www.groupxtraining.com Take weekly classes, […]
Yogis have always traversed modern yoga with a love hate perspective but there is currently a mass of articles on cultural appropriation suggesting that nothing we do in our middle class lifestyles will ever be enough to call our yoga – YOGA. What has unsettled me is that part of me agrees with this, a large part of me does not and has never wanted even the language of traditional yoga to infiltrate my teaching ( I still to this day have never used the word Namaste at any time in my yoga teaching or practice) and ultimately my distaste of received wisdom and ritual pretty much closes me off to much of the early teachings of pre modern yoga. I have never had a calling for yoga to become my way of life, I just want it to complement my day to day existence allowing me to be more physically capable, more mentally diverse, more spiritually active.
The perfect “next step” in understanding the philosophy of yoga, is a yoga training course. Progressing beyond a purely physical practice requires a greater understanding of its chronology. To teach yoga as a profession, a recognised qualification is essential in order to get insurance and gain employment.
Your absolute goal is to teach professional yoga classes. It is important that the course you choose fits into your existing lifestyle. In order for you to complete it successfully, it must not cause too much disruption to your work life balance. You may have to forsake your next holiday in order to live your dream but it will be worth it once you are a fully qualified yoga teacher.
Although the roots of yoga span several decades and many people perceive authentic yoga to follow a traditional practice, it is important to be mindful of its evolution. A modern audience may be reticent to throw themselves into the more esoteric aspects of yoga preferring a purely physical practice. A good instructor provides a gateway into yoga for everyone and anyone with interest.
Sometimes we all need ergogenic aids to help us fit in or segway into areas that are new and different. We live in a society where possessions are #1, most people have their own mats, sports watches to count steps, calories and tell us how we sleep, the list is endless. As teachers we also need tools to give us a boost and make our job easier.
Here are a few of the things that have made my life easier this year.
If I have 1 regret from my years of teaching, it is that I did not cancel enough classes. My loyalty to the people who came was personal not professional and they would have continued to come, even and perhaps especially if I had been more business like in my class planning. My loyalty to the clubs where I taught was never reciprocated or rewarded, it was expected and that is a massive ask! Sometimes we have nothing to give and at these times we should be able to recoup and relax. You may throw in the need to earn money at this point, but in all honesty, if you do this job well, with planning and some percentage of a business mind, your days away from teaching should not impact your overall income.