a blog by Ellen Davies

Teaching Yoga

3 Ways to help you teach during a crisis

3 Ways to help you teach during a crisis

Yoga teachers are people too, and stuff happens to us just like it does everyone else. A family crisis, a death, a health scare, a financial mess, whatever — yet you still have to teach your yoga class. What do you do? How do you teach […]

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

I’ve written about nemesis poses before. You know what those are: the poses you absolutely hate. Of course those are the ones that have the most to teach you, so the generally accepted rule is that your nemesis pose is the one you should practice […]

How affirmations can cure the Yoga teacher blahs

How affirmations can cure the Yoga teacher blahs

Even yoga teachers get the blahs.   The blahs are not the same thing as yoga teacher burnout (that’s another post). I recognize the blahs in my teaching on the days when I can’t think of anything new to say to my classes. I’m sick […]

Teaching yoga: Do you mirror the class?

Teaching yoga: Do you mirror the class?

Yoga teachers, do you use mirroring? For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “mirroring” is when the yoga teacher “mirrors” the students. She will cue “Raise your right knee,” but really she raises her left knee, so it seems as though the students are […]

How to plan a yoga class: use a lesson plan

How to plan a yoga class: use a lesson plan

Congratulations! You’re now a yoga teacher. How are you going to plan your first class? You may be eager to teach, but unsure how to get started. Below are some tips that I compiled, based on my years of teaching. I still go through these […]

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Today I want to write about a Yoga Teacher Problem. Every so often, you get someone in your class who seems to be doing her own thing. She’s not following your cues. She is in her own little world, moving into Wild Thing when you’re cueing […]

Friday favorite yoga books: Chakra balancing

Friday favorite yoga books: Chakra balancing

Chakras are the seven spinning energy centers of the human body that control every dimension of our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.   Why is it important to learn about chakra balancing?   Chakras relate to everyday issues, such as finding your true voice and […]

Five tips for new-ish yoga teachers

Five tips for new-ish yoga teachers

Let’s get down to the basics. No matter how long you’ve been teaching yoga, it’s always nice to get a refresher on the basics. Here are five tips for new yoga teachers, new-ish yoga teachers, or even long-time yoga teachers.   1. Introduce yourself.   […]

Friday favorites: My favorite yoga books

Friday favorites: My favorite yoga books

Welcome back, Friday Favorites! I’ve been backsliding recently and haven’t posted any favs, but now we’re back up and running! For the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of my best-loved yoga books, the ones I turn to again and again.   One of my […]

Fake Buddha Quotes: My interview with Bodhipaksa

Fake Buddha Quotes: My interview with Bodhipaksa

A few weeks ago I went to a hatha yoga class in Kansas City. The teacher started class by quoting Buddha: If you love yourself fully, you are incapable of harming another. I loved that quote. It resonated with me. As soon as I could, […]