a blog by Ellen Davies

Teaching Yoga

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, […]

Centering

Centering

Sometimes the hardest part of a yoga class is the first part: centering. As a teacher, I am always second-guessing myself here: Is this too much time? Should I move on? Did I already say that thing about your breath? Should I say it again? […]

What is Yin yoga?

What is Yin yoga?

I am excited to announce that I am now certified to teach Yin yoga. “That’s great,” you’re thinking to yourself. “But what the heck is Yin yoga?” Yin yoga doesn’t conform easily to the so-called elevator pitch, but I will do my best to describe […]

Do the words “hatha” and “vinyasa” mean anything anymore?

Do the words “hatha” and “vinyasa” mean anything anymore?

Have you noticed that sometimes it’s hard to pick a yoga class? The words “hatha” and “vinyasa” don’t always mean the same thing, from one studio to the next, and even from one teacher to the next. Recently I took one of each class at […]

Yoga teacher stories: Two Hot Guys

Yoga teacher stories: Two Hot Guys

This is a true story. Several years ago, I was scheduled to sub for my friend Anne’s Wednesday noon yoga class at the Y. That morning, however, I really didn’t feel like teaching. I spent a lot of time complaining to my friend, Kelly, about […]

Modifications are good for your teacher

Modifications are good for your teacher

When you take a yoga class, how much do you modify? My post from the other day, about ending up in the “wrong” yoga class, got me thinking about modifications. Many people don’t modify, which frustrates me as a teacher. No matter how often I […]

Yoga props: do you use them?

One of my yoga teacher friends used to say: Yoga props are your friends, and it’s always good to have a friend by your side. I love that saying. But some yogis are resistant and don’t use props. I have helpfully sorted them into categories. […]