a blog by Ellen Davies

Teaching Yoga

Yoga practice: You are the creator

Remember this as you practice yoga asana today: You are the creator of yoga. The expression of yoga is different for everyone, because of our different bodies, experiences, injuries, and so on. Focus on being aware of what your body is feeling. Slow down to […]

Thoughts on yoga music

The best music for yoga is the music you don’t hear. That sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But it’s true — because as soon as you hear the music, you’re paying attention to it. And that can be distracting.

Friday favorites: Yoga on Vacation

Do you practice yoga when you travel, or take a vacation? One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is to take a yoga class. I’ve taken classes in San Francisco, New York, Napa, Portland, Santa Fe, Oakton, Asheville, San Diego, Bar Harbor, […]

Create a home yoga practice

Whenever I encourage my students to practice at home, I usually get laughter. As if the idea were preposterous! Who knows how to practice at home? Well, you do. And it’s not as hard as you think. Creating your own yoga practice can be rewarding and […]

Advice for Yoga Teachers: Teaching beginners

I teach most of my classes at the Kennett Y. Which means that I get any and all sorts of random people wandering into my classes. It keeps me on my toes, since I have to be ready to change my plans at a moment’s notice. […]

Yoga Sutras

I remember, years ago, my first encounter with the Yoga Sutras. If you aren’t familiar with them, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are considered the spiritual text of yoga, and contain 196 teachings, written down about two thousand years ago. They share several characteristics with […]

Why do my feet hurt so much?

Sometimes your feet hurt. And, sometimes, those aching feet can mean something more. In Forrest yoga they have a saying: your biology is your biography. Meaning, whatever physical pain you have–tight hips, aching low back, weak ankles, etc., can be traced back to trauma, and not […]

Beat the yoga teacher “blahs” with these six tips

I thought I would share my article that was not accepted by Yoganonymous. Enjoy. If you’ve been teaching yoga for a while, you have probably experienced a form of yoga teacher burnout. Some days you just don’t feel like teaching. Here are six ideas for […]

Yoga Teacher Stories: Farting in class is not the worst thing

Farting in yoga class: it will happen to you. Yeah, get over it. It happens. I have been teaching for a long time, and it happens. Usually if I notice it, I try to talk over it by repeating my last instruction: “Float into triangle…FLOAT into […]