a blog by Ellen Davies

Teaching Yoga

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

I have been thinking this week about attachments to outcomes. One of the principles of mindfulness is acting for the sake of the action, and not for the sake of the outcome. For example, we wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes, not […]

About those sun salutations…

About those sun salutations…

If you’ve ever been to a vinyasa class, you know about sun salutations. This 12-step flowing sequence is seen as a base on which to build the entire practice. It originated with Ashtanga Yoga, which was taught to Patthabhi Jois, who as a young man […]

My own story about depression and anxiety

My own story about depression and anxiety

I am a yoga teacher who takes antidepressants. Yeah. Those two things just go hand-in-hand like peas and carrots, don’t they?   To clarify, I was taking antidepressant medications for a few years before I started practicing yoga. And I’ve been on them for over […]

Teaching Yoga with Intuition

Teaching Yoga with Intuition

Have you ever been to a yoga class and felt great afterwards, and said something like, “How did that instructor know I needed heart openers today?”   Or have you ever had a student say that to you, after teaching a class? Something like, “That […]

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 […]