Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses


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Create yoga class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts that inspire and motivate students.

New yoga teachers are often taught the poses but not themes or phrases that will make students come back and seasoned instructors often want a fresh approach or new theme to explore. Experienced yoga instructors Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato give yoga teachers tools to find a genuine voice and tap into innate wisdom; offer ready-made, detailed themes to use in classes or home practice; and provide guidance and useful, flexible templates for building a toolkit of authentic themes for future use. The workbook begins with a section on voice, authenticity, emulation, phrasing, practice, repetition, and finding inspiration. While offering guidance for new or experienced teachers so that they feel confident speaking from a place of authority and offering their students memorable themes, the authors explore what it means to be authentic and how teachers can approach authenticity without feeling overly exposed or turning their yoga classes into a therapy session. The second section of the book contains 54 complete themes in template form, so instructors can easily use them in a class. These themes are broken down in chapters such as: yoga philosophy, seasonal themes, meditations, quotes, and spiritual ideas and stories from other traditions that translate well to yoga. Each theme is explored in a way that allows teachers to add their own voice, take, and spin. The final section of the book includes gentle advice and prompts with 54 blank templates, so instructors can create their own themes. With a unique angle and a practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who are moving to the next level.

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Always a delight to hold a new book in my hands! TEACHING YOGA BEYOND THE POSES can be in your hands May 14 when you preorder at the link in bio. Yoga teachers of every background and level of experience will find inspiration to incorporate themes and philosophy to enhance students’ experience. We are so grateful to @cyndisphere for the beautiful foreword and @lashamutual for the gorgeous interior art. @alexandradesiato, @natlanticbooks, and I hope you enjoy! #yogateacher #ytt #yogaphilosophy #teachingyogabeyondtheposes

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Book number 8 is off to the publisher, North Atlantic Books. This one, again cowritten with @alexandradesiato, is a guide for creating yoga classes that help students feel even more connected and inspired. Here’s a provisional cover. Look for it spring 2019! (Don’t worry: I’ll remind you about it once or twice closer to the publication date.) #teachingyoga #beyondtheposes #yogateacher #yogateachertraining #yogateachertrainer #theming #inspiration

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Post-Pilates smiles as @alexandradesiato and I hold our new book contract, which we signed after class. Coming in spring 2019 from North Atlantic Books, it’s not a sequel to LIFELONG YOGA (AFTERLIFE YOGA?) but something new and just as useful. Care to hazard a guess on topic and title? #yoga #yogateacher #yogateaching #teachingyoga #ytt #yogateachertraining #carolinayoga #carrboro #cowriting #copilot #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #amwriting

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