Yoga teacher-training schools have been subject to state licensure under statutes regulating vocational schools in a few states for some time, but this year has seen a spate of new licensing activity in various states across the country. This growing trend, which has sparked lively debate in the yoga community, reached critical mass recently in New York State.
Most yoga instructors know how to use straps and blocks to guide students through challenging poses or to teach alignment. Some instructors, however, may not have access to props or, if they do, there may not be enough to go around. There is one piece of “equipment,” however, that often gets underused, and that’s the wall. Consider these suggestions to make the most of the wall in class.
Warm-Up (15 minutes)
Do you practice yoga? Did you know that despite the challenges of researching the health benefits of yoga, many good-quality studies are beginning to emerge, and the results are interesting. Lee Lipton, MA, PA-C, a yoga teacher and instructor trainer for over 15 years, describes selected studies and what they mean.
Most yoga instructors know how to use straps and blocks to guide students through challenging poses or to teach alignment. Some instructors, however, may not have access to props or, if they do, there may not be enough to go around. There is one piece of “equipment,” however, that often gets underused, and that’s the wall.
Wall Yoga Details
Total Time: approximately 60 minutes
Equipment needed: mats
MUSIC: not applicable
In response to tough economic times, more yoga studios are offering “yoga by donation” classes to help new or ongoing students who are
financially challenged. One New England studio offers 100% of its
schedule on a pay-as-you-can basis. Bob Vaccaro of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, launched Yoga by Donation on January 1, 2009, “to provide quality yoga classes in an exceptional setting to people of all levels of
physical and financial abilities. . . . We have no set or even suggested fees;
all donations can be anonymous, and all are appreciated.”
The benefits of yoga go beyond more flexible hamstrings, a stronger core, or less back pain. Yoga has the power to make you more resilient to stress. It reminds you of your inner strength. It can give you back a sense of joy and purpose in your life.
With more veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, yoga and other mind-body movement practitioners may want to offer their services in military communities. Veterans can benefit from yoga therapy and are interested in and enjoy the practice, according to a small, preliminary study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2008; 14 ; doi:10.1089/acm.2008.0020). The study found that Veterans Administration [VA] patients with chronic back pain experienced relief from a yoga program intervention.
Kristi Peacock, a 23-year-old account executive in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was preparing for her first marathon. The intense training was strengthening her body but also taking a toll. As the miles racked up, so did the strain to her iliotibial band, Achilles tendons and back.