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What Is Type A Yoga

Reprinted from TypeAYoga.com, 2016. Type A Yoga® began in 2010 as a response to people who said, “I can’t do yoga.” Although yoga practices have since begun to speed up and become more “Type A,” (i.e., hurried, impatient, irritable, elitist, exclusive, competitive, and stressful), our name was a tongue-in-cheek play on the conflicts of our … Continue reading

Not Your Pharmacist, Not Your Drug Dealer

Dear Yoga Community: We are not drug dealers. We are not pharmacists. Although it is helpful to understand therapeutic yoga practices as separate from fitness & exercise trends, STOP TELLING PEOPLE THEY ARE BROKEN AND NEED YOU TO CURE THEM. We have PLENTY to do teaching yoga without perpetuating this idea that we are a … Continue reading

A Namaste to Facilitators

In our society, we tend to focus on the achievements of the individual. We look at the politicians who won the elections, the sports figure who scored the winning points, or the lead singer who fronts the band. We ignore the teachers, role models, interns, volunteer phone banks and paid signature gatherers who helped that … Continue reading

Why I Teach the Way I Do: From Injury to Industry

The yoga “industry” is getting more and more athletic. A practice associated with gentle breathing in the seventies is now associated with acrobatics and contortion. Advertisements for workshops and pictures for yoga articles feature advanced poses, whether they have anything to do with the rest of the page. When people hear the word yoga now, … Continue reading

Why I teach the way I do: Verbal instruction, Mirrors, Demonstration, Spirituality

There are a multitude of voices and styles in the yoga community. Students who become accustomed to one style of teaching may find themselves caught off guard when they find a teacher who is drastically different than what they expect. Students who haven’t tried many teachers may even discover that things they associate with yoga … Continue reading

What you need to know before you buy your yoga mat

As I begin to train our new staff on our products, it occurs to me that newer yoga students sometimes struggle to make sense of the products now available. Over the last decade of yoga’s increasing popularity, many, many more mat products, materials, and characteristics have been released and it can be challenging to determine … Continue reading

Why I don’t believe in plus-sized yoga (Part 2: A matter of perspective)

This post and Part 1 were originally published on my Patch.com blog in 2013. A follow up post on weight loss and representation in yoga is available here. I remember the last day of yoga teacher training when a svelte former gymnast taught a modification for a pose that required us to lay back on … Continue reading

Why I don’t believe in plus-sized yoga (Part 1: Just a modification)

Previously printed on Martinez.Patch.com, September 05, 2013 Recently a colleague asked why I haven’t blogged about plus-sized yoga before, particularly given recent media attention in the topic. I realized it is because I don’t believe in “plus-sized yoga.” As a yogi who has hovered above and below 200 pounds for much of my decade-long practice, there has only been Yoga. … Continue reading

Why You Aren’t Doing Yoga (and Why You Should)

This blog was originally posted to my local Patch.com January 14, 2013. I realize this headline is a bit presumptuous… I don’t even know you and now I’m jumping to conclusions about your health habits and speculating as to your state of mind! A bit rude, really. However, given that this is a blog and … Continue reading

Welcome Back: Getting Back on the Mat

The following entry was originally posted to my local Patch.com blog on January 14, 2013. Our studio staff were recently discussing our new Welcome Back Yoga class, designed to help ease our experienced students back into a regular class after a long absence, and we started talking about our personal experiences with lapses in practice. As … Continue reading