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Learn how to use your personal challenges to find your authentic voice, fortify your teachings, and inspire your students.
By Sara Avant Stover
Amy Ippoliti, a senior certified Anusara Yoga teacher based in Boulder, Colorado, felt vulnerable and fragile as she attempted to pull herself together to teach in New York City following September 11, 2001.
"Despite my own grief, I tried to acknowledge the pain everyone felt and uplift them in the face of such madness," she says.
At the end of the day when she returned to her apartment, Ippoliti would fall onto the floor and cry.  The experience helped her learn to integrate grieving with teaching. "The more I experience the full spectrum of life, the easier it gets to hold the polarity of despair along with the ecstatic moments," she says.
Whether it's the experience of a death, divorce, or health complication, everyone has to deal with a crisis at sometime.  There's no way a yoga teacher can escape the challenge of teaching during difficult times. How can you use your suffering to...

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Take your seat in style and discover how what you wear affects how you feel and how others feel about you.By Sara Avant Stover Whether you buy your yoga wardrobe from WalMart or Lululemon, you can find just the right fashions to suit your size, budget, and mood. As a student, you might search for styles that show off your body or personality, but, as a teacher, there's more to consider. When you step into the seat of the teacher you become a role model. Then what you wear has a greater impact not only on how you feel but also on how others feel, too. The task is to dress in a way that...
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Lull your students into deeper relaxation by integrating singing bowls to your teaching. I sank into Savasana, wholeheartedly melting into stillness. Eyes closed, the once-distinct boundaries of my skin dissolved while thoughts evaporated into a sleepy haze. Post-asana energy hummed and whirled through my limbs. My teacher sat in the front of the room, quiet, erect, cross-legged. With a singing bowl in hand, he circled the wooden wand around the bowl's rim, radiating a lullaby to the blissful yoginis in the room. Those moments always felt like magic to me. Somehow the all-pervading sound...
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Teaching to nonnative English speakers is challenging, but these tips will help you make sure your teaching transcends all language and cultural barriers. Once, while teaching in Paris with a translator, Nischala Joy Devi, international teacher and author of The Secret Power of Yoga and The Healing Path of Yoga, was asked by an English-speaking student if she would return to teach there again. "There are certainly worse places I could come back to than Paris," Devi replied, smiling. The translator delivered her response to the group and, upon seeing the ensuing sea of horrified...
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Find out why gender-specific classes can provide an inspiring teaching experience while attracting an appreciate audence. As teachers, we can be artists who sculpt experiences for our students through words we use to teach a pose, the music we play during class, or even the ways we decorate our studios. We can also create a more meaningful experience by opting to teach to targe audiences. This is not a new concept. A glance at any studio's schedule offers us plenty of options: Basics, Level 2/3, Hot Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Mysore, Meditation. Rarely, however, do we see options such as Women...
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Greetings from Denver, where life is hot, busy, and good. The city is teeming with visitors from all over the world; and if there is anywhere that needs yoga right now, this is certainly it! I just finished my third raw chocolate and superfoods truffle here at the Huffington Post Oasis at Denver's National Convention. It's just after lunch on Day 2 and the Oasis is buzzing with yoga classes, live food samples, mini-facials, and massages. Things got started at 7am in The Big Tent with a Prana Vinyasa Flow class led by Shannon Paige Schneider, one of the Oasis organizers and director...
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As a yogi, the question is no longer, "What advanced pose can I do?", but "Can I walk my talk?" In other words, can you live your yoga? This is the challenge and the opportunity. Especially here at the DNC, where wheeling and dealing is the name of the game and the decisions of a few affect many. Opening the Conversation At a dinner party two months ago a friend brought a controversial (and important) topic to a table of yogis. "How is everyone planning on getting involved in the elections this year?" he probed. Having just moved back to the USA and scrambling...
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Last night I attempted to stay up past my bedtime to attend an Etown event here in Denver, featuring some of my faves like James Taylor and Ani DiFranco. Unfortunately, after a full day at the DNC I couldn't manage to keep my eyes open past the first third of the concert. On the ride back to Boulder, my boyfriend Peter (bless his heart for agreeing to chauffeur me home early), attempted to boost my spirits by reminding me of yoga's promise. I could transform my nearly blinding fatigue by shifting my focus, he urged. "Can you tap into the bigger picture?" Paralyzed from the...
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Yoga as Usual in the Oasis I almost forgot to brush my teeth this morning. Dishes are piling up in my sink; and for the first time in a long while, I didn't make my bed today. Clearly, despite my best attempts to stay grounded, the DNC frenzy is having its way with me. While this week has been electrifying, intense, and deeply inspiring, I will be happy to return to real life tomorrow. Simple acts like eating breakfast at home and sitting on my own meditation cushion (rather than the seat of the BX bus) seem like long-lost friends at this point. A lot has happened in four days. It's...
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We live in a universe of infinite possibility. That's why last night, along with 80,000 other enthusiasts, I did the wave in a football stadium and swished an American flag through the air for the first time since the Memorial Day parade in the 3rd grade. As an American, as a yogini, and as an ordinary person who believes in the immortal goodness of the human spirit, I went to Invesco Field last night to participate in history. My journey there was indeed a pilgrimage- riddled with doubt, despair, dehydration, blisters, sunburn, resilience, and, of course, some raw truffles that I...
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Learn how seeking constructive criticism from more experienced teachers can improve your teaching skills. By Sara Avant Stover At one point several years ago, Elena Brower, Anusara Yoga teacher and owner of New York City's Vira Yoga, received letters of constructive, critical feedback from two of her teachers-both on the same day. While this initially ignited her inner critic and bruised her selfesteem, she soon came to realize how fortunate she was to have received such wise and attentive care from her trusted mentors. "It ultimately brought more clarity to my teaching and gave me...

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