• Posted on November 20th, 2014 8:08:57 AM YogaGlo 5 comments

    Yoga Allows Me to Be Me: Jason Crandell
    Jason Crandell shares the story of how he discovered yoga, how it made him feel (much to his surprise) and how it has allowed him to engage in a lifelong journey to explore the human condition. Through sadness, depression, happiness, anxiety and joy – yoga has allowed him to experience himself and the world around him in a way that is honest, humble and skillful:

    Feeling inspired? Practice with Jason today.

  • Posted on August 14th, 2014 7:00:45 AM YogaGlo No comments

    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jason Crandell shines a light on how yoga helps us let go, settle down and self-soothe.

    Take this class with Jason: http://bit.ly/JCwnNQ

  • Posted on July 24th, 2014 12:00:12 PM YogaGlo 3 comments

    I struggle with tight hips and I want to learn Lotus Posture (Padmasana). Can you suggest a sequence that will help open my hips and help me do Lotus Pose?

    Most students make the same mistake when they work on their hips and try to grow a lotus: They focus too much on stretching their outer hips and forget to open the other muscle groups that comprise their hip-joint. Don’t get me wrong—the outer hips usually need plenty of help. But, the key to freedom and balance in your hips is working with all the muscle groups that affect the joint, not just your bum. I can’t promise you a Lotus, but practicing the following sequence will make your hips be happier and healthier—and, if anything is going to help you sit in lotus, this practice will.

    There are a couple of things to understand about your hips in order to approach them skillfully in your practice. First, your hip joint (Coxal Joint) is a ball and socket. This is simple enough, but it has big implications. It means that your hip-joint is 360-degrees and has muscles around the full-circumference that produce motion at the joint. In order to create a balanced hip-opening sequence—and, truly create more freedom and ease in your hips—you need to address all of these muscle groups. It’s true that Lotus Pose relies heavily on motion in your outer-hips, but it also requires fluidity in many of the other groups that line the circumference of the joint. If you want to open your hips and develop lotus, make sure you do postures that target each of the following muscular compartments:

    Hip-Flexors: These muscles cross over the front of your hip-joint and flex the hip.

    Adductors: These muscles that line the inside of your upper-thigh are usually left out hip-opening sequences. Not only do they quality as hip muscles because they start on the pelvis, cross the hip-socket and connect to the inside of the thigh, they may be more important to a comfortable lotus than you think. When these muscles are tight, they pull the knees up while attempting Lotus.

    Hamstrings: The hamstrings are not a significant factor in Lotus and they’re not usually thought of as hip muscles. However, they originate on the bottom of your pelvis, cross the back of the hip-socket, and run down the back of your leg. This means that a balanced hip-opening sequence will include postures that release this group of muscles.

    External Rotators and Gluteus Maximus: Describing the Gluteals and their functions in a few words is tough because this family of three muscles does a lot of different work. Let it suffice to say that this is the region that we tend to think when we think of hip-openers. This is the bitter-sweet, hurts-so-good part of the body that we stretch when we do Pigeon Pose.

    Abductors and IT Band: Targeting this region is another key step in releasing hip tension and developing lotus. These muscles run from the outside of the hip bone, cross the outside of the hip-joint and attach to the outside of the thigh. Since this region is harder to get good leverage on than the External Rotators, it is often short-changed in hip-opening sequences.


    Focus on rooting down through the top of your back foot and lifting up through your hip-points to get the most from this hip-flexor opener.


    Low Lunge Quad Stretch
    This posture continues the hip-opening that began in Anjeneyasana and digs deeply into the quadriceps.

    Low-Lunge Quad-Stretch

    Prasarita Padottanasana
    This wide-legged standing forward bend stretches your hamstrings and adductors. It also prepares you for the more intense Wide-Legged Squat that follows.

    Prasarita Padottanasana

    Wide-Legged Squat
    This is the most effective standing posture for releasing tension in the adductors. This postures effectiveness by using your forearm to press your thigh away from the midline.

    Wide-Legged Squat

    Reclined Revolved Triangle
    Revolved Triangle Pose is one of the most effective postures for stretching the hamstrings, abductors, and IT band. This posture recreates the same dynamics of Revolved Triangle in a reclined posture. By reclining, you can stay in the posture for much longer and exert greater opening on the targeted muscles and connective tissue.

    Reclined Revolved Triangle

    Piegon Pose with A Twist
    This version of pigeon will help you access part of your adductors and external rotators and lead to more comfort in Lotus. To be effective, lift and turn your torso toward your front leg. Use your hand to pull strongly against your front knee.

    Piegon Pose with A Twist

    Ankle-to-Knee with Sidebend
    To make this posture most effective, be sure to place your top ankle on your bottom knee and flex your foot.

    Ankle to Knee with Sidebend

    Become an authority on yoga anatomy and yoga sequencing by joining Jason Crandell’s online trainings.

    Jason Crandell is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. His accessible, grounded classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision and mindfulness teachings.  Considered a “teachers-teacher,” Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences. Follow Jason on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Posted on May 6th, 2014 8:00:35 AM Jason Crandell 7 comments

    Yoga Anatomy in Action: Core & Abs


    Regarding yoga anatomy, are the “core” and the abdominals the same thing? Do you have a sequence that will help me strengthen all of my core muscles?

    The word “core” evokes mixed feelings. Most people feel insecure about their center because they think it’s too big and too weak. Yet, students get excited about the prospects of strengthening their core—and, perhaps, shrinking their waistline. After all, a strong, healthy core supports the spine, facilitates skillfull movement, and makes yoga postures more efficient.

    Unfortunately, the word “core” can be confusing. You won’t see “core” listed in the glossary of any traditional anatomy textbook, and it’s often reduced to being synonymous with the abdominals. Here’s a closer look at the essential anatomy of your core, and a core yoga sequence for you to explore.


    No, the “core” and the abdominals are not the same thing. The abdominals are just part of the core, not its entirety. To understand what constitutes the core, it’s easiest to look at its components.

    The “primary components” of your core:

    • The Pelvic floor muscles: the floor of the core. These muscles line the bottom of your pelvic and support your abdominal organs.
    • The Abdominals: The walls of the core. This group of muscles (transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, internal oblique, external oblique, and quadratus lumborum) wrap around the circumference of your midsection.
    • The Illiopsoas: The core of the core. Nothing is more central—more “core” than the illiopsoas.
    • The Paraspinal muscles: The back of the core. These muscles run next to the spine and roughly parallel to it.
    • The diaphragm: The roof of the core. We don’t often include the diaphragm in the discussion of core—but we should. This is the dominant muscle involved in respiration and forms the geographic top of the core.

    When I teach core workshops and trainings, I also discuss what I call “the access points” to the core, which include the inner-leg muscles (adductors) and arches of the feet. When engaged, these muscles help us engage our core muscles. I also discuss the “complements to core” which include the hamstrings, gluteals and posterior hip muscles.


    This simple, quick, reclined core strengthening sequence will help you access your entire core and focus on its individual components.

    Supta baddhakonasana (pelvic floor)

    Lay on your back with your feet together and your knees separated. You can support the outside of your thighs with blocks or forego the prop. As you inhale, direct your inhalation toward your pelvic floor and allow the muscles to relax. As you exhale, imagine that you’re narrowing the pelvic floor and drawing its center higher into your body. Repeat this for a few minutes until you have a clear sense of how to engage and release these muscles.

    Reclined Bound Angle Pose

    Reclined hip flexor strengthening with block (illiopsoas, adductors)

    Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Place a block between your thighs. Firmly squeeze the block with your inner-legs and feel your adductors engage. Continue to squeeze the block and lift your feet 1 or 2 inches off the floor. Maintain the natural curve of your lower back as you hover your feet slightly above the ground. The muscles that are lifting your feel are your hip-flexors, especially your illiopsoas.

    Reclined Hip Flexor Strengthening

    Reclined bakasana (rectus abdominis, transversis abdominis)

    Lay on your back and reach your hands toward the ceiling. Lift your head and chest off the floor and draw your knees toward your outer arms. Imagine you’re doing bakasana (crow/crane) pose on your back and feel your abdominals in action—these are your rectus abdominis and transversis abdominis.

    Reclined Crow Pose

    Reclined side-bakasana (internal and external obliques)

    Lay on your back and reach your hands toward the ceiling. Lift your upper body off the floor and reach both arms past your left knee. Imagine you’re doing side-crow/crane on your back. In addition to using the same muscles as the previous pose, you’ll also be using your obliques.

    Reclined Side Crow Pose

    Locust (paraspinal muscles)

    Lay face down on the floor. Lift your head, chest, shoulders and arms. Draw your shoulder-blades down your back and reach your fingers toward your feet. Lengthen and raise your legs. Feel your paraspinal muscles firing to maintain the lift of your upper-body.

    Locust Pose

    Side plank (internal and external obliques, quadratus lumborum)

    From plank posture, step your right hand slightly forward. Your wrist will be slightly in front of your shoulder, not directly below it. Roll to the outside of your left foot and stack your right leg on top of your left leg. Lift your hips as high as they will go. You will be using your quadratus lumborum and obliques to lift your hips and keep them raised in the posture.

    Side Plank Pose

    Become an authority on yoga anatomy and yoga sequencing by joining Jason Crandell’s online trainings.

    Jason Crandell is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. His accessible, grounded classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision and mindfulness teachings.  Considered a “teachers-teacher,” Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences. Follow Jason on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Posted on April 29th, 2014 12:00:42 PM YogaGlo No comments

    Jason Crandell at the YogaGlo Studio










    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Jason Crandell will be in town teaching FREE Vinyasa Flow classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this!

    Jason’s Class Schedule:

    • Tuesday, May 6th: 10:00am-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 1/2
    • Tuesday, May 6th: 4:30pm-5:30pm – Vinaysa Flow, Level 1/2
    • Wednesday, May 7th: 10:00am-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2
    • Wednesday, May 7th: 4:30-5:30pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2/3

    Don’t miss this opportunity to take amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!

  • Posted on March 26th, 2014 8:30:36 AM Alice G. Walton No comments

    The Language of Yoga: Ujjayi
    Learning how to breathe isn’t just a neat little thing you can do when you do yoga – it’s a central, and, some would say, nonnegotiable part of the practice. Pranayama, the art and science of controlling the breath, is an integral part of the Eight Limbs: Getting your body into the right state through breathing is the threshold to the next goals – focusing attention and calming the mind. Regulating your breathing has a measurable effect on the nervous system, so whether you’re a yogi or not, learning how to breathe differently can be life-changing. And a specific kind of breathing, known as ujjayi breath, is a very effective way to home into that calming, regulating part of the nervous system.

    “Ujjayi is also called Ocean Sounding Breath,” says DevarshiSteven Hartman, Dean of the Pranotthan School of Yoga and the former head of Kripalu’s School of Yoga. “But the difficulty is with the simplicity. True enlightenment lies in the continual practice of this breath alone.”

    The key, he says, is to layer ujjayi on top of dirgha breath, which itself breaks down into three separate phases. “Dirgha breath is learning to articulate the full range of expression of your inhale and exhale with consciousness,” says Hartman. “With dirgha breath, one breathes first into the lower abdomen, belly, then fills the middle (the ribs), then up to the top (the chest and clavicles). When exhaling, one empties from the top down – chest, ribs, then belly. Inhale belly, ribs, and chest. Exhale chest, ribs, and belly. Learning how to fully articulate the lung’s capacity helps to break open habitual patterning in the breath, restoring consciousness to resisted emotion and experience.”

    Once you have dirgha breath down, you can bring in ujjayi. “By slightly constricting the glottis (the back of the throat) one creates a smaller passageway for the breath which results in a sound like the ocean, or the beginning of a snore. Some call this the Darth Vader Breath.” As Jason Crandell says, what you want to do in ujjayi breath is reduce the aperture of the throat to get slow, smooth, regulated breath. Imagine that you’re trying to fog an imaginary mirror in front of you – it will be audible and intentional, but not labored.

    Hartman says that part of the value in this type of breath is that it may stimulate the vagus nerve, which among many basic bodily functions, is also linked to mood. “Recent studies have been focusing on the importance of vagal tone and happiness. The parasympathetic nervous system is soothed, natural endorphins (antidepressants) are released, the fright/flight response reduces, mental activity calms, the heart rate slows, digestion is aided, and much more – all from dirgha-ujjayi breath.”

    Deliberate breathing not only calms the nervous system in a physical way, but since it gives us something to focus our attention on, it also calms the mind in another way.The “monkey mind” phenomenon that many of us experience every day happens when the mind is unfocused and allowed to spin in multiple directions. But focusing attention on the breath (or on anything, for that matter) can reign in the wandering mind. “Practicing dirgha ujjayi breath results in becoming more present in your life,” says Hartman. “It establishes the ability to be in charge of directing your attention on what you choose, deliberately calming the common chatter of the mind at will. This ability begins to break existing thought patterns that are indoctrinated, unhelpful and unconscious. Witness consciousness (Vijnana Maya Kosha) is re-established and you become free to choose where and what you wish to place your attention on… Clearly being able to deliberately direct your attention is a foundational skill for obtaining a sense of well-being, happiness and self-improvement.”

    Again, ujjayi breath can be integrated into your practice whether you’re doing asana or a stiller form of meditation. And the great thing about it is that you can take it with you outside the home, at work, sitting in the park, or even in a coffee shop. (If you’re self-conscious, you can do it a little more quietly, but for the most part, ujjayi is quieter than you think, and passersby aren’t likely to take notice.)

    “Throughout the scriptures,” says Hartman, “the authors explain clearly that yoga asana without deliberate breath is not yoga at all; merely gymnastics. Deliberate and conscious breath, dirgha ujjayi, ignites the whole being into presence, integration, and ultimately the true knowing of the experience of bliss…beyond words.”

    He says to try ujjayi breath wherever you are, and as often as you can. “Just begin,” he says. “That’s the assignment.” He suggests making it a key part of your practice now and in the future, whether you’re doing asana, a sitting meditation, or just taking in the view of your cityscape or landscape. “That’s yoga – union,” he says. “Yoga is not yoga without ujjayi breath. Begin.”

    Alice G. Walton, PhD is a health and science writer, and began practicing (and falling in love with) yoga last year. She is the Associate Editor at TheDoctorWillSeeYouNow.com and a Contributor at Forbes.com. Alice will be exploring yoga’s different styles, history, and philosophy, and sharing what she learns here on the YogaGlo blog. You can follow Alice on Twitter @AliceWalton and Facebook at Facebook.com/alicegwalton.

  • Posted on February 25th, 2014 9:52:08 AM YogaGlo 17 comments

    The Art of Yoga Sequencing with Jason Crandell

    Over the years, many of you have asked for online courses for yoga teachers. Specifically, you’ve asked for courses to help extend your knowledge of yoga sequencing so that you can enhance your teaching. Jason Crandell’s The Art of Yoga Sequencing online course was designed with you in mind!

    This online yoga course will provide you with the tools to develop meaningful, authentic and effective yoga sequences for you and your students. It will provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and technique to generate fresh, safe sequences that represent your voice and vision as a teacher. The Art of Yoga Sequencing will teach you how to create effective sequences for each posture category including arm balances, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, energetically balanced practices, practices for better sleep and more.

    This Yoga Sequencing course contains 7 modules and provides approximately 50-hours of continuing education. It contains lecture, practice, sequencing templates, downloadable sequences, reflection questions, key teaching points for each posture group, and a curated list of YogaGlo classes that compliment the module. Content is available for as long as you need.

    This online yoga sequencing course is right for you if:

    • You want information about every posture category, including the essential technique for every posture group, how to prepare for every posture category and how to conclude every posture category.
    • You need the tools to develop safe, effective sequencing that represents your voice and builds your student-base.
    • You need more confidence creating mixed-level yoga classes while meeting the needs of beginners and experienced students.
    • You crave the support, inspiration, and knowledge that will allow you to teach effective, authentic and purposeful yoga classes.
    • You want help teaching your students challenging postures like bakasana, handstand, upward-facing bow, hanumanasana, as well as basic postures like bridge pose, revolved triangle and more.

    You will receive:

    • 30+ hours of professionally-produced lecture, discussion and practice video.
    • Sequencing templates for each posture group—so you can create your own sequences within an effective, safe structure.
    • 20+ prepared sequences, to practice and teach.
    • New yoga sequences every month to keep your practice and teaching fresh.
    • Live chats with Jason twice a-month to ask questions and get feedback—for an entire year from the day you join the program.
    • Feedback on your sequencing
    • 35+ recommended YogaGlo classes to practice and study
    • 3 free months of YogaGlo subscription time

    The 7 Modules include:

    • Sequencing with Authenticity and Purpose
    • Turning Inward: Sequencing for Safe, Effective Forward Bends
    • Creating Space and Freedom: Sequencing for Efficient Backbends
    • Releasing Tension: Sequencing for Cleansing Twists
    • Taking Flight: Sequencing for Strong, Stable Arm Balances
    • Inversions: Sequencing for Handstand, Forearm Balance, Headstand and Shoulderstand
    • Beyond the Asanas: How to sequence for contemplative and energetic themes

    We are honored to offer such incredible teachings to yoga students and teachers all over the world and we look forward to supporting you in your journey for ever-increasing knowledge and awareness.

  • Posted on December 10th, 2013 1:00:20 PM YogaGlo 20 comments


    Essential Yoga Anatomy Jason Crandell and Paul B. Roache, MD

    Many of you have asked about additional ways to study with our teachers – whether it’s to expand your own yoga practice or to enhance the way you teach yoga to others. We’re thrilled to offer the very first online course along these lines: Essential Yoga Anatomy with Jason Crandell and Paul B. Roache, MD.

    In this essential yoga anatomy course, alignment-based vinyasa teacher Jason Crandell and orthopedic surgeon Paul Roache, MD, have distilled the subject of anatomy into a dynamic, practical course that is directly relevant to yoga practice and teaching. This is not your high school anatomy course filled with rote memorization that you’ll soon forget. It won’t mire you down in details you don’t need. Instead, you’ll receive tools and knowledge that will improve your yoga practice and sharpen your yoga teaching skills.

    This online yoga anatomy course is right for you if:

    • You’ve hit a plateau and want to progress in your poses
    • You or your students want to minimize the risk of injuries by understanding anatomical concepts
    • You want to improve the accuracy of your teaching
    • You want to more safely and effectively guide your students with your hands and your verbal cues
    • You want to get better at “seeing” bodies and understanding how to guide them

    The course is made up of 8 modules that include lectures, slides, demonstrations, Q&A, and asana practice. Content is available to you for as long as you need. Unlike live courses, you can learn at your own pace and repeat lectures and practices as often as you’d like!

    You’ll also recieve:

    • 150+ downloadable anatomical illustrations that give you a comprehensive encyclopedia of the body
    • 60-minute sequences to integrate the teachings
    • Direct access to ask Paul and Jason your questions via weekly live chat
    • Structured message boards to connect with other yoga students and teachers

    The 8 modules include:

    • The Foundation: Your Feet and Ankles
    • The Columns and Movers: Your Legs and Knees
    • The Big ‘Ole Bowl: Your Pelvis and Legs
    • The Central Axis: Your Spine, Core, and Container
    • The Anatomy of Breathing: Your Diaphragm and its Helpers
    • The Ball and Socket: Your Shoulders and Arms
    • The Control Tower: Your Nervous System
    • Advanced Simplicity: Learning to See and Understand Bodies

    We are honored to provide these incredible teachings to students and teachers all over the world and look forward to supporting you in your journey for ever-increasing knowledge and awareness.

  • Posted on December 4th, 2013 12:30:03 PM Jason Crandell 10 comments

    How to Keep Your Teaching Real and Relevant

    The landscape of teaching yoga has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. First, the practice of teaching individuals transformed into the practice of teaching larger and larger groups. Now, with the advent of more accessible technology and ubiquitous social media, teachers are engaging with their students over an even greater distance. Personally, I love the opportunity that all of these mediums provide. With this ever-changing environment, though, it can be challenging to stay grounded, present, and down-to-earth. It can be challenging to remember that we’re educators, not entertainers and our role is to share the vast, sublime teachings of yoga in a way that anyone can understand and find meaningful in their daily life. Here are some reminders that will help you keep your teaching real, accessible, and relevant.

    • Witness Your Students

    I love having a job where I’m able to express myself. I’m mindful, though, that I can get so wrapped up expressing a teaching that—ironically—I stop paying attention to my students and become absorbed with articulating a concept or theme. Whether it’s getting lost momentarily in your playlist, sequence, technique, or philosophical agenda, all teachers face the challenge of focusing on the students that in the room. Being aware of this challenge is the first step in transcending it. The next step is honing your attention on your students’ body and breath. Watch your students’ eyes, arms, legs, and feet. Watch your students breathe. Trust that you don’t have to impress your students. You just have to witness them clearly.

    • Embrace Repetition

    Most teachers are fearful of sounding like a broken record. Of course, they are—who wouldn’t be? But, when you teach yoga you are teaching a subject. In order to teach a subject, you need to repeat, repeat, repeat. And, repeat. Imagine you are teaching someone a new language—or, how to do math or play an instrument. Would you be concerned about repetition then? By embracing repetition, you are embracing education.

    • Don’t Confuse Being Authentic With Being Complicated or Difficult

    You don’t have to be complicated or difficult to be authentic. Most of the teachings we yearn to share with our students are simple: we want to teach people how to breathe, how to listen to their body, how to be less judgmental, how to release unnecessary tension, and so on. These are our “authentic” teachings and expressing them in simple, clear ways honors our dharma.

    • Keep Things Accessible

    Pressing into handstand, doing complicated arm-balances, and experimenting with deep backbends make for good social media clips. They are striking, inspiring poses that speak to our aspirations. They are also good, interesting things to include in your advanced classes—I work on these poses, I teach them and I post them on social media platforms. That said, we have to remember that these poses are not terribly realistic for the vast majority of students. It’s incredibly valuable to experiment with your edge and encourage your students to do so from time-to-time. But, let’s not get carried away—or become convinced that harder poses provide more benefits than simple poses. Feel free to challenge your students, but make sure that your classes are chock full of postures that your students can do with precision and care.

    Jason is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has written over 13 articles for the magazine and website – many of which have been translated internationally (including Japan, China, Italy and Brazil). His integrative and accessible teachings support students of every background and lineage, helping them to find greater depth, awareness, and well-being in their practice – and in their lives. Follow Jason on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Posted on November 20th, 2013 7:00:34 AM Jason Crandell 5 comments

    5 Ways to Stay Healthy, Safe and Grounded While Youre Teaching

    As yoga teachers, we’re committed to the wellbeing of our students. After all, our bottom line is to help people reduce their suffering. We even commit to ongoing, continuing education to help provide more skillful service. Yet, we often ignore how easy it is to injure ourselves—or become overly stressed out and ungrounded—when we teach. No, our job isn’t too dirty and there are plenty of other vocations that carry much greater risk. But teaching yoga presents plenty of physical and emotional challenges. Here are few ways to keep yourself healthy, safe and grounded while you teach.

    • Limit Demonstrations

    It seems so safe, easy and effective to demonstrate postures in class. You just pop yourself into an arm-balance, backbend or twist to visually express what you’re teaching. The problem is that you’re cold, a little adrenalized, and focused on the outward appearance of the pose—oh, and you’re probably always doing your demos on the same side. Sure, there is a time and place for demos, but the list of injuries that occur from seemingly simple, innocuous moments like these is frighteningly long. So, if you need to demonstrate please remember not to max yourself out. Check yourself if you realize you’re trying to impress your students.

    • Be Mindful When You Give Adjustments

    When I teach trainings, I ask students to raise their hand if they’ve been injured while receiving an adjustment. Unfortunately, 25-40% of the room usually raises their hand. If I were to ask a room full of teachers how many of them have injured themselves while giving an adjustment, I’m willing to guess that the percentage would be similar. Giving adjustments can compromise your body if you’re not focused on your own alignment and sensations. You can also make matters worse for yourself if you’re already experiencing a knee, lower-back, or shoulder injury and you ignore them while teaching. Providing good adjustments is nice, but give yourself permission to prioritize your own safety and comfort in the process.

    • Remember to Breathe

    Every time you tell your students to breathe, pause and take a breath yourself. Doing this will help you stay grounded, relaxed and focused as you teach. Staying grounded, relaxed and focused will make your classes even better and help stave off fatigue and burnout.

    • Trust the Power of the Practice

    Teachers (including myself) have a tendency to be very critical of themselves. When we’re overly critical or lack confidence in our ability to teach, we start to over-effort. We forget that yoga is not about us teacher—it’s about the transcendent, timeless experience the practice. In order to stay grounded, relaxed and comfortable as a teacher, you have to trust that the practice is inherently transformational and that you’re simply facilitating your students’ experience. You’ll stay happier and healthier if you let the students’ practice do the majority of the work.

    • Be Kind to Yourself

    Teaching yoga can be an emotional rollercoaster—and, it will certainly expose aspects of your personality and ego that other aspects of the practice don’t. Be mindful of your inner-narrative and practice kindness towards yourself. Doing so will decrease stress and help you weather the challenges that arise.

    Jason is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has written over 13 articles for the magazine and website – many of which have been translated internationally (including Japan, China, Italy and Brazil). His integrative and accessible teachings support students of every background and lineage, helping them to find greater depth, awareness, and well-being in their practice – and in their lives. Follow Jason on Facebook and Twitter.