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  • Are Your Students Bored? | Expanding Light
    this They knew that the peace and joy that occurs when they touch their inner selves was the result of going deeper into the postures When the teacher constantly changes the asanas students egos may be entertained but it can actually distract them from going inward In my experience it takes students several weeks with a posture before they can go into and out of it with relative ease At this point they ll have a certain level of comfort with the process and they ll start to relax into the postures This is when the most profound changes begin to occur which you ll recognize in their beaming faces as they leave class and which will assist them in their everyday lives There are many outward ways to approach Hatha Yoga Besides a desire for endless variation in postures students can get caught up in flashy clothes sticky yoga mats and flexible bodies And then there s achievement Overachievers almost seem out to do themselves harm No matter how far they can stretch in a posture it isn t far enough But in his Yoga Sutras Patanjali didn t even mention stretching He defined posture merely as a steady comfortable position Of course he was talking about meditation posture but I think it s fair to apply it to asanas was well The goal of a yoga class is not to entertain students with flashy new postures or to give the encouragement to push harder Postures should be relaxed and open and in the end they should heal Paramhansa Yogananda said that after so many years so many lifetimes of being attached to outward form we begin to feel the redundancy of it all Life becomes an anguishing monotony as he put it Truly there is nothing out there that will bring us happiness unless happiness comes from within ourselves in the first place So naturally students will become bored unless we can help them find real depth in the asanas that we offer When I worked at The Expanding Light I saw the profound changes that yoga brought into people s lives Within the space of three days people would come away with a new sense of inner freedom a connection with their true nature They would simply shine That s how a yoga class should be Well my intermediate class went very nicely after all One of the students had told me that she needed to leave early so I tapped her at the appointed time during savasana She shook her head and whispered I just can t go Another said he loved it so much he planned to take both Monday night classes back to back Next week I will try to guide them even deeper into those same postures People everywhere desperately need a way to slow down and relax and to go inside and finally see who they really are Helping them through Ananda Yoga is a great service to the world and I

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  • Keepin’ It Simple | Expanding Light
    outward expression of the feeling The more we get into the feeling the more the physical pose unfolds from inside us Everything ties together in one neat package alignment energy states of mind everything And that package is called feeling That s why I often characterize Ananda Yoga as a heartbased practice the heart chakra is our primary instrument of feeling I m speaking not of emotional feeling but of chitta the intuitive foundation of our consciousness to which Patanjali refers in his second sutra and many others as well Yogas chitta vritti nirodh Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling Only when we touch that feeling place inside us during an asana are we really doing the pose Everything else alignment breath etc is just preparation How can we experience that essence Unless we can meditate very deeply on the asana I think there s only one way to tune in to that essence through our own experience of the pose It won t come through thinking reading or hearing about the pose or even from doing it if our doing is just on a physical level It has to come from deep inside us We have to make the pose our own I ve told many of you about the worst class I ever taught It was a great lesson for me not unfortunately for the students I gave what I hoped was a solid exposition on an interesting topic in fact the students had chosen the topic I figured I would be safe in basing my talk on the ideas Swami Kriyananda who is without doubt an expert on the subject However I made the mistake of doing this without having dived deep into the subject myself I knew the teaching but I hadn t really experienced it It was dismal I remember thinking Gee the students don t seem very engaged Come to think of it even I don t find this class interesting I d prepared diligently organized my notes figured out exactly what I was going to say and when I was going to say it but I d left out one vital step I hadn t made it my own I hadn t lived it Had I done so I could have said the very same words with a much different result the class could have been both informative and inspiring Why Because my own understanding would have shone through the words Words are just the vehicles for the underlying vibration of our own understanding They infallibly carry our understanding or lack of it So it is with teaching Ananda Yoga We must offer our students through our instructions and demeanor the vibration of each pose And we can only do that when we ve already experienced that vibration made the pose our own Remember the AYTT class in which you spent a lot of time in just a couple poses going deep into the inner experience then came out and

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  • Yoga Teacher Support Center — Spiritualize all levels of yoga practice
    Right Way to End Deep Relaxation Sep 23 2014 When we come out of deep relaxation in Savasana why do you always have us roll onto our right sides Why not the left side More Taking God Out of God A Crash Course in Semantics Sep 23 2014 Many of us find ourselves teaching in environments where our language skills are put to test particularly in replacing or avoiding the word God More Teaching Yoga to Seniors People with Osteoporosis May 7 2014 For fifteen years I ve been teaching yoga In December of 2012 I did something that changed the direction of my yoga teaching in a very positive way More Most Popular Yoga After a Hip Replacement Power Yoga Ananda Style Teaching Yoga in a Public School Teaching Chair Yoga to Seniors Can Being Too Flexible Be Harmful Engage Your Core Assessing and Correcting Posture What to Do When a Leg Shakes Healthy Hips in Hatha Yoga My Yoga Student Gets Headaches Good Poses for Students with Lower Back Problems Yoga in a Wheelchair How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program Most Shared Power Yoga Ananda Style Therapeutic Yoga for the Lower Back The Joy of Teaching Meditation Ask a Question Ask a Question About Teaching Yoga Past Q A Help the Expanding Light better serve people Yoga Teacher Support Center Articles Inspiration for Your Teaching Teaching Students with Unique Needs Yoga Therapy All Articles Q A Ask a Question Past Q A Ananda Yoga Resources All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Please send us a Question for more information Name Email Share Twitter Facebook StumbleUpon Email More Receive monthly news inspiration radiant health tips and recipes and stay up to date Be an Angel Please Donate The Expanding Light Retreat 14618 Tyler Foote

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  • Autumn Restorative Yoga Pose | Expanding Light
    Inhale and become aware of your shoulders as you exhale let your shoulders relax and move away from your ears Inhale space into your lower back and as you exhale feel your lower back relax Silently affirm I relax from outer involvement into my inner haven of peace Hold this pose for 3 7 minutes Then lift your head and rotate your neck in the opposite direction and repeat to the other side for 3 7 minutes To exit slide your hands underneath your shoulders and on your next breath slowly press down to lift yourself and come into a comfortable seated position Variation If your abdomen is uncomfortable against the stack of blankets do not draw the stack of blankets so far in but instead leave space for the belly Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 3 day course Click here for upcoming dates Course Testimonial In over 20 years of practice and 7 years of teaching yoga I have never encountered a technique more effective in calming centering and rejuvenating its practitioner than Ananda Restorative Yoga Through the excellent guidance of Melody I felt prepared in a surprisingly short time to incorporate Ananda Restorative Yoga into my classes The benefits of calm focus and heightened awareness were immediate in my students and myself This training greatly improved both my teaching and my personal practice and I highly recommend it to yoga teachers of every style S S Yodfat Israel This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Lalaan says October 15 2015 at 3 31 am Thank you Melody for the attuned reminder that I should take the time now to turn inward and renew after a busy summer Blessings lalaan Reply Melody Hansen says October 15 2015 at 3 55 am You re welcome Lalaan Amazing job on the new website God bless your service Reply Grace says October 16 2015 at 7 30 pm Taking time to daily relax and restore is a skill that I think most of us were not raised with It doesn t seem to come naturally in this day and age but as Swami said on an energization video willingness is the key So right now life is very overwhelming and I had been feeling emotionally exhausted from my day and after reading this blog I thought the restorative posture looked like a good idea but I felt too tired to even think of getting up to get a chair then I heard Swami s gentle voice say the W word willingness Next thing I knew I was in the pose Chair and all It really helped to calm my emotions and relax I had a great meditation afterwards too Thank you Melody for being an effective channel of God s love grace you are such a blessing to me Reply Melody Hansen says October 17 2015 at 1 56 am Thank you so much Grace for taking the time to read the post and to

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  • Autumn Restorative Yoga Pose | Expanding Light
    Inhale and become aware of your shoulders as you exhale let your shoulders relax and move away from your ears Inhale space into your lower back and as you exhale feel your lower back relax Silently affirm I relax from outer involvement into my inner haven of peace Hold this pose for 3 7 minutes Then lift your head and rotate your neck in the opposite direction and repeat to the other side for 3 7 minutes To exit slide your hands underneath your shoulders and on your next breath slowly press down to lift yourself and come into a comfortable seated position Variation If your abdomen is uncomfortable against the stack of blankets do not draw the stack of blankets so far in but instead leave space for the belly Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 3 day course Click here for upcoming dates Course Testimonial In over 20 years of practice and 7 years of teaching yoga I have never encountered a technique more effective in calming centering and rejuvenating its practitioner than Ananda Restorative Yoga Through the excellent guidance of Melody I felt prepared in a surprisingly short time to incorporate Ananda Restorative Yoga into my classes The benefits of calm focus and heightened awareness were immediate in my students and myself This training greatly improved both my teaching and my personal practice and I highly recommend it to yoga teachers of every style S S Yodfat Israel This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Lalaan says October 15 2015 at 3 31 am Thank you Melody for the attuned reminder that I should take the time now to turn inward and renew after a busy summer Blessings lalaan Reply Melody Hansen says October 15 2015 at 3 55 am You re welcome Lalaan Amazing job on the new website God bless your service Reply Grace says October 16 2015 at 7 30 pm Taking time to daily relax and restore is a skill that I think most of us were not raised with It doesn t seem to come naturally in this day and age but as Swami said on an energization video willingness is the key So right now life is very overwhelming and I had been feeling emotionally exhausted from my day and after reading this blog I thought the restorative posture looked like a good idea but I felt too tired to even think of getting up to get a chair then I heard Swami s gentle voice say the W word willingness Next thing I knew I was in the pose Chair and all It really helped to calm my emotions and relax I had a great meditation afterwards too Thank you Melody for being an effective channel of God s love grace you are such a blessing to me Reply Melody Hansen says October 17 2015 at 1 56 am Thank you so much Grace for taking the time to read the post and to

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  • A Restorative Yoga Pose for the Summer | Expanding Light
    in the throat With each exhalation feel your throat heart and belly open and relax Hold for 3 7 minutes Silently affirm I offer every thought as a bridge to divine grace To exit bring your awareness back to your body If you ve used an eye pillow gently remove it bend your knees and gently roll to your right side and slowly press yourself up into a comfortable seated position Cautions Eye Ear Sinus issues you may want to avoid having your head below your heart Use a bed pillow to support your head Do not turn your head during this pose Spinal Injuries Stay in comfort zone and avoid pose if any discomfort occurs Pregnant after 1 st trimester Avoid holding a supine position for long periods and make sure the lower back is supported If you feel the need to sneeze in this pose it is much safer to roll to one side since your chest and ribs are vulnerable to any sudden jerking movement This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Vishuddha Chakra says October 31 2015 at 8 16 am Great Post and Nice Article I like it Thanks for Sharing Reply Melody Hansen says November 1 2015 at 4 17 am You re so welcome Thank you for reading it and posting a comment Blessings on your practices Reply Leave a Reply to Vishuddha Chakra Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Yoga Teacher Support Center Articles Inspiration for Your Teaching Teaching Students with Unique Needs Yoga Therapy All Articles Q A Ask a Question Past

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  • Returning to Yoga after a Back Injury | Expanding Light
    flexion to enter like Shoulderstand or Headstand were off the list The innervation to my legs was still affected so I fell over in balance poses I adopted Patanjali s sutra Asana should be steady and comfortable as my guide I joked about how I was doing tiny yoga In Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose my lean to the side was about ½ inch off center I used straps and blankets and pillows and walls to support my body It was very frustrating for a long time but I persevered I now had to apply to myself all those adages I had said hundreds of times to my students Go only to the point of first resistance Deeper isn t better Honor your body and its history Present time is the only place you can do yoga Don t compare the body of today with the body you once had Breathe breathe breathe Fast forward to present time I am a much better yoga instructor for having been through this experience I am more present and my attention to proper alignment is meticulous I have deeper compassion for people with physical limitations There are still poses that I cannot do deeply and I often use students for demos something I never used to do it was ahem a point of pride I tell my students that I am a walking advertisement for the fact that yoga is for everyone not just the young and flexible Interestingly although my body is more limited my classes are fuller than ever proof that people come to yoga for more than a physical workout I feel now that God and Guru wanted me to have this experience to learn so many things humility patience mindfulness compassion subtlety I am an acupuncturist who deals daily with other people s pain and I now have personal knowledge of the psychological and physical challenges of chronic pain As a devotee the plethora of techniques given to us by Yogananda was what got me through each day and brought me out the other side This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training and tagged Yoga Teacher Short Stories Bookmark the permalink Comments Mary Jo Cleaveland says April 8 2015 at 12 59 pm I so appreciate this acccount of working with Yogananda and Ananda s teachings of working with the body that is in pain I too recently have experienced a fracture at Thoracic vertebra 8 the most intense pain I have experienced in this life even more than labor pains with childbirth I have just moved and have needed to cancel my yoga classes in order to tend to this body I will use your wisdom and examples as the fracture heals and bring the students back soon so that we all heal together Thank you Lynn You will be with me in my journey forward Reply Lynn Lloyd says April 8 2015 at 8 15 pm Mary Jo I will be with you and so will

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  • Returning to Yoga after a Back Injury | Expanding Light
    flexion to enter like Shoulderstand or Headstand were off the list The innervation to my legs was still affected so I fell over in balance poses I adopted Patanjali s sutra Asana should be steady and comfortable as my guide I joked about how I was doing tiny yoga In Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose my lean to the side was about ½ inch off center I used straps and blankets and pillows and walls to support my body It was very frustrating for a long time but I persevered I now had to apply to myself all those adages I had said hundreds of times to my students Go only to the point of first resistance Deeper isn t better Honor your body and its history Present time is the only place you can do yoga Don t compare the body of today with the body you once had Breathe breathe breathe Fast forward to present time I am a much better yoga instructor for having been through this experience I am more present and my attention to proper alignment is meticulous I have deeper compassion for people with physical limitations There are still poses that I cannot do deeply and I often use students for demos something I never used to do it was ahem a point of pride I tell my students that I am a walking advertisement for the fact that yoga is for everyone not just the young and flexible Interestingly although my body is more limited my classes are fuller than ever proof that people come to yoga for more than a physical workout I feel now that God and Guru wanted me to have this experience to learn so many things humility patience mindfulness compassion subtlety I am an acupuncturist who deals daily with other people s pain and I now have personal knowledge of the psychological and physical challenges of chronic pain As a devotee the plethora of techniques given to us by Yogananda was what got me through each day and brought me out the other side This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training and tagged Yoga Teacher Short Stories Bookmark the permalink Comments Mary Jo Cleaveland says April 8 2015 at 12 59 pm I so appreciate this acccount of working with Yogananda and Ananda s teachings of working with the body that is in pain I too recently have experienced a fracture at Thoracic vertebra 8 the most intense pain I have experienced in this life even more than labor pains with childbirth I have just moved and have needed to cancel my yoga classes in order to tend to this body I will use your wisdom and examples as the fracture heals and bring the students back soon so that we all heal together Thank you Lynn You will be with me in my journey forward Reply Lynn Lloyd says April 8 2015 at 8 15 pm Mary Jo I will be with you and so will

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