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Episode 141: Q&A with Jason about Teaching Beginners

In this last episode of our Begin Again series, Jason answers several listener questions about teaching yoga to beginning yoga students.

We cover lots of ground, including:

* When (or if) to encourage a student to leave a beginner level class for a more challenging one

* How to teach Ujjayi breathing to beginners, and why it’s important to do it separately from asanas

* When to teach the nuances of poses like Downward Facing Dog — specifically how to work skillfully with the shoulders when they’re in an above-the-head position like Down Dog

* Striking the right balance between teaching technique and flow in a beginning vinyasa class

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

Episode 139: Teaching Beginners in an All Levels Class

Episode 138: The Art of Teaching Asana to Beginners

Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

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Episode 138: The Art of Teaching Asana to Beginners

We all start out as beginners. But that doesn’t mean that teaching beginning yoga students is intuitive. In this episode of our Begin Again series, Jason tackles the specifics of teaching asana to beginning students. Jason shares:

* Why it’s important to help students pay attention to their whole experience in a particular pose, not just the muscle or muscle groups that they’re stretching

* How to help students avoid comparing themselves to other students (or to what they were able to do in the past if they’re beginning again after stepping away for a while)

* A skillful way to teach breath and movement in a vinyasa-based class

* Why power, precision, and mindfulness are the three elements Jason focuses on most when he teaches beginners

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

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1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

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Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

In this second episode of our Begin Again series, we talk about what keeps us motivated to practice when yoga is feeling stagnant and Jason offers useful tips for teachers who are faced with the difficult (but rewarding!) task of teaching yoga to beginners.

He also talks about how to introduce philosophy to beginning students and how to motivate students to keep coming back to their mats.

Here’s an overview of the episode:

* Why beginning again can be a great thing even for experienced yoga practitioners

* Some common mistakes yoga teachers make when they teach beginners

* How to approach teaching philosophy to beginners in a way that doesn’t confuse or overwhelm

* How he navigates sharing the philosophical dimensions of yoga so that they are useful to everyone regardless of their cultural and ideological belief systems

* Tips for being a good host to new students and why he thinks that’s a key component to keeping students motivated

*BONUS: Jason explains some of the yamas and niyamas and puts them into a modern context


RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

How to Leave a (Positive!) Podcast Review (Hint, Hint!)

Coming Soon! The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

Episode 117: Jason’s Favorite Non-Asana Yoga Books

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Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (and Beginning Again)

Happy New Year!

With a new year comes a flood of new students into yoga classes everywhere. Many of those students will be brand new to yoga, while others have re-committed to their yoga practice.

In this first episode of our series on yoga beginners, Jason shares some tips for how to welcome these new students and make them feel “supported, but not hounded” in the yoga room.

While the series will be geared toward teachers, it’s important info for those yoga students who will be seeing lots of new faces in their classes, too.

We discuss:

* Why it’s so important to put yourself back into the mindset of a beginner if you’re teaching new yoga students

* Jason’s principles for teaching asanas, or yoga poses, to beginners–and how he keeps his classes consistent without letting them get too boring or stale

* A few strategies for making  beginning students feel more comfortable in a new environment and how to be a good host to all of your students

* How yoga teachers can keep their beginning students safe without making them feel called out or inadequate

* More on how the beginning of the year can be an opportunity for yoga teachers to reflect, learn something new, and make tweaks to their teaching approach, too

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1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

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Episode 128: Live from Maui! The Benefits of Retreat + Refining Ujjayi + Making Progress in Backbends

This is the sixth year Jason led his week-long, healing yoga retreat on Maui, but the first year we did a live Yogaland podcast! We did not humble brag about the beautiful setting, the food, the roosters, or the camaraderie of the students — we just full on brag bragged. But we also answered student questions, which happened to mainly focus on backbending.

Here’s an overview:

* We talk about the benefits of immersing yourself in yoga on retreat and how Jason thinks of healing yoga retreats as mini trainings

* Jason shares his approach to teaching Ujjayi breathing, and why he believes that fast, vinyasa flow classes have the potential to undermine the benefits of the practice

* We discuss how to tell the difference between structural limitations and non-structural, changeable limitations in backbends

* Tips on how to progress to more advanced backbends after you’ve mastered Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose or Upward-Facing Bow Pose)

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The Mother of All Backbends: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Yoga Pose Notebook: Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

The Surprising Way to Deepen Your Backbends

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