art of yoga

“How do I teach yoga in a way that is safe, effective, accessible and authentic?”

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This is a question that many yoga teachers and studios are now asking.

A lot has changed in our culture since the modern yoga movement took off in the early 90s, and many teachers are re-evaluating the yoga that we’ve inherited through a more culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, non-patriarchal lens. The Yoga Alliance is even addressing this in their latest standards review: “The credentials must identify and support you as experts and professionals who stand for quality, safety, and equity in yoga.”

I’ve developed the Art of Yoga workshop and teacher training module to address these concerns and share a set of key principles that will ensure the yoga you teach and practice is safe, effective, accessible and authentic.

These principles are the foundation of the approach taught by Krishnamacharya, his son Desikachar and their longtime students, but for various reasons have never been adopted into popular mainstream yoga. Based on the concerns being raised in the yoga community about accessibility and safety, it’s time these principles were incorporated into mainstream yoga classes.

For a teacher, learning these principles gives you a solid foundation on which you can develop your own creative and adaptable approach. You can express yourself as an individual, respond to the needs of your students, and feel confident that what you’re teaching is authentically yoga, rooted in the great tradition.

I’ll be sharing the first in-depth Art of Yoga training for practitioners and teachers @pranashanti in Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 13-15 2019. Contact them for details: pranashanti.ca

If you run a teacher training program and want to meet the Yoga Alliance’s new standards for teachers, please contact me for details about offering the Art of Yoga at your studio. hello@brianjames.ca