5 Resources Every Instructor (and Curious Yogi) Should Know About
I’m excited to share just a few of my favorite finds with you! I spend countless hours a week pouring over articles, videos, and podcast in an effort to not only continue to learn, but to keep myself and my students inspired.
Here’s 5 of my favorite resources that should keep you busy for quite a while.
As I say in my blog and explain in my mini trainings, you will sometimes see and hear- from reputable sources- different opinions about cues and what may be “right” or “wrong” in a pose. The resources I have listed below are meant to increase our knowledge, open our eyes to some differing opinions, and inspire our practice.
Book: “The Foundation” by Eric Goodman and Peter Park
This book is all about strengthening the back body. If you download the book, you can watch the actual poses and exercises in action.
Why I like this resource: I love this book not only because it works with strengthening and using our glutes, hamstrings and back, which I think is especially important for yogi’s, but because for any student with back issues, it’s easy to incorporate some of their tips in many of our traditional yoga poses.
Podcast: Yoga & Beyond: The Yoga and Movement Science Podcast
I LOVE this podcast. I am so glad it exists!! Please listen!
Why I like this resource: Up until recently there hasn’t been that much research about yoga. Yes, there is some, but thankfully more and more as time goes on. Ariana Rabinovitch interviews experts in their fields about everything from the health of our hamstrings and feet to the problems with being hypermobile.
Blog: Daily Bandha
I used a couple of Dr. Ray Long’s books for the teacher training I led.
Why I like this resource: You need to have a pretty good grasp of the body to understand a lot of what he says, but when you practice some of his cues…wow! You can feel it!
iPhone app: Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D
Knowledge is power.
Why I like this resource: Where do I begin? There is so much information packed into this app. Videos on how our joints and muscles work to what bursitis, sciatica, and muscle strains are. I love being able to see the muscle attachments and being able to use them to inspire my cueing.
YouTube: Physical Therapy Video
Two physical therapist who have hundreds of YouTube videos helping with everything form knee, shoulder, back issues and more.
Why I like this resource: I wasn’t so sure about these guys when I first discovered them. They are definitely a little quirky, but they started to grow on me. As I watched more of their videos, I saw ways to incorporate some of their exercises into my yoga classes.
I don’t always love the speed at which they so the exercises, or their alignment, but as I am learning we all have our own opinions on what is “right” and “wrong”. For the most part what I see them offering is very similar to what else I see and read.
Keep in mind that physical therapists (as many other professionals) sometimes have different opinions about what’s best. While there’s a few videos I’ve watched that I may have a slightly different take on, overall, these guys are good…and funny.
While we should never diagnose a problem as a yoga instructor, these videos will not only educate you on the different issues students may come to class with, but allow you to offer modifications or movements for them to try.