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:​ ​As​ ​an​ ​instructor​ ​you​ ​can​ ​take​ ​a​ ​look​ ​at​ ​a​ ​muscle​ ​the​ ​night​ ​before​ ​a class​ ​and​ ​familiarize​ ​yourself​ ​with​ ​the​ ​origin​ ​and​ ​insertion​ ​to​ ​better​ ​cue​ ​a​ ​few​ ​poses.​ ​There​ ​are many​ ​muscles​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​each​ ​pose,​ ​but​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​target​ ​a​ ​muscle​ ​or​ ​muscle​ ​group,​ ​and cue​ ​based​ ​on​ ​your​ ​knowledge,​ ​is​ ​elevating​ ​all​ ​around.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​also​ ​quizzes​ ​and​ ​videos.
As​ ​a​ ​curious​ ​yogi,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​you​ ​know​ ​about​ ​your​ ​body,​ ​the​ ​better.

​​ YouTube: Physical Therapy Video

Two​ ​physical​ ​therapist​ ​who​ ​have​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​YouTube​ ​videos​ ​helping​ ​with​ ​everything​ ​from knee​ ​and​ ​back​ ​issues​.

Why​ ​I​ ​like​ ​this​ ​resource:​ ​When​ ​I​ ​first​ ​came​ ​across​ ​these​ ​guys​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​so​ ​sure​ ​about​ ​them.​ ​But, after​ ​watching​ ​many​ ​of​ ​their​ ​videos,​ ​I​ ​realized​ ​they​ ​know​ ​what​ ​they​ ​are​ ​talking​ ​about.​ ​I​ ​like​ ​that there​ ​are​ ​two​ ​of​ ​them​ ​because​ ​you​ ​get​ ​to​ ​see​ ​and​ ​hear​ ​the​ ​opinions​ ​of​ ​both.​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​always​ ​love the​ ​speed​ ​at​ ​which​ ​they​ ​do​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​exercises,​ ​but​ ​as​ ​I​ ​am​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​the​ ​last​ ​10​ ​years​ ​of my​ ​20​ ​plus​ ​years​ ​of​ ​teaching,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​benefits​ ​to​ ​doing​ ​exercises​ ​and​ ​poses​ ​differently.​ ​Keep in​ ​mind​ ​that​ ​physical​ ​therapist​ ​(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.