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.