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.