The message of yoga is that you are an indivisible part of the universe. You are one with it. In this article, Nancy Jackson (Swami Dayananda) shows how to embrace your situation and revel in your difficulties. She discusses how commitment to yoga influences the quality of your experience through better awareness and more openness to life. She also provides examples of helpful yoga-for-life practices.
Back to the future - the newest yoga props are going green
Journalist Suvi Mahonen examines the issue of climate change in relation to the yoga industry’s use of props. She speaks with different business owners and practitioners who are taking measures to reduce the carbon footprint of yoga props, exploring the potential of new ecofriendly innovations to help combat climate change. In conclusion, she puts out a call to teachers and students who may be unaware of the benefits of using props, and to the yoga community at large to let go of the stigma that may surround their use; emphasising the many ways in which they can support practice.
Yoga and the art of surrender
In this article AYL writer Penelope Unn explains how and when to surrender to a pose, arguing that surrendering – rather than forcing – is one of yoga’s most valuable skills. For this teacher training edition of AYL, Unn encourages teachers to focus on this skill with their students; and to take the further step of discussing with them the possibility that inner resistance may be preventing them from fully surrendering to a pose.
RIMYI one year on
In this article, Iyengar yoga teacher Linda Apps looks at the state of the Iyengar yoga community one year after the sudden death of their charismatic leader and teacher Geeta Iyengar. She reports on her conversation with the person she describes as the current face of Iyengar yoga, Abhijata Iyengar, who brings her up to date with how the RIMYI community is faring. Taking over the leadership of the community, while also being a mother and taking care of her kids, has been hectic and challenging; but Abhijata reports that the solid foundations of the Iyengar community is helping them to navigate this transition and to grow into this next phase.
Janine Allis - A Date with Ashtanga Restores Balance & Health
In this cover story AYL writer Karen Farrell looks into the life of the successful entrepreneur, TV personality and founder of the iconic company, Boost Juice, Janine Allis, who has been practising Ashtanga yoga for the last twelve years. She takes her yoga mat with her at all times, applying the same discipline and determination to her practice that she does to her business. In 2019 Janine completed a 350-hour teacher training and gained her first professional qualification.
Profile of a barefoot yoga teacher
Jackson Manuai Kiap is an inspirational young Papua New Guinean man on a mission to introduce yoga to rural communities in PNG. He is a dedicated teacher, a passionate advocate for women’s health and wellbeing, and the force behind an innovative yoga program at Bihute Prison in PNG’s Eastern Highlands Province. In this article, Fiona Crockford share the story of this ‘bare foot’ yoga teacher, who has become a mentor and friend to detainees and to the Bihute ‘mamas’, and they report on how Alan was invited to lead a class of 21 women in Bihute Prison through a sequence of yoga postures.
Teach the essence of Ayurveda in your yoga class
In this article experienced teacher and teacher trainer Rachel Zinman outlines strategies for encouraging Yoga Teachers to understand and incorporate the principles of Ayurveda, as an intrinsic element of yoga teaching practice. She offers practical ideas and tools, explaining the importance and unique characteristics of the basic 5 elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Her advice on how to engage students with the essence of Ayurveda makes a significant contribution to this Teacher Training Edition of AYL.
Senior yoga teacher Flo Flenton guides you through the challenges of mastering the difficulty of balancing firmly in Garudasana.
Yoga teachers Fiona Radici and Marisa De Stefano offer a series of sequences that explore, extend and enhance the use of Partner Yoga as a great way to strengthen postures and also to support the letting go of inhibitions and of appreciating how wonderful and unique our bodies are.
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Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, experienced yoga teachers and physiotherapists, Directors of Sydney’s Yoga Synergy, answer students’ Asana questions.
Notes from the classroom
In this contribution, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Tiffany Hambley describes what she terms the ‘strange pull of yoga’; how it has had a way of ‘drawing her back’ throughout her life. She tells of how she first encountered the asana in childhood, through her stepfather; and how twenty years later she reconnected, attending early morning beginners’ classes at an Iyengar school. She describes how she has ‘wandered away’ from yoga, as she criss-crossed continents and life experiences; but how it has always drawn her back.
Our overseas contributor, Siddhartha Krishna, looks at various questions from the traditional philosophical side of yoga.
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