On & Beyond the Yoga Studio

Explore fascinating yoga destinations, amp up your practice with tips and tricks from yoga teachers worldwide. Stretch your body and mind, and unlock your true potential.

5 Yoga Poses to Sculpt Your Waist

Getting into a fitness routine to contour your waist can be daunting at first. There could even be instances when you would want to quit. However, with the right amount of energy and passion, you can get the desired body shape with yoga!

How to Make Sure You’re Signing Up for a Top-Notch Yoga Teacher Training

It is really not so easy anymore to find a yoga teacher training program that suits your needs and will support you on a journey of self-development and transformation. With the huge variety of training courses out there, combining different yoga styles and teachings from various yoga and healing traditions, it’s easy to get lost in the process.

From a Fitness Trainer to a Yoga Instructor: My Journey to Mindfulness

Choosing a suitable career for yourself is a difficult task, mainly because so much depends on a single decision. For many people, it’s difficult to find where their interests lie and then determine if that can make for a stable career.

How Yoga Prolongs Sportsmen and Women’s Careers

At the age of 33 years old, the best basketball player on the planet, LeBron James, is mocking Father Time, by soaring higher, sprinting faster, and playing better in his 15th season. The way James is playing, it is safe to surmise that the man known as The King will be ballin’ at an unbelievably high level for at least three more years and may even stay productive until he turns 40. By then, the 4-time MVP would likely be standing on top of the league’s all-time scoring ladder, supplanting the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar along the way.

Most Common Excuses Not to Practice Yoga

Lifestyle diseases have tremendously increased over the past several years. Today, more and more people become ill because of unhealthy life choices. Thankfully, a trend has started in an attempt to counter these lifestyle diseases. People have started to pay more attention to their health and are striving for better nutrition and physical activity.

How To Maximize Your Profits from Yoga Retreats (6 Pro-Tips You Have to Read)

Yoga retreats can be a profitable way to earn side-income for seasoned teachers while creating unforgettable experiences for your students. This article will help you maximize your earnings from your retreats and avoid the common financial pitfalls.

Show Your Brain Some Love with Yoga & Meditation

“Half an hour’s meditation every day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” - Saint Francis de Salles (erstwhile Bishop of Geneva).

What to Eat Before Teaching a Yoga Class

Yoga may not be a type of cardio workout, but it is similar to some exercise routines in a way that it involves lots of turning and twisting. Because of this, you may experience stomachache, gas, and cramping if you don’t properly choose the foods that you eat before a yoga session.

How to Plan a Skiing and Yoga Retreat

To all the yoga teachers planning to add some extra activities to their retreats, holidaymakers, yogis, and skiers, this article might be helpful when planning to try out the combination of these two!

How to Write a Yogi's Diary and Why You Should Start Doing It

We love yoga, as it is a beautiful practice that helps to relax, improve health, and fine-tune the mind and body. Chances are you’ve been practicing yoga for some time, but have you started your own yoga diary, or a journal?

5 Ways Not To Teach Yoga

Yoga has been taught, practiced and developed for over 5,000 years, so it’s only natural that it has many different ways of practicing it. However, there are most certainly do’s and don’ts when it comes to teaching it.

Yoga Poses: 6 Asanas to Lower Your Stress Levels

Life can be stressful! Busy schedules, waking up early for work, handling family issues, etc. Every day, too many factors add to our stress and that is something we can’t entirely avoid. However, this lifestyle can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally and can negatively impact everything from sleep, mood, digestion and even your relationships.

5 Traveling Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip for Yoga Teachers

Traveling can present a whole host of amazing opportunities for yoga students. If you combine it with your practice on the mat, it can provide you with experiences that you just can’t get in a yoga studio.

Yoga & Its Benefits: Why Should It Be a Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle?

While present-day fitness experts and gurus have developed countless exercises for leading a healthy lifestyle, yoga remains one of the most effective and powerful practices that impact our physical, mental and spiritual health. 

How to Still Your Mind Through Yoga

‘I can’t seem to concentrate. There are too many thoughts,’ a number of us make this statement every now and then. Our mind is meant to think. It fills our lives with near-constant thoughts, emotions, feelings, and judgments. But there are times when our thoughts run amock, swinging from one branch to another, leaving us feeling frazzled and disorganized.

How Yoga Can Help Strengthen Relationships

The ancient time-tested practice of yoga has been proven to help sustain healthy and dynamic relationships. Developed and fine-tuned centuries ago, yoga helps us utilize our limbs to assist us in achieving the pinnacle of intimacy in a relationship. The philosophy of yoga advocates integrity and takes an ethical approach to life, both on and off the mat.

Karma Yoga: How to Incorporate Selflessness into Your Daily Life

An interesting facet of yoga that many have often overlooked is the practice of karma yoga, where practitioners make an effort to detach from the material world and choose instead to focus on the deeds they perform. When practiced right, karma yoga can be liberating.

Yoga for Children: Selecting the Right Yoga for Your Child

When speaking about the benefits of yoga, most of us discuss the advantages from an adult’s point of view. With kids being quite bubbly, energetic and always on the move, it might seem like yoga would be the last thing they would be interested in doing.

5 Easy Yoga Poses to Improve Your Posture

Often times, we feel aches in our body ranging from dull pain to severe ones that affect our day to day life. Many of us attribute these pains to the natural aging process. However, more often than not, the cause of aches in our body stems from an incorrect posture. 

How a Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life (and How It Can Change Yours Too!)

Maybe you have been talking to yourself or thought of joining yoga teacher training but negative attitudes and thoughts have kept drawing you back. The truth is that you have been being held back from introducing yourself into something extraordinary. 

5 Little Things Great Yoga Teachers Do

I’ve been interested in yoga for as long as I can remember. I was in primary school when I first came across yoga. My best friend’s dad had filled her room with wallpapers of mantras and yantras, and her shelves with cassettes and DVDs about meditation and yoga classes.

Yoga for Runners: The Effects and Benefits of the Practice

If you are a runner, you may already know that many runners face a number of strength and flexibility issues. But did you know that yoga, when done as a part of your regular routine, may just be the antidote you need to resolve these adverse effects of running?

Ayurveda: What You Should Eat During "Pitta" Season

A couple of weeks ago, a yoga friend and yoga teacher got in touch with me to tell me that she will be stopping by Kyiv the next morning. Just coming back from a yoga retreat, she had proposed to meet at a vegetarian cafe in the city center. While surfing the net for a suitable vegetarian cafe, I stumbled upon an Ayurvedic center that houses both a yoga studio and a vegetarian cafe, serving fresh and tasty vegetarian food. 

Ashtanga Yoga – A Brief History and Introduction to This Vigorous Yoga Style

The modern day yogi is inundated with class options. As seen on gym class schedules, “yoga” has quickly become a loose term that encompasses a type of workout with a focus on physical and mental strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and relaxation. 

10 Unforgettable Yoga Destinations You Have to See to Believe

Yoga’s health benefits are not just myths. Several scientific studies confirmed how beneficial yoga could be to anyone’s health. Yoga can help you get rid of back pains, ease anxiety and tension, and even increase your lifespan. And the best news yet is this – you can do yoga anywhere you are.  If it’s too inconvenient, you can even do the poses without a mat!

Yoga Postures to Perform Everyday to Boost Confidence and Inner Strength

Confident people have a way of radiating their warmth and trust wherever they go. One who is perfectly comfortable in her own skin and more affirmative in their stances rather than doubtful always finds love and acceptance, given any environment. 

7 Ways in Which the Yoga Lifestyle Will Help You Sleep Better

Yoga is one of the most effective health boosters. Together with normalizing weight, regulating blood circulation and improving posture, it also brings positive psychological changes, such as better sleep and mood improvement. 

10 Essential Oils That Help Alleviate the Most Common Health Problems

Every once in a while, we experience pain and health problems. These can be caused by stress, inflammation, bad posture, or even muscle spasms. And although there are over-the-counter remedies for these problems, almost each one of them has a side effect that may have a negative impact on our wellbeing. A good solution to this may well be essential oils. 

Prenatal Yoga: Useful Tips to Keep Your Practice Safe

Prenatal yoga can be very useful since it not only helps to keep your body in shape, but also helps the body to deal with stress, making it a popular practice among expecting mothers. 

International Yoga Day: 5 Things You Can Do in the Spirit of Yoga

I must confess that in all the years that I’ve practiced yoga, this year will be the first time I am actually aware of International Yoga Day. First observed in 2015, the International Yoga Day is celebrated each year on the 21st of June by yogis all over the world. Come Wednesday, 21st June, I’ll be on my mat early in the morning, practicing 108 Sun Salutations to commemorate the day. 

Teaching Yoga: The Path to Being A Yoga Teacher

Now that you have been hit by the yoga wave, your only desire is to be an integral part of the yoga community. Not just as a member, but as someone who intensely participates in ‘spreading the word’. You do not just wish to practice yoga, but you also want to promote the magical essence of yoga by teaching this wonderful art form to others. 

Yoga Poses: How to be Comfortable in All Asanas

The meaning of the word “yoga” has become synonymous with the “physical discipline of being fit.” Despite this common conception, yoga’s primordial philosophical and spiritual concepts are still being practiced today through the different yoga poses.

Yoga Teacher Training for Beginners: How to Decide if It's Meant for You

Yoga is a popular practice that has a positive effect on your body and soul. At present, there are over 300 million yoga practitioners all over the world, making yoga an 80 billion dollar market. This is why a lot of people aspire to become accredited and certified yoga teachers. 

5 Core Benefits of Including Yoga in Health Care

In 1970, there were approximately half the people in the world as there are today. Ever since we crawled out of our lumpy primordial soup, humanity’s intellect, ingenuity and inventiveness have enabled a greater proportion of us to stay alive for longer. Well done to us!

Yoga Poses: Doing The Crane Pose Might Be Easier Than You Think

My first introduction to arm balance was this lovely pose right here – the crow pose. As I watched my teacher walk the class through the process of moving weight towards the arms and then lift off, I was in awe. It looked simple enough. So I tried. But instead of “lifting off”, I stumbled and fell flat on my face. And it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Yoga Health: Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Chia Seeds

Maintaining your overall health and well being is a holistic process involving physical practice such as yoga, mental practice such as meditation as well as good eating habits. 

Yoga and Travel: 5 Airports That Include A Yoga Space

I am never a fan of long-haul travels particularly because it leaves my body aching and my hair in a mess. After years of flying, I’ve come to discover that a short yoga stretch just before takeoff is what I need to counter the effects of being stuck the seat on the plane for hours on end. 

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Over a month ago, we ran a giveaway, promising the chance to win a yoga retreat or a yoga teacher training of a lifetime by simply sharing with us why and where you’d like to go.

The Ultimate Guide to Chakras

I recall, many years ago, having attended a yoga class where the yoga teacher spoke in great detail about chakras. “What on earth is she going on about?” I thought to myself, getting more confused by the minute as the teacher mentioned Sanskrit terms, one after another. 

5 Peculiar Yoga Styles You Might Be Dying to Try

While we’re all familiar with the different yoga styles like Hatha yoga, Bikram yoga or even Tantra yoga, a few other, slightly peculiar styles have crept up over the years causing a stir within the yoga community. These new yoga styles have certainly given new meaning to the term “new age” – a term that’s frequently been used to describe the practice – and have us wondering whether or not we should take them seriously. 

5 Excellent Tips to Become a Successful Yoga Instructor

Yoga has become a very popular healthcare tool in today's world. People practice yoga to experience its real benefits and have even begun turning it into a career, as they want to deepen their practice and help the body find proper alignment. 

6 Tips To Take Your Yoga Outdoors

Over the weekend, I initiated a yoga session with my fellow yogi friends in a setting that was different to the one that we’ve been used to – the beach. It was a nice day to go out and seeing how close we all lived to the beach, it would have been silly not to take advantage of Mother Nature and get a dose of vitamin Sea.

Why So Few Men Do Yoga

In all the years that I’ve practiced yoga in a class setting, I’ve noticed the jarring absence or, at the most, the minimal presence of men in the class. Women dominated the room, and while there were a few men who came to practice, they were either extreme beginners or extremely advanced.

What Exactly Makes Up A Yoga Lifestyle?

Why do you practice yoga? Is it to achieve that toned physique that you see on Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Adam Levine? Or is it to build strength and flexibility? Perhaps it is to calm the mind or relieve stress.

Practicing Yoga: How to Keep Going After Your Practice Has Hit A Lull

In fitness, there will come a point where you will reach a state of plateau – typically after you’ve experienced fast-paced progress. Suddenly you find yourself in a lull. You’re maintaining your pace, if not more, but you seem to see no progress. 

Yoga Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts When Attending A Yoga Class

Over the past week, I witnessed an influx of students at my teacher’s yoga classes. It was a lovely sight to see so many people from all walks of life being drawn to practice yoga. These newcomers, I happily noted, came back day after day to class, motivated and pumped to learn more.

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Teaching Yoga: Why I Teach With No Mirrors

The first time I walked into my teacher’s yoga shala, I was taken aback. This wasn’t a typical yoga studio. For starters, the most jarring difference between this place and a yoga studio was its lack of mirrors. 

Flow Yoga Keeps Me in the Flow

Yoga consists of many styles so that everyone who is searching for the evolution of the body and mind can find the best and most suitable one to practice. 

5 Nutritious Foods to Complement Your Yoga Practice

Whether you believe it or not, the food you consume makes up an important part of your yoga practice. The very basis of yoga is the principle of ahimsa, which means non-violence. This is the reason why so many yogis are also vegetarians and vegans.

Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids Yoga

As a yoga teacher, I have always believed that yoga is beneficial for everyone including children. This is why I have started introducing yoga to my toddler. Though he doesn’t quite understand it, he absolutely enjoys the time spent with mama on the mat.

Yoga for Tennis: 5 Yoga Poses For Tennis Players

If you were lucky enough to catch it, the intense tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that happened during this past weekend is set to go down in history as the most spectacular match ever played.

Welcoming The Year of The Rooster: 4 Bird Yoga Poses To Spice Up Your Practice

The past weekend, Chinese community all around the world welcomed the year of the Rooster with great excitement and fervor. The Rooster, according to the Lunar New Year calendar, is the 10th animal in the cycle and will only reappear in 2029. 

Teaching Yoga: Sanskrit Terms Explained

As a yoga teacher, there may come times where you would use Sanskrit terms during class, whether you like it or not. This is because it is often the case where most Sanskrit words don’t have an English equivalent that fully explains the meaning of the terms.

3 Simple Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Back pain is among the most common ailments felt by people today, due largely to our tendency to spend most of our waking hours sitting down and developing incorrect postures.

Teaching Yoga: How to Help Beginners in Their First Yoga Class

The beginning of the year signals a beginning of a yoga practice for many. As a yoga teacher, our job is to help these individuals find their practice and give them assurance where needed.

How to Make Your Yoga Practice a Lifelong Habit in 2017

With 2016 soon coming to an end, I, like many of you, have started thinking of my New Year resolutions for 2017. Among the few resolutions that come up every year is to keep to a daily yoga practice.

A Yoga Teacher’s Reflection: 3 Lessons to Consider

Over the course of a year as a yoga teacher, I have stumbled and tripped in my classes. As a teacher, I have had my highs, but also equally many lows. In this reflection, I share with the BookYogaTeacherTraining.com’s yoga community three of the most important lessons that I’ve learned. I hope you will find it useful as well!

5 Influential People Who Do Yoga and Why You Should Too!

“Isn’t yoga only for hippies?” I’ve heard that question asked a million times over by yoga skeptics and dissidents alike. Say what you will about the practice, but the fact of the matter is, that millions worldwide practice it. 

Yoga and Travel: 6 Ways to Maximize Your Practice While on The Road

With the holiday season coming up, many of us have made travel plans. Be it over the weekend, a week-long retreat or even a month-long vacation, we’re sure you’ve got your bags packed and your travel list checked.

5 Yoga Poses That Will Help You Cope When Life Got You Down

The benefits of yoga are aplenty, and one of them is its ability to help you find your footing in times of change and difficulty. Yoga helps you ground yourself. It helps you heal and it helps you get back up when it’s time.

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Yoga Every Damn day: How to Maintain Your Practice

In the years that I’ve practiced yoga, I can safely say that it has evolved in so many ways. I have evolved from a beginner to somewhat of an intermediate, though there is still so much more to learn. 

5 Easy & Practical Yoga Poses to Get Rid of Pain

As a yoga teacher, I see a lot of my students face the same problems – stiff neck, hunched back, and chronic lower back pain. These problems are extremely common today as we spend much of our day staring at a computer screen, often sitting in a position that is harmful to our body. Even as we log off our computers, we pick up another gadget that requires us to slouch – our phones. 

6 Ways Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight

Yoga is extremely beneficial in so many ways. It helps you meditate, make you happier, as well as give your confidence a boost. But yoga also can help you lose inches off your waist! 

Bringing magic into your home yoga practice

The recent Harry Potter yoga class took the Internet by storm, with participants pictured holding a wand as they practiced different yoga poses. They also had a sorting hat and got to listen to a reading of the passage from the Deathly Hallows! 

How to Pick The Right Yoga Teacher Training

So you’ve taken yoga classes for a while now and it’s become apparent that teaching yoga is the next step for you. You are now looking for suitable yoga teacher training courses that can help you deepen your practice. But with the vast availability of yoga instructor certification around, how do you choose the right one for you?

The Magic of an Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

Something magical happens when you chose to leave your day-to-day life behind and immerse yourself in an intensive yoga training in a foreign country. Not only is a space for deep transformation, but you have the added benefit of exploring another culture while exploring the depths of the self.

How Yoga Changes Your Life

When I first started practicing yoga, it was meant to be a form of exercise. It helped tone my muscles, increase my flexibility and built strength. But as I progressed further, it became so much more than just exercise. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Downward Dog

The Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana is perhaps the most commonly seen pose but also the most understated pose in yoga. It features in Sun Salutations, is commonly used as a transition in flows and Vinyasa yoga, as well as a preparatory pose to inversions. 

Yoga Mudra and All Its Benefits

Our body is a mini world made of five elements, Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Akasha (Aether), Bhumi (Earth) and Jala (Water); and when there is disturbance in these elements, it can lead to an imbalanced mind and cause our body to suffer from diseases. While it can be restored with the physical postures, drawn to bring awareness to the body and mind, there is more in all yoga styles that can help us balance all these elements within ourselves. Such is the case of the Mudras.

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How Yoga Teachers Stay with their Practices in Real Life

The Samahita Retreat team in Koh Samui recently shared their insights based on decades of combined experience practicing and traveling. Their stories are each different yet all reflect one thing: Making a steady state of mind and centeredness a priority. 

8 Reasons Why a Yoga Teacher Training Is Good For You

I have travelled to places near and far, and will continue to wanderlust around the globe but here are 8 reasons why I think you should consider It’s Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua:

The Journey to Become a Yoga Teacher –An Interview with Anna Laurita

The journey to become a yoga teacher is different for every instructor. Sometimes it takes you through only one studio in which you learn to master all the necessary knowledge from one experienced teacher; other times, the path is defined by several tutors in various places who mold the teaching style with different perspectives; and in some other occasions, the journey takes you all over the world before you find the right atmosphere to transmit your passion for yoga in a class.  

The Yoga Teacher’s Voice Importance

First time we went to a yoga class, we probably fell in love with the poses and with the magic created by our teacher trough movement and voice. Especially the voice, used as an instrument to embrace, enfold, enrapture us.

Top 5 ‘Impossibly Possible’ Yoga Poses You Could Ever Strike

Let’s admit that it can be fairly intimidating to start doing yoga, especially when you’re stiff as a board. We do realize that not everyone’s born with the flexibility of a pretzel dough, but everything seems impossible until it’s done. The key is to start with the simplest pose and sort of build your way up to a more complex position. While you’re getting comfortable with your Shavasana, we have compiled the top 5 most ‘impossibly possible’ yoga poses you could ever strike (under the guidance of a suitably qualified yoga teacher of course) to stimulate your mind and get your yogi dreams all set!

Questions to Answer Before You Decide to Teach Yoga

Have you ever played a word association or dissociation game? No? Let’s play one then. As a yoga teacher, you will have to unpack and deconstruct your student-teacher relationship to understand it more effectively. These are some questions for you to answer to understand where you stand as a yoga teacher.

What to Look For in a Good Yoga Teacher

If you are seeking to become a good yoga teacher. You should first seek out a good teacher – one who you can aspire to become. A good yoga teacher should ideally be someone who inspires you to practice yoga as it truly is, that is, as an art to help guide you to becoming healthier and more peaceful. He or she should also be someone who guides you to improve yourself as a human being. Practicing yoga is all about bringing peace to yourself and the teacher’s guidance should encourage this in you.

Teaching Yoga From the Heart

A few days ago, a student came to us at Himalaya Tapovanam and asked me what she should do if she wanted to be a yoga teacher. The first question that came in to my mind was: do you want to be a yoga teacher, or just a mere yoga trainer?

What is the Essence of Yoga?

“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”, (Sage Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras - I.2). The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realisation that has been developed in India thousands of years ago. Through Yoga we learn to master our body and mind to cultivate inner stillness and an ever growing realization of the innermost essence (soul).

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