Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clarke Book Review

I am not an anatomy expert, but here I am – writing another review on an anatomy book (see my review of David Keil’s Functional Anatomy here). I do, however, teach a daily Ashtanga Mysore program. My students come with various challenges, physical and non-physical, in all shapes and levels of fitness, each unique in…

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Is there Hope that my Leg will stick behind my Head? – Perspectives on physical Limits in Asana-Practice

I posted a picture on instagram in Dhurvasana, a leg-behind-the-head posture of Ashtanga’s third series. The picture (see the same picture in the header of this article) shows quite nicely the external rotation that needs to happen in this asana and any posture where the leg should stay behind the back, supported by a strong spine.…

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3 Reasons to Surround Yourself with Nature Today – Guest Article

“We are ONE with nature, we breathe and eat nature and our trash merges with nature, so let’s keep that in perspective and act purposefully in our lives. We are part of something beautiful. Let’s act in a way that preserves this beauty for the generations to come.” I wrote an article about consciously deciding to…

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9 tips to help you succeed in your practical yoga teaching exam

Teaching a class is part of every teacher training exam I know of. And even people that are used to teaching and standing in front of people get a bit excited just because our mind reacts to the word “exam”. Having a strong personal practice makes teaching a class much easier as you know what…

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Reflections on 2015 and my plans for 2016

This year I decided to share my annual reflections and plans on my blog. Sharing personal things publicly has always been a challenge for me from the beginning. Yet whenever I start sharing things from personal experience, more people seem to connect to it and get value from it. So in this article I intend to:…

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Starting your own Yoga studio: Six important questions to ask yourself

After finishing their teacher training many new yoga teachers start out teaching in various studios first or rent a room on a hourly basis and start creating their own practice groups. This is great to try out if teaching is really for you and if you feel the desire to make it a bigger part…

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Hands-On Adjustments: Review of David Keil’s great DVD

Adjustments are a big challenge for many teacher trainees. They are an excellent tool to guide a student, give clear direction and communicate intention. On the other hand, poorly executed adjustments can bring a student out of balance, lead to confusion about what to do or in the worst case cause injury to the student. Experience of…

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On parting from your yoga students & 5 tips on how to deal with the transition

A Yoga teacher friend of mine is moving to another town, leaving behind her group of practitioners in a small place. She asked me what my thoughts on the subject are. “What is our responsibility to our students when we leave them? How do we best manage a transition like that – lovingly and respectfully?” People tend to…

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Always come back to your breath – Tom’s interview on the Freedom Meditation Podcast

I was interviewed by Sicco Rood, who does the Freedom Meditation Podcast. In the interview I talk about how I started with Yoga, the principles of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System, how for me this practice is a meditation in movement, how Yoga can be incorporated into our daily lives, and how a strong asana practice helps…

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Have a Relationship with your Yoga Practice – An interview with Paul Dallaghan

This summer I once again returned to Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui, Thailand to study with my teacher Paul Dallaghan. Paul has been a helpful guide and great source of inspiration on my path of practicing and teaching Yoga. So I thought it’s a great idea to sit down with Paul and ask him a couple of…

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