Our lovely dog Miko awaiting meditation instructions in the new livestream space. Welcome to the new year! We have been offline and on holiday since late December; our apologies for failing to send an end-of-year message. By the end of a long year of “pivoting” like whirling dervishes, we were ready to lock our computers

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An extract from Yoga Mind Body & Spirit (Macmillan Publishing, 2000)Given the central importance of the yamas and niyamas, one might wonder why it would be necessary to practice the other limbs of yoga. Would it not be enough to be compassionate, truthful, and content? Why would it be important to take the time to stretch

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Growing a thriving garden is often about accepting that some plants, no matter how much we love them, simply do not flourish in certain climates.  After almost twenty years of trying every strategy to get my kumquat trees to thrive (with no more than a handful of kumquats to show for years of labour), I

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It’s a stark reality that most yoga teachers are sole operators often practicing, teaching, and facing immense challenges . . . alone.  One of the big realizations in working with the members of the Art of Teaching course is how few of us receive mentoring, supervision or ongoing collegial support or peer review.  I know

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“The carefully curated richness of the Art of Teaching has nourished my whole Being and awakened in me a life-time of curiosity, learning and possibility. The course content has supported me to fine-tune what kind of Yoga teacher I want to be and has been an investment in the rest of my life. I have

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“This training is deeply affecting me, supporting me, nourishing me and opening up a question about where and how I might teach as I am not teaching much at the moment. I have been more able to really listen to my body and spirit. It has brought focus to the dynamic interaction between inner and

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“I loved my previous training but didn’t feel equipped to be a teacher. So thankfully I found your course. I am very appreciative and somewhat relieved to find it seems to fit hand-in-hand with the training I have had. I am also very much enjoying the way you share your insights.” ~ Shelly Matheson, New Zealand

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An extract from The Art of Teaching manual, Module Four: The Thinking TeacherIn yoga systems and methodologies that have become standardized for ease of recapitulation, practices such as yoga asanas are defined in a highly specified manner.  In such methods we are usually given an ideal visual form or position which the student strives to replicate.  The

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Whenever we work with another person there are stages to that engagement.  These stages can be summarized as approach, contact, engage and depart. In this blog I’d like to illuminate the often overlooked dimension of our approach into the student’s space and how we can begin to make a more refined connection through touch.  We

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“One of the most valuable outcomes from the course has been the affirmation of inquiry-based yoga practice and teaching.” ~ KeiShana Coursey, New Zealand // live participant These last few months have been a whirlwind with the completion of filming the live Art of Teaching sessions here in Christchurch, New Zealand, beginning the first international online training

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