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Yoga Teacher Training and Certification

Welcome to Yoga Teacher Training. If you have dreamed of being a Yoga instructor but aren’t sure where to start, look no further. We want to assist you as you begin your new career. Below you will find a comprehensive list of yoga training and certification programs offered throughout the nation, as well as other helpful information that will guide you on your journey to becoming a certified Yoga instructor.

Yoga Equipment

Posted June 8th, 2011 in Yoga Accessories by admin

Practicing yoga does not involve investing in much in terms of equipment. Ideally you will need an open mind, passion for the practice and a couple of tools to help you through your practice.

Yoga Mat: One of the most personal pieces of equipment, a yoga mat is what will support you through the hours and minutes of posing, meditating, breathing. For some people, the lighter the mat the better, as they don’t want to get all the sweat of the practice locked into the mat. For others, the more support, or the thicker the mat is, the better – as you may suffer from a bad back or prefer more support under the feet or back. Regardless of your preference there is a saying in yoga that whatever you bring with you to the beginning of practice, you should “leave it on the mat.” This means that whatever worries you have had, whatever has effected you throughout the day should be sweated out through your practice and left on the mat. You will see after many hours of practice that the kind of mat you choose is very important and your mat will be your biggest ally.

Yoga Block: A prop, as they are often called, a yoga block are used to help with alignment and offer support. Used for standing poses, in which one hand needs to be on the floor (like half moon pose) or for floor poses, such as backbends. Blocks help alleviate pressure on the body for those who need a little extra support, those who are working on flexibility and for those with back or other body issues.

Yoga Straps: Resembling a belt ,yoga straps are used to assist people when a pose involves touching the toes or bringing hands together behind the back. Often times, you may not be flexible enough at first to reach behind the back or come into a full forward bend and the straps can assist you in achieving these poses.

It is also important to remember to bring a towel and/or a blanket with you to practice if the class involves a lot of seated poses. The blanket or towel may be folded on top of the mat for added support for the hips and buttocks. Additionally, the towel is useful for helping dry off the body during hot yoga sessions or intense yoga workouts.

What to Wear When Practicing Yoga

Posted June 8th, 2011 in Yoga Accessories by admin

Practicing yoga is all about postures and breathing; therefore you want to be at your most comfortable in terms of clothing. Apparel you can move and flow in is key since you could be in “Downward Dog” one minute and “Warrior 2” the next. For this reason, stretchy pants, sports bras or sports tanks, tank tops and clothes with breathability are favored when practicing yoga. Whether male or female, the right clothing for your practice is out there.

Yoga Pants: Usually with a thick waistband, these pants are made for major stretching and movement. Tighter around the hips and thighs, flaring out from the knee to the ankle, yoga pants are made of a cotton and spandex blend. You can opt for the typical yoga pant, which is full length and sits right on the foot, or the crop which fits more like a legging and stops at the shin. Yoga pants cost between $18-$100 depending on your preference.

Yoga Shorts: Made from the same material as yoga pants, the shorts come in handy for those practicing hot yoga or practicing in hot climates, such as retreats in India or the Caribbean. The shorts also offer the wide waistband for support.

Yoga Bra
: Important for women who practice, the yoga bra offers support but is not as binding as a sports bra one may use for trail running or other intense sports. Yoga bras just ensure that the chest is being held in place throughout all movements and offers support to prevent injury. As with most sports bras, a yoga bra can range between $20-$60, depending on your support level and style preference.

Yoga Tank Top: Again, yoga apparel is all about comfort and yoga tanks are no exception. Usually made of a light weight, but semi-form fitting material, yoga tank tops offer coverage without inhibiting the body’s movement. Often times the silhouette of the shirt will move with you and will allow breathability and ventilation for those sweat-inducing yoga practices.

What you wear to yoga should be about functionality. Your clothing should move with you—not bind, pinch, squeeze, push out or dig in all the wrong places. The last thing you want when trying to clear your mind and concentrate on your practice is to worry about how your clothing fits. Wearing the right yoga clothing is essential.