Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques


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Teaching Yoga is an essential resource for new and experienced teachers as well as a guide for all yoga students interested in refining their skills and knowledge. Addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance, the world's leading registry and accreditation source for yoga teachers and schools, Teaching Yoga is also ideal for use as a core textbook in yoga teacher training programs.

Drawing on a wide spectrum of perspectives, and featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, the book covers fundamental topics of yoga philosophy and history, including a historical presentation of classical yoga literature: the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Pataljali, and the main historical sources on tantra and early hatha yoga. Each of the eleven major styles of contemporary yoga is described, with a brief history of its development and the distinguishing elements of its teachings. Exploring traditional and modern aspects of anatomy and physiology, the book provides extensive support and tools for teaching 108 yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. Teaching Yoga offers practical advice for classroom setup, planning and sequencing classes, as well as the process involved in becoming a teacher and sustaining oneself in the profession. The book has over 200 bibliographic sources, a comprehensive index, and a useful appendix that lists associations, institutes, organizations, and professional resources for yoga teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556438851
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 43,627
Product dimensions: 8.03(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

An esteemed yoga instructor who has trained over 1200 yoga teachers, Mark Stephens conducts classes, workshops, and retreats worldwide. The founder of Yoga Inside Foundation, L.A. Yoga Center, and the recipient of Yoga Journal's first annual Karma Yoga Award in 2000, he lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, CA.

Foreword contributor Mariel Hemingway is an actress and longtime yoga practitioner and teacher.

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Teaching Yoga 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PaulMiller108 More than 1 year ago
Mark Stephens' Teaching Yoga is an ideal core textbook for yoga teacher training programs. It's also a great book on the whole world of yoga - philosophy, history, anatomy, asanas, pranayama, meditation, and all the little things that go into a great practice or class. It is packed with the wisdom and insight of a veteran teacher who still pays attention to the details of the practice. A great gift for anyone whose into yoga and an absolute gem for teachers.
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I adore this book, its very well written and very informative. It is essential to any teacher training.
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