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September 2007
Volume 6/Number 7


Teacher Training: Questioning Teachers

Who inspired you to start teaching and why?

My first teaching experience had nothing to do with inspiration. I had been practicing Ashtanga yoga for about two years when my teachers (Brad Ramsey and Gary Lopedota) told me they were going to India to study with Sri Pattabhi Jois for an open-ended period of time and would be closing the yoga studio. This was quite distressing to me as I was attached to the practice and the studio since it was half a block from my house. “You can’t close this place down,” I pleaded. “I love this place. I need this place.” “Okay,” said Brad, “you teach.”
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Teacher Training: Yoga U — Eastern training in western halls
By Lori Denman

“After September 11, 2001, I felt deeply moved to bring inner work, nonviolence and the spirituality of yoga to a wider public,” Professor Christopher Chapple explained when asked about the genesis of the yoga certification programs at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles. Permission was granted from the university to launch the yoga philosophy certificate program, sparking the creation of other yoga-related classes, programs and certificates. Dr. Chapple’s inspiration is one of many; a number of universities in Southern California and beyond offer pioneering yoga programs in academic settings. Read article...


Teacher Training: the lifelong path of a teacher — practice, practice and more practice…
By Amy Wong

Training to become a teacher, completing a certification program or obtaining a registration card is only the beginning. Being a yoga teacher is a lifelong process.

What Next?
Walking a spiritual path is ever-evolving, growing with time and dedication. For many yogis, making the commitment to teacher training continues this spiritual evolution, naturally deepening practice. Read article...


Teacher Training: Beginner’s mind, teacher’s mind — A teacher goes back to school
By Steven Vincent

One afternoon, I walked into the familiar yoga studio for the second time that day. While my first foray into the room was in the role of teacher, my second was as a student. I believe that a yoga teacher is always first and foremost a student of yoga. But 15 years of practice and three years of teaching meant that I was by far the most experienced student of the group in the yoga teacher training course at Glendale’s Yoga at the Village, so I felt a bit out of place.
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Teacher Training: LA POSICIÓN DEL NIÑO — Renovación y Restauración
Por Julie Carmen

Lograr trazar el nombre de una posición de yoga nos puede ayudar a encontrar el efecto que ésta tiene en nuestro diario vivír. Por esta razón, los sabios del yoga nombraron muchas de estas posiciones en relación a ciertos movimientos de los animales, partes del cuerpo, los grandes maestros y los sentimientos que nos brindan estas posiciones.
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Research Review — Maintaining Bone Density
By Felicia M. Tomasko

Our bones are alive and constantly changing within their matrix of protein (collagen) and mineral (calcium phosphate). This malleability is necessary to keep the structure of our skeleton, our very support, healthy. Bone that is not being reformed can become brittle and break more easily. There is a balance between the osteoblasts, the cells that manufacture new components of the skeletal matrix in a process known as formation, and the osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone mineral so it can be reformed in resorption. To maintain bone density and bone health, we need to build bone as much as or more than we are breaking it down.
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Ayurveda Q&A:
Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. only about 25 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.comom

Q: I am a 66-year-old man diagnosed with diabetes nine years ago. I take Glipizide and Metformin for sugar, Lovestatin for cholesterol, Lisinopril for kidney protection and Frestride to shrink my prostate. My blood pressure is in the normal range and my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are in control.

My diet is strict; only meat is five ounces of chicken daily. I avoid fried food, white flour, coffee and tea other than green and herbal tea. I walk 45 minutes every day and have never been into smoking or alcohol. I practice pranayama (breathing techniques) on and off the past year-and-a-half.

I had a uric acid stone removed from my bladder 18 months ago; it formed over long period of time due to an enlarged prostate. How do I prevent stone reoccurrence, protect kidney function, manage diabetes and control cholesterol? Read article...

Sitting Down With: Beryl Bender Birch
By Julie Deife

Few American yoga teachers have taught as many students as has Beryl Bender Birch, who’s been at it now for 33 years, over 20 of those with her late husband, Thom Birch. The style she is known for is Ashtanga Yoga, but the heart and clear energy that comes through experiencing her in a class, a retreat, a conference or something as personal as the following conversation, is uniquely Beryl. She studies and reflects and practices at least as much as any teacher I’ve been around, and more than most of them she has also truly found her own voice. A visionary and author of two books thus far, Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, Beryl is ready to write again, this time about the Yoga Sutra as a treatise on quantum physics and another topic she is already teaching about: becoming a spiritual revolutionary.

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Dive in to Extreme Yoga — Practice Makes Possible
By Felicia M. Tomasko

When we think of yoga, we may think of flowing through poses on the mat, sitting in meditation or focusing on the breath. But we also know that in every moment of every day, without even having to make the effort sometimes, yoga becomes a part of every breath. Sometimes the situations in which yogis finds themselves are ones we might identify as extreme. For the people we profile below, yoga makes them achieve the improbable. For the first of our three profiles, Rob Stewart carries a high definition camera underwater in an effort to document a species’ destruction.

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Teacher Profile: Ojai’s First Yogi — Suza Francina uncovers the secrets of healthy aging with yoga
By Felicia M. Tomasko

“If I weren’t teaching yoga, I’d be working for PETA,” [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] Suza Francina said while opening the door to the expanse of her home studio. She might still be working for them in her own way. She often gifts students with Gail Eisnitz’s book, Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment inside the U.S. Meat Industry, to inform them of the realities associated with factory farming. She rescues animals: five cats wander the back garden as one of her two dogs rests beneath a rope station bolted into the wall. When Suza was the mayor of Ojai, Rosie, the pot-bellied member of her at-home menagerie, was affectionately referred to as Ojai’s first pig.

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Balancing Blood Sugar — Recipes to Combat Diabetes
By Light Miller

In the U.S. today, more than 20 million people have diabetes. According to Ayurveda, some factors that exacerbate diabetes include poor digestion and assimilation, ama (buildup of toxicity) and not enough physical exercise or movement.

In Ayurveda, diet and use of herbs can assist in regulating and controlling blood sugar levels in the body. A vegetable-based, high protein diet is recommended and many traditional foods and spices possess important medicinal properties vital in managing diabetes.

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