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posts by Michael Leventhal

brain yoga

brain yoga

We all have physical and verbal tics that we use to release nervous energy when teaching postures. Pacing, shifting weight from one leg to another, in one case, furious hair twirling are some of the physical manifestations. We talk a lot about “comfort words”, unnecessary words that are thrown repeatedly into the dialogue like “now”, “and”, and “alright”. My tic is the vocalization “uh”. When it is bad an “uh” ...

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world yoga

world yoga

Evolation teacher training includes the opportunity to have a chat with Life Coach, Mike Huber. An unexpected but logical benefit as everyone training to become a yoga teacher is in some kind of life transition. Life yoga.

Myself, perhaps more so, having quit a job and re-evaluating, among other things, a professional trajectory of 30 years. I did not hesitate to take Mike and evolation ...

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science and yoga philosophy – does yoga lead to four-foot long fingernails?

science and yoga philosophy – does yoga lead to four-foot long fingernails?

In a previous yogastory blog post I wrote about my first encounters with meditation – surprising and potent experiences – and speculated that hatha yoga might indeed be simply preparation for meditation. I mentioned that focused meditation after hatha yoga seemed to magnify the benefits I get from just doing the postures. Is it just about the “benefits”, like a health insurance plan, or is ...

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posture mechanics, why I won’t win a yoga bar fight

posture mechanics, why I won’t win a yoga bar fight

I thought I was getting relatively kick-ass in my yoga posture; relatively meaning I’m giving myself ample allowance for my age, gender, and various surgeries. I figured that once I had been through teacher training I’d be able to whip anyone (of similar age, sex, and state of physical disrepair) in a posture-for-posture yoga bar fight. You know what I mean, a bunch of yogis ...

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yoga & meditation, no more racing to the showers

yoga & meditation, no more racing to the showers

The evolation yoga teacher training includes, and places some emphasis on, meditation exercises. I took one meditation class many years ago. As I remember it, though it was in my days of ignorance and my recollection is probably colored with the skepticism I felt at the time, the major objective seemed to be to breathe alternately out of each nostril. I did not, at that ...

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halfway through hot yoga teacher training

halfway through hot yoga teacher training

We are now at the halfway point in evolation’s yoga teacher training. Everyone has taught the entire “standing series”; approximately the first half of the 26 posture hatha yoga sequence, where all postures are performed standing, on two legs or one leg, on the floor. Some of us recited near perfect dialogue, delivered with verve and excellent timing; others, like your humble blogger of record, with ...

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there is no system

there is no system

For me, days where we have lectures on yoga philosophy seem to always be accompanied by particularly agonizing dialogue exercises in teaching practice.

After studying the yoga sutras of Patanjali, I wrote, when asked to describe myself in a way that was informed by what I had learned from yoga philosophy:

I am a system of energy with a complex composition of characteristics that would take trillions of pages to describe in ...

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doing something new during yoga teacher training

doing something new during yoga teacher training

You get to do yoga in yoga teacher training?

Yoga has been indispensable in getting me through numerous challenges and rough spots in life, so it seems if evolation wanted to make yoga teacher training really rigorous they would disallow us from refreshing our mental and physical reserves with yoga practice. After all, we are here to learn how to be yoga teachers, in an extremely short ...

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