• Essential resource for yoga enthusiasts
  • Help yoga learners refine their skills and knowledge
  • Can be used as textbook for yoga teacher training programs

Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens

The best thing about yoga is that it is a practice open to all people, no matter their age, ability or previous experience.

At times, it may feel like there is no right way to do a pose, and instructors vary widely in how they set up or explain each pose. But if you’re a newbie taking classes at your local studio, there are some basic concepts and techniques you’ll need to know before diving in too deep.

The book Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens, dives into these foundational skills needed to be an effective and safe teacher—and will definitely help get you off on the right foot as you enter your first class.

This book is great because it contains a series of pictures that break down all yoga poses to beginner level.

The poses include, but are not limited to, standing poses (like Mountain Pose or Standing Forward Bend), twists (like Half Moon Pose), hip openers (like Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose), and inversions (such as Sirsasana).

Mark’s descriptions are clear, and his illustrations are easy to follow. If you want something more specific and have time, Yoga Journal is a great resource.

For instance, their hot pose section provides more specific information on what happens when your body moves from one yoga pose to another–and why each one works particular muscles.

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