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Hi David,
I have a 50 year old male student with bladder problems. Could you advise me of which practices would be most helpful and what he should avoid.
Cathy S


Hi David,
I recently qualified as a Youga teacher and have never taught a class before. I have my first class coming up next week (standing in for a friend with much experience), and I am so nervous. Every time I sit down to do a lesson plan, I draw a complete blank. I have to teach a one hour Hatha class to complete beginers who struggle with Surya Namaskar. Everyone tells me to just get in there and teach whatever comes to mind but I don't feel I have enough experience for that and I am so nervous as it is. I want them to experience the joy of yoga. The same joy that lead me to want to teach even though I am shy to speak in public. Please can you help me. I don't know where else to turn. I don't know what to teach them or how to steady my nerves or make the words flow. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much


Some of my students have asked for music to be played during the class. I always put on soft music for savasana, but not during the body of the class. My initial reaction is not to do it, because I feel it would be distracting, but I have never done it, so I really don't know. What are your thoughts?
Thanks, Alexa B


I have a question: I am a teacher at a studio and when i teach my classes, the owner(also a teacher) comes in to my class either almost at the end to do shavasana or 15 minutes before the class ends. This is very annoying and very unethical as far as i am concerned. It shifts the energy and me as she is setting herself up for the class. How to do inform her that this is not ok? do you have an article or words that i can relate to her without being overly offended?


I enjoy reading yoga journal and also ur informative articles. I had a question for u and hope that you would advice me on it.

I am 44 female and have been practicing yoga and pranayam for almost a decade.on my regular physical this May i was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and went into surgery on July 2nd .surgery went well.Itwas mitral valve repair with DA VINCI robot.I would really appreciate your expert advice on any asanas or breathing i can do while I recover .I work with learning support group at VFES IN WAYNE P.A.DOCTORS SAY I AM DOING GREAT.Hopefully I WILL CONTINUE SO..THERE ARE DAYS I AM FEELING LOW AS I WAS A VERY HEALTHY PERSON..THANK YOU IN ADVANCE,


Thankyou David for all these answers. I have not started teaching... yet. I am still studying and working on my own practise. All this information is so valuable for me, I really relate to your words and appreciate receiving them.
Many thanks.
Colleen (Wgtn,NZ)

n.g. hansen

Any advice for a student dealing with Morton's neuroma?


How can I teach students to get their legs up in the (bow)?



Need Chair Yoga tips for Wheelchair bound?

Anna Del Prado Sellers

I have taken some workshops with David and really relate to his philosophy to yoga overall. I have recently moved (away from my beloved mentor). I have struggled with creating a practice and teaching format that "fits" and feels right since the move one year ago. I am also transitioning from teaching yoga part time to being a full time Mom of twins. I have found the practice of watching my ego respond to the changes interesting. I will keep practicing, teaching as much and as often as I can because I am such a believer and passionate about yoga. It has changed my life, made me a better person overall and enlightened me in ways my formal religion never did. Thank you David for your part in my journey and the journey of others.

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