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Timothy McCall

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Yoga Teacher and medical doctor Timothy McCall answers your most challenging teaching questions.

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Appropriate for Both Sexes?

A colleague says she's heard Straddle Lifting Through is not appropriate for males due to their anatomical makeup. This makes no sense to me. What do you think about this?
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Getting a Late Start?

I love yoga and have been practicing for three years. I am 45 and have been encouraged by my instructor to become a teacher. I have been certified to teach level 1, but I haven't been through a 200-hour teacher training program.

Mirror, Mirror

I currently teach in a gym with mirrors on two sides. I start classes facing one mirror, with my back to the class, so students can mimic my movements of right and left. This helps the students, but I lose the feeling of connection with them. I also teach in another room with no mirrors, where I feel lost while facing my students. I feel my flow diminishing as I concentrate on my left being their right and vice versa. How do I solve this dilemma? —Diane

Ease the Discomfort of Chanting

I am very fond of chanting and I believe that, when performed with attention, it can be a spiritual, meditative practice that not only helps one get closer to one's inner self but also brings group members closer to one another.

Mixing the Personal and Professional

Students often share personal information with me (including details about their relationships, addictions, therapy, and so on). Others have informally invited me to join them for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat after class, or even to catch a movie on the weekend. What are the pros and cons of instructors socializing with students, or sharing their own current life challenges (divorce, parenting, loss) versus keeping their private lives private?
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