The art of teaching revolves around explaining how to do something.

It is one skill to know what the correct anatomical alignment of the body is, but it is an entirely different skill to be able to explain to someone how they can transform the way that they feel by slowly learning to move their body in new ways.

I don’t think that yoga used to be so focused on alignment the way that it is today, but doctors are now sending their patients to yoga teachers to help them to heal from chronic pain, because yoga teachers study how the body is meant to be structured, and we also study how to communicate the actions that students can practice to bring their bodies into better alignment.

Once we learn how to align the physical body and free ourselves from physical pain, we can then begin to understand and study the deeper implications of a steady yoga practice.


About Joyce Englander

I teach weekly yoga classes in New York City, which focus on moving mindfully and gracefully with the breath. I believe that learning yoga is similar to learning a language, and the more you are around it the more fluent you become. This blog is an opportunity to share my thoughts and re-visit lessons from class; to create a bridge for students to translate their classroom experience into real life. I am interested in how practicing yoga can help to improve people's lives and reduce needless suffering.
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