Entries by derik

The Most Cliche Yoga Teaching Cue

A few weeks ago, I brainstormed a list of 24 different ways to cue postures; from controlling the tone of one’s voice to the art of remaining silent. As part of this process, I also mapped out common expressions, including the most cliche yoga teaching cue. I frequently hear it across gyms and studios, and […]

Hidden Powers and Approaches to Meditation

Finding your groove in meditation can be a bit like searching for a treasure in a darkened room.  The treasure holds the promise of greater inner-freedom however, and you’ll sift through less idyllic objects as you blindly sweep the floor with outstretched hands. Fortunately, your search for the optimal meditation method can be distilled down […]

Tantric-Yoga Methods

Asana, pranayama, meditation, and other Tantric-Yoga methods remold your psyche from a limited understanding (avidya) to greater Self-understanding. In short, they maximize joy and minimize suffering. To become proficient at blending these Tantric-Yoga methods requires ongoing practice, refinement, and moments of inner realization.  It’s an extraordinary journey that gradually begins to touch upon every aspect […]

Self Healing

Full confession, I have had seasonal allergies for years; itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing attacks, the full deal. As a yogi – someone who places a premium on self healing – it was a point of consternation. Historically, I’d adjusted my yoga asana practice (to include more inversions) to address it, but had minimal […]

The Healing Mantra

The rhythm of our culture has changed in response to COVID-crisis. For some, the mandated isolation has been the source of angst and others relished the chance to slow down. And we should also recognize the toll on human life across the globe, God rest their souls. Personally, my response has been to offer a […]

Student Teaching

STUDENT TEACHING As part of the Denver Yoga Underground’s program, trainees practice student teaching outside of the classroom and in the community.  Here is one notable example of how an entry level teacher navigated their first attempt at student teaching. As a prospective teacher, this article will teach you what it’s like to get stated […]

Repetition in Meditation

First, a word of thanks to all of those who extended their good wishes, food, and prayers after I broke my leg some three weeks ago.  I’m happy to say that the force of healing is alive within me and I make noticeable progress each day. In part, I attribute this healing to repetition in […]

Breaking My Leg & Your Free Meditation Classes

Dear Yoga Community, Trust this finds you safe and perhaps even able to adapt to current circumstances.  In either case, it’s times like these that force us to reframe our assumptions of “normal” and reconsider where we derive security. Personally, meditation has always been my go-to safe-space.  I can practice at any time, regardless of […]

An Ineffective Class

I asked the students to go out and take some classes out in the community and report upon their experiences, both positive and negative.  Here is one student’s reflections on an ineffective class. Hopefully, this example will serve both yoga students and teachers alike: As part of this exercise, I attended a vinyasa flow class. […]

Integrated Yoga Postures

Integrated yoga Postures Integrated yoga postures do not happen on their own.  An astute yoga teacher goes beyond a route understanding of poses or scripped sequences.  More than likely, they understand anatomy and physiology and how all the components of the body fit together. This allows them to intelligently sequence their yoga classes such that […]