Yoga is one of the world’s fastest growing practices, with over 6 million people practicing every year in the United States alone. But with so many yoga poses to choose from, how are you supposed to find the right one for your body?
In this blog post I’ll show you 10 easy modifications you can make to your yoga practice to help you get to the next level.
Yoga is one of the most popular workout activities today, and for good reason. Yoga is an effective treatment for many issues, including asthma, back pain, anxiety, depression, heart problems, insomnia, low energy, stress, and even conditions like arthritis. Also, practicing yoga is one of the most popular ways to lose your belly fat, but only if you practice the right way.
When we came up with the idea of writing an article about excellent yoga teachers, we knew from the beginning that there was no need to create a rating system. Each yoga teacher adds his or her own personal touch to the teaching of their styles and practices. Therefore we have compiled a list of 10 teachers, in alphabetical order, who in their own way have had a great influence on the world of yoga.
If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, you may already know some of the yogis on this list. Some of you may have even had the opportunity to train and practice with them.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to introduce 10 extraordinary yoga teachers who have inspired us and many others with their yoga practice.
Style: Yoga Forrest
Ana Forrest is a true yoga legend. She created Forrest Yoga in 1982, guided by 4 principles: Breath, strength, integrity and spirit. Although the style incorporates elements of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Shivananda and Ayengara, Forrest Yoga is known for its intensity, prolonged holding of postures, strength in the core and learning to work with the emotions to survive and overcome physical and emotional trauma. Ana became a certified instructor at the age of 18 and is known worldwide for her work in the field of yoga and healing. Her degrees, media coverage and awards, as numerous as they are, are just a small testament to the remarkable and transformative work she has been doing for nearly 40 years.
Style: Vinyasa Flow, Fit Flow
Inversion goddess Brioni Smith is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher known for her penchant for handstands, inversions and Equinox videos with husband and yoga teacher Dice Iida-Klein. She learned yoga in Thailand in 1999 and now teaches her Fit Flow Yoga classes in Los Angeles. Fit Flow is a combination of flow yoga and alignment training. Along with her husband, she leads workshops, retreats and Fit Flow classes while traveling the world.
(Photo: Jasper Johal)
Style: Ashtanga (Strength)
Brian Kest is a pioneer of Ashtanga yoga in America. He started practicing yoga when he was 14 years old and has been teaching it since 1985. Brian studied in India with K. Pattabhi Jois, one of the greatest exponents of Ashtanga Yoga. My main goal, says Kest, in addition to guiding more people to a healthier, quieter lifestyle that constantly encourages them to evolve, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates body, mind and spirit. Brian Kest has published a number of books and DVDs.
(Photo: Berthold Fabritius)
Janet Stone, a yogi from San Francisco, began her journey and formal yoga training in 1996 in India, where she first learned and studied vinyasa. Her teaching style is an energetic yet delightful blend of vinyasa yoga, singing, breathing and movement, mindfulness, heart and humor. Janet’s work has appeared in several publications including Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal and Flow Yoga Magazine. She currently leads a 200-hour vinyasa teacher training program and teaches classes, workshops and retreats in the US, Mexico and India.
(Photo: Kadri Kurgun)
Style: Ashtanga, Mysore
Kino McGregor started practicing yoga when he was 19. After practicing Mysore and Ashtanga for 3 years, she went to Mysore for 7 consecutive years to study Ashtanga. At the age of 29, she was certified by her creator Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga yoga and is now practicing the fourth Ashtanga series. Kino has a huge following on YouTube and has reached nearly 5 million views of his amazingly insightful videos. She wrote two books, produced 6 Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, co-founded the Miami Life Center and founded Miami Yoga Magazine. She gives teacher trainings, workshops and retreats in Asia, Europe and America.
Style: Vinyasa / Flow
Les Leventhal, often in shirt sleeves, tattooed and with an infectious sense of humor, is a remarkable yogi with an unusual biography. A former swimmer, he discovered yoga one day when he decided to attend a yoga class taught by Steph Snyder. Coming from a tough training environment, Snyder’s sense of humor helped him step back and let go. Les has studied and taught with Ana Forrest and currently leads Yoga Alliance teacher training programs, workshops and retreats throughout the United States.
New Age yoga teacher Rodney Yee is a legend in Iyengar yoga. He became famous in the 1990s for his appearance in a series of yoga instruction DVDs and videos produced by Gaiam/Living Arts. Rodney developed his love for yoga through Iyengar, which he now teaches in combination with his personal style. He has been featured on The Oprah Show and many other national television programs in the United States. He currently leads teacher trainings and workshops (Shanti Yoga, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, etc.) and teaches at conferences around the world.
Style: Core Power Vinyasa
Sadie is a Brooklyn rock star, yoga teacher and wellness expert with a huge online following. Her combative, urban yoga style is refreshingly different, and she is great at sharing her knowledge and inspiring people through her practice. Sadie is also the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. She has studied nutrition, philosophy, anatomy, yogic disciplines and art for 19 years, and is known for her ability to combine and share this deep knowledge with fun and engaging ways to make yoga and wellness accessible. She has written several books, contributed to international publications on yoga and well-being, teaches at Omega and Kripalu centers, and leads teacher trainings, classes and workshops in the United States and Canada.
Style: Prana flow, transformative vinyasa flow
Shiva Ri! What would this list be without one of the most inspiring, energetic and innovative yoga teachers? Shiva Rhee created Prana Flow Yoga and is known for her teaching style, which can be described as a synergy of the roots of yoga and Prana Flow as best applied in today’s world. With this method, Shiva offers a creative, dynamic and transformative way of practicing yoga (Yoga Trance Dance, anyone?) that truly encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual levels of being. She writes for several publications, including Yoga Journal, and teaches teacher training courses around the world.
Style: No particular style/school
Tara Stiles, an American model turned yoga teacher, is known as one of the first teachers to effectively use social media to attract people to yoga. She does remarkable work bringing ideas and knowledge about yoga and healthy living to thousands of people online. Tara is Deepak Chopra’s personal instructor and co-founder (with her husband, who specializes in yoga) of Strala Yoga Studio in New York. She has been featured in magazines, appeared in numerous print and television commercials, and wrote a bestselling book, Slim Calm Sexy. She leads training workshops and teaches at Strala.
It wasn’t easy to put together a list of ten names, but it’s a fantastic testament to the fact that we have many amazing, empowered yoga teachers who dedicate their lives to sharing their knowledge and spreading the love of this wonderful practice. If you’ve trained with someone you think is worth mentioning, let us know in the comments below.
Who inspires you?
Yoga has made a huge impact on my life, which is why it’s so important for me to share what I know to help others. These are the best modifications you can make to your yoga practice to increase your flexibility, strength, and energy.. Read more about modified yoga poses for back pain and let us know what you think.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are yoga modifications?
Yoga modifications are poses that you can do in yoga to make it more challenging and fun.
What are the 10 simple yoga poses you can do daily?
A: 1. Downward-facing dog 2. Plank pose 3. Cobra pose 4. Warrior I 5. Warrior II 6. Triangle pose 7. Mountain pose 8. Bridge pose 9. Tree pose 10. Half moon
What are the 10 yoga poses for the beginners?
Here are 10 yoga poses for beginners. 1) Downward Facing Dog 2) Cobra Pose 3) Warrior I 4) Warrior II 5) Tree Pose 6) Standing Forward Bend 7) Half Moon Pose 8 ) Extended Side Angle Pose 9) Childs Pose 10) Seated Twist
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