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Susan Church's Blog Post

Dealing With an Injured Client in a One-to-One Scenario

Dealing With an Injured Client in a One-to-One Scenario

Susan Church one of The elbowroom’s senior teacher training instructors explains what to do if you have a private session with an injured client.

One of you regulars is injured. They have been told to attend Yoga, but it is obvious that they are unable, at present, to fully participate in the classes you provide.

They would like a private session(s) to gain insight into what they should or should not be doing.… Read more

Posted on February 6, 2020

5 Benefits Of Understanding Your Core & Spine

5 Benefits Of Understanding Your Core & Spine

Is it wrong for me to want the summer to be over so that I can get to teach this module on The Spine and The Core?  

This subject is so important to me because, at the start of my career, I was a highly successful yoga teacher, with a nasty little secret, a bulging disc. Many nights I had to sleep on the floor because the hard surface seemed to ease the pain.… Read more

Posted on October 17, 2017

5 Tips For New Teachers: Teaching Complete Beginners

5 Tips For New Teachers: Teaching Complete Beginners

So you are just about to teach your first class, and all of the wonderful information you learned on your Teacher Training is swimming around in your head.

How can you cherry pick from all of that useful training and make it pertinent to a beginners class?

1.  Learn as much about your students in advance.  Having a document of injuries, illness, age and experience is best.  But, sometimes it is just not possible.  … Read more

Posted on October 14, 2017

Tips For Teaching Mixed Level Classes

Tips For Teaching Mixed Level Classes

Teaching a mixed ability Yoga class is a skill which divided good teachers from great teachers. The ability to make all levels in that call feel safe, un-intimidated and comfortable is essential to the ethos of yoga, so know that this skill takes time to cultivate.This is something we cover in depth in our foundation yoga teacher training courses.

Don’t!

First of all, don’t try it straight out of Yoga School – it will be a bad experience for both you and your students.… Read more

Posted on October 9, 2017

3 Top Tips For Preparing Your Feet & Lower Limbs

3 Top Tips For Preparing Your Feet & Lower Limbs

Everything you hear about yoga starting from the ground up is truer than you think. The tissues in your feet are connected by a full body web of fascia and have a profound effect on your bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, nervous system and internal organs.

Your feet are not only the foundation to all yoga asana but key in supporting your whole body to move with graceful ease.

In preparation for Susan Church and Orla Crosse’s Advanced Yoga for Lower Limbs and Pelvis module of our 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Course, we have put together 3 top tips for preparing your feet and lower limbs to help create a more sublime practice.… Read more

Posted on October 7, 2017

3 Tips For Teaching Barre

3 Tips For Teaching Barre 1.Stepping up to the barre

The Barre is supposed to represent a gentleman’s arm for gentle support. All too often people are grabbing the barre for dear life in an attempt to stay strong. The height of the Barre may be contributing factor here. It should reach the elbow.  Higher and there is a tendency to grab, lower and it feels like there is no support at all. So, there again the grab.… Read more

Posted on October 4, 2017