Alarmierend viele Azubis haben Depressionen

Die gute Nachricht zuerst: Auszubildende haben im Durchschnitt weniger Fehltage als andere Arbeitnehmer. Aber die Zahl psychischer Störungen hat sich binnen 17 Jahren mehr als verdoppelt.

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10-Minute Yoga to Open the Hips (VIDEO)

We tend to get headaches and shoulder pain when we’re stressed and anxious, but did you know that some of this stress and anxiety also lead to joint pain and tight hips? This 10-minute class will help you release some of that bad juju by teaching you how to practice yoga to open the hips.
 
Join DOYOUYOGA Allstar Lacey Haynes as she guides you through delicious stretches, flowing poses, and Yin yoga postures that will help release the pent-up emotions and anxiety stores in your hips. The class is suitably for ALL levels, no prior experience or flexibility required!
 
The class is part of the FREE 7-Day Home Yoga Retreat program, which we highly recommend for anyone who just wants to take a break and have a feel-good, holistic staycation right at home. So grab your mat, hit play, and say hello to a stress-free mind and body.

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The Do’s and Don’t of Social Media for Yoga Teachers

Keeping it professional as a yoga teacher can be a fine line. Nowadays social media is the fastest way to connect with current, future and past students all at once. Maintaining readership and connection with these people requires posting frequently to make sure you stay within their feed, but your posts should stay relevant and true to your teaching.
 
Using social media to let everyone know when and where you’re teaching, what offerings you have coming up, any last minute changes is fast and easy. For the rest of your content you could post photos, quotes, articles, FAQ and personal tidbits or dharma talks. But how personal is too personal?
 
Here is a brief list of Do’s and Don’ts for professionally engaging with your students on social media as a yoga teacher.

Your Personal Life

Do: Set up a personal account and a separate business account just for yoga, but know this isn’t always enough to separate your personal life from professional.

Don’t rely on it. Your students will find your personal account too, so it’s important to make sure EVERYTHING you post stays within a professionally groomed circle.

Do restrict what gets posted on your page. Watch closely and monitor for things that need to be removed. You can go into your settings on most social media sites and make it so you have to approve anything that someone tries to post to your wall.

Don’t disprove everything. Try to stay honest. If someone posts a bad review or a comment about your teaching, you can leave it up, but perhaps leave a kind-hearted response. If you need a little help on how to handle negative feedback as a yoga teacher, I recommend you read this article.

Do share something personal as a tiny window into your life. Photos of your dog and you napping, you and your mom getting brunch on Mother’s Day, etc.

Don’t overdo it. Nobody needs to hear you flaring in anger for any reason…EVER. “This a**hole cheated on me…” is not a great post. Take that pain offline and work through it in the safety of a friend’s arms. Oversharing is never wise (even if you’re not using your pages for professional reasons!). A quick snippet into your life is all you need to connect with your crowd on a more intimate level.

Tagging and Events

Do tag yourself when you’re practicing yoga somewhere new. Tag yourself and a friend when attending a cool yoga event. Maybe even tag a student you connected with after a specifically juicy class you taught. Tagging is a great way to grow your post reach.

Don’t tag everyone you’ve ever known in the same post. It’s the quickest way to lose those people as advocates for your yoga teaching. Not because they don’t love you—but because it is irritating to keep seeing irrelevant posts in your feed.

Do announce fun events that you are hosting, attending, or supporting.

Don’t share the same event every hour for a week straight. Remember how it feels when your favorite TV show gets interrupted by the same commercial over and over and over and over and over….

World and Studio Politics

Do share relevant articles and timely news pieces and tag folks you feel would be interested. Keep it relevant to the topic of your teaching.

Don’t share political viewpoints and agendas. You never know which of your followers will disagree with you and you will lose them or start a battle. It is too easy to upset people with these topics.

Do post interesting and fun things from the studio or gym you work at.

Don’t post something about someone else’s studio or say negative things. It’s unethical. You don’t want to succeed because you stamped on someone else.

Do send kudos out to any teacher whose class are you taking, send love to someone who is or will be subbing for or who you are subbing for.

Don’t say negative things about any other teacher.

Appropriate Photography

Do share photos of yourself practicing, teaching or hanging out.

Don’t share photos of your students without their consent.

Do share images of you in your fancy yoga attire, it’s actually a great way to grow an affiliation with the brand and get your name out using their hashtags.

Don’t share naked pictures, or pictures of a sexual nature in any way. There are a few photographers out there doing the tasteful naked yoga shoots (What’s The Skinny on Naked Yoga?). These are not the same as a naked shot of you at home in Dancer pose. Know the difference!

When you really look at it- keeping it professional is basically the same as living by the yoga code held within the sutras and the eight limbs. So as a general rule of thumb- f it isn’t ethically yogic, then just don’t do it.

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What’s Stopping You From Having a Home Yoga Practice?

I am a huge advocate of practicing yoga at home, ideally daily. It is the single best way to experience more yoga glow throughout daily life and it’s waaaaay easier than you might think.
 
I have been practicing daily at home for over a decade and have worked with a wide range of yoga students on creating personalized, sustainable, and joyful daily home practices. Let me reassure you that if you have tried to practice at home, then didn’t keep it up or have been meaning to do it but haven’t yet started—you are SO not alone! You just might need a little mindset shift and some super practical tips.
 
I have three super-simple-anybody-can-do-them tips to set you up for a daily practice, but FIRST we have to remove two blocks that absolutely everyone I know stumbles over. Removing these blocks is essential, without this step, most of us will self sabotage. As well, the benefits of removing the blocks will reach far beyond your yoga practice.
 
These are the two very common blocks stopping yogis and yoginis from reaping the amazing benefits of a daily yoga home practice.

1. Lack of Confidence

Many people think the yoga drone is going to catch them doing stinky yoga on their own. It’s not. Keep it simple and exploratory. Home practice has nothing to do with how advanced your practice is. If you can do Cat-Cow for a few rounds of breath, you can have a home yoga practice. Start where you are, with what you have, and do what you can.

Just get on the mat with the intention to connect body and breath and you are 99% there. No pressure. Go inwards, answers are there, trust me. Don’t expect to remember an entire class sequence, there is no need for lots of analysis or over planning, lighten up, have an embodied experience, not a judgmental one. You just need you.

2. The Belief and Mentality That You Don’t Have (Enough) Time

Repeat after me, “I, (insert your name) have time.” Repeat it again and again and again in your head until it feels believable. This can take some people rather a long time to internalize, and that’s OK. You are doing yourself a huge favor by breaking down ‘time scarcity stories’.

The time scarcity story is a disempowering epidemic based on a false belief. Don’t succumb because it’s not true—it’s a story we have all managed to absorb, internalize, and then project onto our present moment experience and into our future. Our relationship with time needs to soften, we need to be friends again.

Start by beginning to notice how often a time scarcity story shows up in your head, things like, “I am never going to make this deadline,” “I’m running late,” “I wish I had more time, I have too much to do,” and so on…you know these stories.

Notice how they make you feel crappy, which is a sure sign you are out of alignment. Once you notice such a story coming up in your head, swap them for “I have enough time.” This will dramatically change your experience and—this may sound far-fetched, but hand on heart—this is what happens: time will accommodate you, time will soften. Play with this and see what happens. “I have time.”

So now that you know the two most common blocks to get rid of, you can finally start. But how, exactly?

3 Tips to Get You Started

1. If you don’t already have one, get yourself a yoga mat.

If you can’t buy one yet, choose a blanket or towel to practice on. There are now tons of choices for yoga mats, but my advice is to simply pick something you like the look of and spend what you want to spend. Maybe do a couple minutes research, but don’t labour over it and don’t think that the more expensive ones are always better.

I personally think color is important. Basic sticky mats are great and come in lots of colors. If eco-credentials are important to you, go for an eco mat like Manduka or a natural rubber or jute one. Just get one without getting hung up on finding the “perfect” one. Welcome the mat into your home, life, and practice, and just go from there.

A number of times in India I have been given an old towel to practice on and I still had a lovely, lovely practice.  Yoga was traditionally practiced on grass, tiger skins, or thin cotton rugs (a cotton rug sprayed down with water with essential oils is a particularly delicious experience). So if you don’t have a mat, you can improvise, but maybe don’t kill a tiger…

2. Intention is Everything: A daily practice begins the night before.

Set yourself up the night before to practice first thing in the morning. Before you go to bed, roll out your mat, towel, rug, whatever. If you wear pjs, then choose something you can do yoga in. It’s great to go to bed with the intention to practice in the morning or at some point the next day. Make it suuuuuper easy to get on the mat in the morning. Your birthday suit is also great yoga outfit!

You can (but don’t need to) put some inspiring stuff by your mat, like a favourite book, crystal, essential oils, a nice journal, plant, scented candle…whatever feels peaceful and inspiring to you. It can be a nice treat and help draw you towards your mat.

I strongly encourage you to practice yoga in the morning. Research shows that you get the most gains when you practice in the morning and it just sets you up for a great day. If you miss the morning, you have the rest of the day…leave the mat out.

3. Smile and Trust

As soon as you stand, sit, or lay on your mat, put on a crazy big grin. Seriously, this works and it’s also sort of addictive. Get on it and smile.

Then check in with body, breath, and mind, and trust yourself and trust yoga. Everything will flow as it should from there. Sometimes you will spend exactly two minutes on the mat, maybe breathing the arms up and down a few times in Tadasana—and that totally counts and is awesome!

Other times, you may stay on your mat for ages—playing, enjoying, breathing, reconnecting, exploring, surprising yourself or returning to your mat a few times in one day. It’s ALL good; little and often is the best way to start a daily home yoga practice. Allow space for irregularity and exploration, and just enjoy meeting yourself there!

I hope these tips help you as they have helped me.  Remember: you have time, you know what you need to know, take a minute to set yourself up for the next day, and step on the mat with a smile on your face and trust in your heart. Good luck! You can totally do this.

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