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90 Monkeys Has a New Faculty Member: Carole Westerman, MA, RPYT, RCYT

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You may be familiar with Carole Westerman, MA, RPYT, RCYT whose popular articles, Downward Facing Yoga Mama: Inversions and Safety During Pregnancy, Core Considerations for Yoga During Pregnancy and Yoga and Pregnancy: Supportive and Safe Savasana, have graced our news section this last…

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90 Monkeys Has a New a Faculty Member: Welcome, Ariele Foster, DPT!


We are so excited to share this news with you! We’ve added an accomplished, inspiring teacher to our 90 Monkeys faculty: Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 50. Ariele is a physical therapist, yoga teacher, anatomy faculty for yoga trainings, and…

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Yoga and Pregnancy: Supportive and Safe Savasana


As yoga teachers, how we react when pregnant students walk into our classes can have an impact on the way the students view their pregnancies.   If we react to pregnant students with eyes that grow three sizes, a gasp and…

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Monkey Bites – World Holidays with Douglas Brooks, Ph.D: Halloween!


Halloween is here! 90 Monkey’s faculty, Douglas Brooks, Ph.D shares the history and meaning of Halloween which is celebrated on October 31 every year. Discover the significance of the time of the year, of disguise, of “Trick or treat”… and…

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Core Considerations for Yoga During Pregnancy


As yoga teachers, the likelihood of us having pregnant women in our classes at one point or another, is very high.  Therefore, it’s important for us to be able to confidently and knowledgeably guide women through their practice. The issue…

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Tip for Yoga Studios: Show ‘Em Where it All Goes Down!

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Tip: If you run a yoga studio, consider including photos of your studio space(s) on your website for people to view before they come. When I look for a place to practice yoga, I research the teacher and whether the…

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Niche Populations and Teaching Yoga: Are You Reaching Them?


Yoga teachers complain to me consistently these days about how they are bumping into each other in an over saturated market. These teachers are primarily reaching out to Level 2 students because that seems like the right thing to do….

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Monkey Bites – World Holidays in Yoga with Douglas Brooks, Ph.D: Navaratri!


  Navaratri is here! The nine nights of the Goddess, celebrated each fall season. 90 Monkey’s faculty, Douglas Brooks, Ph.D shares the history and meaning of the Indian Holiday. This year Navaratri begins Saturday, the 5th of October and will…

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Yoga, Sex, and the Teacher-Student Relationship

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Since I started tracking the steady stream of news, controversies, and online debates in today’s yoga world, I’ve had to struggle repeatedly with the challenge of confronting beliefs that are profoundly different from my own – both with regard to…

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Downward Facing Yoga Mama: Inversions and Safety During Pregnancy


Here is a “Monkey Listens” question we received recently: “I’ve been told pregnant women should not do Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog). What are some alternative poses I could offer my pregnant students (in a non pre-natal class) that offer…

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Yoga Minuti: How Can I Be Deeper As a Yoga Teacher?


90 Monkeys is excited to present Yoga Minuti, a new series of short informative videos with long time yoga teacher trainers, Gina Caputo and Amy Ippoliti. When Amy and Gina met in Boulder, CO in 2012, they quickly realized that…

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Monkey Bites: The Pros and Cons of Teaching a Peak Pose in Yoga Class


As a yoga teacher, should you always set a goal for your students? Is there a time when your “peak pose” (or apex pose) is not appropriate? Is building to a peak pose right for your students or the mood…

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World Holidays to Celebrate in Yoga Class: Rakhi Day


If you’re a yoga teacher and you find yourself on the day of the full moon in August, it’s the perfect time to weave in a theme about the Indian holiday, Rakhi Day! Watch the video to learn more about…

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Holding the Sacred Circle: Yoga Teachers and Emotional Safety (Part 1)


The impassioned debate over whether yoga can “wreck your body” (as the New York Times so memorably put it) has finally settled down. Similar discussions of the less tangible, but at least equally important issue of whether yoga might harm…

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Dear Yoga Teacher: What if I’m Not Feeling Dark Today?


The yoga teacher, regardless of age, becomes a spiritual leader in the minds of the students whether the teacher feels that way or not. This can create a situation where students won’t speak up or give you feedback when they…

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