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In this episode of the beYogi webinar series we are taking a deep dive into yoga meditation and how to utilize it within your class planning! Joining us as our co-host is Kelly Smith.

She is a globally celebrated yoga and meditation teacher, E-RYT 500 /YACEP, founder of Yoga For You, and host of the iTunes chart topping podcasts, Mindful in Minutes and Meditation Mama. Kelly believes that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to yoga and meditation and encourages her students to find their own personal practice, listen to their bodies, and find inner joy by accessing their most authentic selves and owning their power.

Please enjoy the full 1 hour webinar or read our brief summary of the workshop! 

Why you should start sharing yoga meditation with your students

Eight minutes daily is enough! You don't need hours and hours, only a few minutes in your class or daily routine can make all the difference. 

Benefits Of Daily Meditation:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Improves concentration, mental clarity, and focus
  • Decreases stress, worry, depression, and anxiety
  • Decreases blood pressure and improves overall heart health
  • Encourages a healthy lifestyle, positive thoughts, and increases self awareness
  • Slows aging of your body and mind
  • Increases brain grey matter & "folds" in the brain
  • Allows teachers to share a limb beyond the "asanas" enriching their experience on their mat. 

4 best ways to begin sharing meditation with your students

Use yoga meditation to set the scene and open the class

Meditation is a single pointed concentration (breath, body scan, checking in, sensing cycling, guided imagery, how do you really feel, what do you want to feel?) many different points of concentration. 

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    Use meditation in Savasana to deepen their experience 

    While in Savasana, or closing your practice invite students to focus on one thing for meditation and allow them to withdrawal from their senses. 

    You do not have to call it "meditation" if it will bring discomfort. Try using different language like, "quiet reflection" or "centering".  

    Teach an intro to meditation workshop

    Many people want to explore meditation, but don't know where to start and have pre-conceived notions about what meditation actually is. It is a great addition to your class offerings! 

    You can create an environment where people can explore, ask questions, and deep dive with your guidance. Check out Kelly Smith's 30hr Meditation Teacher Training to help you practice and teach meditation with those around you. 

    Utilize guided meditations in class or as separate offerings

    Guided meditation are a beautiful way to take students on a journey. You are telling a story that can be long or short, you decide! 

    Remember when you are guiding people in a yoga meditation use senses and shared feelings to help create a journey for your students. 

    Lizzy Prindle
    Lizzy has been practicing yoga for over four years. She found her practice as her collegiate swimming career was ending; looking for a new hobby she began taking yoga classes and never looked back. She has carried her yogi mindset into her role as beYogi’s brand manager. Working alongside many teachers, studio owners, and yoga brands she has helped expand beYogi’s all-inclusive yoga insurance policy into an education-based membership offering much more than coverage.
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