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5 Common Fears for Yoga Virgins and the Not-So-Scary Truth

By Nikki Arnone | Jun 18, 2018 7:45 AM

According to a worldwide survey released in January, yoga is now among the top ten fitness trends in the world. Social media news feeds are exploding with images of perfectly styled yogis bending themselves into jaw-dropping poses. And while these experienced practitioners may be inspiring to look at, all this fancy yoga hubbub can scare off newcomers. (How did she get her foot behind her head, anyway?!)

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Yoga During Pregnancy: An expert’s guide

By Kosta Miachin | Feb 5, 2018 11:37 AM

These days it is common practice  for thousands of women to find comfort and relief from common pregnancy troubles through yoga. That being said, not all yoga is appropriate for your growing baby. Luckily, over the years yogis have developed a separate branch of yoga for to-be mothers. Called prenatal yoga, this form of yoga uses traditional yoga postures and concepts to target the special needs of expectant mothers.

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5 Ways Instructors Can Help Newbies Get Into Yoga

By Amy Occhipinti | Jan 6, 2016 2:04 PM

Yoga has continued to increase in popularity over the last few years in the fitness community, and it shows no signs of dying down as a fitness trend anytime soon. If you're a yoga instructor or working to become one, there's a good chance you'll teach some type of beginner yoga class at some point in your career. These classes can be very rewarding to teach, but they also come with their own unique sets of challenges, as many beginning students will get easily discouraged. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take as a yoga instructor to help your newbies succeed on the mat.

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3 Types of Yoga for Beginners

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 25, 2015 9:00 AM

Over the past few decades, yoga has rapidly become a household name, which is why it comes as no surprise that it's now a $27 billion industry, with more than 20 million practitioners. The ancient practice of yoga is now one of our favorite ways to connect our mind and body. Plus it's a great way for people of all ages and levels of fitness to increase flexibility and strength while easing tension. If you're searching for a style of yoga for your patient, we have three to get you started. Be sure to select one geared toward his or her health and fitness goals.

Find the right class with these three types of yoga

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Yoga for Stress Relief: 3 Mood-Brightening Poses

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Dec 29, 2014 9:00 AM

Between high-intensity training, balancing multiple clients and the holidays in full-swing, you might need to take extra precautions to avoid burning out. Not only are you feeling the whiplash of adjusting to your clients' busy holiday schedule, but you're trying to adjust to your own as well; think holiday staff parties, tempting cocktail hours, and of course, gathering with family and friends. Fortunately, there are ways to offset fatigue and prepare yourself for any stressful or surfacing situations. 

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Mixing it Up: 2 Yoga Workout Plans for Men

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Oct 16, 2014 9:00 AM

Are you looking to challenge your male clients? Or maybe you're interested in providing more fitness opportunities at your local gym?

While many people are guilty of associating Yoga as just a way to relax and ease through a workout, it's also very physically challenging. If your client is prone to injury or needs to challenge their body in different ways, we challenge you to incorporate these two beginner Yoga workout plans into the next session. Or integrate a program at your local gym.

At AFPA we are huge advocates for leading by example. With that in mind, the best way to guide your clients through a seamless sequence of movements is to practice them yourself. Just like you would test out that new strength training routine, test out these next few Yoga moves.

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