Q & A: What do all those letters means after a yoga teacher's name?

Q: What do all those letters mean after a yoga teacher's name and should I care about them?

A: Most yoga teachers are constantly learning. It's our personal desire to understand the practice of yoga by learning from various instructors who can teach us even more in depth topics like prenatal, children's yoga or simply to further advance our own teaching style. I believe that as a yoga instructor I am always a student, always learning.

Should you care about all those letters behind my name and other yoga instructors' names?

Maybe..maybe not. If nothing else it can be a road map for you to understand the type of yoga instructor that is teaching the class.
There is an umbrella company, Yoga Alliance, that yoga teachers pay annually to be considered registered with them. Think of it as an association or a union. Yoga Alliance came about to create guidelines on yoga teacher trainings. Each registered yoga school is expected to teach students certain standards and to teach an appropriate number of hours on each subject of importance to being a yoga teacher. When you register with Yoga Alliance you are held to certain standards in order to achieve all of those letters behind your name.

What do my letters mean?
RCYT: Registered Children's Yoga Teacher.
This means that I completed a children's yoga teacher training program. I am certified to teach yoga to children, of all ages.
E-RYT 200: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour.
This means that I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and after completion of that training I have taught over 1,000 hours of yoga classes.
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour.
This means that I have completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training program. There is not a level beyond 500 hour except being labeled "Experienced" after 4 years and another 1,000 hours of teaching.
All of these letters after my name basically means that I am an advanced yoga teacher. That I've been doing this for a while and when you come to my classes you can expect to experience an advanced knowledge of the poses and style of teaching.

Please submit any questions that you might have via email, Gretchen (AT) BeeYogaFusion.com

Try Human Bowling with your Kids

The winter weather can leave you and the kids feeling anxious for spring. Are your kids bouncing off the walls? Give human bowling a try!
First start by teaching your kids how to do a forward roll, remember to instruct them to put their chin to their chest!

PLEASE NOTE: human bowling is for kids who can confidently do a forward roll on their own without assistance.

Find a space in your house that is free of furniture so that the child will not run into anything, a wide hallway or remove the coffee table from the living room. Set up yoga blocks as the pins, if you don't have yoga blocks try using stuffed animals. Decide on the starting line and then let your kids take turn knocking down the "pins" and then setting them up for the next child.

This is hours of fun and it will exhaust your kids! You're welcome. ;)

Restorative Yoga- Legs Up the Wall Pose

In the next yoga class that you take position yourself next to the wall to enjoy the calming benefits of Legs Up the Wall Pose. This pose is a restorative pose that comes into practice during Savasana, when you are normally laying in Corpse Pose at the end of yoga class.

Legs Up the Wall Pose is great for relieving lower back pain and it stretches out the hamstrings.

If you suffer from headaches or insomnia try doing this pose right before you go to bed. Begin by laying on your side and scooting your bum as close to the wall as possible. Then roll over on to your back and allow your legs to stretch up the ceiling while leaning the weight of your legs into the wall. Stay here for five to seven minutes. Close your eyes, place your hands on your belly to focus on your breath or allow your arms to rest out to the side and notice how your chest opens up.

Let me know what you think about Legs Up the Wall Pose on the Facebook Page. Or shoot me a Facebook message if you have a question.