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Book Review: The Yoga Teaching Handbook edited by Sian O’Neill

I am an absolute bookworm, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to read something new and relevant, and most of all practical to my ongoing Yoga Teacher Training!

The Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees is a well-structured collaborative work by teachers, instructors and practitioners who have all contributed on key topics surrounding Yoga and its many layers of teachings. The book is laid out step-by-step so as not to overwhelm too early, but goes into deeper levels than most basic teacher trainings.

I was beautifully surprised by some of the topics and chapters. The blatantly spirited detail and descriptions given by the individual authors had me hooked, and the different perspectives of the most simplest thoughts took my yogi journey to a whole new level. The passion of the people contributing to the handbook was easy to glean from their writing.

Albeit, there were topics and indeed whole chapters that I was less interested in (and a fair bit of Sanskrit and stuff I had to Google, so be ready for that!). There were also pages and pages of brilliantly practical advice and suggestions perfect for a new teacher or trainee. This book covered the bits the teacher doesn’t tell you in class!

Overall, I believe this handbook is an absolute must for any aspiring teacher or trainee who wants to ‘get the dirt’ without having to ask every Yoga teacher they meet for their do’s and don’ts. I hope you’ll check it out!

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    Mari Fernandez

    January 12, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Thank you Tifanny for the article, very informative post. Definitely something to remember!

  2. Chuck Vadun

    Chuck Vadun

    January 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens … a good summary of, and complement to, what I learned in YTT: http://www.markstephensyoga.com/marks-books/teaching-yoga

    1. Chuck Vadun

      Chuck Vadun

      January 16, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Oh, where are my manners? 🙂 Thanks for the post, Tiffany!

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