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What To Do With Your Foam Roller

Ok, so just to clarify – you can still foam roll all you want on it. Roll your heart out. Recently, more and more studies are showing that a more pliable and targeted tool will be more effective…

Help For Your Stiff Neck

For lots of people with neck pain, their cervical range of motion – the movements they are able to do with their neck – become limited as a protective mechanism. If you’ve had neck pain for a while…

What is Bandwidth?

As movement teachers, we are often torn between two competing schools of thought around how we teach. Generally speaking, the two options are: do I control with intense precision every movement that my students make, so that they never do a movement that is ‘wrong,’ or do I allow a more freeform approach, so that they can let their bodies move in all sorts of positions and ways before they settle into where I want them to be?

Isometric Contractions For Pain Relief

Something that´s been on my radar lately is the study of isometric muscle contraction and its relationship to pain relief. If that sentence made you say, ¨Huh?¨ – let´s back up and review.

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I love to write, and I love concepts and understandings about human movement, which make me a professional body nerd. Former editor of the Yoga Tune Up blog, you’ll find all my current ideas and obsessions here.

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I shared this on my Insta page and people got pretty excited, so I thought I'd bring it over here to hear your thoughts:

Ok. Here's the thing. I come from a long-standing yoga tradition where teachers' assistants do not get paid, because the value of learning from the teacher is considered enough, and that the experience of seva, or selfless service, is a valuable one for the assistant. I have both assisted without payment, and had assistants that I did not pay. In the role of assistant, I have paid my own room and board to travel across the country and work for free. I have also had assistants do the same for me. I have come to a conclusion:

This is nonsense.

It's 2018. If I'm teaching a workshop, class, or training that has enough people enrolled that I need someone to help me, that means I'm making enough money by teaching that workshop, class, or training, that I can afford to pay the person who is helping me. They are still in service, even if I pay for their hotel room, or buy them lunch. The yoga universe is different now from what it once was - it's a multi-million dollar industry, whether we like it or not - and to be taking part in that industry but withholding income from someone who, while technically not an employee, is performing work on my behalf while at a financial disadvantage, just seems ludicrous to me.

What do you think?

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