YTT Journal Page for Yoga Teacher Trainees

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A yoga teacher training (YTT) is one of the most valuable, life enriching things you can experience.

As a yoga teacher trainee you will evolve your practice and nurture curiosity & self inquiry.  You will find yourself letting go of things that no longer serve you. Old patterns of behavior that stifle you will become obvious and start to unstick.

A big promise, right?  A lot of life changing claims going on there. But if there is one discipline that will move you to make fundamental changes in your life then yoga is it.

Journal using a dedicated YTT journal page

If you are enrolled on a200 hours training you will find that much of the curriculum is there to ready you for leading a class in a teaching capacity.

Knowledge of poses, alignment principles and safe sequencing are all vital skills to learn but there is so much more to the YTT experience.

Any good 200hour teacher training will include elements of the yoga sutras & philosophical aspects of the practice, breath work & meditation alongside physical asana training.

Download your FREE Teacher Trainee Journal Page here

Do your research and find the best fit for you. Get to know the teachers and curriculum involved. Choose the right training as YTT’s are a big financial investment. Here is a great pre-teacher training checklist to take a peek at!

As you work through asana you will be introduced to different philosophical themes prompting discussions with your fellow yogis. This will influence your understanding, teaching and day to day ‘living’ your yoga. 

You come to realize that it’s not all about what happens on the mat.  It’s what you take from your mat into your daily interactions, habits and lifestyle that are the essence of yoga.

As you embark upon your yoga teacher training journey consider creating a personal journal to document your thoughts.

Many students choose to enroll in teacher trainings not to teach but simply to enrich their own practice. Studying for personal development has tremendous value in breaking through personal obstacles, both mental and physical.  Being surrounded by like minded people in a learning environment is both enriching and inspiring.  

A training can be overwhelming when there is so much to read, study and absorb. One of the most valuable things you can do for yourself during a training is to journal. Use a dedicated YTT journal page to document emotions, transitions and those ‘aha’ moments. 

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There is so much to read, study and absorb during a training but a journal doesn’t have to be an elaborate effort. Just a few sentences or bullet points to explore your own thoughts and experiences has great value.

Even journaling your thoughts weekly or on the first and last day of a weekend training will give you insight about your journey.  Nothing elaborate or long winded, just a few sentences or bullet points to explore your own thoughts and experiences.  You’ll find it to be a useful and inspiring exercise.

What changes do you observe between each journal entry? Even journaling your thoughts once a week can be enlightening if the prospect of daily journaling feels too overwhelming.

Print off your FREE YTT journal page and incorporate it into your yoga teacher training folder. 

Once you are in the journaling habit you’ll discover what a worthwhile and useful practice it is and continue beyond training.  Regular journal writing will be a valuable self care tool to compliment your yoga and meditation practice.

If you prefer, find yourself a dedicated notebook for your journaling or spark your creativity by making your own dedicated yoga notebook .

How has a journaling practice supported your yoga?

Fun Yoga T-Shirts

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Who doesn’t love a new yoga t-shirt for class? Make a statement in one of these fun yoga t-shirts while doing your yoga thing or for day to day lounging.

As much as I love yoga clothing from all of the mainstream stores there is something more satisfying in wearing a unique handcrafted t-shirt.

Take a look at these fun yoga t-shirts made by crafty yoga types and support their creativity while brightening your practice or making a statement.

fun yoga t-shirts
Short sleeve t with fun down dog slogan

Short sleeved cotton T for your down dog fan

Fun yoga t-shirts Rich red short sleeve T with good vibes slogan
Getting those good vibes in bright red

Rich red T to get those good vibes going. Love those love hearts!

fun yoga t-shirts
Fix that yoga ponytail
fun yoga t-shirts
I love this color! Breathe more 😉

Bang on trend terracotta color with funky graphic and slogan ‘breathe more’

For those moments when your balance is iffy or your inversions just aren’t happening! Handprinted, sleeveless T

fun yoga t-shirts made by crafty yoga types

turquoise t with lotus design
cool in turquoise

A cool, colorful, comfortable T with lotus print. Short sleeved and cottony comfy

Well, who doesn’t?

Who doesn’t? Top tip on a top T! First I do the yoga….

Keep it simple. YOGA

Soft, comfy tee for class or lounging. Which will you do?

Soft grey t-shirt with ganesh image on front
Ganesh – the remover of all obstacles

Every yogi’s favorite. Ganesh – the remover of all obstacles on a soft shortsleeved T.

All of these fun yoga t-shirts are made by the talented crafters of Etsy & Amazon Handmade. Great designs to complement your practice and cozy up those lounging days. Grab a t-shirt to reflect your yoga personality and sense of fun!


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Creating a Yoga Blog – What I Learnt Along the Way

creating your yoga blog with laptop, notebook and pen
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There are plenty of useful, quality blogs out there helping and advising on how to start your own blog. These are some of the things I’ve learned while creating a yoga blog.

Over time I’ve learnt that building a blog can be time consuming and challenging but also inspiring, motivating and fulfilling.

However, I’ve had moments of wanting to say goodbye to blogging but after lots of effort and trial and error I’ve found the winning formula for me. Take a look at this little list of things to consider when you’re building your yoga blog.

Yoga Blogging – What I Learnt Along the Way

– Keep It Simple

For me, this is key. Start simply and in time build. Yes, there are countless great features you can incorporate in to a blog. Do you need them all? Probably not. Do you want them all? Probably not.

If you start simple then there is a good chance you will continue with your efforts and maintain a blogging habit.

If you are considering a yoga themed blog, there is a good chance you are already teaching or studying to teach. Combine that with your own practice, work, home and family commitments and you may not have too many hours to dedicate to writing.

Start simple. See what topics you enjoy sharing and blog from there. Take a look at my yoga blogger Pinterest board for some great user friendly ‘start your blog’ articles.

By keeping it simple you avoid the overwhelm. After all, as a yogi, teacher trainee or yoga teacher, you will want to spend time practicing and studying yoga.

– Practice Non Attachment & Let your Blog Evolve

My own blog has evolved a couple of times since I started. Initially it was a blog to cover all things yoga – FAR too broad.

Then it changed to focus on those new to yoga and in middle age – but for me, too restrictive.

Then it became the blog it is today combining yoga & creativity. My two favorite things to do in one blog 🙂

It took a while to get here, but now it’s here it’s working.

– Be Time Realistic

Be realistic about the time you can dedicate to blogging. We all have busy lives and spending several hours a day blogging is unrealistic.

If you have an hour or two a week to spare then start there. Create realistic goals and deadlines. Post useful, quality content once a month if that is what your time realistically allows. Which takes me on to the next point…

– Create Useful Content that you Enjoy Writing

Work toward providing value and entertainment while creating community. Inspirational and helpful content that informs and solve problems goes a long way.

There are many great yoga blogs already out there but work on content that you really enjoy researching and sharing. Be sure to find your own unique niche or focus and allow your own individual personality to shine through when creating your yoga blog.

Avoid getting caught up in being everything to everyone when you’re creating your yoga blog. Covering all the bases is far too expansive a project brief and a lot of work.

I started blogging and was way too keen to cover every facet of yoga. Yoga is a BIG subject. Focusing in on a niche you enjoy is the way move forward.

Start your blog - tips to keep it simple
Start simple. See what topics you enjoy sharing and blog from there.

– Limit Social Media

If you are an expert in different social media then this point may not apply. I, however, am no expert!

I found that when I was trying to cover multiple platforms I was making a real hash of it. Spreading time so thinly across several platforms was no fun, time consuming and, in the end, not helpful.

You have many social media options to choose from. I decided to limit mine to the two I enjoyed and understood the most. Pinterest and Instagram were my chosen two and I focus on those alone.

In Summary….

I learnt a great deal over a long period of time creating my yoga blog. Looking back though, I wasted far too much of my time in the early days trying to learn about and incorporate every possible blog widget available.

The reality is, just starting and producing useful content for readers that you enjoy writing and sharing is the foundation of a great blog. You will learn about and pick up all of the other features as you go along.

Avoid getting bogged down analyzing what you think you should be incorporating into a blog and start creating the content that is important to you. The results will be true to your vision which, in turn, will ensure authenticity – an important part of maintaining a successful blog.

Evolve over time at your own pace adding to it gradually as you discover what aspects of blogging interest and inspire you.

If it becomes a chore, your blog will stall. So start simple and evolve from there.

How was your start to blogging? Smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

Yoga Chant Music Artists you Need to Know

Yoga chant music artists

Whether you use music in your yoga classes or not, there are some yoga chant music artists you need to know!

You might need energizing tracks for a flow class or a meditative background sound for savasana or restorative classes. Whatever classes you are planning, the music of these inspiring chant artists covers all the bases.

Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music. The repetition of these sacred phrases have positive health benefits particularly for the mind and, therefore, our wellbeing

Take a look and see which artists are missing from your music collection. Explore, find something new and let the music inspire your personal practice and teaching.

Deva Premal & Miten

The voice of Deva Premal is one of the warmest and most meditative you’ll find. She has the kind of voice that could be reciting my shopping list and it would still sound divine.

She works and performs with her musician and singer partner, Miten. I’ve played many of their meditative tracks for class wind down and they are perfect for savasana and home relaxation.

My favorite track is Om Namo Bhagavate which features on the album Embrace . I love everything she produces.

They tour often so take a look and see dates for their next tour. Sample her music here

Krishna Das

The king of kirtan. Kirtan is the form of music known as ‘call and response’. The artist sings a phrase which is then repeated by the audience. A kind of spiritual karaoke!

Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music.

Krishna Das (or KD as he is often referred) is a well established and popular artist who tours regularly. It is well worth attending a concert or workshop with this iconic artist. (look here for upcoming events)

His music range includes tracks that start slowly and gradually pick up pace. This is ideal for a yoga class starting with warm ups and building up to faster flow. There are also many tracks that are slower and more meditative – perfect for savasana or home relaxation.

Take a look and a listen here

Snatam Kaur

Another female artist with the same kind of rich sound and repertoire as Deva Premal. She has recorded a huge amount of tracks that are ideal for savasana, restorative yoga classes and background calm!

You can browse through her work here


I love this husband and wife duet. I was very lucky to listen to their beautiful music first hand, by chance, on a yoga training where they performed live during savasana. They have a very special sound and are well worth a listen in.

My favorite track is Purnamadah. An enchanting, calming track ideal for savasana or relaxation. It originally featured on the Love Window album. Well worth a listen.

Explore, find something new and see how music can help inspire your yoga practice and teaching.


Wah! is an established artist who has a more ‘pop’ feel to her music. One of her classic albums is savasana whose opening track is perfect for, you guessed it, savasana. Also, check out all of her faster tracks that are useful for energizing vinyasa classes.

Take a listen here.

Explore these wonderful chant artists and find yourself some inspiring music – for class, meditation, practice or life generally! You won’t regret it.

Brighten Up Your Yoga Practice with Colorful Props

we need props in our practice.  why not colorful ones
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Spring is coming and the flowers are blooming. Time to brighten up your yoga practice with a bunch of colorful yoga props. What better way of inspiring your practice than a vibrant new accessory.

Take a look at these jewel bright goodies with useful links to creative ideas for making use of each and every one of your props.

Yoga Mat

You’ve got to have a yoga mat for a good grippy surface to support your downward dogs.

Also a rolled mat is super useful in many ways. Take a peak at this article with examples of how to use a rolled up mat as a prop.

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Great for bringing the floor to your hands in a number of the standing poses.

Yoga Journal explores some creative uses for your blocks here

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Why shouldn’t your strap be a fun color instead of beige? A boon to any yoga with tight shoulders and a great shoulderstand assist to stop the elbows splaying.

For a small prop, a strap has a bunch of uses. Take a look at Yoga International’s inspired uses 

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Support the knees, relax the spine, open the collarbones. A bolster is a great prop for relaxation and resting poses. Don’t forget about the challenging poses though. A bolster under the torso to assist the lift in chaturanga dandasana is a great help. Give it a try!

If you haven’t invested in a bolster yet then the time has come! Just look at these dreamy restorative poses

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Make the most of your props to enhance and support your yoga practice


Woollen, thick blankets have a number of uses in our practice not least of all, keeping us warm in savasana.

Try using the folded blankets wedged beneath the thighs for support in baddha konasana.

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Lavender Eye Pillow

Obviously dreamy in savasana.

Great for relaxation, meditation and headache relief.

Take a look at the many benefits of lavender 

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Yoga Towel

Very useful if you’re a hot yoga type of yogi.

Also doubles up as a coverup in savasana or neck support if lightly rolled. Extend the edge of the towel over your eyes if you’ve forgotten your eye pillow!

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Yoga Bag

Although not strictly a prop, this is still a great accessory. A funky, bright yoga tote for class that easily fits your mat, towel and water bottle. A little zipped internal pocket is perfect for keys & cards.

This soft fabric tote can roll up super flat and would make a great sightseeing bag or beach holdall too for your yoga retreat travels. Available in a bunch of great colors, too

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Embrace Spring and brighten up your yoga practice!


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