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Podcast

6. Laurel Beversdorf - Pedagogy, Critical Thinking and Yoga Evolution

Magdalena Weinstein

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Some of the topics covered in this talk with Laurel:

The story behind her pedagogic skills, growing up surrounded by teachers and conversations around pedagogy, and her teaching experience previous to yoga.

Her critical thinking process and her yoga training journey through Yoga Works and Yoga Tune Up®.

The difference in between Yoga Works and the guru-based model of Iyengar Yoga, and about the horizontal vs the vertical model of apprenticeship.

The challenges of training new yoga teachers and the culture of yoga in India, in the West, and how to honor yoga while using it in a way that feels relevant to the people we are sharing it with.

Kinesiopathologizing, in contrast to Movement Optimism, from the lens of Dr. Greg Lehman

The mistake that movement specialists make in terms of trying to fix posture, vs exposing people to a variety of movement.

Reflections about the state of the vast majority of yoga teachers around right and wrong posture and movement.

Yoga teacher scope of practice.

Reflections about the essence of yoga.

 

Laurel Beversdorf, B.F.A, E-RYT 500, is the creator of Yoga with Resistance Bands Classes and Trainings and Body of Knowledge™ Anatomy and Biomechanics workshops. A Yoga Tune Up® trainer and senior teacher and teacher trainer for YogaWorks, Laurel regularly presents trainings and workshops at locations and studios across the US and the world. Laurel is an interdisciplinary movement educator specializing in anatomy, biomechanics and yoga teaching pedagogy, based out of YogaWorks in NYC. You can learn more about her online classes and workshops at www.laurelbeversdorf.com