Coming Soon: Special Class with Girish

Going Deeper with Live Music

I’m a huge believer in the power of music paired with yoga practice – that’s why we play vibrational, yogic inspired music during all of our classes. But today I want to talk about something even more exciting: live music and yoga! 

I’ll highlight four (of many) reasons why merging live music with a yoga class creates such an enlightening experience.

Sets the tone of the practice– Think about the different styles of music you throw on with each kind of workout. Weightlifters might choose rock or rap, something with a strong beat to motivate them to lift rep after rep. Runners may select an uplifting pop song they can sing along to in their head to keep them from becoming bored on a long-distance route. Music plays a significant role in setting our mood. So, a sensitive live musician creates the perfect atmosphere for a yoga class to help us open our heart.

Allows for modifications– When I have a live musician following my guidance, I have the freedom to modify the class whenever I desire. For instance, I might decide to pause a flow to spend extra time teaching my students the proper form of a chaturanga. The musician, following my lead, will likely play softer to accommodate this valuable teaching moment, before picking the volume up to signal the students’ successful achievement. I love how student learning is magnified when my message is clearly expressed.

Pulls you deeper into your practice– I’m sure you’ve all experienced the difference between a live concert and a recorded song. Think back to the best concert or performance you’ve ever been to. Did you get goosebumps when the musician hit a high note? Did you close your eyes and breathe in the beauty of the moment? When it comes to yoga, listening to a live musician increases our sensitivity to our own gifts and strengths. We’re able to move deeper into the poses and reflect more clearly on our intentions. 

Supports musical artists– The more often we’re able to bring live musicians into our yoga studios, the more opportunities there are for local and global musicians to demonstrate their amazing craft. Why not support these hard-working and creative artists by bringing yoga and music together?

Well… I’m about to practice what I preach!  I’m thrilled to announce a special class coming to Yoga Fever this November. The famous yogi and musician, Girish, is coming to Grand Rapids to join us for a one-of-a-kind yoga session.

For as long as he can remember, Girish has been creating rhythm to accompany his life. While playing with jazz bands in college, he recalls: “During improvisational sessions there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic.” 

This realization led him down an unexpected road to live as a monk for five years. There he studied Sanskrit, which led him to start combining music with Sanskrit chants. Now he revels in sharing what he has learned to help people of all ages, backgrounds, and traditions transform their bodies, brains, and lives through mantra and music.

Through the combination of yoga practice and beautiful live music, this 90-minute (not heated) vinyasa class is sure to leave you uplifted and renewed. Sign up today for the November 19th class – it is almost SOLD OUT.


Reserve your space today here:

So You Think You Can Teach?

5 Questions to Ask When Considering a Teacher Training Program

Whether you’ve decided you want to teach yoga or simply dig deeper into your own practice, it’s often daunting to sift between yoga styles and teaching methods to decide where to complete your teacher training. That’s why we’ve pulled together five questions to consider when selecting the best teacher training program for you.

1. Is the program Yoga Alliance Certified?

As the international governing body for yoga, the Yoga Alliance sets the standard for teacher training programs. If you hope to teach yoga at some point in your future, make sure you look for this certification – otherwise you won’t qualify for insurance. We know, insurance doesn’t feel very yogic, but this certification basically says you’ve got a stamp of approval to teach yoga.

2. What is the schedule like?

All teacher training programs start out with 200 hours. Some are immersion classes – meaning you’re cramming the entire program into two weeks. These make it quite difficult to retain the information or get enough practice before teaching. At Yoga Fever, our program is extended over 3.5 months to help ensure you have the depth of knowledge and experience needed before beginning to teach. As a bonus, this type of program is perfect for people leading busy lives with work or family commitments.

3. How does the program teach anatomy?

At first, this may not seem like the biggest deal when you’re trying to memorize all the Sanskrit names for postures or figuring out how to properly sequence. But anatomy is huge!! You must understand alignment and muscular engagement before you become a yoga guide. A solid understanding of human anatomy will enable you to bring a high level of consciousness to your teaching as well as prevent injury. Make sure the program you select has a strong focus on anatomy. Yoga Fever offers 11 modules in anatomy training in relation to yoga.

4. How does the program balance the subjects it teaches?

Each training course devotes a minimum number of hours to subjects like posture, anatomy and philosophy, but each course also emphasizes different areas and brings its own style. What matters most to you? Spiritual training, a focus on alignment, or ample time to practice teach? Pick a program that speaks your language. If you’re looking for emphasis on ALL of these things, you should definitely consider our program. We hit all the bases necessary to take your practice and your skills to the next level.

5. What are the instructors like?

Your studio instructors will be a large part of your training, from their knowledge to their personality to their years of experience teaching. Take some time to research the teachers at various studios, read reviews, and take public classes from them. Make sure you feel that the teachers are incredibly knowledgeable in the field of yoga and can guide beginners and seasoned practitioners through a safe and thorough experience.

Yoga Fever offers a 200 hr Yoga Teaching Training Program

You’ll learn about human anatomy, including posture, integrated movement and the prevention of common injuries. You’ll study philosophy, including the eight limbs, and the Sanskrit language. You’ll practice sequencing, incorporating meditation, classical yoga, vinyasa breath & movement, and the use of props. Additionally, you’ll receive unlimited yoga for the duration of the program.

Make sure to register before July 31, 2018 for a special early-bird discount. For more information about our course visit our Teacher Training Page. If you have questions, please call: (616) 805-3603 or email: