Every yoga instructor I know has popped onto the virtual yoga class scene in the last couple of months due to studio closures from COVID-19. For many of us, this is a new venture and not something that comes easily, but is born out of necessity. And, what I love most about this trend, is I see a ton of instructors waking up to the idea that they are in control of their own business. To this I say, “Hell, yeah!” READ MORE
I think I was seriously overwhelmed for the first five years as a yoga teacher. Deciding to put my acting career on the back burner and pay attention to what was truly giving me joy was a big life defining moment for me. I knew I was supposed to teach. I knew it would change my life. But there was also so much I did not know or could even predict happening that took place once I returned home and found myself leading classes. READ MORE
Patience is one of the virtues you must develop if you take up a regular yoga asana practice. Of course, if you practice yoga you must eventually give up forcing the outcome of a posture, or goal of a posture, at some point. You learn to allow the body to unfold at its own pace and time. This can take years to develop. READ MORE
The time has absolutely flown by since I first ventured out to yoga teacher training. It has been filled with one class after another – a constant stream of red-faced, sweaty students striving to do their best. There have been mishaps and adventures as I found my voice as an instructor and within the ranks of teachers that surround me day after day. There have been times I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and times that I thought that there must be something else. READ MORE
Never stop learning. This is HUGE guys. I see people graduate from their Teacher Training and think, “Wow, I’m good go,” and NEVER do any continuing education. You go to college for at least four years, but you expect a career in a couple of weeks or maybe a few months? It doesn’t work that way. Teacher Training is your first step. Then get around teachers that inspire you. Travel out to see them if you have to. Take masterclasses, CE classes, workshops, find a teacher that provides mentorship, and maybe even go to another training. READ MORE
Please don’t worry. I’ve made this mistake, too. It happened mainly in the beginning of my career as a yoga instructor. And I honestly didn’t know I was making it.
What I did, was assume I knew the whole story. You see a student day after day, year after year. You know their occupation, their friends, their kids, or at least their kids’ names, their dating or marital status… you name it, you know it. But, you don’t. READ MORE
Myth #1: Being a yoga teacher is a great hobby or side gig.
I am a professional yoga instructor. This is not a hobby, or even a job. This is my career.
Myth #2: Yoga teachers know everything about yoga.
I know a lot about yoga, but I will always have more to learn. It’s impossible to say you know everything about yoga... READ MORE
My first few years of practice are kind of a blur at this point. I have some distinct memories of where I preferred to practice in the hot room, how I would arrive a full thirty minutes early to class, to assure I had my favorite spot, the clothes I wore to class, the beach towel I put down on top of my rubber mat, and how my water was warm by the first water break. It was twelve years ago and a lot has changed. READ MORE
My strangest class to date actually happened only three months after I graduated from teacher training – over six years ago now – and it still feels like a bad dream. It was a Saturday morning, which is usually the busiest times at most studios. I was teaching a ten o’clock class that topped off at fifty-six yogis, which is bigger than average. I had eleven first timers in the hot room. READ MORE
Back in the day, when I first started attending yoga regularly I have to confess that I scheduled my life around what teacher was taking the podium that day. There were teachers that I loved and admired that would have me rearranging my schedule just to take their class. And on the other side of the coin there were a few teachers I have to admit I avoided for a number of reasons – they were too hard, too intense, too strict, too uninspiring, maybe I didn’t like their speaking voice, or they simply talked too much. READ MORE
They do not prepare you at any teacher training for some of the situations you find yourself in once you have become a yoga teacher. Instead, it’s tons of yoga, anatomy, lectures on yoga philosophy, and everything you would come to expect when preparing to become an instructor. READ MORE
No, I’m not going to write about that tank top I’m dying to get my hands on at Lululemon or those hot yoga shorts that are just screaming my name. This is a different kind of wish list. This post is about the wishes I have for my students.
I love my students. I really do, it’s not something that yoga teachers are just supposed to say. It’s honestly a privilege to witness their practice as it develops and fun to get to know them as people outside of the studio. READ MORE
It’s unbelievable to me how much time has passed on my mat and in the hot room. I’m very aware as I lead my classes day after day how much I remember, not only from my first class, but every class in between then and now. There’s not a teacher I can’t recall, as each one has left an indelible impression on my practice and how it has developed over the years. No two classes are alike and each teacher has their own gifts and energy to bring to their classes that are uniquely their own. READ MORE
My favorite student is not one that came into the studio and knew everything right off the bat. They did not have a smug smile as they entered the building, thinking, “I am going to rock this class, people!” They looked nervous and intimidated and wondered what in the heck they just signed up for. READ MORE
- I think everyone, and I mean, everyone, looks about eight years old when they put their hands over their head for the first set of Half Moon Pose. We are all so vulnerable as we move through class. It seems to boil us down to our very essence. It’s the truth. That’s what makes it great. READ MORE
I have often said that leading class is the best part of my day. Most yoga teachers will tell you that. Teaching yoga is much like my former career as an actress. It’s a more of a vocation than simply a job. It’s something you are drawn to do for whatever reason. But I believe the reason I love it so much is that when I’m teaching class, those ninety or sixty minutes are spent in pure presence. READ MORE
Teaching yoga has taught me more about my Self than any other profession prior to it could even come close to – what an adventure! It is a constant learning process – a building up and stripping away of what is no longer needed, learning to lead by example – to live the life I urge others to pursue. The list goes on and on. READ MORE