It’s nine degrees below zero. The first light of the northern sunrise casts a periwinkle hue on snow, paths of ice, as I head my truck in to teach morning classes at my studio: Sun Moon Yoga in Mankato, Minnesota. Am I dreaming of traveling to India? Saffron, tablas, saris, vindaloo curry . . . .you betcha! I dream of colorful Mother India. I rerun memories of living in sunny laid-back California as a young woman. I imagine visiting my childhood home in tropical Singapore. But I am here now – and this is The Work.Read More
Yoga teachers, are you in a yoga box?
Are you a specialist yoga teacher, or a one-trick pony? Do you teach renowned Power classes because it’s in your skill set – or is it your ONLY skill set? Same with Gentle classes – are you skilled at teaching physically challenging classes as well, or not? It’s natural that when we begin teaching we teach the type of classes that WE enjoy, and the level of physical yoga we feel most comfortable with. And some teachers stay there – always teaching Power never Basic Hatha – or never developing the skills to teach an excellent challenging class. What’s wrong with this?Read More
If you are a 200 hour RYT considering a 300 hour Yoga Alliance Program in Minnesota or Iowa, and ready to craft your own opportunities, this blog (and my program) is for you. Training in yoga therapy, or Ayurveda, is available—but what if you don't want to do private therapy? What other avenues are there for teachers to sustain themselves teaching yoga? If you have years of yoga training, experience, teaching more and more classes isn't advancement. It is a recipe for burn-out —before you shine.Read More
[Originally published Sept. 5, 2017] - Leadership is not about being on top, but how many did you bring with you? Yoga teachers who support the growth of other yoga teachers are a unique and wonderful tribe. To be in this tribe you must be able to wrestle the beast of competitiveness, and share all you have learned, your personal resources to the betterment of another yoga teacher.Read More