How're you doing? I mean it. Gently check in with yourself and see how you're feeling. In this COVID-19 world, many of us are overwhelmed and stuck in survival mode. I get it. It’s happening to me too. But staying in survival mode will stop us from serving our students and building stronger communities. As we deal with the new challenges we are all facing, here are 5 things yoga teachers can do right now to support themselves, their students and each other.Read More
I LOVE how creative and innovative the yoga teaching community is. And right now, you're showing up exactly when you're needed most. As yoga studios and gyms shut down, yoga teachers who never thought they'd have to wrap their heads around technology are finding new ways to serve their students.Read More
If you're a yoga teacher, you are one of the most important people on the planet right now. You know why? Because you have the skills to lead a revolution in kindness, compassion and the vital life-skills that we all need right now.
Who better to lead our communities through this challenging time than yoga teachers? Let's look at all the things your an expert in:Read More
Lots of yoga teachers are, quite justifiably, worried about making an income and serving their students during the COVID-19 lockdown.
One of the best ways to keep students safe and the bills paid is to teach online. But if you’re a technophobe, where do you start?
This simple guide is designed for yoga teachers who are thinking about teaching online but have no idea where to start. That was me a few years ago.Read More
This is a scary time for everybody, including yoga teachers. Many of us rely on group yoga classes for our income. What happens if (when) the studios you work for close? What happens if (when) your students just stop coming as they self-isolate?
Then there’s the overwhelming desire to support your students. It’s not just the money. You want to help people manage their health, deal with the stress, feel connected and loved, especially during uncertain times. So what should yoga teachers be doing about COVID-19?Read More
Who do you trust?
Let’s face it, the yoga industry is full of ‘experts’.
If we’ve learned anything from the scandals that have plagued almost every yoga tradition in recent years, it’s that ‘experts’ are not always trustworthy.
Then there’s the mangling of traditional yoga teachings. I’ve heard a LOT of yoga teachers saying stuff in class that is just plain wrong .
Sometimes they get it wrong because they were taught by somebody who didn’t really know that much themselves (not all yoga teacher trainings are equal).
Sometimes they’ve simply interpreted yoga philosophy to suit their own personal views. Either way, there’s a lot of BS out there masquerading as yogic wisdom.
So, who do you trust?Read More
Are you confident giving your students Ayurvedic advice?
Ayurveda is a powerful way to help your students get real results. And they'll LOVE you for it. Adding more Ayurveda skills to your teaching tool-kit helps you to:
- Confidently teach private yoga classes your students will love
- Know how to choose just the right meditation or pranayama practice for each student
- Give personalised lifestyle guidance that makes a real difference to your students' lives
Ayurveda gives yoga teachers a framework for assessing their students and offers simple, practical tools that they really enjoy using. Here’s how:
'I'm not an authentic yoga teacher'
Have you ever worried that your students will find out you aren’t the real deal and desert you? Have you wondered if they'd still come to your classes if they knew what you were really like behind the mask? If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone.
A frightening number of yoga teachers live with 'imposter syndrome' every day. And I, my friend, am no stranger to it.Read More
I received an email recently from a woman called Michelle asking if yoga could help her with insomnia. When I called her to explain how yoga can help manage sleep disorders, she replied “That's great! I've got a couple of kilos to lose and then I’ll sign up.”
Happily, I managed to persuade Michelle that fitness levels and body weight have nothing to do with being able to practice yoga and she started enjoying the benefits of yoga straight away. Michelle is not alone in thinking that yoga is only for fit, slim, bendy people – that’s certainly how it often appears in the media. One of the problems with media images of super flexible yogis doing advanced poses is that many people think “I’ll try yoga when I’m thinner/fitter” or even worse, “yoga’s not for me”.