A lot of weird things have happened to me while teaching. Once, I went through the entire class only to come down to the seated sequence and notice that my pants were on inside out. Another time, I had paused my music so I could demo something very important (I am so one of those people who turns down the music in order to better focus on where I'm going when I'm driving, haha) and when I pressed play again, it somehow changed my ambient beat music to blasting Puff Daddy circa 2006. In the middle of Morocco, by the way.
I got back from Costa Rica late last night - what a long travel day, culminating in the discovery that my bag didn't make it home. :( It's somewhere in Miami which is a real bummer because I need to fly back to Miami later this week and really have to do the laundry that's in that bag. Ah well. We had such a great week in Costa Rica, though, and I'm excited to share photos and stories from the trip later this week.
Today I wanted to chat about a few ways I've used to help me become a more confident yoga instructor. I remember when I first started teaching and I would prep for a one hour class for days in advance. I'd write down quotes I wanted to read and sketch out sequences, and practice my welcome speech. It is sort of sweet, looking back on it, but I was also filled with anxiety. I wanted to deliver great classes, yet I was just so nervous that my planning wouldn't translate or that I'd be finished with my sequence and still have 20 minutes left to kill. To ease my anxieties, I did the following things over and over again. These have served me well and hope they'll help someone out there, too.
A few weeks ago I shared an experience I had at a local yoga studio here, where a (new) teacher was ninja adjusting me. You know, where they come up outta no where and are super aggressive about the adjustments, so I wanted to share my tips for adjustments if you're a teacher, or a student wanting to know what a good adjustment feels like. Feel free to leave your tips below in the comments!
PSA: Our Costa Rica yoga retreat is happening in November! I'd love for you to join us! And, we're down to our last few YBC Holiday Mantra Boxes - our awesome discovery box - so order now if you'd like one! Lastly, if you have the YBC App and take a min to review it, send a screenshot of your review to Lauren and we'll send you a little something in thanks.
A few months ago I was in Greece for two yoga retreats. We had a larger group for the first week and I had planned a delicious yin class that heavily relied on each person having two cork yoga blocks, and two yoga bolsters. I went into the room to prep and realized at the last second that I didn't have enough props! I was panicking because yin was such an integral part of the yoga program and we really couldn't do the sequence without the props.
I know so many people who are signed up to head out to yoga teacher training that I thought I'd put together a list of things I brought to my teacher training and a few that I wish I had brought. There are a bunch of different types of teacher trainings. You could do longer program which generally lasts about a year and you'll meet nearly every weekend at a local studio. The other option is to do a more intensive program. These usually last around six weeks with maybe one day off per week.
I did the latter in Thailand and it was a pretty incredible experience. It was definitely one of the most challenging things I ever did, but it was also one of the best. If you're taking off for an intensive program, here are some packing tips:
Yoga Teacher Talk is a new series on YBC for current, prospective yoga teachers. Over on the Yoga Forum, we've been getting some questions about teaching private yoga sessions, so I thought I'd share my advice and experiences here.
Yoga Teacher Talk is a series for current or prospective yoga teachers. We also have a dedicated space on the Yoga Forum where you can discuss and share ideas. Come join!
The other day I received the following message from a YBC reader and fellow yoga teacher: I would love to hear what your take is on students who simply drop from all classes, and never return again. I understand that "life happens" but I am wondering if there is some advice you have on how to handle this. I dream of opening my own studio one day. I currently teach in a gym as a subcontractor, so I am responsible for everything --advertising, bookkeeping, planning & have a full-time "day" job, too. When attendance drops, I start to worry first about the students' well-being, but secondly, that my teaching is not effective or that I will not be able to make a living teaching/running a studio full-time.
Yoga Teacher Talk is a series written with the new, current or prospective yoga teacher in mind. Over on the yoga forum, we have a dedicated space for people to write in and ask questions or share stories about all things related to teaching yoga. Hope you'll join in!
I've been receiving a number of emails about blogging and teaching yoga, and the other day I received the following from a yoga teacher in Seattle, WA. She wrote: