Finding Balance in Yoga/Work/Life/Study/Practice

In a recent group coaching session with yoga teachers and teachers-in-training we talked about the work/study/life/practice balance for yoga teachers, establishing boundaries, and the art of saying no. You can listen to my intro to that discussion here: [s3audio s3url="Work Life Yoga Balance.mp3" /] Or... Be..read more

Cues to Retire: Yoga Teaching Skills, Strategies and Philosophy

Listen in or read my intro notes from a recent group yoga coaching session for yoga teachers where we explore cues and alignment ideas to consider retiring
  Download and listen on the go: [s3file s3url="Cues to Retire 25 min May 25 2022.mp3" ]Download Cues to Retire Podcast[/s3file] ..read more

Responding to Tricky Yoga Student Situations

Responding to tricky student situations as a yoga teacher can be challenging. We can often feel unprepared or lack resources to deal with conflicts in class or challenges in student management. It’s useful to consider your guidelines, boundaries, and how you will respond wi..read more

How Do I Choose a Theme for a Yoga Class?

I received this question by DM the other day, and I'll hope to answer, but this is a huge question with different answers for each unique teacher! However,  I will try to share a few brief notes below to give you some ideas to start with: There are a wide variety of ideas and strategies for theming your classes that wil..read more

Facing Our Fears

What if someone walks out of your yoga class?
  We talked about this the other day briefly in our YTT group coaching session, and I thought I’d share a few notes from that discussion. For yoga teachers, or any teachers I suppose, the fear of people walking out can be a source of anxiety before it even happens (it might never hap..read more

Past Present and Future – Life as a Yoga Business Owner
  It’s been a tough week to stay present and not spiral into despair.  There is a lot going on in the world that is hard to sit with. So, I did what I always do when I need to be talked down from catastrophizing, I called my mom. She knows me well and knows that I often need reminding to try to ta..read more

Ever Wondered What We Talk About in Yoga Teacher Training?

I’m in the midst of a yoga teacher training right now, and thought I’d share a few of the helpful teaching strategies and mantras we’ve talked about.  Scroll down for a few of the conversations we've had recently, including:

Worrying about what other people think of you is a faucet you can turn off anytime.

This comes from a conversation I had with a teacher trainee this week in relation to two of the Yamas (guidelines for social conduct), Brahmacharya and Asteya (energy management, non-stealing). In discussing this, I noticed that I had a LOT of thoughts. Part of my strong response is..read more

Winter Solstice Greetings

Rest - Reflection - Gratitude Today is the winter solstice, a changing of the seasons, and here in the north this is the time that we move into a rest period. Traditionally this is a time for learning, storytelling, and reflection. The longer nights and colder temperatures guide us to spend a bit more time indoors, and I’ll be making ..read more

4 Virtues for Mental Peace

One of the philosophies that we learn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the 4 virtues. The teaching is that we can find mental peace and serenity through these four practices:
Yoga Sutras 1:33
The mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated: 1. Maitri: Friendliness toward the joyful 2. Karun..read more

I just have to get this off my chest. This is for any yoga teachers or teachers in training who are feeling like they aren’t good enough, or don’t know enough, or don’t have a ‘yoga body’ (whatever the heck that is), or aren’t spiritual enough, or won’t be as fluent with their cues, or can’t demonstrate the fancy asanas, or, in general, feel like an imposter...read more

It’s Got to Ebb If It’s Going to Flow

I heard this adage the other day, and it came on a day when I really needed it.  Being in lockdown for so long has been tough.  And for me it comes on the heels of a few really challenging years of injury, loss, and a big move across the world.  So, it should have been obvious to me that my creative energy would be in a bit..read more