Yoga teacher’s communication: words, tonality, physiology

Did you know that the words you speak only account for about 7 percent of a successful communication? The tonality of your voice (the tones you make aside from words) account for 38 percent. Many people spend a lot of time worrying about what they’re going to say, whereas they probably would be better off […]

Happy – grateful

When you speak to someone, the very first thing you want them to feel is that you are happy, especially if that person has never met you before. Exude happiness, then they will think, “Why is that person so happy? And “I wish I was happy”. Then they will give you their attention, and you […]

Yoga teacher: the voice fills the room

Do you teach group Yoga classes in a studio, gym, or another public space? Stop aiming your voice at the students in class. Aim to fill the whole space of the room. This way, your students will not only hear you, but also feel you. Your voice must resonate all around… You will come across more confident, stronger and […]

Sustainable

The Hot Yoga Evolution is designed to be a sustainable practice! This enables cultivation and its effect: the self-transformation of the Practitioner. If the practice is not sustainable, bad things happen: injuries, burn out, the practice is given up. For me, there are 2 main points that create “sustain-ability” in hatha yoga. The practice (and teaching, […]

Improve your way with language

Thom Yorke, the frontman from mega-band Radiohead, was asked what he thought his biggest strength was. He answered: “That I don’t know what I am doing.” That may work very well for a rockstar artist… For a Yoga teacher, that’s perhaps not the most beneficial attitude. Here are a few useful way of improving your way […]

Stretching

People often make a mistake of stretching the muscles that don’t need stretching, and not stretching the muscles that need it. If we are stretching in a good form, and we do not feel any tightness, that muscle doesn’t need that particular stretch.

For hot yoga teachers, a direct question

Do you honestly care about your students’ well-being, or are you just massaging your ego? The answer to this question is essential for further teaching development. If you’re interested in your Students’ satisfaction, your learning will continue, and your classes will thrive – you yourself will feel more and more satisfied the longer you teach. […]

Warm Vinyasa Teacher Training, 50 hours, Phuket, Thailand

7 days in August, 2014 This amazing training will leave you inspired and up to something big! You will learn to teach a set-sequence Warm Vinyasa class, which combines the traditional Hot Yoga exercises into a flowing, challenging format. Who is this program for? Yoga practitioners Yoga teachers Yoga studio owners This program is for […]

Yoga Teachers: eye contact

Please completely ignore any advice which mentions “looking at a distant object” or avoiding direct eye contact with your Students. When it comes to speaking to people, in public situations, whether in a yoga class, workshop, teacher training, a seminar, or simply a conversation with friends over lunch, a good eye contact signals that the […]

Hot Yoga, Teacher Projection

(Some of my secrets) When teaching class, I like to challenge the experienced students’ assumptions. This makes them more attentive and sharpens them. I use humor to connect through a shared laugh. I have a soft, supportive approach toward beginners. To project (express) myself better, I want to look “right”. Spine straight, and I always […]

Standing

Feet straight. Spine straight. Belly muscles tight. Head neutral. Shoulders down and back. Are you the guy or girl standing rounded, slouching, sinking into a hip, arms folded, feet pointing out, etcetera? (It’s just not sexy.) Standing correctly is a yogic exercise in and of itself.

You are an incredibly good teacher

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING “You did an amazing job. Brilliant, you nailed it. I thought you were fabulous. This was the best yoga class I took, ever. You are an incredibly good teacher.” Is that feedback? That’s not feedback. That’s applause. Nothing wrong with applause, you can always get applause from teaching yoga to your mother. […]

2014: Yoga, health and spiritual fitness?

A letter to my dear Yoga Students: Let’s notice within each of us a light of conscious awareness. We may call it the spirit, soul, divine spark, the super-ego. Yogis believe that the healthier we are living in the spiritual dimension, the more in contact we feel with our intuition and wisdom, the more ‘spiritual […]