It is not helpful to judge whether someone is a better or worse Yoga teacher than you. Usually, you’d get it wrong, and that doesn’t help the process of improvement. Assume that others are the same as you, connect with them, then something interesting happens: you begin to grow, without judgement. It is very important […]
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 […]
It is as if I don’t really know how to teach my Yoga class, until I get in front of the Yoga students. At that moment, I discover my job. Thinking about the craft of teaching, reading about teaching, participating in teacher training activities, and “practicing” teaching are just the preparation for the discovery. In […]
Here’s a direct link to ‘The Game Changers’ training, which I mentioned in the video: http://www.hotyogaphuket.com/game-changers/
When I go into the Yoga room to teach a class, I leave the outside world outside. I need all of myself here. I don’t need my father. I don’t need my mother. I don’t need my wife. I don’t need my child. I don’t care what happens in my bank account. I don’t care […]
I will tell you a secret: No Yoga teacher is a success unless they can feel inside themselves that they are good. No money can buy this. No student testimonial can give you this. That confidence that you are good you must establish inside yourself. And when you have it, you will not need to […]
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.
Hot Yoga dialogue AKA script AKA memorize 4,000-10,000 words to teach a 90 minute class? Many people are asking me, if this is a good method of teaching, should they take a training based on dialogue, and why am I against script-based way of teaching. Let me give you some food for thought. Firstly, I […]
As a professional Yoga teacher, in public-yoga-studio-situations, there are 3 things I avoid: Offering medical advice. Discussing politics. Discussing religion.
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. […]
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 […]
Please completely ignore any advice which mentions “looking at a distant object” or avoiding direct eye contact with your Students. Anyone offering that kind of coaching to Yoga teachers… simply hasn’t got a clue what they are talking about! When it comes to speaking to people, in public situations, whether in a yoga class, workshop, […]
If I am willing and able to use silence effectively, I’ve got myself a powerful teaching tool for my public Hot Yoga classes! (You can learn and practice more teaching tools like this in my next training.) It is unfortunate that most Hot Yoga teachers fear silence. Here are a couple of pointers to empower […]
(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 […]
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.
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. […]
I don’t do yoga to become good at yoga. I do yoga to be more awake in life.
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 […]
An intense and stimulating workout should be done in the morning. Anytime between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm would be best! Since any vigorous exercise raises cortisol levels, I am starting to put a big question mark on the subject of exercising in the evening as being healthy in the long term. Even more so […]
Anyone going through a hard time, but they are nevertheless able to keep things in a broader perspective? “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.”
For Yoga teachers and studio owners Are you thinking about getting started with Yoga workshops, retreats or teacher training? Not much money is to be made from daily classes, you probably realize that by now. I understood this back in 2006 and even though I opened my own yoga studio, I also created the Hot Yoga Evolution. Certainly, […]
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For me, teaching Yoga has been a very meaningful career. It allows me to make a good living, contribute something to the well-being of others, and also, importantly, to make new friends from across the world. 2013 has been a wonderful year: the first time I traveled to teach in China. In Beijing, the YIHE […]