1. If we are not able to offer modifications for beginners, while keeping the flow of the class – we’re not ready to teach yet! We need more training to improve our “ability”. 2. If we are teaching a multilevel Yoga class, a some “stiff” beginner cannot do the postures through applying modifications, we are teaching […]
My level II Yoga teacher training called “The Game Changers” is coming up in two weeks. This will be the fourth time I run this one-week program. The content of the curriculum is customized to the needs of the Participants, as this is a continued education program. In the past trainings, one of the […]
From my office wall, since my work is about making a CHANGE, making a difference… Hot Yoga needs an upgrade. My Hot Yoga is the Hot Yoga 2.0 =)
Yoga teacher trainings these days are not good enough…
Wouldn’t you agree that my ability to teach a Yoga class could be technically powerful, charismatic, and inspired – and it would be good for nothing, if my yoga clothes smelled and I were attacking my students with a bad breath??? Once, someone told me that they took a weekend intensive, a special event, with one […]
I often hear a piece of advice, commonly given to Yoga teachers: be authentic! This is perhaps a very good advice, I would just like to investigate it more closely. At first glance, I may have a problem here: what if the Yoga teacher is a “clumsy” person? Or what if the teacher speaks in a […]
A yoga instructor teaches a sequence of yoga postures. A yoga teacher teaches yoga. What is the difference between the yoga sequence and yoga? That’s the part that the teacher has got figured out… Have you?If someone is teaching a yoga class from A to Z, and they are ONLY delivering instructions (spine, pelvis, ankle, […]
There are 2 grand ways of DRAMATICALLY improving your ability to teach public Yoga classes: 1. Stop doing “bad things” in your teaching. 2. Make the “good things” you do even better. (I recommend to stick to that order: cut out some shit, then improve some other shit.) “Bad things” yoga teachers do? Some random […]
If you think that someone teaches a better Yoga class than you, their class is far, far better. If you think that you are both about the same, their class is distinctly better than yours. If you feel that their Yoga class is inferior, then your classes are actually the same standard.
We have an amazing capacity for putting ourselves into other people’s shoes. As yoga teachers, let’s use it as often as possible.
Did you know that the words you speak only account for about 7 percent of a successful communication? The tonality of your voice (how you sound aside from words) accounts 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 trying […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 must […]
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 […]
‘The Game Changers’ training
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 am not AGAINST dialogue. I am FOR speaking […]
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. […]