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 (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 […]
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 (and teaching, […]
For new, just-graduated Yoga teachers, or for those who have been teaching for a while, but somehow still end up being a bit nervous about the job – here are a few words that will help solve a common problem. In daily life, when we find ourselves in a difficult situation mentally or emotionally, or […]
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 […]
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. 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 […]
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.