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How Important is Yoga Alliance for Teachers?

After twenty years in the yoga community, I can tell you one unequivocal truth regarding Yoga Alliance. They’re not as important as potential and new teachers believe them to be. I’ve been involved with the Yoga Alliance since 2002 both as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Registered Yoga School (RYS). But honestly I…

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The number one fear holding you back

I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga for a long-a$$ time–like 20 years–and I get this question at least once a week. More if I’m getting close to a new session of teacher training. {Clears throat}….Please allow me to ascend to my soapbox for the duration of this blog. Whether I’m talking to a person who…

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What Michael Phelps Can Teach You About Teaching

Undeniably Michael Phelps is probably the greatest and most well-known professional swimmer of our time. In 2012 summer Michael took the record for most medals in an Olympic career. He competed again in 2016 and added to his stash of gold medals. So you might be reading this thinking I’m going to brag about how…

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Get to Know Your Yoga Lingo

If you’re just starting out in the world of yoga, you’re most likely encountering certain words and phrases that are unfamiliar or completely foreign. Allow me to be the ambassador to your new world, and offer you a Yoga-to-English dictionary to help you better understand the yoga lingo. It’s helpful to understand that many of…

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10 Places to Start Teaching Yoga

This, by far, is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients who are talking to me about starting teacher training or who are already in teacher training with me. Where can I go to teach yoga? How can I find a place or a space to teach yoga? And what I…

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5 Stages of Yoga Teacher Training

Congratulations! You’ve officially enrolled in yoga teacher training. You did your research, paid your tuition and bought your books. Woo-hoo! As you’re prepping for your first training class, I want to share the five emotional stages you’re likely to experience as you go through training. Stage 1 | Nervous Excitement Occurs pre-training and throughout first…

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10 Qualities of a Yoga Teacher

Have you ever been on a job interview where they asked you to list three qualities that make you the ideal candidate for the position? I HATED that question, and usually I pulled something random from my tush, depending on the job and person interviewing me. Thank goodness (and knock on wood) I don’t have…

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3 steps to unlocking more energy

Your outer environment, like your home or work space, is a direct reflection of the inner workings of your mind. And because there’s a mind connection that means there’s a yoga for it. I call it the Yoga of Decluttering, and this simple process can free up more energy for you. Yoga of Decluttering is…

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8 Non-Yoga Yoga Books

Transformative. Life-changing. Big adjectives to live up to. Having personally read all the books on the list, and recommended them to countless others who have all come back to say, “that book changed my life,” I feel confident in making the claim. You won’t find YOGA in the title of any of the books, but…

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How to Practice Yoga Off the Mat

Practicing yoga ON the mat is a pretty easy feat to imagine. That’s the breathing, postures and relaxation you do when you unroll your mat in a class at a studio (or at home). But so often you hear the phrase in yoga circles about practicing yoga OFF the mat. Is this some new way…

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