March 28, 2014

5 Things You Need To Be A Successful Yoga Teacher.

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Teaching yoga is such a privilege.

Little did I know 20 years ago that it would have become a career path for me, and a way of sharing so much love, healing and community with thousands of people.

This video series is dedicated to those just starting on their journey of teaching yoga. I hope it is beneficial and supportive.

Find more videos in the series here, or just stay tuned and I’ll share them with the elephant parade!


Here is the summary. We will go in-depth into each of these five elements in the videos that follow!

Stay tuned…

#1: Love Yoga.

You must have a deep personal experience of yoga that inspires you to want to share with others. So, yeah—several years of practicing consistently and experiencing some actual transformation are a must! Your 200-hour training is just the icing on that cake, and just the beginning of another layer in your ongoing journey.

#2: Good Training.

You have to learn technique, anatomy and alignment, so as to teach safely and competently. No one approach has all the answers. Keep learning as much as you can, so you have the tools to support and honor as many different body types, injuries and healing dynamics as possible!

#3: Get Comfortable Being In Front of People.

Learn how to overcome self-consciousness, being nervous or shy. Authentic confidence inspires trust and enthusiasm.

#4: Learn How To Hold Space for Inner Work.

Yoga is more than a physical exercise regime—it is about mind-body awareness, inner work and personal growth. Own it and take responsibility for holding sacred space! This is less about any particular belief system, and more about your own journey of learning resilience, self-love and a humble relationship to your own shadow material. The more that happens the more others will let go, open up and transform in your presence.

#5: Identify Your Personal Gifts & Voice.

You will succeed as a teacher when you embrace who you are and share it authentically with the people who resonate with your gifts! What kind of a teacher are you?


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Editor: Catherine Monkman

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