Are you new to teaching yoga or looking to make the leap from hobby to career? Depending where you are in your teaching pursuits, you might be focusing more on the physicality of the class - cueing efficiently, understanding postures and alignment better, how to give hands-on assists, or just where to place yourself in the room. You might be ready to add in more cerebral layers by weaving in deeper and more contemplative theming and intricate sequencing patterns. Maybe you want to dive more into the energetics of yoga, teach private lessons, or create workshops. Regardless of experience, if you’re trying to take your teaching to the next level and need a little guidance and reassurance, then you’ve come to the right place.
Even though I haven’t been teaching for that long by seasoned yoga teacher standards, I’ve managed to log nearly 4,200 teaching hours in less than 6 years, while making a very comfortable living. Nearly 2,000 of those hours have been from leading teacher trainings and continuing education courses. I’ve taught at 4 different studios, with multiple locations, and was a part of opening 3 of them, having to build classes from the ground up. I’ve taught heated and unheated classes, brand new yogis to seasoned practitioners, people with injuries and disabilities, in styles ranging from restorative to power vinyasa classes. I’ve created specialty classes and workshops that are entirely unique to my interests, trainings, and skill sets, and have had the highest attendance and student retention at each studio I’ve been at.
So what does this all mean for you? Wanting to teach yoga and actually teaching successful yoga classes to make a living are very different things. It doesn’t matter how bendy you are or how long you can stand on your hands. At the end of the day, can you connect with your students? Will they come back to your class? Do they walk out of the room feeling good, feeling a little more whole than they went in? Especially when every student, teacher, studio, and community is different this can seem like an impossible task, especially when you have bills to pay.
In my experience, being a successful yoga teacher has nothing to do with being able to wrap your legs around your head, reciting inspirational quotes, eating vegan, and pretending you are perfect and have everything figured out. In order to be a successful teacher you have to connect with your students - and I don’t mean ask them how their day was and find out how many dogs they have. You connect with them by truly seeing them because you allow yourself to be seen - your humanness and your flaws. We live in a world that is constantly telling us how we should live our lives and what success should look like. So as a teacher to be able to hold space for someone to realize they are perfect and worthy exactly as they are (even if they can’t touch their toes), is one of the most powerful gifts you can share.
Well that all sounds great in theory, but how the hell am I supposed to do that while cueing them through a sun salutation, you ask? There is no set recipe, as every teacher’s path will look very different. However, I have watched many a teacher come and go, and I know right away whether a teacher will succeed and have a lasting career (should they choose to), or will weed themselves out. Together we will evaluate your teaching goals and decipher what is working and what isn’t, to find the most authentic version of you and how to best share it. Resulting in a happier and more confident you to guide your students to a blissful savasana. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you might have and I look forward to working with you! :)
Education & Focused Areas of Study:
Yax Yoga Concepts, 200hr YTT
Yoga Medicine, 500hr YTT
Yin & Meditation
Nervous System & Restorative Yoga
Spine - Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application
Shoulder - Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application
Hot Asana Yoga University, 500hr YTT
Hips - Standing & Seated Postures
Spine & Chakras
credentials & accolades:
E-ryt 200, ryt 500, yacep
over 4,000 teaching hours logged
Lululemon Legacy AMbassador
Featured yogi in why we breathe documentary
featured in ORIGIN Magazine “women who eat impossible for breakfast”
Trainings and Modules Taught:
Hot Asana Yoga University 200hr, 500hr YTT
200hr Hot Vinyasa YTT
Reiki Level 1
Workshops & Continuing Education with:
Chris & John Yax
Paige Held & Kelly Green