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Teaching My First Yoga Workshop

It’s pretty crazy to think how just a year ago I was still in Yoga Teacher Training.  The idea of me standing in a yoga studio leading a group of people through a full 60 minute sequence was still a blurry image in my mind.

Fast forward one year and I am teaching two classes a week at a sweet little studio, have led a group of high school football players through an entire season of yoga classes, and now have even taught my very own workshop!

The idea of teaching a workshop was a little scary to me.  How can I educate a group of people on something that I still have SO much to learn about (yes, even after yoga teacher training, there is a LOT to learn).  But the owner of the studio I teach at told me to just think about what I love and how I can be of service to others.  I narrowed it down to combining yoga and running.  Although I am no marathoner running has always been one of my chosen ways to exercise.  So I decided I would teach a Yoga for Runners workshop.

How is a workshop different than just a regular yoga class?

A yoga workshop typically focuses on one aspect of yoga and breaks it down.  It might be focused on certain yoga poses (inversions, twists, etc), or in my case, certain activities and how yoga can compliment those activities. There should be more information given at a workshop than you would hear in a regular class.  More explanation as to why we are practicing these certain poses and their benefits. Sometimes supplementary information is given to take home as well.

How did I prepare for my workshop?

I took what I know from my own practice of yoga and running and also did some additional research online.  I researched some statistics on running, what the activity does to and for our bodies, and how yoga can help relieve some of the strains associated with such a repetitive exercise. I planned out the sequence and jotted down specific information I knew I wanted to share.

How did I promote my workshop?

The studio did a lot of promoting to our existing students.  Both the studio and I promoted the workshop on Facebook with some images like this one.  I definitely have opportunity in simply just getting the word out to more people.

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What Is Yoga?

Why hello there!  It’s been a little while since my last post (confession?).  I am not going to make excuses I am just going to accept that right now I am blogging when I can find the time.  And if no one is reading that’s okay.  But if someone is, well I’m glad you’re here and I’m still excited to share with you!

I was sifting through some old emails this week and found my Final from Yoga Teacher Training.  Part of my final was to write “What is Yoga?” to me.  I always find it’s an interesting experience to read my own writing months or years later.  I’m usually taken back by the wisdom that I can find in my own words when I read them after the fact.  Typically as I’m writing there is always a little voice in my head saying ‘this stinks.’ Maybe that’s a deeper conversation for a different post!

After reading my ‘What is Yoga?‘ piece almost a year later, I knew I wanted to share it.  It’s funny, it hasn’t changed all that much for me.  What brought me to yoga, kept me coming back, and ultimately led me to become a yoga teacher is still all the same. Here’s what I mean:

What is Yoga?

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When I first rolled out my yoga mat three years ago it was out of the desire to try something new and add dimension to my exercise routine. After that first 90 minutes my curiosity was awakened. I knew I had to explore this practice more. Continue reading

I Completed Yoga Teacher Training…Now What?

I officially received my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificate this week! It’s funny, I’ve been teaching pretty regularly for a couple of months now but for some reason getting this piece of paper signed by Mitchel and Tracy was so exciting!

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Every step on the journey to becoming a yoga teacher is invigorating, enlightening, and of course a little scary. I think for me, after finishing up our last weekend of teacher training, was when the nerves set in.  It all becomes a little more real.

You might start to question yourself…“Can I actually teach yoga?” “Who will I teach?” “Where will I teach?” “Will I make enough money teaching yoga?” “What if I’m a bad teacher?”

Well I’m here to tell you that you can teach yoga! You will find people to teach somewhere.  You will make some money and you will be awesome.  Continue reading

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