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You may have noticed I haven't written any blog posts recently. There is a good reason for that: I've been writing a book. For the last several years,...

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November 4, 2016

I did not learn to teach from love by coming through the front door. I wasn’t an enlightened soul looking for a yoga practice; I was beat up and a bit beat down when I arrived. I struggled through so many classes just wanting to give up. I knew I was being judged—I knew because I was the one doing it—knowing I couldn’t do what everyone else was doing, mired down in my own fears and frustrations. The struggle to move my body changed not only my body but also my mind.

I went to Teacher Training one year into my practice with all the fear and self-doubt most students arrive with—and brought them home with me again. My early classes as a teacher were not wonderful. I...

August 21, 2016

You may have noticed I haven't written any blog posts recently. There is a good reason for that: I've been writing a book. For the last several years, I have been working on The Toolbox and I am so proud to announce that the book is completed, published, and available on Amazon.

Over the last decade I have mentored hundreds of Bikram Yoga teachers and answered thousands of their teaching questions. This book was inspired by all of those questions and the teachers who asked them. My hope is that now teachers around the world will have access to the information that was previously only available by coming and staying in my house.

In the...

October 28, 2015

I love Dialogue. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Dialogue class. I love the way the Dialogue works with the body and the class as a whole.

 

I came from studios using strong Dialogue so when I went to training this was the focus of teaching. After teacher training, my Dialogue remained my constant companion. I took it everywhere. Studied in line at the grocery store, or at night before bed.

 

I got great feedback from my mentors and littermates on improving my Dialogue--it is the foundation of my class. I use it to learn to make corrections and to understand the body better.

 

For years and years I worked on it. I used it to mentor teachers. I was constantly go...

October 15, 2015

When a student trusts you as a teacher, they will follow you anywhere.

How do we build trusting relationships with our students? By being cooperative, confident, and consistent. 


When all the teachers are teaching the same way, it creates a strong trust in the community of teachers. When teachers are using different directions and styles for teaching, very often the students don't know who to trust. When a student doesn't know who to trust, THEY DON'T TRUST ANYONE. 

 

I've seen this happen with visiting teachers. The teachers may be teaching something inconsistently or even improperly which confuses students. They lose trust in the...

August 12, 2015

After teaching a while you may wonder where do I go from here? What are my resources? How can I continue to grow as a Bikram Yoga teacher? When you start to really understand what you are teaching you will be more confident on the podium, students will trust you and come to you with questions and concerns. When they do, you want to have places you can go to get the answers.

 

The first place to look, always, is in the Dialogue, or as I like to call it: the $10,000 book. You paid a lot of money for that resource and it’s worth every penny once you learn how to use it. You may have read it and memorized some of it, but once you have been teaching a while you can star...

June 17, 2015

Congratulations to the new group of teachers graduating from teacher training. Welcome to the team. This is a great job, journey, lifestyle. Here is some advice to help you on your way!

The first step of training was to memorize the words, the Dialogue. This is the goal of your teacher training posture clinics, to learn the words and deliver them. While you had nine weeks to memorize the Dialogue (first set, first side), this is just the beginning—the first step that sets up all the other steps. You memorized the words. This will allow you to teach those first classes—you will have the basic directions for everyone to get in and get out of the postures. This will...

April 10, 2015

What are you afraid will happen if a student leaves the room?

What are you afraid will happen if a student sits down?

What are you afraid will happen if they drink water during a posture?

What are you afraid will happen if they drink water in the first 3 postures?

What are you afraid will happen if a new person practices in the front row?

What are you afraid will happen if a student lays down during the standing series?

What are you afraid will happen if you stop teaching from fear?

 

What if you just loved them enough to let them learn to take care of themselves?

What if you love them enough to let them make mistakes and learn from them?

What would happen if you love them...

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