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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Amie Meleshkewich

What type of yoga do you teach?

Power Vinyasa Flow

Which studio/s?

Flow to Fit Yoga, Southbury CT

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the Flow to Fit Studio, Southbury CT

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s like my second home. I feel very safe and comfortable there.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My mother has recently been diagnosed with cancer. My yoga practice has helped me deal with the stress of being the primary caregiver and to better handle this roller coaster ride of ups and downs with out losing my center. Practicing staying positive and present at all times has been a saving grace for me and for my mom.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

I’d sleep outside and star gaze with my family. We’d talk and laugh about all the fun things we’ve done and places we’ve been until the sun came up.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

It was a free class to the public at the end of my 200hr YTT course. I was a nervous mess but I pulled it off!

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate (dark)

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Grasshopper

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Stressed out people. I know yoga can help them feel better, be less stressed and therefore be better people. Better people make the world a better!

My favorite quote “yoga starts at the heart, spreads through your body, then to your family and friends and then to the whole world” – Mark Whitwell

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would like to teach yoga everywhere! I love to travel, my dream is to teach workshops all over the world someday.

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

I don’t really get embarrassed. I’ve made tons of mistakes teaching but I usually just laugh at myself, I don’t take any of it too seriously!

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

I tell everyone they should practice yoga. There is not a single person in the world that doesn’t stand to gain something from yoga. Not one.

What music are you jamming to right now?

EDM. Always. Not for my yoga classes though!

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Leading my first 200RYT training this year and watching my students teach their first classes to the public. They all did incredible and I was so proud of them!

Where else can we find you?

Facebook – Flow To Fit Yoga
IG – @flow_to_fit_yoga
YouTube – Flow To Fit Yoga


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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 93 – Nikki Krause Shares Her Cue Formula For Yoga Teachers

Nikki and I get into cues for teachers and how to use them effectively. We talk subtle cues, deepening cues and how you can be a great instructor without even moving your body. I probably drink too much coffee to do that now but hey maybe give it try in your next class! Nikki puts in a ton of time and effort into learning and growing as a teacher and am sure you'll get some nuggets for you to use in your yoga classes.

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Meet Paulina Plascencia, Kula Yoga Teacher And Hibiscus Taco Lover!

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Kula Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The students, the instructors, the space. You can feel the good vibes when you walk in the door. The space feels welcoming, everyone is friendly. We are like family.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

It’s usually with the reverse camera on my iPhone on video mode, lol. I practice yoga off the mat on the daily, I work in the medical field and patients can be- not very patient. They should be called ‘impatient’-just saying. 
However, because I practice yoga I have learned to be mindful and compassionate. I learned to flip the negative to a positive and it works most of the time. I practice the mantra “think kind thoughts of yourself, and of others. Speak kind words of yourself and to others & have kind actions towards yourself and onto others”.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

I don’t spend enough time with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) as I should. I think if the world ended tomorrow I would have a family reunion and spend my last night with them, reminicing on old times, sharing good laughs, tears and love.

What was your first experience with yoga?

Definitely NOT what I was expecting. Previously to trying yoga for the first time I was an avid gym goer. I was always at the gym 2-3 hours a day, sometimes. I enjoyed lifting weights, doing cycle classes, turbo kick, HIIT. I did it all! When I went to my first yoga class, I was so shocked that I couldn’t touch my toes, I couldn’t lower and hold my body weight in what is called a chaturanga, without flaring my elbows. I most definitely could not sit my hips to my heels in a “resting pose” called child’s pose. I believe I got a 10 day pass- I only went 2-3 times then I came to the conclusion that yoga was not for me. I went back to the gym, back to my comfort zone. Back to where I was great at everything I signed up to do. Fast forward a year later I went back to this yoga studio and I fell in love with Yoga! I couldn’t stop, I learned so much about myself. I even learned- that looking back to when I first went to yoga, my ego was the one that stopped me from wanting to return. My ego didn’t like the feeling of not being good at yoga. It was difficult to see how everyone else around me moved majestically on their yoga mats and I couldn’t even touch my toes. I have now been practicing yoga for 3 years, going on 4 in October and I love it. I am a yoga instructor, but most importantly I will forever be a yoga student.

What is your favorite food?

Jackfruit Birria Tamales & Hibiscus Tacos & COFFEE!!!

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Kasyapasana Lotus plank! this pose is so awsome! I think it’s my favorite pose.

If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Oh man, the Himalayas in India.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

I would ask them what is it exactly that is stopping you? Most people respond that they don’t do yoga because they are not flexible. If this is your reason: You are not going to gain flexibility by not coming to yoga. Did you know that you stop aging when you start yoga? It’s true. You gain mobility in muscles, tendons, ligaments that we usually don’t move. You gain strength, balance and you so much about your self. What do you have to lose? If money is an issue Kula Yoga has a great deal for new students: 2 weeks of yoga for $20.00. If you walk by the yoga studio and grab a flyer you get $5.00 off making that 2 weeks of yoga for $15.00. It cant get any better than that! oh wait yes it can; Yogi-Tones & I teach there.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Ituana– You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Where else can we find you?

IG @_pow__pow_
Facebook
yoga alliance
FiitZ

Anything else you would like to add?

I currently teach at Kula Yoga on Wednesday #PauHour at 7:00pm. 
Yoga is not a competition otherwise, we would be in the Olympics. 
Yoga is a self practice, practice not perfect!

Andrew Belinsky Presents Chakra Metamorphosis

Andrew Belinsky  has put together a 4-Month Online Group Program to learn simple and powerful practices for more self awareness and joy. My kind of program if you ask me!! Andrew has been on the show before and let me tell you this guys has the goods. Learn directly from him and deepen your understanding of the Chakra system.

Do you want to feel more happiness, creativity and vitality in your daily experience?

Are you feeling disconnected from your purpose, your passion or other people?

Do you feel stuck in old habits, patterns and addictions?

Are you ready to transform your body, mind and energy with a consistent daily practice?

If you responded “yes” to any of these questions,

YOU ARE BEING CALLED!

  • Learn the code of the human energy system and the elements that support to it

  • Transform your understanding of your own mind and body with daily movement, breath and meditation techniques

  • Kick start your daily practice with this totally adaptable yoga framework

  • Feel more joy, purpose and vitality in your daily life!

Learn more by going HERE or APPLY now if you are ready to dive in and breathe new life into your daily experience with a structured and consistent group program.

Here is a video Andrew did about the Chakra Metamorphosis program.

Special thanks to Andrew for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Michelle Fondin – Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy: Exploring Your 7 Energy Centers with Mindfulness, Yoga, and Ayurveda

Michelle Fondin has a new book out and we chat about it on the podcast! If learning about the Chakra system and how it can work for your body interest you then listen in and enjoy your day!

Positioned along the spinal axis, from the tailbone to the crown of the head, the seven main energy centers of the body are called chakras. Author Michelle Fondin explores and explains each one in the seven chapters of this book, demystifying their role in facilitating healing, balance, personal power, and everyday well-being. She offers meditations and visualizations, yoga postures, breathing exercises, and Ayurvedic dietary practices to learn about and work with the chakras. You may choose to follow the healing practices for seven days, devoting one day to each chakra; for seven weeks, focusing on each chakra for a week at a time; or at your own pace, spending as long as you need on each chakra. Whether you are experiencing an illness brought on by imbalance, feeling sluggish because of seasonal changes, or simply wishing to deepen your study of the subtle body, you will find healing and rejuvenation while discovering the power of these vibrant energy vortices, your chakras.

More about Michelle…

Author and Speaker, Michelle Fondin has written The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda: An Easy Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle (New World Library, 2015), Help! I Think My Loved One Is an Alcoholic: A Survival Guide for Lovers, Family, & Friends (2016), and the upcoming books, Enlightened Medicine: Your Power to Get Well Now (February 2018) and 7 Days to Chakra Healing (New World Library, 2018).  Michelle speaks about health, wellness, and spirituality. 

In fall 2007, Michelle began studying with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and the founder and president of the American Yoga Academy, Claire Diab at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. In May 2008, Michelle became certified in the Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program as an educator. She earned her yoga certification through the Chopra Center’s 300-hour Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training Program; which complies with the Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT guidelines. In November 2009, Michelle earned her certificate in Primordial Sound Meditation instruction and became a Chopra Center Vedic Master. Michelle is certified in CPR, AED and First Aid through the American Red Cross. Michelle holds a Barre Fitness Certification from IBBFA and is a Certified Angel Card Reader Michelle appears as a Chopra Center Featured Teacher on Deepak Chopra’s website and regularly writes for Chopra.com.


Special thanks to Michelle for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Creative Marketing To Help Your Yoga Business

Happy Mothers Day to all you beautiful mothers out there! Today I was driving to hang with family and noticed a guy doing some genius promotion. I thought it would be cool to share with all of you! Short episode of how to be creative with your marketing! Enjoy!   


To share your thoughts:

Reviewing the Financial Section From Michelle Fondin’s Book

Today is a short episode on the financial section of Michelle Fondin’s book, How to Run a Successful Yoga Business and not Go Broke, you can find on our book page. This book has a ton of great info, I break it down further for the yoga teacher and touch on ways you can save money as a yoga teacher instead of studio owner. I touch on website, logo, business license, marketing and legal stuff!

Check out Chris Scott-Dixon’s episode for more insight into legal matters.

Also check out Fiverr if you want to save on your logo.

Take a look at our resource page for more tools that can help you as a yoga teacher. Thanks for listening!


To share your thoughts:

Yogi Tones Featured Yoga Teacher – Macy Graham

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha

Which studio?

hungryoga.com and Hungryoga at Ascent Therapy Clinic

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my yoga room at home.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s comfortable and convenient.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga brings awareness to my every day off the mat. It has allowed me to eat slowly and mindfully. I’m able to take deep breaths in challenging situations. I practice cleanliness, discipline, compassion, and living in the moment in my every day life. I’m better able to protect my energy, set strong boundaries, and follow my heart in my life because of the yoga practice.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

I’d go skydiving with my husband.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I started teaching right after I received my certification in my hometown Atwood, Kansas. The local massage therapist let me teach donation based classed there for a few months. It was the perfect opportunity to jump into teaching with my training so fresh. I loved it.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Dancer

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga was the tool that pulled me out of a major depression, binge eating, and coping with alcohol. My darkness has truly became my light, and I’m so inspired to guide people along their own journey towards self-realization and creating a lifestyle they love.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Bali

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Well people fart in my classes all the time… hahaha! So I get embarrassed for them. As a teacher I remember being really embarrassed to speak my voice in teacher training.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Just do it. Give it a chance. Try different styles of yoga and see which one speaks to you. Also, find your teacher. Having a strong connection with your teacher is everything!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Izzy Bizu “White Tiger”

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Helping people out of pain. I run a wellness program out of a physical therapy clinic so most of my private yoga clients are going through rehab or transitioning out of it. Seeing them feel relief after every session is pure joy. I also love teaching online and have created the Beginner’s Yoga Online Course and the Chair Yoga Online Course on hungryoga.com. It’s been awesome connecting with people around the world, and even back in my hometown. Through my private coaching programs I help women stop binge eating by teaching them mindfulness and the practice of slowing down. It’s all such beautiful work.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me at http://www.hungryoga.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube under @hungryoga.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga is something that I take off the mat. It has allowed me to let go of things that no longer serve me. The practice of yoga is how I re-learned how to be myself, and how I stay connected to my purpose. The deeper meaning behind @hungryoga is that “hungry” and “yoga” really do share my “y” or my “WHY”. The reason why I even have this account, this brand, this movement, is to help people to stay hungry for life. I have lived the struggle of hating on my body and not trusting my decisions around food. I have been in that shitty job that doesn’t allow freedom. I have felt like the victim to the reality I was creating. I have also done a complete 180 in my life where now I absolutely LOVE food and trust myself fully around the decision to eat whatever I want. I ADORE my job as a yoga teacher, mind body eating coach, and lifestyle designer. I HAVE the freedom I always desired. My “why” runs so deep within me to help other women do and feel the way they want to feel, and live the way they want to live. @hungryoga is my dharma.


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Avatar – The Ideal Client For Your Yoga Business

A client avatar is a detailed profile of the sort of person you want to be your ideal client. When you have a client avatar in place, you will be able to:

      • Reach out to and service a niche where you are recognised as the leading expert
      • Craft your marketing message so that it appeals to a specific person as opposed to being a generic message
      • Reach out to more of the right sort of clients because the “wrong” ones will not be interested in what you have to say
      • Save money because you will not be spending money on marketing activities that don’t work for you

Creating a client avatar is easy, all you need to do is create a template based on information that will help you profile your most valued client. At the end of this post, there is a free template that helps you create your own client avatar.

If you think that you don’t need an avatar because your yoga business appeals to everyone, think again.

You can surely offer yoga to everyone, but when you get clear on the type of practitioner that you want to work with, business is easier, because you are focused on the person you want to work with most.

ALSO, you will find that these clients spread the word about your yoga business to their friends and family members. This means that you will be found on social media, drawing more people to you. When you look closely at your customers, you will find that these clients will very likely share demographics in common, they will often hold similar values and they will be motivated by similar things.

In an ideal world, yes, you could teach yoga to anyone, but wouldn’t you prefer to focus on the group that provides you with the best results and gets the best from you?

By focusing all of your attention on your core customer group, you will be able to attract the right people and give them exactly what they are looking for.

The key reason for this competitive advantage comes with the fact that you can now tailor your message exactly to the right sort of customer. Don’t you think you can benefit by:

  Using the language that your customers use and feel comfortable with

  Creating the sort of offer that your ideal customer will respond to

  Filtering out the sort of clients that you would prefer to not work with and focus on the ones you do

By creating a client avatar, you can remove much of the guess-work involved with marketing and reaching out to your audience. This saves time, it saves money and it helps you make decisions that move your yoga business in the right direction .

Get started now, download your FREE client avatar template!


 

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 92 – Sabrina Gallier from Fiitz Drops Some Science About Marketing and The Yoga Business

Sabrina Gallier breaks down the business of yoga and how much time you should be spending on sales and marketing for yoga teachers. Sabrina is the Co-founder of Fiitz – Find yoga anywhere. Teach yoga everywhere.
 
FiitZ is a community-driven platform for yogis, much like Airbnb is for travelers, with the objective to help the yoga industry reorganize as it matures further. We want to empower people to do more yoga, anywhere. Creating technology catered to yoga teachers is going to help students find the right classes, workshops, and retreats. Our vision is to make yoga easy to find and available everywhere, to everyone.  
 
In the last 1,5 years, Sabrina lived in 10 different places, and 3 different countries for her work before coming back home to San Diego. Her biggest challenge was to do yoga anywhere she went and find the teachers she could truly connect with. When Sabrina got back here, she was eager to make that process of finding a yoga teacher a bit easier and the whole experience, more pleasant. That is how FiitZ was born.  The people at Fiitz believe a 16 billion dollar industry could be better organized.  Today, 20.4 Million people practice yoga in the US. They want to bring yoga, wellness, and meditation to even more people worldwide.
 
Check out more from Sabrina and Fiitz Community!!
 
 

Special thanks to Sabrina for joining me on the show. Until next time!