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Meet Yoga Teacher and Home-made ice-cream Lover Carolyn Smith

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, yoga for stress and burnout, yoga for ME and chronic fatigue syndrome, yoga for addictions

Which studio/s?

The Drawing Room, Butleigh

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my new studio at The Drawing Room

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The studio has been designed for small classes of up to 4 people for me to teach yoga for mental health and recovery. It is part of a beautiful house looking out into a peaceful garden so I feel close to nature and get inspiration for my classes.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

By subtly sharing the principle of non-attachment when I see people putting themselves under huge pressure to achieve and acquire possessions and status.

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

Time with the most important people in my life; my two adult children.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Teaching free yoga taster sessions for colleagues I worked with while I was doing my teacher training. I’d expected that only one or two people would turn up however the class was close to overflowing with 20 people!

What is your favorite food?

Home-made ice-cream made with any type of berries. Blissful.

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

Viparita Karnak to promote subtle, gentle yoga and inclusivity.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

In my previous career as a mental health social worker and senior manager, I was dealing with high levels of stress and kept striving to achieve more and more. Yoga changed my life. It reduced my level of stress, gave me the confidence to start teacher training at the age of 45 and then give up my secure, well paid job. I know yoga works and it can change other people’s lives too. That’s what inspires me.

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

In a small clearing in a forest at dawn. I just need to find it!

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

Trying to sit down on a block without looking when teaching a large class; I sat on the back of the block, overbalanced and ended up on my back with legs in the air!

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

Those of us who practice yoga don’t need research findings and evidence about the benefits of yoga. Although they are important, we know it works from our own experiences. If you’re curious, give it a go.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I’ve recently realised the importance and beauty of silence and have exchanged music for space and tranquility.

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

Students telling me that the yoga has helped them to become calmer, reduced their anxiety and improved their sleep. Students realising that asana is only the beginning.

Where else can we find you?

Drinking tea with Jade who owns the house and tea room where my new studio is based, working towards our aim of an inclusive community hub in our rural village.

Anything else you would like to add?

Unbeknown to me, in 2017, Jade, who owns the house where my studio is based, less than half a mile away, was also planning to change her life. She wanted to create something very special for the local community. A local resident who attended one of my classes visited her tea room and saw the potential. She linked Jade and I and within days, Carolyn Smith Yoga at The Drawing Room Butleigh was born!


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Yogi Tones Podcast with Brian Glasspool – Beautiful Struggles of Full Time Yoga Teaching

Brian Glasspool and I chat about the ups and downs of working toward being a full time yoga teacher.

Brian is a San Diego Yoga Instructor who loves to teach yoga and guided meditation. He has been teaching yoga for over 4 years. Brian completed his RYT 200 at I Am Yoga Wellness Studio while attending CSU Stanislaus. After completing graduate school he moved to San Diego with the intention of finding himself. Brian has focused on crafting his teaching style through various styles of yoga, guided meditations, workshops, and podcasts. Brian’s intention as an instructor is to make yoga more accessible to all from any demographic. Brian loves to read, write, be out in nature, and to help others.

www.brianglasspoolyoga.com

IG: @blovedwanderer

 


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     If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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

Meet Yogi and Okra Lover Vanessa Seymour

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere private and with lots of light!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I like the quite and having my own space. Life gets busy and crowded which can be fun but in the midst of that I like having a little space for my mat.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I take my breathing exercises with off the mat regularly. I use them to help ground myself when I feel overwhelmed.

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

I would fly home to see my family.

What was your first experience with yoga?

I learnt a traditional surya namaskar at a class my mom took me too.

What is your favorite food?

My moms okra. Though, I will eat anything that someone else makes!

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

Natarajasana on a deserted road with the sun setting in the background.

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

I would love to travel through Asia practicing in the outdoors.

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

Try it, your not going to lose anything. Life is about finding what works of your and recognizing the things that don’t. Everything is an experience.

What music are you jamming to right now?

The Lumineers

Where else can we find you?

vanessaseymour.com (website) nessa_seymour (instagram) Flow With Vanessa (Youtube)


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Can You Teach Yoga If Your Not Flexible?

A little rant about being flexible on and off the mat. We as teachers have a responsibility to our students especially new ones to be mindful. I also get that students sometimes don’t listen and maybe need a talking to after class, hahaha! Also I touch on the idea of being flexible in the yoga business you are building and share a recent situation that had me pissed and needing me to find my yoga off the mat. Enjoy the show!


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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Yogi Tones Podcast with Jay Ojeda – They Need Me

My good buddy Jay Ojeda is on the Yogi Tones podcast for the first time! We talk about taking a training for the first time, playlist, working the core and giving feedback. He also uses much bigger weights than me in class and this training is gonna rock since we are doing it together!!

More about Jay Ojeda. And by the way this short bio will only be the tip of the iceberg of info on Jay. He is a 40 year old male, retired from the Navy, has two daughters, likes good food, great coffee and staying active AF. Most days you can find him at work, in a yoga class, or in Mexico, where he lives. Connect with him on IG: jayojeda_ or in real life or somewhere in San Diego. Be on the lookout for more episodes from myself and Jay while we do this training!


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

Yogi Tones Podcast with Jules Mitchell – Yoga Biomechanics

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. Her unique approach incorporates her extensive study in biomechanics with the modern application of yoga asana to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate loading, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. She leads workshops and continuing education courses worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics.  Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing.  She is also adjunct faculty at Arizona State University where she serves as the yoga consultant on various research studies.  If she’s not teaching workshops at your favorite local studio any time soon, you can access a variety of her programs online.

Learn more about Jules Mitchell.


  • To share your thoughts:

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     If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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

Interview with Andrew Gordon from Yoga Talk Pod

Andrew Gordon from Yoga Talk Pod interviewed me on his show! Was so nice to talk about some of the things I have been through to get where I am today. Listen in and enjoy!


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

 

Meet Ella Mai Rocking Yogi Crystal Mintz

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Restorative

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Home and any gym space.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The freedom it provides.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

By being kind to myself and being present.

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

Laying under a full moon with my eyes closed, with focus on my breath.

What was your first experience with yoga?

I practiced it for muscle recovery after working out.

What is your favorite food?

Delicata squash

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

I’m torn between dancer and pigeon.

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

California

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

Just do it!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Ella Mai

Where else can we find you?

I’m only on IG @thecrystalyoga_ and my website at the CrystalClearYoga.com

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga has changed my life in MANY ways and I’m thankful for that.


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Solo Episode! Seeding Your Passion

Little solo sesh today! Took a yoga class and the teacher seeded her passion extremely well! So I thought it would be good to talk to you about selling in your yoga class. Number one tip! Don’t be a douchebag! That is really the only tip.

Inviting a conversation about what you love while teaching a yoga class is always a great idea! Listen in and enjoy your day!


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Meet Yoga Teacher and Savasana Representer Marisa Wolfe

What type of yoga do you teach?

Thai Yoga Massage | Breath-based Yoga (Kripalu, Viniyoga)

Which studio/s?

Here, there, and everywhere.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

outside!!!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The connection with the world around me. It’s so easy for me to go inside myself and practicing in nature keeps me a little more connected to the world around me. I always learn more from the world around me than I expect.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Every minute, every day.

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

The best meal of my life with all my favorite beings.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Freaking out about a practice teach in YTT, then realizing that what I offered was a different experience than anyone would have with any other teacher and it was all good.

What is your favorite food?

Is it cliche to say chocolate?

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

Savasana. It’s not the most photogenic but it’s the most important and so under-represented.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Seeing the discoveries students make as they get to know themselves better. Helping people move out of pain and suffering into ease and joy. Experiencing these same things within myself is also what inspires my personal practice.

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

All places are good places 🙂

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

Not sure that any one thing stands out. Standing in front of a class in leggings has helped me to roll with whatever comes… and alot of stuff comes.

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

Don’t judge yoga until you have tried a few different teachers/styles. There is a yoga for everyone and it is worth the search.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Anything Puerto Rican!

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

I get to meet the coolest people and see them in their best moments.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.marisawolfe.com
http://www.facebook.com/marisawolfeyogamassage
http://www.instagram.cin/allyogamarisa
http://www.youtube.com/marisawolfe


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!