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Sequencing Your Yoga Class With Nikki Krause

Nikki and I talk all about sequencing on the show today, Nikki is a regular guest on the show and always brings the goods! She breaks down different ways you can use sequencing in your yoga class. Tons of gems in this one if you are looking to build a solid sequence for your students.



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

Yoga Teacher North Dakota

When you first start looking into becoming a yoga teacher, it can be a little confusing to figure out what to do.  The most important thing to know about teaching yoga in the state of North Dakota is that there is absolutely no regulation on yoga teachers.  This means that you do not need to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to hang a sign and start leading sun salutations.  In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers in the country have never been certified, registered, or licensed.  That is because all of these are relatively recent concepts, especially in regards to teaching yoga.  When many of these teachers started teaching, there were no formal yoga teacher training programs. Your teacher might “certify” you to teach, but that was an arbitrary designation that did not imply a specific amount of training.

Certification 

Certification in North Dakota refers to the completion of a certain program of training according to the standards of that particular school.  There are no universal standards for certification, so two certified teachers from different schools can have completely different skill sets.  Most gyms and yoga studios require that you have a certification in order to teach there.  For some gyms and studios, a certification is all the credentials you need.  Others require you to be registered with the Yoga Alliance or have graduated from a Yoga Alliance approved training.  And some places require you to teach an “audition” class in addition to your credentials in order to more clearly see your skills in action.

Insurance

Most studios will require you to have insurance, the only reason they wouldn’t is that the studio has their own and it covers the teachers as well. Many will ask you to have it and make you an independent contractor. Although the threat of a liability lawsuit stemming from an injury in a yoga class may be relatively small, it is nonetheless real. Some of the common injuries reported by claimants include back injuries, joint or bone damage (i.e. bruises or fractures), strained or torn muscles, etc. Looking for insurance that works best for you? Comment below and we can update you on the best deals and fit for your teaching needs!

Registration

In order to bring some consistency to the market of teacher training programs, The Yoga Alliance was formed in 1997.  The Yoga Alliance sets minimum standards for teacher training programs.  Programs that meet these standards and pay a fee can market their trainings as “Yoga Alliance Approved”.  Graduates of these trainings can then register with the Yoga Alliance and then promote themselves as RYT – Registered Yoga Teachers.  Registration is available at 4 different levels: RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and E-RYT 500.  The E stands for experienced and indicates a certain number of hours teaching since the completion of teacher training.

Some employers require Yoga Alliance Registration and some do not. There is a a lively controversy regarding the value of the Yoga Alliance.  Some argue that their standards are too weak and unenforced. Others argue that yoga is a spiritual practice that should not be regulated at all.  This faction believes that regulation misses and stifles the best parts of yoga while subtly endorsing the commercialization of yoga.  Some people support the Yoga Alliance, stating that if we do not regulate ourselves, then the states will step in with regulation.

As it stands, registration is optional and the benefits of doing so are hotly debated.  However, most reputable teacher trainings are registered with the Yoga Alliance so it is likely that your training will qualify you to register.  You can go ahead and register right away if you feel that an extra credential will help your chances of getting a job, or you can wait and see if anyone asks for it.


Link to average salary according to Pay scale website HERE

Hope this was a helpful.  If any of this information is incorrect or out of date, please comment below, and if you have any additional questions regarding teaching yoga in North Dakota, leave a comment about that too. Also would love to hear how much you actually get paid to teach in North Dakota so people who are looking to teach here have an idea of what they are supposed to be paid. Thanks!

Want to check out a cool Yoga Map?! Go HERE and then Activity maps to see what I mean.


This post will be updated whenever anything new about teaching yoga in North Dakota comes up, so subscribe for updates. 

If you would like to be notified when our team has a yoga teaching opportunity in North Dakota, fill out the form below and we will be in touch!

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If you are a yoga teacher or working towards becoming one, check out our resource page, you may find something helpful. Much love!!

Minnesota Yoga Teacher

When you first start looking into becoming a yoga teacher, it can be a little confusing to figure out what to do.  The most important thing to know about teaching yoga in the state of Minnesota is that there is absolutely no regulation on yoga teachers.  This means that you do not need to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to hang a sign and start leading sun salutations.  In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers in the country have never been certified, registered, or licensed.  That is because all of these are relatively recent concepts, especially in regards to teaching yoga.  When many of these teachers started teaching, there were no formal yoga teacher training programs. Your teacher might “certify” you to teach, but that was an arbitrary designation that did not imply a specific amount of training.

Certification 

Certification in Minnesota refers to the completion of a certain program of training according to the standards of that particular school.  There are no universal standards for certification, so two certified teachers from different schools can have completely different skill sets.  Most gyms and yoga studios require that you have a certification in order to teach there.  For some gyms and studios, a certification is all the credentials you need.  Others require you to be registered with the Yoga Alliance or have graduated from a Yoga Alliance approved training.  And some places require you to teach an “audition” class in addition to your credentials in order to more clearly see your skills in action.

Insurance

Most studios will require you to have insurance, the only reason they wouldn’t is that the studio has their own and it covers the teachers as well. Many will ask you to have it and make you an independent contractor. Although the threat of a liability lawsuit stemming from an injury in a yoga class may be relatively small, it is nonetheless real. Some of the common injuries reported by claimants include back injuries, joint or bone damage (i.e. bruises or fractures), strained or torn muscles, etc. Looking for insurance that works best for you? Comment below and we can update you on the best deals and fit for your teaching needs!

Registration

In order to bring some consistency to the market of teacher training programs, The Yoga Alliance was formed in 1997.  The Yoga Alliance sets minimum standards for teacher training programs.  Programs that meet these standards and pay a fee can market their trainings as “Yoga Alliance Approved”.  Graduates of these trainings can then register with the Yoga Alliance and then promote themselves as RYT – Registered Yoga Teachers.  Registration is available at 4 different levels: RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and E-RYT 500.  The E stands for experienced and indicates a certain number of hours teaching since the completion of teacher training.

Some employers require Yoga Alliance Registration and some do not. There is a a lively controversy regarding the value of the Yoga Alliance.  Some argue that their standards are too weak and unenforced. Others argue that yoga is a spiritual practice that should not be regulated at all.  This faction believes that regulation misses and stifles the best parts of yoga while subtly endorsing the commercialization of yoga.  Some people support the Yoga Alliance, stating that if we do not regulate ourselves, then the states will step in with regulation.

As it stands, registration is optional and the benefits of doing so are hotly debated.  However, most reputable teacher trainings are registered with the Yoga Alliance so it is likely that your training will qualify you to register.  You can go ahead and register right away if you feel that an extra credential will help your chances of getting a job, or you can wait and see if anyone asks for it.


Link to average salary according to Indeed website HERE

Hope this was a helpful.  If any of this information is incorrect or out of date, please comment below, and if you have any additional questions regarding teaching yoga in Minnesota, leave a comment about that too. Also would love to hear how much you actually get paid to teach in Minnesota so people who are looking to teach here have an idea of what they are supposed to be paid. Thanks!

Want to check out a cool Yoga Map?! Go HERE and then Activity maps to see what I mean.


This post will be updated whenever anything new about teaching yoga in Minnesota comes up, so subscribe for updates. 

If you would like to be notified when our team has a yoga teaching opportunity in Minnesota, fill out the form below and we will be in touch!

Teaching Form

If you are a yoga teacher or working towards becoming one, check out our resource page, you may find something helpful. Much love!!

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 99 with Curious Monki Veronica Thai!

Veronica is a yoga teacher, podcaster and lifelong explorer.   She’s the host of the Curious Monki podcast – a yoga, spirituality and wellness based podcast designed to spark your journey of transformation.  She interviews yoga teachers, healers, coaches and great minds alike who are breaking ground to help others live heart led lives.  Her own stormy experiences taught her how to drop into her inner world and what it really means to “follow your heart”.  Now she works with intense optimism in her classes and podcast to cheer you on with the inspiration, tools and knowledge that you need to find and follow your own heart calling.

Check out more from Veronica at the links below!

website: curiousmonki.com or veronicathai.com (they go to the same place)
 
 
Instagram: @curiousmonki

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

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 97 with Andrew Gordon – Yoga Moves You

Yoga Moves You Podcast host Andrew Gordon stops by to talk about how he completely transformed his business through Podcasting. A former yoga studio owner who has truly found what he loves and even offers a service to help others start their own podcast. Given the fact that he has a background in radio, it has a been a natural transition. Be sure to stay up with Andrew and all that he has going on, go HERE to learn how you can create your own podcast too!!


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

Meetup With Stretchtopia About Marketing For Yoga Teachers

Met with the founder of Stretchtopia Christine Mathias and Courtney Wigner about getting gigs and organizing a meetup. My voice was in a struggle this day, but hang in there, Christine has some great insight into building a yoga business.

Stretchtopia is a mobile yoga and wellness studio based in sunny San Diego. They have a team of the best instructors of San Diego with one unified goal: to make yoga inclusive, accessible, and empowering for everyone. Their primary method of reaching new students is by working with businesses to bring yoga to the office. Check them out!! Maybe they have a teaching spot for you!!

WEBSITE – Stretchtopia

Facebook Page


 

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 87 – The Independent Yoga Instructor With David Miranda

Today I chat with a yoga teacher who I went through teacher training with and is just an awesome guy. David Miranda and I talk about some of his set backs as well as some of his successes since he has become certified. What he is working on to build his personal yoga classes and some of the marketing he is trying out. Give it a listen and be sure to visit his website ParfaitYoga.Com

A little more about David…

As the son of a Navy Man he moved around quite a bit. Spent six years in Panama Canal Zone most notably, was a Dance Major at UC Santa Barbara for many years, eventually settling in San Diego. He has always practiced Yoga, but only recently found CorePower and studio taught classes. Shortly after his first few classes he decided to get certified. He teaches a free community class for seniors at the SD LGBT Center every Monday and they are his hearts joy!! He also does regular classes in the park called Parfait Yoga twice a week, check out his web site and face book page to join his class!

To share your thoughts:

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Michael Caldwell

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Fun filled, alignment based, Vinyasa Flow

 Which studio/s?

Yoga One

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere there is enough space to spread out and kick up into a handstand.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

When there is sufficient external space, I can focus within.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

For me, practicing yoga off the mat is the same as practicing on the mat. It’s definitely a practice and not perfect.
I try to remain as mindful as possible in the present moment. I try to be my best self as often as possible. I try not to push beyond my edge and rest when I’m tired. I try to laugh often, maintain a sense of humor and not take myself to seriously. I try to remember to breathe, particularly when stressed. I try to maintain alignment. The Yamas and Niyamas are a good resource.

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

Hugging my loved ones. Sharing memories. Telling silly jokes.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

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

My wife has been on the cover of Yoga Journal twice. So I suppose I would strike the pouting pose since they took so long to ask me.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Moving, grooving, meditating, breathing, centering, connecting and being with others in the present moment is so rewarding and inspirational. I always feel better after teaching or practicing.

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

I love the vibe at Yoga One. Tahiti sounds nice.

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

Once early in my surfing experience, I paddled out in the morning before yoga class and got tossed head over heels by the waves. I went through what my friend calls “the rinse cycle.” Lots of water got in my nose. Fortunately the same friend warned me that later in the day I might have a flush of water from my nose. He was right. Just as we began class and were centering, a gush of water poured out of my nose. Fortunately, the students had their eyes closed and there was a box of tissues nearby. Thanks to my friend Rich for the heads up. Otherwise it could have been even more alarming.

Waffles or Pancakes?

Pancakes

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

Try to engage your core and stand on the fence with just one leg, with your eyes closed, arms extended to the Universe, deep steady breaths in and out through the nose, mind rooted in the present, observing the arising and passing of sensation in the body while love warms your heart. If you can do that while on the fence, you probably don’t need to practice, you’re already there. If you can’t do that, get off the fence and give yoga a try. There is such a wide variety of yoga to choose from there is bound to be something you enjoy and which will provide benefit.

What music are you jamming to right now?

So much good music!

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

Helping people to be happier and healthier is super rewarding. Each class is a celebration of life. I love that.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/
https://www.instagram.com/yogaonesandiego/
https://www.facebook.com/yogaonesandiego/
http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/yoga-teacher-training

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 80 With Michelle Marchildon – Theme Weaver

Michelle Marchildon is The Yogi Muse. She’s an award-winning journalist and the co-author of most recently, “Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga.” Her first book, Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga, shows how to laugh through the tears to enlightenment. Her book, Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga, is used by YTT’s worldwide. She’s an E-500 RYT based in Denver, Colorado.  You can find her in Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

To share your thoughts:

To help out the show:

Special thanks to Michelle for joining me this week. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Caron Christison

What type of yoga do you teach?

Power, Vinyasa, and Restorative

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Which studio/s?

Highland Yoga and The Neighborhood Ballet

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

I love practicing everywhere that I teach and trying different studios around town/when I travel, but my home practice is sacred to me.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Self-practice gives me an opportunity to explore and connect to my body and breath in a way that’s really powerful for me. There’s something really special about knowing exactly how I want to move and feel.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Everything spicy – with dark chocolate for dessert

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

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga has transformed my life in so many ways, and being able to share that and empower others to live their truth is such an incredible gift.

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

At a resort in Costa Rica

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

I don’t really get embarrassed! Whether I’m telling terrible jokes while I teach or falling out of a pose, I’m usually laughing about it. I really appreciate my humanness and try not to take myself too seriously.

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

There’s a style of yoga for everyone, and though it may take some time to find which one resonates with you, if you practice – it will change your life.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Sol Rising, DJ Drez, and a lot of hip hop instrumentals.

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

Having the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people. My students are a huge inspiration for me and it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of their journey both on and off the mat.

Where else can we find you?

@yogacaron on Instagram and Facebook