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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

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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!

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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.

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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

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 74 With Adam Hocke – Why Yoga is Important to You

Adam has been practicing vinyasa flow yoga since 1999 and has trained extensively with Jason Crandell. He offers precise, strong, and accessible classes to physically awaken the body and develop mindfulness both on and off the mat. His teaching is down-to-earth and direct, exploring traditional practices from a modern perspective. A native of South Florida, Adam spent ten years in New York City before becoming a Londoner. He teaches studio classes, teacher trainings, workshops and courses throughout London, and retreats across the globe. Additionally, Adam is a certified restorative yoga teacher. As a writer, Adam contributes regularly to magazines and web publications on yoga and blogs and podcasts at adamhocke.com
 
 Check out his podcast – Yoga with Adam podcast 
 
 

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

Yogi Tones Featured Yogi – Anne Joseph

Are you a yoga teacher?

yes, ERYT500, C-IAYT (yoga therapist)

Where do you teach?

Copley-Price YMCA, Peninsula YMCA, North Park Rec. Ctr.

Favorite place to practice yoga?

home

What do you like the most about practicing there?

privacy to work on difficult poses, to meditate

What was your first experience with yoga?

The VERY first was 1975. I was practiced at gymnastics, yoga was too slow. I was frustrated. I wanted to move. I was ignorant of what yoga was, what it could do for me.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I do my best to practice Yamas & Niyamas, the ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path; the observances and restraints. I read Swami Rama of the Himalayas on meditation and mantra, Swami Veda Bharati, his successor on Lifestyle of a Sadhaka. I organize and attend Sutra Study. I meditate on the Full moon with all people across the globe.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Hopefully something satvic

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

Tadasana – ‘TA DA’

If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Any park setting

What inspires you to practice yoga?

Knowing that we are all one, that each of us has Karma, and that we are all going to die. I want to be ready when it’s my turn.

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

Come with me to A Gentle Way Yoga.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Corelli’s Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (my Christmas music)

Where else can we find you?

My website is under construction…
MedYogaTherapy.com
New Blog is coming soon…

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 66 With Nicole Jurovics – Rattled And Rebuilt

Nicole tried her first yoga class at Guilford College in 1992 because she thought it would be an easy elective. It was and it wasn’t. She adored her first yoga teacher for being funny and very strong, even though her teacher was really old…..like, forty (ahem)! So Nicole began practicing yoga more regularly and sampled styles and teachers as often as possible. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the end of 1994, she structured her life to include at least four yoga classes each week. With the physical practice established, her interest grew beyond her yoga mat and into other limbs of the discipline.

With a background in the music business, Nicole’s schedule included very late nights. She needed an anchor, something to tether her to a true foundation. She credits her yoga practice and studies for illuminating what was truly important—respect for herself and the friends who continually surfaced when she needed support. Shortly after marrying a yoga-loving musician (surprise!), she decided to further cement her commitment to her yoga practice by completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Peachtree Yoga with Graham Fowler, Elizabeth Nix, and Sean Tebor.

Nicole has been teaching yoga since early 2004, with Decatur Yoga as her home base, although she’s fortunate to also work with other yoga studios, gyms, and schools.

Check out the Southeast Yoga Conference for upcoming 2018 dates and follow them on their Facebook Page.

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Special thanks to Nicole for joining me on this episode. Until next time!

 

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 59 With Lara Falberg – Does It Make Sense

Today on the show is the return of Lara Falberg, a yoga teacher, novelist, and founder of iworkbarefoot a yoga teaching resource offering verbal cues, mini sequences, class themes, and advice if you want some.

Here are some bullets for what Lara and I touch on in this episode.

  • How to build classes
  • How to teach to your audience
  • How to find your unique teaching style and voice
  • How to become a solid sequencer
  • How to effectively weave in a class theme without beating students over the head with it. (I haven’t written an article about this, but it’s a big part of what my website offers.
  • How you practice informs how you teach.
  • You’re always interviewing. 

Lara has been teaching since 2006, and is constantly struck by how our lens of the practice and the teaching of it changes so constantly. Read her novel about the yoga teacher training experience, Yoga Train, or if that’s too big of a commitment, and articles are more your jam, she’s written a fair amount of those too. Such a pleasure to have Lara back on! Enjoy the show and your day! 

Check Lara on Instagram @iworkbarefoot or Facebook Lara Falberg

Also go to her site iworkbarefoot to stay up on all the goodies Lara offers!

 

 

 

Check out Lara’s Book

Yoga Train

 

 

 

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

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 55 With Emily Desmond – The Teacher’s Teacher

Emily has over 10 years of experience as a yoga instructor in settings ranging from large gyms, private and national studios, corporations, schools to private clients. She has opened and managed a yoga studio, established onboarding and offboarding processes for a national yoga business, and created successful customer service processes, classroom consistency and brand awareness for multiple yoga studios.

Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is passionate about working with people and fostering community. She excels in helping people clarify and pursue their goals and believes in their potential to do amazing things and follow their dreams. She is flexible, enthusiastic, compassionate and practical.

When she is not coaching or teaching you will find her surfing, on her mat or the pilates reformer, learning a new skill, snuggling her rescue puppy or finding any excuse to get outside.

Work with Emily – Candeo Coaching

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