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Income Report For March 2018

It can be challenging to be a full time yoga teacher, especially if you are like me and find it difficult to teach four classes a day. This month I did not put in as much work as I usually do, as far as reaching outside of studios to teach. The result is less money and the realization that being a yoga teacher outside of the studio means you have to on or you don’t get paid. We have to be able to get creative and always look for opportunities to teach if we don’t have the studios to hand us classes, which even then can be tough to get. I hope you find the report useful and thank you for listening. Until next time!!

Nikki Krause pre-class Warmup

We get into electrolytes, what type Nikki uses and how much she uses, and Rich Roll (of course). Nikki reminds us especially when you’re teaching in the heat to keep up with your potassium and to listen to what motivates you. Nikki always puts me in a good mood and raises my vibes, so get around people that build you up and challenge you to be your best self! Subscribe to the show to keep up with all the goods and grab a can of Ultima unless it says Nik! Much love and thanks for listening!!

January 2018 Income Report

Hey guys! I put together a quick episode about how much money I made as a yoga teacher in January. I plan to bring more episodes that document my journey as a yoga instructor and break down the reality of what it takes to make full time money as a yoga teacher. Lots of things going on and am in works with a local artist on two different projects that are yoga related, plus an experienced yoga instructor putting together a product to be sold on the site!! I have also started a new podcast with my buddy Jay Ojeda and would say that too is part of the big picture. What are you working on that can be connected to your yoga teaching? Are you selling crystals? Giving Reiki? There are many many different opportunities to make money that can come from your teaching, get creative with your work and lets connect!! 

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 80 With Mychal Prieto – Highs And Lows

Born in Santa Barbara, CA, Mychal is an ex-football collegiate plant-based athlete who has studied Kinesiology/Exercise Science since 2008, but his journey with health, fitness, & training began long before that. He spent 7+ years training with Dr. Rusty Smith who forever changed his life as a freshman at SBHS & helped increase his overall athletic performance, resiliency, self-confidence, happiness, discipline, & most importantly quality of life. Mychal is known for his ability to help his students build strength, body-awareness, & self-confidence through the use of Kettlebell’s & Yoga, heavily emphasizing form & technique.

Mychal is a certified Level 1 Strong First instructor (SFG), 200-hour Holistic Yoga Flow instructor, Animal Flow Level 1, TRX, Functional Movement Technique (FMT Basic & Performance), & Precision Nutrition coach. Mychal was a top-producing trainer at Equinox from 2013-’17 & was voted Most Professional Trainer of the Year 2015 & ’16.

Check out more from Mychal in the links below!


IG: @mychalangelo

Yoga: Every Saturday @415pm at The Yoga Collective (Venice), Power Yoga (Santa Monica)

PT & Group Training classes: 34° North (Santa Monica)

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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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 71 With Ashley Jonas – You Don’t Know Until You Try

Ashley Jonas (E-RYT), started practicing yoga in 2010 to help improve her performance as a college athlete. In 2013, after experiencing the benefits of a daily yoga practice, she received her 200-hr yoga teacher certification and began teaching vinyasa yoga, the most accessible style of power yoga. Ashley is also a Budokon® Yoga Sensei trained through the Budokon Mixed Movement Academy with Cameron Shayne. She is inspired by all movement styles including martial arts, calisthenics, running, weight lifting and dance. Her classes are fun, yet challenging with focus on finding the yogi warrior within. Ashley was very upfront about how she makes a living from being a yoga instructor and I feel the episode will help anyone looking to make this a full time gig. Much love to you and enjoy your day!! 

Check out Ashley’s Site – AshesYoga.com

Follow her on her Facebook Page and Twitter

She also has a cool mini series on her Youtube channel too!

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 65 With Ché Dyer – Awake

Ché Dyer is a Yoga teacher and “general creative” living in London and her aim is to bring people creative inspiration for health, happiness and healing. Her favorite style of yoga to teach is Vinyasa Flow for the way it allows the student to connect with movement, breath and the body. Alongside teaching yoga she has a range of funny yoga themed stationery, greeting cards and offers commissioned graphics particularly for yoga teachers, which draws on her background in graphic design. At the point where her yoga and creative worlds collide, Ché offers an online Creative Yoga Coaching program “Voyage to the Soul” where people can dive into a guided exploration of self love, purpose, intuition, and creativity.
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facebook: che dyer yoga
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Check her website CheDyer.com When you purchase a guide, use the code YOGITONES to save %15 on your purchase!
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What to *avoid* when giving your DHARMA TALK

This was written by Shayna Hiller from Build Your Yoga Biz

This is a very important topic that can positively influence your yoga teaching and help you find your authentic voice, so I’d like to share some insight with you…

First of all, some of you may not even know what a dharma talk is. In a nutshell, a dharma talk is an optional short and sweet ‘discourse’ or ‘mini-talk’ at the onset of a yoga class. This can be done to tie in a particular theme for the class, to provide inspiration for the practice, or to gently weave in yogic philosophy before the physical practice begins. Some teachers give dharma talks before class and some don’t. There’s no right or wrong choice. It’s definitely fin to experiment with and can be the very thing that sets you apart from other teachers… for better OR for worse…

I used to practice at a yoga studio in New York City and the Sunday 10am class was always full. Many of the people only came for the dharma talk and left afterwards and didn’t even practice. I was always stunned. It’s as if these students got everything they needed just by listening to the instructor share her yogic wisdom through creative heartfelt storytelling. 

Offering a dharma talk is a powerful way to express yourself and share your voice and your wisdom with the class. It sets the tone for practice and elevates the experience from the ‘same-old’ to something sacred, new and inspired. I definitely encourage you to experiment with dharma talks in your classes.

Dharma talks are also a delicate aspect of teaching and require great understanding of how to hold space and share in a way that does not detract from the class itself but rather supports the experience.

The reason I chose to focus on what to AVOID when giving a dharma talk is because I see this happening far too often and by raising awareness to the subtle tweaks you can make, you will likely experience significant results…

1. No more than five minutes.

Have you ever noticed that once you start talking to a room full of students, you feel like you can talk forever? And they are all listening! It’s magic! Or perhaps you’re the type of person who doesn’t talk much at all (hint: Get out there and give your first Dharma talk! 😉 ) It’s human nature that we like to share, especially when our audience is attentive. Unless your yoga class is a Dharma talk or a philosophy class, the Dharma talk should be no more than 3-5 minutes based on a 75 minute class length. Shorter if you are teaching only an hour long class. Pay attention to timing. Practice your talk beforehand if you must. Keep it simple.

2. Avoid talking too much about yourself. 

You can use a situation that happened in your life as a trigger for a talk that leads to something that ties into yogic philosophy. For example, you can talk about the time when you moved and had a hard time letting go of old belongings. You can tie that in to aparigraha (one of the 5 yamas, non-hoarding) and explain that briefly. Avoid talking about how your and your boyfriend broke up and you’re trusting the universe that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. That’s dumping, and there’s no purpose for it. Try to keep your personal life out of it unless you’re using it as an example. Basically, if the story is about something that happened to you, be sure to tie it in to something bigger. Make it about THEM. How will this story benefit your students? Will they feel empowered after listening to the talk? The answer should be ‘yes!’

3. Avoid assumptions.  

Avoid sentences like ‘We all hate the rain.’ or ‘Life is stressful’. Those are your own projections. You may state your opinion which is fine. General assumptions may not actually be true and may turn students off who don’t agree with you. In essence, be mindful about your choice of words. Also, avoid telling your students how they ‘should feel’

4. If the spark isn’t lit, don’t do it! (wow, that rhymes!)

If you’re not feeling inspired, don’t do it. I have attempted to force Dharma talks many times, and trust me… it’s not worth it. But if you have a desire to get inspired, then start reading some inspirational books! Meditate. Journal. Be present in your day to day experiences. I find some of the most profound spiritual lessons happen when I am at the supermarket or at the bank. When we are distracted, rushing and not taking care of ourselves, we not able to be present to the miracles in our day to day routine. The more present and balanced we become, the more we can share that bliss with our students.  


Shayna Hiller is a yoga teacher and certified Health Coach based in Venice Beach, California. She is the author of ‘Don’t Judge Me By My Cover‘. Her intuitive spiritual guidance coupled with practical life skills training offers her clients a comprehensive holistic method for reclaiming their optimal health of body and mind. 

Follow Shayna on Instagram for insight and inspiration from a full time yoga teacher! @shaynahiller




Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 61 With Andrew Gordon – You’re The Artist

Andrew started practicing yoga in 2002 and fell in love right away.  After working 10 years as a radio host and getting his Masters in Education, he turned to yoga looking for an answer and a purpose. Yoga helped him lose 60lbs and lower his cholesterol/blood pressure from life-threatening numbers, to optimal health. As his practice grew, a friend encouraged him to do Yoga Teacher Training. The decision to do the training changed him forever.  Listen in to a bit of Andrew’s story you’ll be happy you did, he also has some great tips for new yoga teachers as well.

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 57 With Jen Rene – Prioritize Your Practice

Jen Rene is the director of the Mysore Program at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. She’s been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 15 years. Jen says that the love for the practice and sharing it with others is the essence of her happiness. Watching students transform is the ultimate satisfaction. As a teacher, Jen strives to instill in students the devotion, faith, and enthusiasm that will empower them and help them find joy through the practice of yoga. She encourages students to have fun with yoga and not take themselves too seriously – it is, after all, a lifelong practice.

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