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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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     Other fun things to do:

     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!

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!

To share your thoughts:

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:

     Other fun things to do:

     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!

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!


To share your thoughts:

Yogi Tones Podcast with Justin Temple – Radically Consistent

Justin was instantly drawn to yoga after being pulled, hooting and hollering, into his first class at the bidding of his friends. Justin describes his group classes as radically consistent. The focus is to help each student get the most out of their practice. Both, in the short and long-term. Had a great time chatting with Justin, you’ll love our conversation! Listen in and enjoy your day!

Check out more from Justin at his website – justintempleyoga.com

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

Yogi Tones Podcast – Finding the Real Guru with Kat Da Silva

Today on the show is Kat Da Silva and we have some fun. Talking all things including yoga certifications and how you really don’t (kinda sorta) need one to teach yoga. People you wouldn’t expect to drop into a yoga class, who the real guru is, also farmers markets and how they can be a great place to spread your yoga love!!

Kat is a Passionate & Active Member of her Community – She knows no other way than Being the Change – being a Kickass Mom, Daughter, Sistah, Friend, and Human. She spends her time creating memories with her 12 year old son, teaching and living mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment through yoga, meditation, and other tools of self-reclamation. Kat finds deep pleasure in guiding her students in unlayering their stories and blocks, either on the mat or off, and holding the light while they discover their power, their peace, and the freedom of owning their bodies, their minds, and ultimately their lives. Kat believes in the power of community to create change and so she gives back by co-organizing events such as the Conscious San Jose Festival, serving in her local neighborhood committee driving anti-litter and beautification initiatives, and actively participating as a member of the Be the Change Collective. Kat’s future projects include bringing hope, guidance, and empowerment to moms through her Root to Rise Yoga & Lifestyle Coaching practice. Ultimately, Kat envisions a world where women heal, feel empowered, and see themselves wholly and deeply, allowing those around them to be just as deeply touched, loved, and transformed.



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

Yogi Tones Podcast with Eman Zabi The Scribesmith

Eman Zabi is the copywriter and brand strategist behind The Scribesmith, where she crafts high-converting copy infused with personality and entertainment for brands that aren’t afraid to stand out.

Looking for an air-punching bottom line that doesn’t require you to sound like a corporate stooge?
She can help.

Connect with her!


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Teaching Yoga in the District of Columbia – Washington D.C.

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 Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C., leave a comment about that too. Also would love to hear how much you actually get paid to teach in Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C. comes up, so subscribe for updates. 

If you would like to be notified when our team has a yoga teaching opportunity in Washington D.C., 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!!

Montana Yoga Teaching

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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Glassdoor 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 Montana, leave a comment about that too. Also would love to hear how much you actually get paid to teach in Montana 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 Montana comes up, so subscribe for updates. 

If you would like to be notified when our team has a yoga teaching opportunity in Montana, 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!!