Oh…You’re Teaching The Class Today?

Where is MY yoga teacher?

Teaching a new class can always be a bit scary whether you are a new or seasoned teacher. Being a substitute only adds to the anxiety of being in front of a room full of strangers. In a perfect world having a sub wouldn’t matter as long as you are still getting the stress relieving moving meditation that you came for – right?

It’s All About YOU: Never Have A Bad Yoga Class Again

There is a rush of excitement with teaching in a new space and you want to do your best – then it happens. He/She saunters in with yoga mat tucked under their arm and a look of disapproval on their face. Thinking a smile will make this introduction a little sweeter, you offer up an inviting grin, only to be met with ”Oh – you’re teaching today?

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Freedom in Vulnerability

As some of you may already know, The Magazine of Yoga is no longer publishing new stories. In the four months I spent as part of the team of contributors I learned so much from the editor (Susan Maier-Moul).

After what seemed to be a random email inviting me to write for her magazine I remember feeling terrified by the offer.

“What do I have to say and why would anyone take the time to read it?” – This was seriously my first thought.

In many ways the writing process mirrored my yoga practice. Showing up to my first class with uncertainty of what to expect, finding ways to modify the practice to work with my unique body. My articles were no different – with every submission I sent in there was a fear lurking in the back of my mind that my words would not resonate with anyone.

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“Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.”

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra

Some big changes to my schedule! After a rough year of driving from the valley to west LA, I finally surrendered and let all of my Santa Monica, Culver City, and Marina del Rey classes go. Well, actually they let ME go (be sure to check out my next post on The Magazine of Yoga for the details). I spent the last year trying to fill my schedule with classes and now I feel as though I am starting all over again. 

So often we hold onto things that do not serve us. Eventually the universe will pull you away for your own good. It is our responsibility to find the lesson in the loss. As crazy as it sounds, 2011 taught me to appreciate, even celebrate loss. It really all comes down to perspective, have we lost something when people, jobs, or material items are no longer a part of our lives? Or, have we gained clarity by stripping away some of life’s distractions? When people are no longer in our lives due to conflict, distance, or death this is also an opportunity for growth and clarity, but only if we see it as such. Starting over again with finding new places to teach is much easier due to the lessons I learned the first time around.

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The Magazine Of Yoga: Confidence, Empathy, Patience

The  realities of teaching to who shows up and honoring them in their current state…

I am under 30, have never been injured and naturally very thin – I don’t think these facts make me a better yogi (or a better person).

So often I hear that “yoga is for every body” and I even toss this phrase around myself; proudly explaining to anyone who is curious about starting a yoga practice that they will feel welcome and be accommodated in class. Honestly it’s something I never gave much thought to – just sounds good to say that yoga is all inclusive.

The reality is I had not personally experienced creating a safe space that was indeed for every body. I was incredibly naïve when it came to what kind of bodies would be in front of me as a teacher. Click here for full article

Jess

 

Class Consciousness

“Look at what goes into a pose and honestly assess whether or not your body is ready to go there. Now apply that to your life – POW!”

Head on over to The Magazine of Yoga and check out my most recent post discussing how training with Jill Miller has changed the way I practice and teach.

Teaching my first yoga class was an out of body experience.

For sixty minutes I observed myself using phrases I had never uttered before, in an intonation having NO resemblance to my natural speaking voice. It was only about ten minutes into this process that I realized I was mimicking a yoga teacher, not teaching yoga. You see, I felt that I had to teach a certain way in order to call myself a teacher, that every class has to start with OM and you have to tell your students to shine their heart forward.

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Finding my truth on and off the mat

Jess

How I Became A Yoga Teacher

How I Became A Yoga Teacher

 

 

 

My journey from Corporate America to Yogini was filled with more than a few mishaps, misfortunes and good old misunderstandings. Let me share a cautionary tale.

When The Magazine of Yoga sent me an invitation to share my story – I was both honored and terrified! See, I love yoga and more importantly I love teaching yoga, so naturally a part of me jumped at being a part of such an amazing magazine. The terror came in the form of self doubt – an old friend of mine that loves to drop by at the most inopportune times. As a teacher I constantly remind students to “relax, its just yoga” or how we have to learn how to tune out those negative voices in our head. Well, it was time to take my own advice.

Thank you to the team at The Magazine of Yoga for the invite (and helping me push past the self doubt).

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Jess