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.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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).

For the full article, click here

Jess