What is your main tip for new trainees starting their teacher training?
This is a life-long journey; you will be knowledgeable when you leave, but we only scratch the surface in a yoga teacher training. Be humble. Inquire. Dig deep. Allow. Trust. Keep learning.
How has teaching affected your personal practice?
Two primary things:
First, I practice with a lot more integrity and respect for my body and its limits. I actually hurt my back via yoga in the early days by consistently pushing deeper; I mean, come on, it looked good! Now, I am more respectful and gentle, particularly in backbends.
Second, I find it hard to be a student when you’re a teacher. The ego has a blast judging many countless things about the teacher. Some times the teacher is my yoga practice; finding compassion, respect and contentment with the way the class is, just as it is then. Maybe this is easier for other teachers?!
What would you say to someone who has never tried yoga before?
It’ll rock your world. After that, I have several go-to tid-bits, but it depends on the style, the person, the heat level, the studio, etc.
Where would a cool place to do yoga be?
I’ve now lived in Florida, New York City, California, Texas and traveled a decent amount. Cities and spaces have different vibrational frequencies (I’m getting New Age-y right now) and will say that, for me, practicing yoga in locations with high vibrational frequencies creates more of an opening and transformational experience.
So, basically, anywhere with that vibe.
Evolation is a collective of like minded students and teachers from all over the world, each with their own amazing path. Where will Evolation take you?
Evolation yoga is devoted to helping you become more Self-centered – in an ego-free way. By combining the powerful physical properties of hot yoga with the awareness-enhancing effects of meditation, evolation’s aim is to make you healthier, happier, and more in touch with that elusive little thing called the Self.