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The Yoga Teacher Chronicles: Year 1, Month 1




“What makes you vulnerable also makes you beautiful.” - Brene Brown

Welcome to the first edition of The Yoga Teacher Chronicles, where I share the lessons I’m learning as a first-year Christian yoga teacher. I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of this process of growing into an effective yoga teacher. Learning how to live my faith both on and off the mat.
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At the time of writing this I am a little bit more than a month into my journey as a Christian yoga teacher and it has definitely been an adventure! The one thing I know for sure is that I love it! I’m a teacher by training and at heart and love helping people learn how to nurture their self-care. Being a new a new yoga teacher, brings a mix of anxiety and excitement. There is a lot to figure out and a ton to learn! Because of this, I thought it might be nice to share some of the lessons I’ve learned in month 1 of this journey.

Lesson 1: Having a Written Plan Increases Teaching Confidence

I am a planner by nature. I tend to plan and over plan and over think! As a result, I knew it would be best for me to create written class plans to help guide my teaching. Having these plans has helped me stay on track as well as increased my confidence when adjustments needed to be made on the fly.

My initial goal as a new yoga teacher is to help my students have a safe and effective practice. Having a written plan helps me provide them with this. As I continue to gain experience and confidence in my teaching, I know I won’t need to rely on them as much. For now however, they are super helpful!

Lesson 2: Teaching More Makes it Easier to Share

I am not the greatest when it comes to telling other people what I’m doing. I’m that person who the day before an event will do an “oh by the way did you know…?” This strategy is very successful if you don’t want people to show-up to your events. It’s not so good however, if you’re a business owner with classes and products to sell; but I’m working on it! 😊

I’ve noticed that with each class taught, I’ve became more comfortable letting people know that I’m a yoga teacher. In business the word for this is “marketing.” However, because I seem to have a strange reaction to this word, I like to reframe it as “sharing.” The reality is that this is exactly what marketing is about. Sharing new resources, ideas, classes, etc. with others that they might feel inspired to try for themselves. I am excited by the changes I’ve seen in myself since I’ve started practicing yoga. I have no doubt that as I continue to teach, sharing will become more natural for me.


YogaFaith - Preparation Tips for Yoga Class

“So let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Creator who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16

My YogaFaith Intro to yoga for beginners 6-week series starts tomorrow, January 21st and I'm feeling all the feels! Excited, nervous, curious, thoughtful, prayerful, and joyful!  

This will be my first class since completing my teacher training in November so I thought it would be good to tell you a bit about the class and how to prepare in case you'd like to join us.

YogaFaith Intro (6-Week Series)
This class is designed for those students new to yoga and Christian yoga. Each week builds on the previous one as you will be introduced to the 5 postures of prayer, breath, props, and proper alignment. You will learn sound yoga philosophy and principles while discovering ways to deepen your relationship with God. This class is suited for anyone relatively injury-free, who is able to stand, sit, and kneel on the floor.

  • When: Sundays, January 21, 2018 - February 25, 2018 
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Where: White Lotus Wellness Center, 4912 Berwyn Rd., College Park, MD 20740
  • Parking: You may park in the lot in front of the building or the gravel lot beside it
  • Price: $60 (paid in 1 or 2 installments) or $12 per class (space limited)
  • Registration: Click Here

FAQs

When should I arrive?
Doors will be open 15-minutes prior to the start of class.

What should I wear?
Wear clothing that is comfortable and stretches.  Nothing restrictive as I want you to feel comfortable.

What should I bring?
Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, and some water.

What if I don't have a yoga mat?
Don't worry if you don't have your own yoga mat.  One will be provided to you for use during class.

Can I still come if I've taken some yoga classes before?
Absolutely!  The practice of yoga is all about finding and developing your own personal practice.  I will provide guidance to help you do just that.  This will help you get something out of the experience even if you've taken yoga before.

Can I still come if I don't pre-register?
While pre-registration is requested, you are welcome to register when you arrive.

What if I can't take all 6-classes in the series?
No problem!  Just come for the classes that you can.

How do I pay for the class?
You pay online by visiting this link or you may pay by cash (exact change requested), check, or credit card when you come to class.

Other Questions?
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email at karla@grow-joy.com!

I'm looking forward to sharing this beautiful practice with you as we explore the amazing and sometimes messy bits of our relationships with our Maker on the mat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wishing you more peace & joy than your heart can hold.

Creatively,