18 Expert Yogi’s Share Experience As A Teacher And How It All Began!
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Earlier this year, I hosted an online campaign to lessen the gap between the experienced yoga practitioners on social media, and people who are interested in learning yoga but don’t feel like they would ‘be any good,’ or ‘not flexible enough.‘
Prior to this, and through original research that I had carried out beforehand, it was clear that as yoga became increasingly popular, it was also scaring many who hadn’t practiced it before away.
The main problem that I seemed to find, was namely on Instagram. Newbies would watch yoga teachers or advanced yogis practice online and would automatically compare themselves to their standard.
Yet social media doesn’t give a genuine example of what yoga really is and the fact it is for everyone!
There are two main points to bear in mind here:
- Images: Even if the yoga practitioner has a comfortable looking face in an awkward looking pose, you have to understand its poised for the image!
- Videos: The yoga practitioner makes a movement look effortless and spontaneous, yet behind the scenes they would have warmed up for a while and practiced for months, if not years!
My personal experience as a teacher for Core Conditioning and Beginner’s Yoga in Cheltenham, (England) really helped concrete these feelings I had about what social media is doing for yoga newbies.
We are all on our own personal journey, and it is only human nature to self judge. I was always taken aback when students would comment on my yoga ability from viewing the videos and images I had chosen to put online. Of course I would only put the best up, but in real life… Followers who only know me through my online persona didn’t know that:
- Before I properly mastered the headstand I toppled over heaps of times!
- The splits was a long old process, and I once pulled my hamstring trying to rush it, which set me back for even longer!
- I am still trying to perfect my forearm stand!
So the moral of the story is, whether you are a yoga novice, a yoga teacher or a yoga guru, everyone is continuously learning and developing individually on their own path and at their own pace.
I always assure my students that I started where they were once upon a time too. Plus, I always explain the importance of certain warm-up stretches because of what I have learned from my personal painful experiences having not completed them in the past.
When a new student comes into my class, my goal is to make them feel comfortable and good about their ability. Although I have the flexibility to push myself further into poses, I totally avoid this when teaching beginner’s so that they feel encouraged and do not injure themselves for pushing too much too soon.
Remember it is about the process, not the end destination 🙂
To bridge the gap between yoga stars and yoga novices, I felt that something needed to be done to show the true authenticity of yoga and to show beginner’s that all these expert insta-yoga-stars were not always knowledgable about yoga, and some perhaps not even that flexible to begin with!
The interviews ask direct questions to each yoga expert about why they started, how they started, their journey and their best pieces of advice to both fellow teachers and yoga practitioners.
Those who have never practiced should never feel intimidated or discouraged. The aim is to motivate each and every one of you to continue your journey no matter where you are on it. Perhaps it may inspire you to book yourself onto a yoga or wellness retreat for your next vacation!
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The 18 Expert Yogi’s Who Share Experience As A Teacher & How It All Began
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” ~ Aadil Palkhivala
The yoga stars campaign was created to try and remove the gap between our confident and expert yogi’s, and those who have just started to practice yoga or who are curious to learn more about it.
I reached out to large accounts on Instagram to invite them to participate in an interview about their personal yoga journey and advice they would give others.
Check out all the interviews below!
“I am a nomadic yoga and acroyoga teacher, an experienced bodyworker and a performer.”
“Yoga teachers are some of my favorite people in the world. They’re thoughtful, curious, and generous of spirit. They’ve got a wanderlust that leads them to interesting and unexpected places.”
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
“There is not one yoga style that suits everyone, but everyone can do yoga.”
“As a world travelling yoga teacher and health coach, yoga has literally changed my life for the better in every way, and so it’s my desire and passion to share this powerful practice with as many people as I can.”
“Agi Gwara is a former model turned into a fitness professional. She is a London based Yoga and Pilates teacher.“
“My teaching is all about personal empowerment, developing body intelligence and creating awe, amazement and gratefulness for your own body and its capabilities.”
“Yoga worked on my soul as much as it did on my body; that for me was a true revelation, I had never experienced anything similar before.”
“I love helping women find peace and strength through yoga. I love being able to help mothers on their journey through motherhood; no matter where they are in that journey.”
“The essence of my teaching is to bring joy, inspiration and ancient wisdom from different arts into one. Come experience yoga as a beautiful way to celebrate life and restore the soul.“
“Laura’s unique approach to teaching and healing focuses on self-inspiration and embodies the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of well-being.”
- Interview: LAURA HELM
- Website: www.levelupyogatherapy.com/retreats
- YouTube Channel: Level Up Yoga Therapy
“With a steady yoga practice for over a decade, Stine became interested in further rejuvenation therapies for body-mind health, and combines Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurvedic Philosophy for relaxation and vitality.”
“Ali Washington is a Registered Nutritional Councillor, Yoga Instructor, Trained Life Coach and published author. Her single greatest commitment in this life, is to be a space holder for everyone who crosses her path to become the highest version of themselves that they wish to become.”
- Interview: ALI WASHINGTON
- Instagram: @ali_perceptiontrainers
- Website: https://perceptiontrainers.com/
“Exercise of all sorts has been a source of fun, learning, and growing ever since I stepped into the fitness space. Join me and we’ll rock this life we’ve got with a great attitude while feeling good.”
- Interview: ALEXA D’ORAZIO
“Michelle utilizes her in-depth knowledge of the human body to create mobility sequences specific to the needs of her clients.
She works yoga, together with fascial release techniques, to train and retrain muscles out of their old patterns and into new ones to allow for the most range of motion.”
“I have transformed mind, body and soul in the past few years from a stressed out 9-5er to living my dream life running my own retreats and teaching all over the world.”
“There’s more to Yoga than the perfect pose; it’s all about self-love, it’s about getting your life together it’s about being healthier, better and stronger and never settling or letting your comfort zone kick in.”
“Yoga has opened a totally new pathway for me.
I have learned a great deal of good knowledge, about anatomy, yoga philosophy, and so on.
I have also made new good friends who I’m grateful for.“
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P.S. “Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” — Osho