7 Years Experience
Delray Beach, FL
I'm a certified yoga instructor specializing in Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Children's Yoga. My style of teaching emphasizes a safe, supportive environment in which students can explore, be challenged, and find their own inner teacher. I want students to emerge from the classes feeling relaxed, open and alive. Ask me anything about yoga. Anything!
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It isn't uncommon that someone would "relieve wind" in class. We are doing a lot of compression and stretching which really losens things up. I've never seen anyone react to someone relieving wind. It would certainly be rude to react to that as a yogi in a meditative space.
That's a great question. Often times, the studio will offer a "suggested donation", which is always helpful to work off of. I personally base my donation on my current financial situation and overall experience. Remember that we are our own best teachers, and as meditative yogi's our practice shouldn't be predicated on the teacher.
Absolutely! I was originally trained in Vinyasa Yoga to teach a 60-minute class. It is an excellent mix of focus on the breath, cardiovascular exercise that really gets you to sweat and stretch at the same time. Many studios offer 60-minute classes. It depends on what you are going for. Whether it is restorative yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga. etc, it is absolutely possible to get exactly what you're looking for.
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Absolutely! It makes it easier. However, teaching a lot can be very tiring. Sometimes the teacher will actually practice with the students if there aren't to many beginners. Many people have their own practice that they'll do in the privacy of their home.
This is a great question. I definitely see a larger percentage of females. This is something that I have often pondered and what I've come up with are a few things. First of all, it's unfortunate that the idea of doing yoga has somehow become perceived as "easy, sissy, over emotional, over spiritual, un-masculine." Most men (when they do eventually try it) find it to be quite the opposite. Maybe they choose not to share it with their guy friends, because they don't want to share their little secret of a big room filled with women wearing comfortable clothing and stretching in interesting positions. In India however, men are more privileged while the women are expected to work. It is far more common for men to be the primary practitioners of yoga. The yoga body is often lean and slender. American society paints a picture of men being large and more "masculine".
The requirements for becoming a yoga instructor are not nationally regulated, but rather regulated statewide. Most yoga studios are affiliated with an organization that recognizes them as legitimate. One of the largest organizations in the United States is Yoga Alliance. The first step, is to find out what kind of yoga resonates with you and why. Most yoga studios offer a teacher training program that is affiliated with something like Yoga Alliance, and will issue you a certificate of completion. Each studio has a mantra and particular philosophy which originated with a teacher or guru, that the subsequent students pass down. Generally, the first level that an aspiring teacher would need to achieve would be a 200-hour program.
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