Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

JYogi

7 Years Experience

Delray Beach, FL

Female, 33

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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Last Answer on May 04, 2017

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I was doing yoga for about 6 months and have recently stopped. I'm finding it difficult to find the motivation to get back in the room. Any ideas?

Asked by Domino over 5 years ago

I hear what you're saying and have totally been there. Sometimes the body does need a break, and sometimes we lose motivation. Trying a new studio or new teacher may help. Practicing at home is also always an option. Having your own personal practice is ultimately what we want to work toward as practitioners and as teachers. Remember, you are are your own best teacher. Ask yourself the question, "Why am I not motivated to do yoga right now?" Listen to your body, evaluate your choices. Challenge yourself, but don't torture yourself.

I've never been able to do a back-bend...can ANYone learn to do one and if so, how do I get there?

Asked by backbender over 5 years ago

Absolutely! It takes time for some, so be patient. I recommend starting like this; Stand with your feet separated hips width distance. If you need to measure, place two fists in between your feet, and walk your feet in to touch your fists. Make sure that all ten toes are facing forward. Then brings your arms up over your head, should width distance. This is called Mountain Pose. Make sure your arms are engaged, shoulders relaxed, spine straight. To proceed into the back bend, drop your head back. Completely relax your neck and head. Squeeze your buttocks and push your hips forward. Don't hold your breath! And started to bend back. Best to begin the back bend while exhaling, and continuing to breath. It is very normal to feel a bit dizzy, or nauseous when you first start your back bend practice. Remember, your spine is long so try not to focus only on bending in your lower back, but your upper back as well. Lift your heart up towards the ceiling, and remember there can be no tension in the neck and head! Hope that helps.

Have you seen any romantic relationships come out of your yoga classes?

Asked by KelBell over 5 years ago

The studio that I originally worked at, prohibited dating the students. I got hit on quite a bit, but never had the urge to date on of the students. I did date a couple of fellow teachers. There is a lot of that in the yoga world, believe it or not. I personally feel it is inappropriate to date the students.

What's one of the biggest misconceptions about yoga that you'd like to clear up?

Asked by Swanny over 5 years ago

That you have to be flexible in order to do it! I have invited countless people to come to yoga with me, and often the response is, "I'm just not that flexible" or "I can't even touch my toes." Yoga is a practice that takes *practice*. We all have to start somewhere. The physical benefits of the yoga are things like strength, stamina, flexibility, and for many people, weight loss.

I've gone to a handful of Bikram classes (and I'm a guy!), and while I generally liked the stretching and the hot room, every one of my instructors has come across as new-agey and kinda "out there". A lot of their class talk sounded like a bunch of granola-infused homeopathic...crap. Do you buy into that whole aura?

Asked by Kyle over 5 years ago

That's funny. I'm seriously laughing because I know what you mean and that can be annoying. I personally do listen to what they say, but it doesn't mean that I agree with all of it. Some of it resonates with me and some of it doesn't. Ultimately our practice should not be predicated on the teacher and what they are saying. We are going inside ourselves. My teacher once told me that the teacher that you dislike the most is the one whose class you SHOULD be attending. Yoga is for YOU. It is personal. Whatever the teacher is saying can be easily let go. It is a great challenge in the meditation itself and focusing on your breath, body and movement.

Are there any particular brands of yoga mats that you think are head & shoulders above the rest, or are they pretty interchangeable?

Asked by Jake over 5 years ago

I am a huge advocate of the Jade Mat. It is the best of the best.

I always have trouble 'clearing my mind' when I'm in class and the instructor tells us to let our daily stress wash away. If anything it makes me think MORE about the day's stress. You have any tips to find the 'inner peace' that I guess I'm supposed to be finding?

Asked by ommmmmmmmmm over 5 years ago

Rather than focusing on "clearing your mind" and what "you should be able to do", work on the acknowledgement of your thoughts. Being fully present in them, and work towards letting them pass. It is the intention. Some days the mind will be racing, and some it won't. It's just YOGA!