Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

JYogi

9 Years Experience

Delray Beach, FL

Female, 34

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 September 05, 2017

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To what degree is your responsibility to your students mental empowerment vs. physical empowerment? Are they there to get in shape, or be enlightened?

Asked by maktub! over 4 years ago

As teachers, it is our responsibility to teach what we have learned. The student teacher realtionship is simultaneous. We learn from eachother. As a human being, it is our responsibility to put forth the effort to grow. As teachers, we are students. As students, we are teachers.

Hi, What is your opinion in regard to whether a Bikram yoga instructor should talk about non-meditation related topics during every savasana. It makes me tense when that happens - is that normal?

Asked by Julie about 3 years ago

It is my opinion that a persons practice should not be predicated on the teacher. The goal of our yoga practice should be to attain a relaxed and/or meditative state that would not be affected by what is going on around us, including what a teacher is saying (other than posture instruction). That being said, I have been in your shoes many times, even as a seasoned yogi. I believe when that happens, it is an opportunity for us to look inside and see what is really bothering us. Often what bothers us about someone or something, is a reflection of what is going on inside. 

Have you ever heard of this thing called DDP Yoga that was created by a former professional wrestler and marketed mostly to men, especially former athletes? The online testimonials seem amazing but who knows.

Asked by DDP about 3 years ago

No, I have not but I just watched a couple of video's about it and it looks very similar to power vinyasa yoga which is great. I honestly think it's marketed toward men, so they think they're not doing something sissy ;)

I'd like to know how to go about hitting on girls in my yoga class. I don't want to HARRASS them when they're just there to work out of course, but as someone who's taught hundreds of classes and probably seen lots of fails, what advice do you have:)

Asked by Trav about 3 years ago

My personal opinion is to go up and talk to the girl you're interested in after class. There are no tricks. Just be real.

How many classes do you think it should be before I start noticing improvements in flexibility, assuming I'm doing all the poses properly?

Asked by Faisal almost 3 years ago

You're exactly right. Assuming you are doing the postures correctly, you should actually see progress (even if it seems microscopic) in every class. You will eventually have an "a-hah moment" in each pose. When you are focused on your breath, listening to the instructor, and doing it in your body, you will no doubt find progress. I just had a baby and it's taken me about 8 weeks to get my pre-pregnancy practice back (and having a baby changes your body dramatically).

What's the most number of yoga classes you've ever taught in a day, and are you exhausted the more you teach or is it relaxing?

Asked by BeYou almost 3 years ago

The most I have taught in 1 day was 4 classes. At the time, I was a full time studio manager and instructor, teaching 15-18 classes a week. I will admit that 4 classes a day was too much for me. However, I was teaching in New York City and it was HOT yoga. New York in and of itself is exhausting and being in the hot room was a bit taxing.

Teaching is certainly a very relaxing experience, but at this point in my life, I would not exceed teaching 2 per day because I would like to practice as well, and have enough energy to give to my family when I come home.

Will yoga widen my hips?the results I am looking for is for yoga to widen my hips a bit.

Asked by Alia almost 3 years ago

I don't believe it will actually "widen" your hips, but hip opening exercises will help make your hip flexors more malleable (flexible) and aid in prevention of future injury.