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I am a Yoga Teacher

Four years ago I graduated from yoga teacher training and was declared, officially, a "yoga teacher".

I have to admit that declaration scared me to death. Did I know enough to teach? Had I absorbed enough alignment, anatomy, physiology, philosophy, sequencing and Sanskrit to really teach others? What I be a fabulous success or a total flop the first time I stood in front of a group of brand new, paying (!) students? Yup, I was scared. But as all of us "teachers" do, I went out and I taught. Because I knew deep down that I love yoga and I had to share this joy with others.

Now, four years later, I have noticed a shift. I feel confident in telling others that I am a yoga teacher. I no longer shake (yes, literally shake) when I stand in front of a group of students. I am more able to pour my heart and soul and love of yoga into my teachings. But some days, those questions still crop up. And, not surprisingly, a whole new crop of questions has emerged, big and small. What voice do I want to express in my yoga teachings? Do I use music or not? Should I adjust alot or a little?

I am very excited to be writing for Yoga Journal's
Teacher Tells All blog so that I can explore these questions and more with all of you.

I will be so grateful if you will post any questions, comments, advice, or words of encouragement below. Let's form a teaching community and get our questions answered so that we can go out and shout from the rooftops:

I am a Yoga Teacher.

To follow me on my journey please keep reading.


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I know ExacTLY how you feel , I still can't swallow those words (I am a yoga teacher) sometimes although my 1st passion does lie more on the chanting meditation side....when i haven't taught yoga for a little while, I get the same shakes like the first class .... ha.... it's unbelievable!

Peace to you

Thank you for this candid post and your blog in general. I am finishing up a 200-hour yoga teacher training program, and I can't imagine when I will feel comfortable calling myself a teacher. It's comforting to hear that it does take a while and that I'm not the only one who wants to be a teacher despite being nervous about standing up in front of a group.

Virtual communities valuing personal privacy. Anyway, thanks for the smile.

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