1. Yoga teacher training is way more involved than just mastering poses. In my teacher training program, we studied Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, about how food and lifestyle choices assist or deplete our life force. We also extensively studied anatomy: the mechanics of our bodies, the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, the alignment of our bones. We learned about different teaching techniques too, and the curriculum was robust: philosophy, ethics for teachers, meditation, chanting and Sanskrit, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for beginners, chakras, holistic nutrition. Overall, you learn how to really get present and be patient with everyone’s learning process — especially your own.
4. It takes a lot of trial and error to set up a successful wellness business. Unlike some other industries, wellness can cover a wide variety of topics and modalities. I previously worked for two investment banks, and it was very linear: You show up, follow your job description, hit your goals. Because wellness is such a wide bucket, it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to present the information I’ve obtained over the years. I started out doing a lot of one-on-one or group classes, and I was running all over New York City. I dabbled with different yoga styles and class formats to figure out what fulfilled me and spoke to clients. Now I have virtual Skype sessions and hold group classes on my rooftop. I bring the party to me! Continue reading >>