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August/September 2014

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By Teresa Bergen N ew yoga teachers often struggle with the persona they project. Aren't they supposed to be enlightened role mod- els who know everything? Are they explaining too much or not enough? What do their stu- dents expect from them, and how can they best serve those students? WLT talked with a couple of experienced trainers who help new teachers be the best they can be. Beth Shaw is the founder of the internationally successful YogaFit program, which has trained more than 200,000 teachers on six continents. YogaFit specializes in gyms and health clubs and offers training at the 200-, 500- and 1,000-hour levels. Jay Fields is an Ojai-based teacher and writer. She mentors yoga teachers and business lead- ers, offers a yoga-based course in fi nding inner guidance to students at the University of Cal- ifornia, Santa Barbara, and has published two books. Student-Centered Classes Teachers must put their students fi rst, says Shaw. "I think they need to leave their egos to the side. They need to not be there to hear themselves speak, but to be there with the true intention to create a positive shift in people." Likewise, Fields encourages teachers to take other people's classes and pay close attention to how they feel as students. "What makes you feel seen?" she asks in her book, Teaching In teaching yoga, vulnerability may be as important as skill OFF THE PEDESTAL AND ONTO THE MAT yoga & spirit 310 396 9900 www.anandala.org 10524 W. Pico Blvd #214, LA 90064 Free parking in the back Join us! Our services include: Meditation Kriya Yoga Joyful Music Energy Healing Spiritual Community 18 wholelifetimesmagazine.com

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