yoga teacher training

Introducing Yoga Teacher Prep!

Yoga Teacher Prep

An Intentional Resource Hub for Future Yoga Teachers

The last few months I've been collecting data (so official sounding, right?) to launch a website to support future yoga teachers.  This past year heralded some big changes in my teaching, namely the development of my skills as a teacher of teachers.  Through the studio I've taught at since inception here in Kelowna, Oranj Fitness, I've begun co-leading yoga teacher training programs.  Not gonna lie, I was super nervous to start this venture and had all the classic concerns like, Am I good enough?  Will they like me?  Do I have enough to offer?  Nevertheless, the first training went swimmingly and I am now on the second.

With these teacher trainings came a slew of concerns front the students involved (ironically, their concerns were similar to mine: Am I good enough?  Is teacher training right for me?).  A lightbulb went off and Yoga Teacher Prep was born.  Nowhere online could I find resources for people about to embark on a yoga teacher training program.  So I made one.  Now let me be clear; this baby is brand new, a butt-load of work, and still evolving.  But this project lights me up and I am stoked to share the resources I've found and developed.

At the moment, we're in the middle of our #108YTT Tips for future yoga teachers.  Instead of watching Narcos on Netflix (and oh how this pains me so), I've been contacting dozens of rockstar yoga teachers (literally over 100 now) to ask them for their top tips for students thinking about taking their YTT.  All kinds of yoga celebrities and international teacher training gurus have gotten back to me and we are now on week two of sharing these tips on our website and social media feeds.

So thank you for listening, I mean reading.  And thank you for the support with this new venture.  And can I ask you a favour?  If you know anyone thinking of doing their yoga teacher training, or anyone who has signed up to do one in the future, can you please share this with them?  Thank you again.

Cheers and Namaste,

l.e. martini

Top of the Mat: What it is and why we created it!

A week ago, rockstar marketing guru (and uber-bendy yogini) Shauna Nyrose and I launched a company aimed at increasing the success of yoga instructors through mentorship.  We have named this new venture "Top of the Mat" and today I'd like to share with you my vision for this company. 

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While on a yoga vacation together last year, Shauna and I came to the conclusion that the support for new yoga teachers in our community was lacking.  We both found the transition from yoga school student to successful full-time yoga instructor challenging and loaded with obstacles.  This is when we came to the conclusion that it was, in fact, not only our calling but our duty to provide instructors with the information and tools to navigate this transition as easily as possible.  The information we have to offer comes from a variety of resources: informative podcasts, marketing education, multiple teacher trainings and workshops, as well as our own trial and error.

So what are we offering yoga instructors?  Our first workshop series begins Feb. 22, 2014 with 3 consecutive weekends of training and practical application.  This is our Level 1 mentorship program and it is available to all yoga instructors no matter if you are fresh out of training or have been teaching for years and are finding yourself wanting something more out of your career.  If you are an instructor passionate about your teaching career, I truly hope you can join us; I promise that we have a lot to offer!

Visit Top of the Mat's website

Cheers and Namaste,

l.e. martini

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