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5 Ways Teachers Can Help Other Teachers

By: Gaia Staff  |  June 14, 2013

We’ve all been that new teacher, so excited and eager to teach and grow. For many of us that process has been made more difficult due to lack of conscious teacher mentors. Going through teacher training and having a teacher trainer is simply not enough. In my fifteen years of experience and over 10,000 hours of teaching I have compiled some suggestions on ways we can help each other and encourage a new generation of yoga teachers.

  1. Experienced teacher mentors for newcomer teachers.
  • Become a mentor and make the transition into being a yoga instructor easier for someone else.
  • Take someone under your wing. Proactively reach out to your mentee and offer support, as a newcomer may be intimidated and hesitant to reach out first. Give them an open forum to ask questions.
  1. Share your resources and knowledge. Focus your social media efforts first and foremost on education.
  • Make a free offering. It isn’t simply karma yoga, but overall sharing yoga with the world that makes for a better new yoga teacher population.
  • The best teachers are educators who give freely like Sadie Nardini, Jason Crandell, and Rodney Yee.
  1. Teach fewer classes.
  • We can make huge improvements by reducing teacher burn out.  Too many of us teach too many classes, reducing the quality of each offering. Once remembering your sequencing becomes a challenge, you are only half present; your students deserve a better practice.
  • A sign that you may be teaching too much is when you are too busy to be a student and take class yourself.
  1. Take responsibility for the professionalism of yoga as a career.
  • The more we hold ourselves up to a higher standard of integrity, the more others will appreciate what we do.
  • If we lack professionalism we cannot expect to create a positive universal reputation.
  • Stop expecting Yoga Alliance to have to do it all themselves.
  1. Appreciate each other and ourselves.
  • Put in place a purposely planned self-care program. The more time you make to receive and demonstrate self-love, the easier it is to take a few minutes a week to support and appreciate fellow teachers.
  • This need not be made visible in social media as an effort to appear more yogic. It has to be done quietly without any expectations or motivation for receiving credit.
  • Reach out to a fellow teacher through a thank you email to show them that you see their effort.
  • Use professional language when commenting on social media sites.
  • Make your outreach meaningful and spiritual.
  • ABOVE ALL, take each other’s classes.

Showing up on the mat is one of the easiest ways to show your appreciation for fellow teachers. Let’s make this a yogic (r)evolution of sharing, collaboration, education, professionalism, and appreciation promoted by us as an entire tribe. Let’s not leave anyone out, because as teachers there is an implied belonging to the same tribe. Yoga is, as we know, all-inclusive.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!


Silvia Mordini

Silvia Mordini, Writer, Happiness Coach, Teacher, Healer
Spiritual Vinyasa * Inspired * Playful * Mystical
Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling the globe, she is an adventure junkie, writer, and happiness coach. After a car ran over her, she used yoga to recover physically and emotionally, then owned a Chicagoland yoga studio for 12 years.
Silvia has taught for 20 years, with over12,000 hours of experience. She founded the 10 year old internationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Alchemy of Yoga and co-founded Alchemy Tours, through which she leads Yoga Retreats and spiritual adventures worldwide. Silvia firmly believes the Alchemy of Yoga sparks the fire of transformation in everyone!
Silvia has devoted her life to inspiring others to be themselves through kick-ass spirituality. She empowers you to believe that the way you do your yoga becomes the way you live your life. Through peaceful movement on the mat, ordinary spiritual practice supports extraordinary happiness off the mat. Her playful, creative alignment-based Vinyasa Flow teaching style reminds you of your joyful birthright to love yourself, love your day, love your life!
Look for her upcoming book “Happiness Prescriptions” and her weekly The Alchemy of Yoga blog on DoYouYoga.com. Find her published articles as a Wellness Expert for yoga sites such as GaiamTV, MindBodyGreen, Yoganonymous, and Daily Cup of Yoga. Silvia lives in Seattle near the water and the mountains. She loves making Aperol Spritz while entertaining friends at home, and often helps others redecorate their homes with Soul. She dreams of one day living on a beach “almost” full-time and simplifying her closet by 50%.
Silvia can be reached at:
Websites: www.alchemytours.com or www.silviamordini.com
Twitter: @alchemytours or  @inspiredyogagal
Facebook: Silvia Mordini
YouTube: Loving Your Day
Instagram: alchemytours


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