Ten years ago I offered the first Inner Power Yoga® Teacher Training program in Vail, CO.
It was a disaster.
Actually, it all went really well up until the final week. Then everything fell apart. Things got weird: One student showed up to class drunk (!), another could barely deal with the overwhelm of completion. Two others lost faith in the process. I took it all very personally. I lost my focus and had no idea how to channel my emotions...feelings were hurt all around. I learned more from the chaos and confusion of that epic failure than I could have possibly gleaned from a week of smooth-sailing success. The challenges I faced that week provided a crash-course in teaching that have solidified my foundation to this day. My motivation and technique have developed from deep seated LOVE and gratitude—for yoga, for life, and for every single Inner Power Yoga® STF (student-teacher-friend).
Ten years of academics between then and now have supplied more than the rich and comprehensive content that I share in my workshops. They also offered examples of unshakably solid teaching. I have been inspired by the best professors and yoga teachers, striving to model their best qualities—approachability, organization, creativity, humor, humility, and clarity—but with my own unique voice and style. And because of them, I enjoy empowering you to do the same—not just as yoga teachers (some of you are not) but as human beings, walking together in peace-seeking communication and compassionate social action.
I am grateful beyond words to all of my teachers: from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Naropa University, Colorado Mountain College, and every single yoga class I have ever attended. ...Not to mention the teachers that walk with me in daily life...AND all the STFs that have joined us on the Inner Power Yoga® journey. THANK YOU! ♥
Continue on to learn the 4 most important things I learned from my Epic Fail
(...and what to do when things "get weird").