Online Resources for Yoga Teachers to Rock Their Yoga Business

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Jenna’s Favorite

Online Resources for Yoga Teachers

From Podcasts, to blogs, and much more, here are some incredible resources to help you build your yoga biz!

 

In the world of building your yoga business, it can seem daunting. Not only are you learning how to become an intentional yoga teacher, but then you also have to learn how to navigate the online world + becoming an independent contractor + an epic marketer…

If you’re a bit overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe. Take a BIG inhale & then a long slooow exhale.

Here at Happy Jack Yoga, we’ll show you the ropes. In fact, we have a whole team that’s job is to educate our yoga teachers!

Here are the 6 Online Resources for Yoga Teachers that have changed my yoga business & will help you with yours!

M.B.Om Podcast

Amanda interviews successful Yoga Teachers from all-over-the-world. Her guests break down their steps to success, routines, and discuss topics that they are experts on.

I’ve been listening to Amanda for years & couldn’t recommend her podcast more. It’s great to listen to while you’re driving to the studio and in-between classes.

Download M.B.Om wherever you listen to podcasts (iTunes, Sticher) or directly on Amanda’s website!

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The Yoga Nomads

The Yoga Nomads teach yoga teachers how to build a successful yoga career. From weekly blog posts, to bomb Facebook Live videos, to a paid website development course, they deliver their knowledge to their students in many different forms.

I found The Yoga Nomads around the same time that I quit my 9-5. They were motivation that I too could make it in this yoga world.

Visit The Yoga Nomads website here.

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Learn how to improve your website’s SEO with Coursera

OH SEO, where do I begin?

First, what is SEO? It’s how a search engine, like Google, ranks your website or content.

These days, yoga teachers need a website. This course will teach you everything that you need to know to show up on the first page of Google.

The course is jam-packed with great information that is easy to understand by us, not-so-technical-savy people.

This course is taught by an incredible professor from University of California- Davis, view the course here.

Melyssa Griffin

She is one of my favorite online resources for yoga teachers because she has a plethora of FREE resources to help you create your online content.

Her blog covers topics like entrepreneur tips, social media help, and so much more.

My favorite part of her website: it’s her free workbooks & e-books.

Once you sign up for her email list, you’ll be given access to items like “How to Gain 300 Email Subscribers in 30 Days”, “What to do Before & After Every Blog Post”, “Crafting a Killer About Page” and much more!

Get the info here.

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The Blog Millionaire

The Blog Millionaire is for beginners who wants to build their blog/website.

Every episode of this podcast is bursting with tons of actionable steps to help you build, optimize, and market your blog/website. His podcasts are in a list form so that they are easy to digest.

Once you’re done listening to the podcast, log onto his website and view the show notes. From there you can access all the links that he referred to, view info graphics, and so much more.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or directly on their website.

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Happy Jack Yoga Teachers’ Community

Do you have a yoga business question? Are you struggling with something as a yoga teacher? Need inspiration?

Join the Happy Jack Yoga Teachers’ Community and receive just that.

Knowledge.   Feedback.   Support.

Join the group here.

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And there you go! My favorite Online Resources for Yoga Teachers to Rock Their Yoga Business! Do you have any resources that you’d like to add to the list?

Please comment below and others know about it!

The more that us yoga teachers come together & collaborate, the faster we will learn & rock our yoga businesses!

Jenna Johnson
Director Of Education

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So there you have it, 6 Online Resources for Yoga Teachers to help you build your yoga business!

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Running to Give The Gift Of a Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship

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Running to Give The Gift Of a Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship

#MOVETOTHRIVE for Alive to Thrive Foundation

Move to Thrive!

Run! Jump! Chaturanga! Leap Frogs! Swim! Dive! Bike Ride! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOGA ASANA Here’s a question for you: Do we move because we are happy or are we happy because we move? If the answer doesn’t come to you immediately, it might be worth investigating to know for sure.

My friend Jenna & I are Running to Give The Gift Of a Yoga Teacher Training.

Here is my story with movement, lessons learned, and now how I’m giving back through by gifting a yoga teacher training scholarship.

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Movement

As for me, movement is incredibly close to my heart, one could say it has saved my life and rescued my soul. I used to be over weight, like 55kg heavier to be precise… And that’s life threatening, you know!?… Morbid obesity had always been my case ever since I was a young boy. There were many reasons.
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When I started to take control of my health it was just after I left home for university, I have not turned back since. And over the last 7 years, I have gone through many phases: from chasing a number on a scale, to dieting for fitness and performance. Now I am mostly concerned with fitness and wellness. We are on a journey that has many moving parts. It has become apparent that we are simply a part of the system with the natural world around us. We must tend to ourselves with regard to the bigger picture if we are to be well.
One thing is for sure: I have wholeheartedly fallen in love with movement. Of all the lifestyle changes I have made, movement has perhaps been the one I embraced the earliest and with most fervor… Because mood follows action.
 
This is true for all of us, chemically speaking, when we move, we feel better. In my case, I began with any kind of movement and quickly found myself embraced by a wonderful running community. I enjoyed the rush that came with running long distances. Then I fell in love with the people who shared that with me.
 
THAT is perhaps the coolest thing about movement:

IT BRINGS US TOGETHER!

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It’s more than running

Running, yoga, and just about every physical activity under the sun has some community of people somewhere joining in. Along with community and friendship there is one other factor that running gave me, empowerment. There was a time when the idea of running a mile was simply “not for me.” Now I can look back at running my first 5k without stopping and what a huge milestone that was!
 
My goodness, I have goosebumps just writing this! I never could have guessed that I would eventually go on to race obstacle courses, run marathons, ultra marathons, and even an Ironman triathlon!
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I deeply love endurance sports and they continue to be a part of my life today. The people I’ve met, the places I have seen are all priceless and wonderful additions to the health benefits. Running continues to play a huge role in my life. It was even through running that yoga showed up in my life, as many others experience.

Nowadays teaching yoga is a part of my life and purpose. So I can’t help but laugh in astonishment at all that running has attracted for me.

Many people who see a photo of me from 7 years ago immediately say they can’t believe it. Then they ask: “What did you do?” and I respond with, “About the same thing I’m doing now, except over 7 years”.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

“There is no such thing as a before and after. There is only a before and during.”

Giving the gift of a Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship

 

And that is why I still live this lifestyle and am currently training to swim/bike/run a 70.3 triathlon (that includes a half marathon run). I am so excited to be partaking in this race and that I have a chance to raise money and awareness for the Alive to Thrive foundation.

 

This foundation gives lucky individuals the chance to have a full scholarship at a Happy Jack Yoga teacher training. Running has done so many things for me, but nothing has changed my life quite like my trainings in yoga.
My friend and fellow team member Jenna (@theexploringyogini) at Happy Jack Yoga is also running a (HER FIRST) 5k race!
 
You know I am excited because of how I described my first 5k experience.
Together, we are running and training everyday until the end of June to raise enough money for a full scholarship to a Happy Jack Yoga Program. To give the gift of a yoga teacher training, we need to raise about $25 a day! We think we can do it! We will also have fun and embrace movement in the process.

We need your help!

How can YOU make an impact?

Follow our journey on Instagram… Here is my Instagram & this is Jenna’s. Everyday, we’ll be posting a small snippet of our experience on our stories.
 
What is the Alive to Thrive Foundation? Read more about it here.
 
Have you done a training where your life was transformed? If so, consider donating so that you too can help give the gift of transformation through a Happy Jack Yoga Teacher Training. Click this link to browse our donation page.

Jeff Lester
Director Of Contribution

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Yoga Teacher Training for Confidence & Learning How to Express Myself

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Yoga Teacher Training for Confidence & Learning How to Express Ourselves


Tales from Bali & Utilizing Self-Expression
During Our Yoga Teacher Training for Confidence

I give props to anyone who hosts a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Truly. There is an overwhelming amount of content & theories to cover in such a short amount of time. Think about it… You learn how to keep your students safe, create vision boards, anatomy, yoga business, and so much more. Oftentimes, as new yoga teachers, we’re thrown into the world as a yoga teacher and told that our confidence will develop later on… Only after we’ve taught plenty of yoga classes & have made mistakes. But what if I told you that you could quicken the process of gaining confidence as a yoga teacher? If you’re looking to take your teaching to the next level, stop looking. Here is our Yoga Teacher Training for Confidence.

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The Start of a Beautiful Week:

It was dark & the rain sprinkled onto Bali. My taxi dropped me off, in the rain, next to a tiny street. My large suitcase, my small suitcase, my backpack, & I waited for another vehicle to pick us up. Except this time, it was a moped. My luggage, my driver, & I descended up the smallest road that I had ever seen. We sped down this little road that trailed through the rice paddies. Like an orchestra, the crickets chirped & toads croaked to the buzzing of the moped.
 
The next week, at Dragon Fly Village, the Happy Jack community and I created magic. 14 of us, from all over the world, came together. We sang, yoga-ed, meditated, laughed, and welcomed the New Year. We danced, cried, hugged, and created a safe space for strengthening our Self-Expression.
 
Bali reminds you of the rawness that it is to be alive.
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One by one, we each supported one another as we became clear on our goals. Every morning, we journaled our thoughts, our dreams, our emotions, and anything else that our monkey-mind thought of. We explored who we are at our core. We asked & answered really, really challenging questions. Little-by-little, we peeled off of layers. As we release ourselves from these stories & expectations, we’re left feeling confident to be ourselves.
 
As we fell asleep at night, the crickets, geckos, and other creatures sang us to sleep. Early in the morning, the lotus outside of our huts opened up after a night’s rest. Far off into the distance, we could see a gigantic volcano smoking. While we felt alive on the inside, the world showed us that it too is alive.
 
Bali is pure magic. Every single day, there is a ceremony. There is always a reason to celebrate. We participated in a purification ceremony at the Tirta Empul Temple. We celebrated the New Year with a cacao ceremony and an opening Yin practice & sharing session. The Ubud Community & Happy Jack Yoga danced escatically at The Yoga Barn.

Self Expression: What is it & how does it help improve our confidence as a yoga teacher?

As a yoga teacher our job is to express ourselves… We have a sequence in our brain & we want our students to follow our cues (both verbal & physical). We have a vision, now how do we make that sequence & intention a reality? This is where Self-Expression comes in.
 
Do we want to fully & authentically express ourselves? We need confidence for that. Did you know that only 7% of communication is verbal? We need our body language (conscious & unconscious gestures) to correlate with our words. Expressing ourselves with confidence, means communicating with the correct tone, speed, and direction.
 
For example: when you’re teaching do you want to be quiet & timid? Or do you want to foster a community that laughs & has fun?
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Self-Expression as a yoga teacher also involves your inner conversations.

 
Each & every one of us has a primary question. We ask ourselves it several times throughout each and everyday. Most of the time, we’re not even consciously aware of our question…
 
For example, what is my old bullshit Primary Question?
 “What will go wrong?”
 
Yup. Without realizing it, I would ask myself that all the time… When I thought about applying for new yoga jobs, hosting a pop-up yoga class, trying to build an online yoga business… That was my first gut reaction.
 
Now, what is my NEW EMPOWERING Primary Question?
 “What can go right?”
Over several days, we explored these Primary Questions. Together, we brainstormed what our old questions & manifested questions that evoked positivity & excitement.
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Self-Expression & Affirmations

An affirmation is a declaration of who we are & what we want to share with the world. In the Happy Jack Yoga System, every yoga class begins with an affirmation. Oftentimes, it’s silly, powerful, or uplifting. Using our entire body, we shout & stand tall as we declare our intentions.
Throughout the week, we each created & “tested” several different affirmations. These mantras were perfect for developing our Self-Expression.
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Dear Bali, thank you for sharing yourself with the Happy Jack Community. Thank you for challenging us & for helping us create our best selves. Thanks for your aliveness & your beauty.
 
At the end of the day, I’m not sure where else you can find a group like this. A group that will challenge & support you. A group that will lift you up & help you find your way. A group that inspires you to express yourself in your truest way.
If this experience is calling out to you, I urge you to check out our up-coming Self Expression Yoga Teacher Training in tranquil Canada!
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Jenna Johnson

Jenna Johnson

Director Of Education

Jenna is currently on a 6-month-honeymoon-around the world. She is a nature-lover that is obsessed with yoga, travel, and her vintage camper. Jenna spends her time writing & creating videos for her online community, The Exploring Yogini. It's a space for inspiration, reflection, and adventure.

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Leadership Teacher Training in Tulum, Mexico

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 A Reflection on Our Leadership Teacher Training in Tulum, Mexico

A behind the scenes of the magic that we experienced during our Leadership Immersion in paradise.

 

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I distinctly remember standing at my kitchen counter staring at my list. Feelings of nervousness & excitment were seeping into my veins. I stared at the pros. I looked for the cons.
In that moment, it was clear. Despite feelings of unease in embarking on this journey alone, I knew that I had to go. I pulled out my phone & typed an email to Happy Jack.
The list went a little something like this:
Pros:
-I’ll get to create leadership skills
-I’ll become friends with yoga teachers
-It’s in Mexico
-It’s recognized by Yoga Alliance
Cons:
-It’s a lot of money
-I’m really busy
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7 months later, I was on a flight to Cancun, Mexico for my Leadership Teacher Training. When I arrived at the retreat center full of nerves, I was blown away by the beauty of the Maya Tulum Retreat Center. I was scared to meet the team. What if I wasn’t what they expected? Would everyone be welcoming? In fact, upon meeting Jack, I told him I was feeling anxious.
I had never studied yoga with the Happy Jack team. I had zero idea what Jack’s classes were like. Despite my fears, I knew that my yoga business, and as a human, that I needed this Leadership Teacher Training.
After his first class, I was blown away. In it’s own unique way, it was one of the BEST yoga classes that I had ever taken. I, surprisingly, loved the singing. It gave me permission to be silly & to embrace my voice while connecting with the community in a new way. The mats aligned in a circle created a new connection that I hadn’t experienced before. I even embraced touching the people next to me during airplane pose.
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We explored the Mayan culture while at Maya Tulum Retreat Center. The team over-delivered. Our second night, HJY welcomed two beautiful Mayan healers to perform a cacao ceremony for us. We sang as the music carried our thoughts away & we welcomed the Mayan New Year.
The following night, we were gathered on the beach for ceremony with a Mayan Shaman. We were arranged in a 1/2 circle around an alter decorated with seeds, flowers, & leaves. From there, we saw a glimpse of white in the corner of our eyes. Shocked, we grinned as we figured out what was happening. Hanna with a boquet in her hand was beaming as a beautiful bride. Jack with a huge smile on his face. Their union as man & wife was an incredible experience.
As if the retreat couldn’t get any better, the same Shaman as the night before, returned. During our Sweat Lodge Ceremony, we released regret & replaced it with forgiveness. We let go of our pain & sorrow and greeted it with love & compassion.
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These experiences, the people, the magic of Tulum, helped guide me to exactly what I needed.
Confidence.
Foregiveness.
The Freedom to Speak my Truth.
The training was more than I needed. I left the leadership training with more confidence, clarity in my vision & friendships. Jack is a “Breakthrough” master. All my stories that I had been carrying around became transparent. I set, empowering intentions. I mastermined my future.

Tulum, Mexico was absolutely perfect. I am counting down the days until I get to return again in November 2018. Will you be joining us?

Click here to read more about our 2018 Experience in Tulum, Mexico.

Click here to read more about our 2018 Leadership Training in tranquil, Gravenhurst, Canada

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Jenna Johnson

Director of Education

Jenna is currently on a 6-month-honeymoon-around the world. She is a nature-lover that is obsessed with yoga, travel, and her vintage camper. Jenna spends her time writing & creating videos for her online community, The Exploring Yogini. It's a space for inspiration, reflection, and adventure.

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Free Yoga Teacher Training AND Flights in honour of Katies Keates

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We are pleased to be offering the Katie Keates Memorial Scholarship again to support a deserving yogi to participate in Yoga Teacher Training. 

In 2015 we lost a truly amazing yoga teacher to cancer. Katie was a true inspiration to so many in our Muskoka community.

Katie and I had a lot in common; we studied Engineering, we completed our MBA, we are passionate about the yogic lifestyle and we were both diagnosed with cancer.

Katie was a volunteer yoga teacher at the YMCA and she co-taught the annual CareCancer charity yoga class with me, even while she had cancer. This summer the 6th annual CareCancer charity yoga class will be held in Katie’s honour.

Katie gave back to her community and in her honour we are offering one free space in our Spain Yoga Teacher Training program. The recipient will also receive round trip complimentary airfare to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

We recognize that not everyone is able to afford a Yoga Teacher Training and this opportunity is for a yogi who would love to participate in our Yoga Teacher Training and doesn’t have the financial means.

Katie has been such a huge contributor to growing our yoga community and sharing her passion for life with others. We are pleased to offer this opportunity for an inspired yogi to complete their Yoga Teacher Training in her honour.

Past recipients of the Katie Keates Scholarship in Finland now successfully integrate teaching yoga with individuals recovering from addiction, who otherwise would not have access to these practices. Our Canadian scholarship recipients have been powerfully sharing yoga with her communities, and in particular within the public school system. Click the video below to learn how this training experience can impact your life:

We are so excited to be leading our next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Palma de Mallorca, Spain next month. Click here for complete details:

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When: June 12-29, 2017
Where: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

If you are personally interested in this scholarship, or you know someone who would be a fantastic candidate, email jack@happyjackyoga.com and share why you would love to participate in this life changing opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Happy Jack Yoga Team 🙂