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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