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8 Ways to a Peaceful Class

When you first asked how do you become a yoga instructor, you probably weren’t thinking of becoming a peacemaker, negotiator or disciplinarian. The focus of your answer to How do you become a yoga instructor was more likely on the poses, the marketing and the yoga philosophies that drew you to the teaching path. Fear not, you will learn asanas and philosophies, along with deep breathing and quiet meditation techniques.

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10 Tips for Leading a Yoga Class

Yoga teachers training can take you only so far. You still have to actually lead a yoga class by yourself. If you’ve trained at Asheville Yoga Center, you’ve had some experience that gave you the foundation for success. But yoga, like life, requires continual learning and a curious approach. Incorporate new ideas, such as the 10 tips below, continue with your formal training and learn through trial and error, and you’ll discover the techniques to lead a yoga class successfully.

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Featured Instructor: Corey Brown


With an open heart and open mind, Corey affirms the dignity and worth of all people and provides students with a safe space for self-exploration and growth through yoga practice. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is a licensed Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in wellness and stress management.

Corey teaches a creative and energetic vinyasa flow class that combines movement with breath and expression ...

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What Yoga Teacher Certification Means

Do you really need yoga teacher certification to teach a yoga class? Why does that “RYT” suffix matter? Hasn’t it been said that anyone can teach yoga? Why go through the bother of graduating from a costly and time-consuming certified yoga teacher training program? Can’t you just learn the poses well enough to teach them?
These are all good questions, but before we delve into the answers, let’s examine the different yoga certifications to understand what they mean.

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Yoga & Emotions: On Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Yoga, when done regularly and with intention, is known as a way to integrate your mind, body and spirit. Through a mindful yoga practice, you can learn to better control your emotions and bring peace and harmony to your outer and inner lives.
This is but one reason yoga teacher training programs, like the ones offered by the Asheville Yoga Center, want their students to have a daily yoga practice before starting. When you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, ...
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The Components of Yoga Teacher Certification

When you begin your path toward becoming a yoga teacher, you may find that a variety of the requirements test your body, mind and spirit. Yoga teacher training will push you to the edge of your abilities. It’s necessary to bring out the best yogi or yogini in you. A yoga teacher certification program presents a number of yoga styles, practices and philosophies for you to learn and embody. Before you can even begin your training, however, you must be ...
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Focus & Communication: Two Skills a Yoga Teacher Needs

In the universe of skills you need to develop during your yoga instructor training, two of the most vital are: learning how to focus and learning how to communicate effectively. Your training will teach you both skills, but first you must learn to listen. While you will learn to focus outside yourself, you also may find freedom as you focus within.

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”

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How Do You Become a Yoga Instructor When You’re Over 50?

How do you become a yoga instructor when you’re over 50 years old? The easiest answer is to practice every day, increase your knowledge of yoga, challenge yourself to go deeper into your practice and take the required courses to earn your certification. Your age doesn’t matter.

Benefits of Aging

As a matter of fact, you may even be better suited to the role of instructor than some of your younger counterparts. After all, you’ve most likely been practicing longer ...

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Valuable Tips for Becoming a Yoga Teacher

The practice of yoga has a rich and for many, very personal history. The demand for competent teachers is as high as ever. It’s everywhere, too. From small rural towns to big urban cities, students clamor for guidance. Students come in all sizes and shapes as well. They come with a variety of expectations, ideas and goals. Many yogis and yoginis take their practice very seriously and work at it on a daily basis. In fact, yoga defines their existence. ...
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Confidence-Building Lessons for Your First Yoga Class

Once you’ve finished your yoga instructor training, you must tell yourself you’re ready to actually lead a class. Your training at Asheville Yoga Center has prepared you for this moment. You’ve worked hard and even helped out in some classes. You know your postures backward and frontward. You’ve created your own sequence, and you know what you want to say. In theory. Yet you still fear leading your first solo class.

Yoga Instructor Training Lesson #1: Lead Through ...

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