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Information, support, and inspiration for yoga teachers. Topics include the business of yoga, teaching skills, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, and more.

Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast Mado Hesselink

    • Entrepreneurship

Information, support, and inspiration for yoga teachers. Topics include the business of yoga, teaching skills, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, and more.

    Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

    Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

    Ever wonder what’s actually happening in the transition from downward facing dog to lunge? Why is it so challenging for some? Is it an essential transition to master?  Listen to learn how you can help your students navigate this common movement while still offering them an empowering yoga class experience.
    Highlights from this episode:
    Understanding the mechanics of this particular movement and what is required of your body.  Specific cues for that will help your students be successful. Why repetition of important cues is helpful to students. Building the poses and your cues progressively. Alternatives, modifications, and how to determine when they are appropriate. Strengthening movements that prepare your students for what it takes to step forward from down dog. Links & Resources
    Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group
    Sign up for Mado's email list and get a free download of 100 yoga class themes

    • 18 min
    Shannon Crow on Pelvic Health

    Shannon Crow on Pelvic Health

    Shannon Crow is a yoga teacher who specializes in yoga for pelvic health and trains other yoga teachers to do the same. In her conversation with Mado, she shares the basics of what every yoga teacher should know about pelvic health, information for yoga teachers interested in focusing on pelvic health, and also how she built her one to one pelvic health consultation business.
    Episode highlights:
    How the breath impacts our pelvic health. Why Kegels and Mula Bandha aren’t appropriate for all (or even most) yoga students. How to determine if a specific pose, practice, or exercise is safe for you if you have pelvic health issues.  Why pelvic health is a fantastic niche for yoga teachers - and how to determine if it is right for you. How yoga teachers can work cooperatively with pelvic floor PTs - and how to initiate relationships that result in a steady stream of referrals.   
    Links & Resources
    Pelvic Health Professionals Membership
    Book a Consultation Call with Shannon
    Foundations of a Yoga Business
    Episode 6: How to succeed as a yoga teacher by focusing on cooperation over competition with Shannon Crow

    • 52 min
    Staying centered while opening a yoga studio [on-air coaching call]

    Staying centered while opening a yoga studio [on-air coaching call]

    Kim is in the process of opening a yoga studio in an up-and-coming neighborhood in New York City. While she waits for her permits and paperwork to go through, she takes the opportunity to get some one-on-one coaching from Mado about her unique vision. In addition to being in an owner/administrative role, Kim wants to be a practitioner at her own studio. Listen as Mado offers some reflections and strategies to help her be successful as a new yoga studio owner.
     
    Episode highlights: 
    How to be able to practice at the studio as the owner without getting overwhelmed by the day to day tasks and things that come up.  Bringing a yoga mindset into the experience of opening a studio. Creating structure in your schedule so that you get time to recharge.  Holding boundaries for ourselves in business and leadership roles. The importance of having a support person such as a manager or assistant and what skill sets to look for when hiring this person.  How to communicate with employees and clients and maintain integrity around your relationships. Suggestions for sales and promotions that have proven to work well for yoga studios.


    Links & Resources
    Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group
    Sign up for Mado's email list and get a free download of 100 yoga class themes

    • 59 min
    How to sequence a 20 minute demo class

    How to sequence a 20 minute demo class

    Mado shares her top 5 tips for sequencing a 20 minute demo class to audition for a teaching position. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special freebie for listeners.
    Episode highlights: 
    Why yoga studios ask for a 20 minute audition. How to do research for the teaching job you are hoping to get.  What to focus on when you don’t have enough time to sequence a full class experience.  Teaching techniques you can use in your demo and beyond. How to have a plan for if you start running out of time and can’t teach everything you prepared. Links & Resources
    Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group
    Get a free downloadable cheat sheet based on this episode when you sign up for my email list.

    • 13 min
    Kelly McGonigal on the Joy of Movement

    Kelly McGonigal on the Joy of Movement

    Health psychologist, Stanford University lecturer, and author Kelly McGonigal joins Mado for a  closer look at understanding the science behind the Joy of Movement from the perspective of a yoga teacher and yoga practitioner. The two also discuss how yoga teachers can use the information provided by the science to improve their classes and bring more joy to their students. 
    Episode highlights: 
    Kelly’s personal yoga story and what ultimately lead her to write the Joy of Movement. The therapeutic value of community and collective movement experiences.  How teaching yoga can build your skill sets in many different ways that often extend beyond the yoga classroom. Understanding why it feels so good to do yoga in a group experience according to science.  How to take this information and use it to structure your yoga classes and respond to your students in the moment.  Specific techniques to enhance the synchrony of the group and the direct experience of the joy of moving with others.  An introduction to the psychology of movement and how different postures affect our brain and mood.  How to help people begin and commit to joyful movement in their lives. Links & Resources
    Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group
    Sign up for the email list and get 100 yoga class themes 
    Get more info about Mado’s Masterclass at Brevard Yoga
    Workshops that Wow online course waitlist 
    Purchase The Joy of Movement book 

    • 58 min
    3 steps to fill your classes

    3 steps to fill your classes

    Amanda McKinney is a Marketing Coach with a passion for empowering yoga teachers to earn more money doing what they love. In this episode, Mado picks Amanda’s brain about the 3 steps you can take right now to get more people in your yoga classes. 
    Episode highlights:
    Approaches for brand new teachers as well as experienced teachers who are ready to niche down. What to do when you feel the pressure of building your yoga business.  How to apply yoga philosophy to your business.  Concrete steps to help get more people to attend your classes.  Advice for introverts with regards to marketing in person. What it is really like to build and maintain your own website  Links & Resources
    Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group
    Sign up for the email list and get 100 yoga class themes 
    Amanda’s 5 Weeks to Confident Yoga Marketing course 
    Schedule a complimentary 30 min call with Mado

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

Big_moma ,

Fantastic resource for yoga teachers!

One of the best podcasts for yoga teachers out there. Thank you Mado!

trisha.t. ,

An excellent resource

I’m new to teaching and find this podcast so helpful and full of knowledge and information.

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