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On My Mat: Inside the Mind of a Yoga Teacher. Yoga is a powerful antidote for stress and anxiety because it grounds us in the present moment. Practicing mindfulness — and presence — on our mat helps clear out the constant mental chatter that incessantly competes for our attention. Simply put: Yoga quiets the mind. Whether your intention is to teach yoga or deepen your practice, Mind the Mat’s Teacher Training Program offers an empowering approach to education, teaching, and cultivating your personal practice to deepen self-understanding, gain a greater knowledge of anatomy, functional movement (yoga with a Pilates twist taught by a Dr. of Physical.

— Seane Corn, yoga teacher and co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World “Yoga has power beyond the physical practice, but it can be difficult to share all the philosophy in the limited time we have on the mat. Rina’s book not only explains this power in simple terms, but is also fun to read! Rina is a great person who lives yoga on and off.

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Yoga, an ancient practice and meditation, has become increasingly popular in today’s busy society. For many people, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives. This is true whether you’re practicing downward facing dog posture on a mat in your bedroom, in an ashram in India or even in New York City’s Times Square. The way people approach life is the way people show up on their yoga mat.

And yoga teachers are no exception. Some yoga teachers may lead with a sense of aggression and competition while others will promote a feeling of safety and peace. 2 Mind Personal Hygiene.

Remember yoga class is often a very intimate setting and you may practice yoga closer to your fellow yoginis than you prefer due to lack of space or a crowded room. Please mind your personal hygiene. I do not even allow shoes inside my house so taking shoes off at the door is a habit but one that you should always. Alison Clare Skillen is a yoga teacher and food junkie working out her karma in Western Australia.

She shares her experiences on and off the mat at her blog. More On This Topic. Outdoor classes add a different dimension to one’s practice and pare yoga down to its original link with nature. “Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt,” says Hilary Kimblin, a Vedic hatha yoga teacher and owner of Yoga Under the Trees in Beverley Hills, California. by Annina Luzie Schmid I have been out of the Yoga loop for a good six months now.

Before I left my studio and mat, I was an avid and dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga: I had a regular, six day a week practice, had completed 150 hours of Yoga teacher training as well as a massage and injury prevention certificate, was an assistant teacher and wrote a popular enough Yoga blog.

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In his view, the mat represents a special kind of space set apart from other places in a yoga practitioner’s day.

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In Tantrik Yoga, a central principle concept is that which is outside is also inside.

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While this was yoga as an exhibition of art, the essence of yoga is not about external display but internal cultivation.

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Come on, love the mat!”) and in yoga studios, where a common thread is that the mat is your very own island and a place of comfort.

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This is particularly relevant because many students come along to courses armed with modern synthetic Yoga mats, which are about the worst thing you can place between yourself and the planet during meditation practice.

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The cool thing about yoga is that it reminds us to set an intention every time we unroll our mats.

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For example, if at the end of a yoga class, you are lying on your mat, and the instructor asks you to visualize walking on warm sand at a beach or to feel your body melting into the mat and you feel better, that is fine.

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On the mat, it manifests as our grasping desire for more, better, faster yoga postures.

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I know when many of you think of yoga, you probably picture people doing poses or stretches on mats in a class.

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Of course within the realm of the yoga matrix, wherever the mind happens to rest, whatever the immediate presentation of the mind is, that is experienced as infinity, as endless and interconnected.

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  • Hi Lindsey! Just subscribed… I just got certified earlier this year with my 200-hour certification and I wanted to know if you can make a video giving us tips on how and where to look for traveling yoga gigs. I have always had dreams about me traveling and it always felt “work-related” even though I didn’t have the stress that most westerners do when it came to work.

    Much love!
    Namaste ����

  • One reason I’d be a shit yoga teacher is cuz I don’t have that sweet calming voice. I talk like a hyperactive man..nobody wants that��

  • hey lovely, love how real you are! pure soul! the red rash/spots are from eating mucus forming foods (funk food, meats, dairy produce, and any other based foods that are acidic, i.e fruits and veg!) you should clean your lymphatic system… your skin is known as the 3rd kidney so any skin problems are a result of an inner problem (: hope it gets better for you, love and light mae

  • I loved watching this, really inspired by your home yoga classes ����I’m just off to class on this beautiful Sunday morning. Have a lovely day ❤️

  • Thank you for your video. This might be a little too late but just about the red spots, I go to a holistic doctor and they believe these things come from within. Particularly with the chest area it has to do with digestion. I’m sure there is a good holistic practitioner in Brighton that could help with that.

  • I had that very similar experience. celery juice tasted like soapy water at first and now months later it is so refreshing and I crave it as soon as a wake up

  • i get a similar reaction but on my cheeks. i do notice they show up when i’m hot or anxious or both so i drink a glass of ice water and try to just chill out for a bit ��‍♀️��

  • Hey sweety, for those red marks, in Ayurveda they are a symptom of a Pitta imbalance. Check out Iamsahararose on IG, she has some free stuff to get to know Ayurveda a little bit. Or simply go for an Ayurvedic consultation with a good practitioner:)

  • I often get these dry red spots on my neck when I have stress in combination with bad eaten habits (too much gluten or processed food). My holy grail is the organic aloe vera oil from primavera. It works for me.

  • Hey! I had these red dots in the summer as well. For me using some sea salt treatments (or just make a sea salt tonic) really helped ��

  • I use natural soap for my hair that only has essential oils in it and then rinse it with apple cider vinegar where I drop some essential oils in. Did also the no poo method but now I stick to this. (I use werfzeep. No palm oil and very clean and organic:) )

  • Just discovered your channel and I really love how down to earth you are and the message you are sending! ❤️ I also get the red marks on my neck and chest but only when I’m anxious/nervous. I think it is an autoimmune response so I don’t think putting anything on skin topically can really help (if it the same thing I have anyway)

  • Celery FTW!

    9:57—”I’m just doing a little ��.”

    Die rode plek: schildklier, maybe? Typisch vlinderpatroon. M’n broer heeft ‘r soms ook last van. Zo je toch moeten laten checken, hoor.

    Is zusterlief vegan?


  • you are having an autoimmune response. Could be thyroid related if on the neck, You may want to eliminate some foods to see if something is triggering it…coffee, peanut butter, oats, grains..especially stay away from gluten.Might try an ayurvedic cleanse or go raw vegan for a while.

  • I get red patches on my chest too, whenever I’m rushing, agitated/anxious, or do physical activity. My skin is like a mood ring �� I love it though. The best thing for me to limit the redness is to relax and take my time with things ❤️

  • I’d like to know more about the red splotches people get on their chest/neck area. I had a best friend from Germany who always got that when she was nervous or upset.

  • You are such a kind, beautiful person. Your videos always keep motivating me. Everytime i feel not my best, i am following one of your videos. Thank you for your work and effort.

  • I love watching your videos! They are so relaxing and enjoyable. I teach from home also, so I wanted to high five you when I saw your private yoga class. Lots of love! ❤

  • It’s so cool that you can do your yoga classes online in your apartment! You’re amazing girl! Thanks for sharing you life with us. ������

  • Did you say you went to graduate school for physical therapy, and that YOUTUBE is your full-time job? Is it because you make more money on youtube, or because you find youtube more satisfying than PT?

  • Hi Jessica. Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. Is lovely to be able connect with you through Q&A.. knowing a bit bout you as a person and not just yoga instructor. It gives a personal connection. Which I like. I have been following you just recently over 8 weeks ago now. I love how you inspired me to better myself through yoga practice. You are such a beautiful yoga instructor. I love doing my yoga practice with you. Thank you for you being you. ����

  • okay, but your voice is kinda so fun to listen to.
    i scrolled through countless teacher training videos and clicked out after not being able to hear them at all. ��

  • She said you cannot possibly learn all of the names of poses. Kind of trying to think of what you are training then? PRACTICE study and teach ALL of the names of the poses??? Fake

  • Have you ever thought about doing a yoga retreat or have you heard of a good one? I’ve almost thought of doing a teacher program just to get the immersed experienced but don’t necessarily want to teach.

  • This was so valuable! I’m actually a filmmaker but the idea of a YTT is so appealing to me and I can’t shake it. I thought it’s irrational seeing as I have no intention of quitting filmmaking. So hearing that a lot of people teach yoga as a side job makes me feel so much better)))

  • I’m hoping for ASMR yoga videos. I find the sound of belt buckles really relaxing, so someone doing yoga wearing jeans or pants with belt loops and an unbuckled belt would be super relaxing ��. Maybe you can try making this?

  • I think you kind of said this in your video, but being able to do arm balances and being flexible doesn’t mean you’re an advanced practitioner. Also curious: Did your practice cover the sutras? My teacher during TT once said, yoga was about not being an asshole in your daily life, which I loved. It’s not about how many chaturangas you can do (I basically never do them anymore because I like to focus my energy on other poses and if you’re not doing it well, you’ll hurt yourself).

    xo A Fellow 200 HR YTT Graduate (Who did it to deepen her practice!) http://www.thatgirlaway.com

  • Love this! I did a teacher training and it changed my life, wasn’t super experienced before the training and ended up teaching a little before. Best part was the people I met in the training and change I saw within myself.
    Thanks for this vid 😉

  • Yay! I loved this video!!! I’m a new sub and I love your channel!!! <3 I always have to wait until my partner gets out of bed so I can make it and he usually gets so crabby about it lol

  • Yoga always has and always will be something that I teach as a form of community service. It has been such a healing and emotionally powerful experience for me, along with a physical aspect to it as well. If anyone in the North County San Diego area ever wants to come try a hot yoga class, let me know and I can get you a guest pass! I’d love to share the gift of yoga with more people.

  • Hey Caitlin, does this mean you might start posting some yoga classes here on your channel?

    You should! Been trying to find a good YouTube Yogi and surprised that there aren’t more options available on YouTube.

  • they are not teaching yoga and the students are not learning yoga, after the course the new teachers are teaching something with the name yoga…

  • Yoga is Hinduism and occult new age disguised as relaxing exercice. This Trainings are more to teach stretching new age mixed with asanas from Yoga.

  • Taught yoga once and honestly…it is SO different than your own practice. I guess, I am definitely on the self journey path rather than the teaching one:D It is just not for everyone and that is great, as I just express myself and share my knowledge in different fields ;D

  • GIRRRRL first things first: you look beautiful, your makeup looks incredible. Second, this video was so helpful and straight to the point I never felt like you were repetitive or boring I couldn’t stop watching and now I wanna go do YTT lol

  • Caitlin, can you describe the workload while in the program? Like, how much time was devoted to studying, bookwork, reading, any essays or projects, etc? It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I appreciate this video bc it gave me a lot of great info!

  • Caitlin you inspire me so much! I just started a daily yoga practice and I am loving it❤️ you also inspired me to start my own vegan recipe channel. If anyone wants to support me I would be so appreciative��

  • Thank you for all your videos! you are my truly inspiration. I know yoga from a long time, but because of you I started practicing. My life has changed so much. You are a beautiful person, I wish you the best <3

  • Fairly new to your channel. For now having watched this video, can appreciate how much of your sweet personality and smile shine through the audio of your practices. Despite 20 years of almost daily yoga, having enjoyed being a strong intermediate, health challenges now prevent standing poses (miss being able to do strong flowing sequences). Would love if you could compile a playlist of your videos which only have seated, floor work (besides those in the Yin/Restorative list). Thanks!:)

  • Hello Jessica! I’m new to your channel and new to yoga. I am so glad I came across your page. Your page is amazing! Will you have an app soon? I’d love to have you as my teacher. You’re so knowledgeable and your vibe/positive personality is attractive. Do you miss living in NC? I’m currently living here.

  • this really inspired me to get back on my mat and focus on my goal of training and educating myself to become a teacher one day. thank you!��

  • Omg Jessica you are stunning! �� I’ve been following you for ages and had no idea! hehe
    You also have a loving golden glow about you and a twinkle in your eyes! I love your YouTube classes and instagram posts �� Thank you for your wonderful gift ✨��‍♀️✨

  • Jessica could you please upload a session which only includes postures which do not draw attention particularly from men whilst practicing outdoors please? Such as avoiding cow and cat etc. Beginner who is practicing yoga as a mindful movement. I love your videos. Thank you.

  • Thank you so much Jessica. You are such a beautiful person. I started my yoga journey in April 2019. I have been following you on Instagram ever since. You are such an inspiration! So sweet and so honest. Yoga has helped me deal with my inner turmoil. It has become a huge part of my life now. Someday, I hope to become a registered Yoga teacher so that I can help others heal parts of themselves that wear them down. I feel so much lighter these days. It has only been a year but what a difference! Thank you so much for all that you do. You are amazing! <3

  • Thank you Jessica. I absolutely love your videos. I am in the UK and love your yoga style. You come across really well and very honestly. Well done to you for growing your practice and good luck with your future plans.

  • Thank you so much for offering your video’s to us. I love practicing yoga at home as it is easy to fit into my life. Your videos, especially those focused on restorative yoga has really been essential to my recovery over the last few months. Having a physical burn out and not being able to do anything physically challenging has led me to soft practices like yours. Thank you again!

  • Princeps gloriosissime caelestis militiae, sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio et colluctatione, quae nobis adversus principes et potestates, adversus mundi rectores tenebrarum harum, contra spiritualia nequitiae, in caelestibus.

  • I have been enjoying your practice videos for about a year. They never disappoint! It was nice to learn more about you. Thank you for sharing!

  • I am nearing the end of my training and you inspire me so much. I have been following you for 5 years and I hope to attend a retreat with you one day. You are my yoga role model!

  • Thank you for sharing I also have really bad anxiety and panic attacks. When I started yoga my anxiety was getting much better.
    I was so excited to start my teacher training. I also had panic attacks then on the third day the teachers asked me to leave the course and I could try again in a year. They also wanted to keep over $3500 I paid for the course after months we eventually got a partial refund I was told I wasn’t to come back and my membership was cancelled.

    I was so sad after I have just stayed inside my lounge room practising yoga by myself.
    Its been 6 months now

  • Hello Jessica! Thank you for your amazing yoga sequence.

    Please do a restorative yoga video with a bolster and blocks.

    thank you Jessica. Love you!

  • You’re awesome! Thank you for sharing! You’re right in the niche that I’m interested in I’m about to go to India for my 500 RYT ��������

  • Wonderful to ‘hangout outside of class’ with you and learn more about you! Keep doing what you are doing. I really enjoy the yoga videos as well as the guided meditation.

  • You are my yoga inspiration. I wake up everyday and watch one of your video and try yoga. That’s how my day starts with positivity ��✨����‍♀️

  • Very nice. It’s good to hear from you, your story, inspiration, practice methods and your yoga videos are really amazing and enjoyable. Thank You.��

  • thank you for sharing! you are my favorite yoga teacher ever! and i love the videos you produce with such clear instruction and beautiful soothing voice. thank you for spreading positivity and light, especially in these challenging times.

  • Our beginning journeys are so similar. I started using the yoga studio app in 2015 �� I still recommend it to people because there is so much customization for levels and times!

  • Thank you Jessica. I love all your yoga and meditation classes. They have helped me so much. I really enjoyed hearing your story. Emily.

  • I filmed a Day in The Life as a Yoga Teacher and YouTuber. Watch along to see what I eat, what I do and what my Thursday looks like �� Subscribe for free weekly uploads: http://bit.ly/sarahbethyoga

  • I really like your videos and your approach to exercise, your soothing voice in the voiceover, etc. ��
    What’s with this coffee with butter and coconut oil, though? ��

  • great video. Thank you for sharing this. What a super organised and focused individual. So motivated. You make it look so easy to go to the gym.