Guess who's back on the mat?

Just over a year ago I made a conscious decision to take a break from teaching yoga. This decision was not an easy one to make: I loved my students and I loved teaching. I loved that my classes and workshops were regular times where I was required to show up, be present and be seen.

 

 

Despite all that, I slowly started to resent my teaching commitments.

And I felt so guilty for feeling that way.

 

I was exhausted from running around the city, teaching early mornings and weekends, while still working full time on other projects during regular working hours. My attention was scattered. And I started to feel like a fake because between everything I was doing, I wasn't making it to my own mat regularly.

So I decided to take a break from teaching. I thought it would be good to have a month or two off during the summer when studio traffic slows down anyways. I figured I'd be back in the fall, refreshed and with a renewed excitement for teaching.

Well, it took a little more than a month or two (more like 12...), but I'm now READY to step back into this role, or rather step FORWARD into this new version of yoga teacher me.

"Always forward, never back" (name that TV reference!)

"Always forward, never back" (name that TV reference!)

I share this for a few reasons:

  1. For my students - "It's not you, it's me" I just want you to know I've missed you SO much. I'm beyond excited to practice with many of you again soon (see upcoming classes below!)

  2. For my fellow yoga teachers - It's okay to put yourself first, it's okay to take a break. It's okay to love what you do but not to want to hustle so hard. It's okay to want to make good money. It's okay to want more time to yourself. It's okay if the group class thing is not working for you - there are other ways.

  3. For myself - Writing is so therapeutic for me. Putting words down here allows me to work through what's been going on in my head. What I wrote above is important: while I am "stepping back" into this role, I truly see this as moving FORWARD into a different reality of teaching for me, and I want to hold myself accountable to holding the vision of that different reality.

 

 

Like I said, I see this as a new era of teaching for me.

 

Here are the things I've decided to commit to (at this time) so that teaching can feel sustainable and supportive of me:

  • Teach local - For regular group classes, I'm only going to teach at studios that are within walking distance to my apartment or office. Not having to commute makes such a difference for me!

  • Not just hot yoga - I love you hot yoga, but I literally burnt out teaching so many heated classes. While I'll still practice at a hot yoga studio occasionally, I won't be teaching exclusively in the heat.

  • Own my worth - I've increased my rates for privates and special events so that I can show up in the way that I want to: fully, and going above and beyond what's required.

  • Maintain my personal practice - If I feel like my personal practice is slipping, I will re-evaluate what I'm committing to on a weekly basis so that my practice can be a priority.

  • Invest in my own development as a teacher - I'm signed up for an advanced training later this month and will continue to take workshops and trainings to further hone my knowledge and skills as a teacher.

 

 

More than anything else, I want to continue to check in with myself before I commit to new classes, say YES to workshops or events or take on private clients.

Taking a moment to check in.

Taking a moment to check in.

All that being said, I'm thrilled to share a few upcoming opportunities for us to practice yoga together this month!!

Practice with me:

  • Friday July 6th 4PM // Jewel City Yoga, Crown Heights BK // I'm auditioning at my local yoga studio by hosting a community yoga class. If you're in town, I'd love your support at this class. Click here for details!

  • Monday July 16th 6PM // Virtual class via Facebook LIVE! // I'm going to try out teaching a virtual class on Facebook LIVE. LIKE my Facebook page for updates!

  • Sunday July 22nd 9AM // Lululemon Smith Street, Cobble Hill BK // Join me for a free class at the Lululemon on Smith Street. In addition to the yoga class, I'll be chatting about my favorite essential oils for summer and you'll have the opportunity to sample and buy some of these amazing oils! No need to RSVP, you can just show up!

I am also open to taking on one or two new private yoga clients. Contact me if you're interested and we'll chat!

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Whatever your job or schedule, I encourage you to check in with yourself before committing to events, activities, etc. This is YOUR life and you deserve to be in the driver seat. So take a breath and take the wheel.

We got this.

Birthday Gifts!

It's my birthday!!

I'm celebrating by sharing a few special opportunities {gifts!} for YOU!   You guys allow me to do what I do, and I'm forever grateful for that. 

>>25% off tuition for the IIN's Health Coach Training Program - Mention my name for 25% (!!) off tuition when you enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program this week only! Two years ago I graduated from this program and now I wake up every day EXCITED to work (even on my birthday!), and my work includes things that I love like blogging about wellness trends, creating recipes, visiting health foods stores, teaching yoga, and more. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is my life. I share a little more about my experience with the IIN program + my transition away from my corporate job in this video: My IIN Story.

>>*FREE* 30 Day Yoga Challenge [NYC only] - Join me for the second annual #30daysoftangerine yoga challenge at Tangerine Hot Power Yoga! If you've been looking to jumpstart a yoga practice, or simply want to re-commit to a regular routine, this is the perfect start! Every day for 30 days you'll receive an email with inspiration, recipes and MORE, plus we have awesome prizes from some of my favorite companies like Pressed Juicery and Manduka yoga. Sign up here! 

>> A FULL YEAR of Online Workouts for just $50 - You can now take my class from ANYWHERE (the comfort of your own home, your hotel room or gym) on FORTE Fit. What's FORTE? Think Netflix for boutique fitness classes. Through FORTE, you can take some of the BEST workout classes NYC has to offer: there's yoga and barre, HIIT and boxing workouts, and MORE! Classes are available via livestream (i.e. you take the class in real time! so fun!) but you also have access to the HUGE library of past classes (including my yoga classes!). Learn more here!

Again, THANK YOU. I'm so so thankful for each and every one of you.

Livestream my yoga classes!

YOU GUYS!!!!

I'M LITERALLY JUMPING OUT OF MY SEAT WITH EXCITEMENT RIGHT NOW [hence the all caps].

Pretty much every week I get a message or email asking WHEN I'm going to make yoga videos for my friends who can't wake up for my early AM classes, for my friends who travel regularly, and for all of you who don't live in NYC!

Well, the day is here.

You can now take class with me online on FORTE Fit.

See why I was jumping out of my seat??? You can now take my yoga classes from ANYWHERE (the comfort of your own home, your hotel room or gym) on FORTE Fit.

What is FORTE?

Think Netflix for boutique fitness classes. Through FORTE, you can take some of the BEST workout classes NYC has to offer: yoga, barre, HIIT, boxing and MORE! Classes are available via livestream (i.e. you take the class in real time! so fun!) but you also have access to a HUGE library of past classes, including mine!

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FORTE is the future of fitness and has received some RAVE early reviews:

Here's the best part: you can sign up for just $50 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR! That's less than taking 2 classes here in NYC, so what are you waiting for? Use the code 'EmilyFORTE' to take advantage of this sweet deal :)

Not sure if FORTE is for you? Click here to sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial. I KNOW you are going to love it.

Do it today! I'm teaching my next class on FORTE this Saturday (February 18th) at 4PM and I'd LOVE for you to be there. Use the code EMILYFORTE when you sign up, or click the link below.

Join FORTE Fit today for just $50 for a FULL year.

Once you've signed up, I want to hear from you: what kinds of classes do you want to see me teach? Do you want more short and sweet sequences or longer flows? Want me to focus on core work or breathing techniques? Poses for runners? Tell me!

Let me know what you want in the comments below!