This past summer Breath One Community attended Yoga Journal Live in San Diego. We had an amazing time experiencing classes by so many gifted teachers. Here is our interview with Jason Crandell who was recently named “one of the next generation of teachers shaping yoga’s future” by Yoga Journal for his skillful, unique approach to Vinyasa yoga. For more information, contact: www.jasonyoga.com.
As a teacher, how do you help build our yoga community?
One is to just be consistent. As a yoga teacher to be consistently present with your students and consistently present with yourself and your practice. The second thing is to be a good host, to be kind, to be reasonable, to introduce yourself to the students who you don’t know and don’t recognize. Put yourself in the role of being the greeter, say thank you, say goodbye.
What advice do you have for new teachers looking to make a name or brand for themselves?
Have compassion for yourself because it’s getting harder and harder. There are more and more teachers and there are more and more, to be frank, good teachers. And so that’s the first thing is to know that it takes time to find your voice. You can’t really focus on branding and sort of projecting yourself into a business space in a consistent sort of produced way until you figure out who you are as a teacher. And so I would suggest most teachers have to teach for a couple years before they do have a clear sense of who they are. Once you have a clear sense of who you are and sort of your mission statement, if you will as a teacher, then the branding in some ways, it just comes. It comes from you being clear and consistent and cohesive with your messaging as a teacher. Once you have a clear vision of who you are and what you’re teaching as a teacher, try and find a product designer or a website designer…someone that can sort of create a visual representation of your passion as a teacher. Don’t put the cart before the horse, don’t try and do it too soon.
What is your favorite way to create your work/life balance?
I have to laugh because I struggle with it a lot of time. Finding and maintaining balance is an extremely dynamic process, it’s a fluid process. It’s so easy to fall out of balance. For me I stay committed to spending as much time as I can with my family. I stay committed to spending as much time practicing as I can.