Harry Potter Yoga is a Success!

When my sister and I decided to do a Harry Potter Yoga class, we never imaged there would be so many other people who would share our love for Harry, yoga and beer. I’m humbled by how people have responded to my desire to share my practice in a different (and magical) way.

Our next class on Sunday, November 20 is officially Sold Out! Thank you so much my yoga wizard friends.  If you weren’t able to get tickets please know that you are still welcome to hang out in the taproom after class.  And know that is magical yoga is that beginning of something bigger.  Myself or the powers that be will do what we can to bring more magical flow classes to you in the near future! In the meantime, feel free to scroll down  below and recapture some amazing press and pics on what Harry Potter Yoga at Circle Brewing Company looks like.

Harry Potter Yoga Featured in Cosmo

Sunday’s Harry Potter class was such a blast. It was a treat getting to share my magical practice with some real wizards and witches. If you’d like to see what Harry Potter Yoga looks like, Alexa Gonzalez Wagner did an amazing job capturing all the details of the day and I was lucky enough to see the pics run in Cosmo. Click the link to see them all (I handmade all the decorations with the exception of those delicious cookies. Those came from Quack’s Bakery).

FREE and Budget Friendly Yoga Classes in Austin, TX

In honor of Yoga awareness month, I wanted to share with you a list of places around Austin, TX that offer affordable and even-FREE yoga classes. People often tell me that they don’t practice yoga because 1) they’re not flexible enough to touch their toes 2) because studios can be intimidating, plus memberships are too costly 3) they’re too busy [all the more reason to do it!]
Well, I’m here to tell you that if you can move + breathe, YOU. CAN. Do Yoga. In regards to the second excuse–you don’t have to practice in a traditional studio to do yoga. You can do it anywhere! And there are affordable places that offer great classes too! Below are some awesome options. Check them out!

Monday through Friday:

Cherrywood Coffeehouse
Donation yoga Mondays-Fridays @ 8-9am
1400 E. 38 ½ St.

Jerry Balderas at The Pit
Donation yoga Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @ 9:30-11am
4327 S 1st St

Modo Yoga
Donation yoga ($5 suggested) Wednesdays @ 8-9pm
7010 Easy Wind Dr., Suite 130

Fitness on the Plaza 
Free yoga Mondays-Thursdays @7-8pm
Whole Foods on Lamar

Seton McCarthy Community Health Center
Free yoga Thursdays @ 12-1p
2811 E. 2nd St.

Treehouse Yoga
All classes donation-based ($10-$15 suggested)
2525 Wallingwood, Building 1, Suite 300 (3rd Floor)

Yoga Meditation Group
Free yoga and meditation classes (various)
11200 Powder Mill Trail

Wells Branch Community Library
Free yoga every other Thursday @ 10:30-11:45am
15001 Wells Port Dr.

Shipe Park
Free yoga Wednesdays (Sept. – Oct.) @ 12-1pm
4400 Avenue G

St. John Branch, Austin Public Library
Free yoga Mondays @ 6:30-7:30pm
7500 Blessing Ave.

Practice Yoga
All classes donation-based ($10-$15 suggested)
1103 East 6th Street

Saturday+Sunday:

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
Free “union of three hearts” meditation Sundays @ 5:00 pm
4701 West Gate Blvd.

Balcones District Park
Free yoga Saturdays (Oct. only) @ 9am
12017 Amherst Dr.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Donation-based ($10-$15 suggested) bilingual yoga Thursdays @ 6-7p, and Saturdays @ 10-11am
*I know a great of a great teacher there 😉 BTW..just saying
600 River St.

Circle Brewing Co. 
Pints + Poses in the taproom and $10 gets you a pint of beer! Sundays @11-12pm
2340 W. Braker Ln.
*I know LOTS of great teachers and brewers here too.  Just saying.

One Posture at a Time
Donation yoga (heated) Saturdays @ 5:30-7pm
507 Pressler St., Suite 100

Am I missing any? Feel free to add any other ones you know!

Love+Light,

Isabel

 

6 Qualities in a GREAT teacher + Yoga Awareness Month in September

Did you September is National Yoga Awareness Month?

Personally…as a yoga teacher I like to think every month as Yoga Awareness Month, but hey—maybe I am just a little bit biased.

In light of National Yoga Awareness Month, BlueSky Fitness and myself, have teamed up to offer onsite Yoga classes to K-12 teachers and staff members of the Austin Independent School District. Kicking off the new school year off right!

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This wonderful gift to teach yoga to teachers has brought me so much joy.  I can finally share the gift of knowledge and pay it forward. I’ve always admired my teachers growing up–shout out to my mama who is a Spanish + English teacher in Chicago! (cheerin’ some manzanilla tea to you).  Not going to lie though, I had my favorite teachers growing up (Mr. K in Algebra*cough***cough* not so much).   A lot of them have inspired and helped shaped my way of thinking.

Now, as a yoga teacher myself I appreciate them now more than ever!  Recently, with the opportunity to teach at the AISD, this experience has made me look at my own teaching style and reflect on what qualities make for a great teacher.

A lot of this may resonate with you whether you’re a teacher, yoga instructor, VP, coach, trainer, CEO, or leader in your workplace, so please read on and take what rings true for you!  I’ve asked around and this is what I’ve gathered from my students (teachers).

The top six qualities that make for a great teacher: 

1) Engaging personality. In a room full of students, it’s necessary to grab the attention of the students and keep them fully engaged throughout the length of class. I read in a recent study that the digital age has caused our attention span to average out at about eight seconds, down from 12, which is shorter than the attention span of a goldfish (theirs is nine).  I can’t even fathom what that is for kids, four, two, .01?!? As teachers, you really have to step up your game to offer learning material that is fun, new, and engaging enough to hold the students’ attention.

2) Passion. Teachers are passionate about their students and teaching their subject matter. They get psyched about influencing their students and know the impact they have on their lives.

3) Patience.  A teacher may have to repeat, repeat, repeat, content many times over. Or explain a subject a 100 different ways before a student finally “gets it” which requires a lot of patience (aka: meditation +pranayama breathing, but I’ll get to that at another post).

4) Organization. Personally, this is my weak spot. As I write this, I have books, yoga magazines, mail, and papers scattered all over the dining room table like confetti.  But I understand it’s an important trait for teachers to have.  I am always amazed at teachers who have everything organized.  It’s truly magical. They seem to know all their students names.  Class starts and ends on-time. Their teaching flow seems to sync up so perfectly with their words. And the students know what to expect…and yet somehow they still manage to make class fun and spontaneous.  I can only wonder how much better of an instructor I’d be if the structure of everything I did was just a tad bit more organized.

5) Humility. They check their ego at the door. They essentially know that it’s not about them. It’s about their students and understand that the purpose of the class is NOT to demonstrate ALL the knowledge they know and prove how smart they are. It’s to lead and support their students through a learning experience that is suitable for everyone; therefore, so that as many students can understand. Humble teachers share what they know openly and will even laugh at themselves when they mess up.

6)  Approachable. Often a student may not get a lesson right away. Or may be too timid to raise their hand in class (this was pretty much me from pre-K, right up until my senior year in college). When students feel comfortable approaching a teacher, they are more likely to go up to them later and ask for clarification.  Inclusive teachers are friendly, open and approachable to students who may need support in understanding what is required of them.  Teachers who are available, open, and friendly create a safe and trusting learning environment.

What qualities do you think make for a great teacher? How do you share and spread what you learn on the regular? Would love to hear from you. Please share with comments!

Love and light,

Isabel