A New Way to Integrate Everything (and describe your work)

A New Way to Integrate Everything (and describe your work) Like many of you, I have a lot of different projects going on and a lot of different things I love. Kellie Adkins (featured here) named it well: multipassionate. And while every part of my life is related to every other part, I hadn’t yet figured […]

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5 Tips for Writing Your Best Bio

5 Tips for Writing Your Best Bio   First, a note. Different bios require different approaches. The tips below are aimed at yoga teachers who need a bio for their website,  a studio website, or for anyplace that allows for a more creative approach. It’s always important to know who your bio is for and tailor […]

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Top 5 Ways to Get Started on your Teacher Training Manual (or book, or…)

  This is really the Top 3 Ways, followed by the next 3 ways. Clearly, the first rule is: don’t always let the rules dictate what you do! 1. Take a deep breath. Or ten. 2. On paper or on the computer (however you work better), quickly write down every main subject/topic you can think […]

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Top 5 Ways to find your Writing Voice

1. Ask one of your long-time students to help. Often when we teach, we say the things that matter most to us over and over. Students who have been attending our classes for a long time most likely remember (and love!) a lot of our regular sayings. Ask a student who has been coming to your class […]

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Top 5 Ways to Soothe the Fraud Factor

1. Talk about it with people you think are masters. I have yet to meet anyone, no matter how established and amazing, who hasn’t at some point in their life felt like a fraud. Find someone whose work or life you admire greatly and ask them about it. Or, talk more to your peers about it. Realizing […]

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Top 5 Ways: Activating your Awesomeness

1. Fail. A lot. In fact, you can even suck at things. I know, I know…for a perfectionist like me to suggest this is practically heresy. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to fail in public all the time unless you want to. If you are writing something, write lots of terrible passages. Show them to […]

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Top 5 Ways: Harnessing Imagination

1. Imagination is often based on reality perceived in a different way. Picasso and many other painters who grew famous for their imaginative art actually studied and painted “reality” first (Don’t worry, I won’t go into a diatribe on the subjective quality of reality, although you may, if you wish). One way to harness your imagination is […]

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Top 5 Ways: The Critical Phase (or, how best to get and use critique on your writing)

  Top 5 Ways to Not Feel Like This Baby When Getting Critical Feedback on Your Writing (or, really, on anything else) 1.  Tell people what you need. This means rather than just handing your work to someone and saying “Tell me what you think,” give that person some idea of what you want from them. Wanting […]

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Top 5 Ways: Out of Your Mind (and onto the page)

1. Mind map it out. A lot of us are visual thinkers, meaning it’s easier for us to see/visualize images than it is to write words. If this is you, try a mind map. Check out the Creativity Jump-start  for more information on how to create a mind map, and see the pic above for a colorful […]

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Top 5 Ways: Being Brilliant (or remembering you already are)

“No, it’s not a very good story–its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.” ~Stephen King While Stephen King is not a yogi (although I did have to Google this to be sure, because these days, who knows?), he is […]

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