In this week’s episode of Going Pro, Michael sits down with guest Abi describes her background as a personal trainer and how she started Yoga 15, yoga for athletic performance and recovery. She shares the development of this thriving company that serves a niche space for athletes as someone who was always incredibly athletic herself.
She and Michael discuss various types of yoga teacher trainings and Abi emphasizes the importance of learning from many teachers and taking a variety of trainings in order to find the combination that helps you develop your unique voice. She shares details of her yoga journey and how each training, each teacher helped her find her passion and deep love for yoga. Abi also talks about her path in the virtual space as opposed to a more “conventional” studio teaching style. She dives into all the opportunities in the online teaching world.
Michael talks about yoga as a self-awareness practice and the inclusivity of the body in that. So by teaching people about their physical body, they can better understand themselves. Abi adds in to say how very small pieces of information can radically change and create results especially in preventing injury and reconnecting with the body in a natural way. It helps teachers and sharers of yoga to understand the “why” behind what they are saying.
In this wonderful episode, Michael and Abi share meaningful thoughts on themes including perfectionism, imitation, finding your voice, resilience, and developing your unique path. As Abi says these things are all based on the mindset you have and understanding the value of these topics.
Abi’s book recommendations:
Mastery by Robert Greene
Awareness by Anthony de Mello
FrameWork by Nicholas DiNubile
- 00:00 Introduction
- 02:05 About Abi
- 04:20 Developing Yoga 15
- 10:05 Yoga Teacher Training
- 17:30 Budokon Yoga
- 19:55 Tips for New Yoga Teachers
- 24:40 Just Get Started & Learning to Serve
- 29:30 The Medical/Anatomical Foundation in Yoga
- 37:00 Helping Yourself in Your Body
- 41:05 Imitation Vs Finding Your Flow
- 45:13 Perfectionism and Making Mistakes
- 48:30 Receiving Feedback
- 52:00 Your Mindset
- 54:50 Book Recommendations
- 57:05 Final Thoughts
Abi’s Instagram: @yoga15abi