The Yogi Next to You

This week, we’re please to bring you another special Teacher Training edition of The Yogi Next to You.  You may have seen her around the studio, or met her here. Today we’re asking her a few questions about how she got from being a yogi to being a yogi who wants to teach.


The Yogi Next to You - Hannah Rosenzweig

Hannah Rosenzweig

I’d been thinking about doing a teacher training for several years as a way to deepen my knowledge of yoga and my personal practice. Yoga has enriched my life in so many ways over the last 10 years of going to class I started searching for avenues to go beyond practice on my own mat – to share what I’d learned with others. A formal teacher training seemed like the logical next step. When Mala announced the inaugural training I knew it was the right time to train and the right teachers to study with.

What’s the biggest surprise in stepping into your teaching seat at the front of the room?

That teaching yoga is challenging and very hard to do well. It takes a lot of work to find your voice as a yoga teacher. There are a lot more things going on in a yoga class than you realize when you’re a student there to be led through class. A good teacher is actually working on many levels at the same time – there’s the physical practice (sequencing asana and breath) but there’s also emotional and energetic elements to monitor and work with in the room.

One nugget for yogis who are interested in teacher training?

If you’re interested, go for it. Make sure you have space in your schedule and your life to devote to all parts of the training – the training sessions and the work outside of the classroom. It’s a wonderful journey.

Mid-training session pick up: Nectar or Starbucks?


We’re thrilled to bring you the stories of Mala yogis in their own words.  Maybe you know them, maybe you’ve never seen them before, maybe they look familiar, maybe you once knew their name, but forgot.  Whatever the case may be, here is the chance to learn a little more about the person practicing on the mat next to you.  Click here to read about other yogis.


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