Calling All Bedazzled Ducklings!!

HOW TO SHINE IN A SATURATED MARKET…

In my nearly eight years of teaching Yoga & Meditation in NYC, I’ve been blessed with wonderful students and even more extraordinary assistants. How do I choose my assistants from the crowd of freshly minted Yoga Alliance-card-carrying eager faces? I look for Bedazzled Ducklings!!

A few years ago, I was teaching a lot of donation-based meditation classes around the city to help a very special and underserved population: trauma survivors, both with and without a Post Traumatic Stress diagnosis. A studio owner commented on the endless stream of assistants following me with dogged determination like ducklings from location to location all over the city. “Assistants…or stalkers?” she wanted to know.

She had no idea just how miraculous my Bedazzled Ducklings are: each one an extraordinary, creative, intuitive yoga & meditation teacher in their own right. I’ve never had to formally schedule my assistants. They just keep showing up…literally everywhere I teach! What do they have in common? Humility, creativity, a willingness to learn, punctuality, devotion, dependability, a sense of humor, deep spirituality, and a willingness to truly, fully be their own Bedazzled selves within the warm embrace of Yoga structure. In fact, I’m the lucky one!

I remember volunteering as an assistant at Sonic Yoga under original owner Jonathan Fields, whose ethics and business practices dovetailed nicely with my own. On purpose, I chose a teacher whose circus-like acrobatic asana and courageous spirit were the polar opposite of my own natural tendencies towards restorative yoga and meditation. While assisting Kate Greer, I also had the chance to sit at the feet of Krissy Shields and Jen Whinnen during their first pregnancies. Eyes wide and slack-jawed in amazement, I soaked up their collective knowledge and learned how to truly support women during their first trimester.

Fast forward a few years, and this process has been formalized in Yoga teacher trainings as a Mentorship. March to the beat of your own drum?  Then you just might be one of my Bedazzled Ducklings!! Join me this Fall for two very different and extraordinary Mentorship Programs:

**Meditation Mentorship with Three Sisters Yoga begins October 1, 2016. There are flexible options: class module only, mentorship only, and full 300-hour Yoga Alliance Certification. For more info on my Meditation Mentorship with Three Sisters Yoga: http://www.threesistersyoga.com

**Yoga for Trauma Professional Practicum & Mentorship with Prema Yoga Therapeutics runs October 1-December 31, 2016 with a flexible schedule. Although designed for medical professionals, any students interested in trauma-sensitive yoga training may attend. Medical professionals are eligible for CEUs. For more info on the Yoga for Trauma Practicum with Prema  Yoga Therapeutics:

http://prema-yoga.org/trainings.htm

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Bedazzled Duckling!!

 

 

 

Survival (Job) of The Fittest

What’s the hardest thing about being an up and coming performer in New York? Is it getting up at the crack of dawn to sign up for EPAs? Keeping the faith in an industry awash with talented hopefuls? Pounding through auditions to get that dream job?

In my experience, it’s finding the perfect survival job. Let’s face it, only 1% of us become successful enough to survive on acting income alone. So how to find that job that allows you to live in the most expensive city in the U.S., have enough flexibility to audition and perform, and create enough capital to fund your small business (acting)?

This has been my greatest challenge in my 10+ years living in NYC, and I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found the solution! Boy, do I wish someone had told me this when I arrived here the day after graduation…

Unless you’re fortunate enough to have family connections in the business or have another means of jumpstarting and bankrolling your career, most performers I know face this same question. Many of us solve it by working in the service industry-waiters, hosts, bartenders, etc. But the physical toll of the work on your body plus the late hours (2AM closing, anyone?) has derailed many a performer’s career.

Now imagine a survival job that’s extremely flexible, fun, and provides enough income to live and fund your acting career. It’s a portable skill with more than enough opportunities for everyone. You can work as much or as little as you like, and it’s easy to find competent coverage when you’re on set or in rehearsal.

Sound too good to be true?

It’s not. I am a certified yoga instructor, and my acting career is flourishing as a result! Teaching yoga keeps me in great shape, gives me a healthy place to be of service to others, provides an amazing, supportive community, and oh yeah-easily pays my living expenses while I audition and perform.

Crystal Williamson, an inspiring life coach and actress, interviewed me for her radio show on March 26th about the perfect marriage of yoga and acting. Crystal is the owner of Coaching with Crystal, and I was honored to be chosen as one of the female entrepreneurs she interviewed for Women’s History Month. If you’d like to hear more about how teaching changed my life, check out the interview here:

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Now, what about you? You’ll need a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification in order to start your teaching career. I’d suggest doing some online research to find the yoga certification program in Manhattan that suits you best.

If you’d like a $500 scholarship for NYC Yoga Alliance certification, email me at amberpaulyoga@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how to apply. There are several scholarships available! You can also email me if you’d like my personal recommendations for solid, performer-friendly yoga certification programs. Good luck, and happy teaching!