Teaching as a Practice with Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Season #2

In yoga culture, teachers are often placed up on pedestals, creating an unequal power dynamic. So, what happens when teachers get down from the pedestal and learn alongside the student? When teaching is approached as a practice, a collaborative and intuitive relationship with the student can be formed and opportunities for growth discovered.  

Join Jivana Heyman and this episode‚Äôs guest, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, as they unravel the intricate layers of teaching yoga as a practice. Together they reflect on the role of wonder and curiosity in teaching, self-trust, and the value of sharing the sacred practice in community.

Topics include:

  1. Countering dominant culture‚Äôs power hierarchies 
  2. Cultivating humility and learning from mistakes
  3. Intuition in teaching
  4. Advice to new teachers
  5. Trust, faith, and spiritual practice
  6. Communing and building community 
  7. Incorporating humor


Check out Jivana‚Äôs new book, The Teacher‚Äôs Guide to Accessible Yoga
, and get more information about the book on his website.

Connect with Jivana:

www.jivanaheyman.com  @jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman


Michelle Cassandra Johnson (she/her) is an author, activist, spiritual teacher and practitioner, racial equity consultant and trainer, and intuitive healer. Michelle teaches workshops and immersions and leads retreats and transformative experiences nationwide the focus on exploring embodied approaches to racial equity work, creating ritual in justice spaces, our divine connection with nature and Spirit, and how we as a culture can heal. Michelle is the author of Skill in Action, Finding Refuge, We Heal Together, published by Shambhala Publications, and A Space For Us, published by Beacon Press.

Connect with Michelle:

www.michellecjohnson.com@skillinaction

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