#TeamRHY Yoga Teacher Interview: Jane Beevers
by Jane Beevers
What would you say to someone who has never tried yoga before?
Be open to exploring what comes up for you on the mat – be it physical, emotional, or mental. Give yourself time and don’t give yourself a hard time if you don’t “get” something straight away. From a physical perspective, if your body and muscles are tight, remember you’re on the same team. Give the body time to open and be kind to yourself. There are many forms and styles to choose from. Trust in your own ability to choose what feels right for you, and never let anyone tell you what is, or isn’t, yoga.
What is your main tip for new trainees starting their teacher training?
No matter what knowledge you may bring with you to your course, be willing to be an open minded sponge and soak up everything you learn from being a TT (from your teachers and fellow trainees, philosophy and anatomy).
How has teaching affected your personal practice?
As a new teacher, you may find that your personal practice takes a back seat when you’re starting out as a jobbing teacher – commit to carving out times each week to ensure you do practice, because ultimately it’s your practice that informs your teaching. Don’t be afraid to impart your own little nuggets of wisdom in class – if it’s heartfelt, it’s authentic.
Where would a cool place to do yoga be?
Red Hot Yoga obviously! unless you have access to a handy mountain top on a daily basis (!), finding a spot in your own home, no matter how modest, can be a wonderful way to begin a home practice. All you need is yourself and a mat.
How would you describe your Teaching Style?
Accessible and playful, with enough challenge to feel it! (Hot Hatha (static) and Vinyasa flow)
Which is your favourite/least favourite yoga pose? What is a good tip you like to offer your students to help them get into this pose?
It’s a relationship so it fluctuates frequently! Currently my favourite pose is handstand. It’s taught me that perseverance pays off and that there is nothing wrong with feeling fearful. Rather than recoil from fear, acknowledge its existence and practice skilfully. Inversions can be scary. They can also be intimidating. This is very much a work in progress for me that comes and goes. When any pose presents a challenge, let that pique your curiosity, rather than allow fear to quash your willingness to simply try something that at first might seem impossible. Aside from learning your technique (and there are many approaches), the best advice? Just simply practice. Then practice again. Learn where you need to work the most, and focus there. Use the wall. Practice in the middle of the room and learn how to fall out safely. More importantly, have fun and try not to obsess over an “end goal” or get too attached to the shapes or poses. Watch your mind when that happens and allow yourself to be goofy. There is no end to the practice of yoga so keep going! What you learn about yourself on the way in (and out of a pose) is what matters.