Episode 3: Jason Crandell on Navigating Life as a Modern Yoga Teacher

Hello peoples!

In this week’s episode, you’ll get to hear the dulcet tones of my husband and I talking yoga. We had a great time and we covered everything from the concept of “yogalebrity,” to common misconceptions created by social media to navigating the life and work as a new yoga teacher.

Plus! Jason created some bonus content related to the episode, 5 Tips to Support New Yoga Teachers.

Enjoy it and let us know what you think in the comments. AND, if you have questions related to this episode that you’d like to ask Jason, please follow us on Twitter and tweet at us @yogalandpodcast.

“My concern is that we may think that social media is a more accurate reflection of an actual life than it is. It’s not a reflection of an actual life. It’s a very orchestrated reflection of someone’s life. We can’t expect our lives to be a reflection of this thing that is a curated, only partially real phenomenon.”
— Jason Crandell

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  1. As a continued student I am a big fan of pretty much everything you guys do. So me saying how valuable I found your discussion feels a bit like a broken record. But this content specifically strikes me as so needed for so many in the yoga community, including myself. Jason’s candid discussion of the realities of teaching yoga is refreshing and quite frankly helps me breathe a sigh of relief. The hard work doesn’t mean I’m doing it wrong. And I’m reminded of the importance of finding a sustainable way to do this job.

    I appreciated both of your comments on contextualizing social media. I agree that it can be it’s own thing and doesn’t take the place of a more substantial yoga experience. But the pressure to take part in social media, particularly with pictures of one’s practice continues to be a real struggle for me. I am not comfortable with it and really appreciate the handful of people I see participating in social media in ways other than pose pictures (especially you guys). It’s inspiring me to think creatively about how to get out there in social media in ways I am comfortable with. Can I just write about handstands?!?!

    Anything you guys do on the mentoring front would be massively exciting. You can sign me up already:)

    Thanks as ever for the honesty and the many ways you offer teachers and practitioners to stay engaged from afar.

    🙂 Kate

    • Hi Kate! It is wonderful to hear from you and thank you for this feedback! I can attest from watching how hard Jason has worked over the years — you are not doing it wrong. It is an intense job and I’m seeing now that the way in which social media makes things look “effortless” can be harmful. I don’t see it as anyone’s fault, but, like so many things, it’s helpful to acknowledge, have the dialogue, and connect. I look forward to connecting with you more! Hugs, Andrea

  2. Thanks for such a great discussion! Everything was super valuable and I got fired up at the end when you were discussing mentoring.

    I’ve been teaching for 10 years and one of the greatest gifts was that I was mentored right out of my first training. In recent years I’ve seen students of mine go through trainings and I’m currently assisting a 200 hour program. I can see the lack of mentorship available to these new teachers and feel a little sad for them as that piece was one of the things that helped and supported me. Knowing I had someone to go to with questions who would kindly and honestly answer me made those early months and years so much easier!

    As a seasoned teacher I feel it’s so important to give back and share with new teachers the guidance I got along the way. And I agree with you, Jason, if a student comes to me with real specific questions I’ll certainly make the time to guide them.

    I’m eager to see what you come up with and if there is a way we can all create a community of mentors for the newest teachers. Maybe in categories of our areas of expertise?

    Exiting time ahead! Thanks again for all you do and all you share with the teaching community.

    Love and appreciation to you both!

  3. Andrea and Jason, thank you for this honest dialogue about the challenges presented in this field. I have been teaching part-time for the past five years but still feel very much the novice. I’m not sure whether this will ever change, and I’m okay with it. Having a full-time corporate job allows me the freedom to step back from time to time and re-evaluate my role in this field. Yet, I second-guess myself often and catch myself thinking that full-time teachers are more successful and/or more dedicated. Thank you for the reminder that it is never a good idea to compare ourselves to others, especially on the basis of how those ‘others’ may appear in carefully edited social media images. All in all, like any other field, yoga teachers have a real job that requires commitment and dedication. We have a choice about how we want to allocate our time, and I appreciate your advice regarding integration of private and public classes in the same studio. I look forward to enjoying more podcasts from you.

  4. Thank you for verbalising what I have grown to learn. I only teach 4 hours a week due to working as a nurse. Just to share one thing with you. for 3 years I persisted with a class that was poorly attended and often considered closing it, however I kept going for the loyal 6 people who showed up week in week out. Now it is a really busy class with lots of energy and my favourite class to teach. So it paid off in the end. I want to thank you for your dedication to improving yoga teachers because continuing my teaching education has proved to be the most effective source of improving my own practice. I look forward to meeting you in London

  5. Thank you. This podcast gave me some needed perspective. I was fortunate to be able to attend Jason’s ws in Bethlehem at the Yoga Loft last year.
    Can you please tell me where I can download/buy a copy of the dj styler song played at the end of the podcast or where to buy/download his work?
    Thanks again,

    • Hi Kate!
      If you go to soundcloud and search for DJ Bhakti Styler you will find his mixes for download. The song at the end of that podcast is a mix of Aloe Blacc’s Love is the Answer that he did just for me. Just that short bit.


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