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Meet the Teacher Training Faculty: Elizabeth Vecchio

Meet the Teacher Training Faculty: Elizabeth Vecchio

What do you teach for the Iam Yoga Teacher Training?

Within the IAM YTT I teach four units: Hatha and Classic Sequencing, Fitness Sequencing, Creative Sequencing and The Language of a Yoga Instructor (which is kinda like sequencing too, just for your words!) … I guess I like things in order?

How did you end up specializing in that topic? Why are you passionate about it?

I have been teaching for almost 10 years now, and I feel I naturally gravitated toward sequencing and structure based on my dance background. Creating a class can be equated to creating a performance for me. Every movement, transition, spoken word, or even moment of silence has a purposeful place.

What are the things you really want the trainees to come away with from your lessons?

My goal is to always spark creativity and conversation. Yoga as a western practice is constantly evolving. I don’t teach fixed ideas of what’s right and what’s wrong, but instead would like trainees to walk away with ideas that they can mold into their own and put their personal stamp on.

What do you see as the most important qualities of a great yoga teacher?

A great yoga teacher quality is being flexible, and I don’t mean the muscular kind. Flexible in the sense that they are open to constantly asking questions, continuing to learn from their seniors, being inspired by other movement modalities, and being open and flexible to constant change.

What do you want aspiring yoga teachers to know about taking teacher training?

Teacher training really is a journey inward. You will make friends, lose friends, be frustrated, be inspired, cry, laugh, sit a lot, move a lot & read a lot. But the biggest change will be that you will lose yourself & find a better version of yourself on the other side.

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