328: Self-Connection for Yoga Teachers with Tess Jewell-Larsen

Stress, burnout, and overwhelm is a common occurrence among yoga teachers. It can be difficult to show up for yourself in the same way that you show up for your yoga students. Tess Jewell-Larsen shares how self-connection can be a helpful strategy to combat these feelings.

Tess Jewell-Larsen is a yoga therapist in training, a certified mindfulness coach, and an experienced yoga teacher. She has a deep understanding of the challenges and struggles that come with burnout, having personally experienced the negative effects of stress and anxiety herself. Through extensive study and personal experience, Tess has gathered a toolkit of techniques that help others dealing with stress, anxiety, and burnout.

In this episode, Tess shares her own personal journey with stress, overwhelm, and burnout and how yoga helped in her own healing. She offers tips and strategies for yoga teachers to deal with these feelings and highlights why self-connection is such an important part of the healing process. Tune in to find out more about Tess’s 10-minute method for stepping out of burnout and to find self-connection.

Key Takeaways:

[1:27] This week’s guest, Tess, shares what Pelvic Health Professionals is all about.

[1:27] This episode is powered by OfferingTree.

[4:42] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode – Tess Jewell-Larsen.

[7:36] What is the work that Tess does and who does she do it for?

[9:28] What got Tess started on the journey of helping people with stress and burnout?

[12:34] How did Tess recognize that she needed to do something about the stress and burnout that she was experiencing? Was there resistance she felt in dealing with it?

“It all starts with you, communicating with yourself. It all starts with your own relationship with yourself.” ~ Tess Jewell-Larsen

[16:39] What are some small steps people can start taking to address their burnout?

“It’s all about creating that conversation, that loving relationship with myself, with yourself of like, ok, what do I need? How can I give that to myself?” ~ Tess Jewell-Larsen

[19:02] Tess shares her 10 minute method for stepping out of burnout.

[22:14] How can yoga teachers incorporate the 10 minute method into their yoga classes for their students?

[24:07] What advice does Tess have for yoga teachers who are showing up for themselves very differently than they are for their yoga students?

[27:59] What does Tess think about building in time off?

[30:27] Shannon gives a shout out of thanks to sponsor, OfferingTree.

[32:11] What would Tess say to the yoga teacher who feels so stressed out and overwhelmed that they can’t even begin to do anything apart from scroll social media or zone out in front of the TV?

“It’s ok to have a range of emotions. I think that it’s ok to not be ok, but it’s important to know that we can give back to ourselves.” ~ Tess Jewell-Larsen

[35:16] Even with daily habits that allow us to give back to ourselves, it can be a struggle sometimes. Tess and Shannon share some tips on what to do in those situations.

[41:55] Connect with Tess via her websites or on social media to learn more about overcoming stress and burnout.

[43:19] Tess shares more about her freebie – a mini-ebook!

[44:33] Shannon shares her takeaways from this call with Tess.


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