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Do You Try Too Hard?

By Mitchel Bleier

Do I try too hard? Okay, the answer is yes. I mean no matter how much I thought I was soft or relaxed, the fact was, I was doing way too much. But that’s been changing. 

My favorite answer within a yoga context that I think is applicable to everything comes from Lorin Roche’s book Meditation Made Easy. On page 25, he asks in the context of meditating, “What Can I Do Wrong?” Such an overplayed question in my mind

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Why I am not an Arrogant Teacher Anymore

By Mitchel Bleier

A lot has happened to me. I guess anyone can say that since its true for all of us. Perhaps it is the act of paying attention that allows you to notice how much is happening in every moment. I know I am much clearer, cleaner, more alert and sensitive. I’m kinder, softer, and a better listener. I am more devoted and faithful. I have learned to surrender. I feel more connected to Source, the Divine, God, Nature, my Body - biology, chemistry, mystery, and miracles. My transformation, which is no more special or unique than anyone else’s transformation, brought me to my knees, humbled me, thrashed me about, tossed me, spun me, ripped at me. It was dark and then it was not. It doesn’t matter what happened to me, what matters is what it made me. Whole.

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A 'Big Easy' Change

By Mitchel Bleier

We just finished our seventh Soul School training. My dearest friend, Sean Johnson and I co-learn (as he has taught me) this 200-hour teacher training every year. It is hard to put into words what Soul School really is. Yes, it is a yoga teacher training, but it is infused with a spirit and creativity that I am not sure exists anywhere else. Partly it is New Orleans and the students who make it home. Definitely it is Sean and the brilliant ways he brings ritual, art, dance, storytelling, and of course music and yoga together. He is so spacious, loving, smart, considerate, and real. I admire him as a contemporary and as a friend. He holds together all the “sides” one might think about in yoga: the masculine/feminine, the emotional/rational, the arts/sciences, the strong/soft, the quiet/comedian, and those are just a few. I learn how to be a better person just by listening and watching him. Soul School has helped shaped the way I teach, as I’ve come to integrate the soulfulness of both New Orleans and Sean into my yoga.

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