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Meet Sandy Raper

A modern yogi, Sandy finds balance and sustainability as a wife and mother of three boys, while cultivating longevity as a yoga teacher, educator, and trainer. Sandy has two decades of teaching experience in a variety of settings and opportunities. For over a decade Sandy has educated and trained others to teach yoga through her 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training, continuing education workshops, and college courses.

Sandy has accumulated thousands of hours teaching and 1000+ hours of training.

It is truly her passion to connect and share the amazing life benefits of the yoga practice with as many individuals as possible.

 Out of a strong passion to inspire and support yoga teachers, Sandy developed her Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Mentorship Program to offer guidance and resources for yoga teachers to gain confidence, clarity and direction to make teaching yoga feasible and sustainable... all beyond the foundation of teacher training.

 

Sandy created her Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Podcast in October 2020 as yet another resource for her to share, encourage and support yoga teachers and

yoga enthusiasts around the globe. 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification with Rolf Gates

  • 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher certification with Rolf Gates

  • 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Medicine®

  • Registered Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist: Concentrations include Spine & Shoulder Anatomy, Dysfunction & Application, Nervous System & Restorative Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Myofascial Release, and Yoga for Athletes.

  • Presenter in the 2020 Yoga Medicine® Innovation Conference 

  • Yin Yoga Certification with Shala Worsley

  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School since 2013

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Reflections on Being a Yoga Teacher for Two Decades

I stepped into my first yoga class at a crucial time in my life after my mother passed away. I was a young mother of two and I had been a caregiver for my mother in the last 5 years of her life. I was at a crossroads. Life, as I had known it, had suddenly changed and I quickly found that the yoga practice was going to support me through this new and next season of my life. It wasn’t long after, that I sought out teacher training out of a deep desire to know more and to possibly teach a few classes while I remained a stay-at-home mom.

My teaching pathway has revealed itself in a variety of ways and through many amazing opportunities to share. I have taught in a variety of locations, venues, and settings. I continue to find that yoga is for everyone and it can be shared to meet the needs of all. This concept quickly became my pursuit as a teacher and connection and service became my motivation and intent to teach. It is the two things that continue to motivate me to teach, share and inspire other yoga teachers to pursue this most worthy endeavor.

Fast forward twenty plus years later, I am still teaching and I have expanded my teaching opportunities in a variety of ways over the span of over two decades. I have spent many ongoing hours in the pursuit of my own quest to know more of the practice as a student, I have led thousands of hours of classes, workshops, and trainings. I have trained others to be teachers of the yoga practice.

 

I have ventured into the unknown seeking various and new ways over the years to continue to support and share yoga with others through online teaching platforms and recently within my, Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Podcast which launched in 2020. All of this while remaining creative and inspired along the way.

 

Over the past two decades, I have come to realize that there is still so much more to learn yet I find contentment in what I do know at this moment. And what I do know at this moment is enough. It’s enough to share and encourage, and support others along the way.

What I've Come to Realize...

Yoga teachers need an advocate and mentor. A mentor that can come alongside of them to advise and share from their experience to help other teachers in the pursuit of their unique path as a yoga teacher. A mentor helps you sift through and shed light on opportunities and new directions available in your next steps as a yoga teacher.

The quest to know more or wait until we feel like we know enough is an obstacle for a yoga teacher. The support of a trusted mentor is needed, it is required even, to evaluate and maneuver these obstacles so that your pathway becomes clear and that with confidence, you can know that you are capable and that the expanded version of yourself as a yoga teacher is accessible. 

There is no waiting to be ready. The time is now.

I am a mentor that you can trust and I will support and equip you to

expand and grow into the teacher you desire to be.

 

Let's connect. I hope you'll join me on the journey!
 

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