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Meet Sandy Raper

Teacher, Mentor, Podcaster, Author

Stability is the new flexibility ...  

With over two decades of teaching experience, Sandy Raper is a voice and advocate for yoga teachers to not only share the class experience of yoga but is passionate about educating others on how to sustain and create longevity within the life practice of yoga. She has trained and equipped many teachers around the globe with the necessary skills and tools to teach impactful yoga classes while developing into highly effective yoga teachers.  

 Out of a strong passion to inspire, encourage, and equip yoga teachers further, Sandy created her Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Mentorship Program that offers the mentoring guidance and resources that are required for yoga teachers to gain confidence, clarity, and direction to make teaching yoga feasible and sustainable... all beyond the foundation of their initial teacher training experience.

 

Sandy created and launched the Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Podcast in October 2020 as yet another resource for her to connect and serve others with stories, inspiration, and valuable methods and strategies for teaching yoga. 

Sandy is excited to share even more within the upcoming release of her first book,

Teaching From the Heart: Lessons on Developing Character, Confidence, and Leadership as a Yoga Teacher, set to release in early 2024. 

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 

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. 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.

- Sandy

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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