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or our 14th episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Sean Haleen. Sean a San Francisco Bay Area Yoga Teacher who has been studying Hatha Yoga and philosophy for over 20 years. He leads alignment workshops all over the country as well as various teacher trainings. He leads with humor and precision and openly talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly relating to the practice, the teachings, and the business of surrendering yoga. Today we sat down to talk about his yoga journey and how critical thinking is an important skill for teachers and practitioners.


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QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED

  • Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your yoga journey?
  • What are your goals/intention as a yoga teacher? What inspires you?
  • What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned over your years teaching?
  • You call yourself a sarcastic yoga teacher, why is it important for you to challenge some mainstream/dogmatic ideas on yoga and teaching yoga?
  • Why do you think critical thinking is important for yoga teachers?
  • How do you balance reverence to the practice or to our teachers and critical thinking?
  • In your opinion, what’s in the scope of a yoga teacher. Or what’s not in the scope of a yoga teacher?
  • What’s your opinion on social media, self-promotion, and on “famous”/fame-seeking yoga teachers?
  • What would be your one tip for new yoga teachers?
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of the number of practitioners and teachers augmenting so rapidly in the west?
  • In your opinion, what’s missing in teacher trainings?
  • What’s one thing you would change in the yoga world today?
  • What makes you human and beautifully imperfect?
  • What one thing you love about teaching?
  • What one reason you continue to do it?

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Sean Haleen (500 E-RYT) is a celebrated Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. Sean has practiced and studied yoga asana and philosophy since 1997 and began teaching in 2007.


He now lives north of San Francisco with his husband and dog. He teaches public classes in San Francisco and Oakland as well as various 200HR and 500HR teacher trainings and Joyful Alignment workshops at studios across the US. In 2017, Yoga Journal selected Sean as one of the next generation’s top Yoga teachers.

Find more about him here: His website: www.seanhaleenyoga.com

Instagram: @Seanhaleenyoga

Facebook: @YogicTraveler

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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