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Break Through the Biggest Barrier to Yoga Teaching Success: Fear

Watch our video to learn how to recognize fear and deal with it, so you can stay focused on thriving.

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Your biggest barrier to ongoing success as a yoga teacher is not money, time or skills. Your biggest barrier is called FEAR. Fear, unfortunately, can kill some of the most wonderful dreams and ideas and keep you stuck. That is, until you learn to recognize it and deal with it. In the short video below, we share some of the typical forms fear shows up in and what to do with it, so you can stay focused, on track, and thriving!

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How to Recognize Fear in Your Life

Fear often comes in disguise, which might make you blame, for example, an “inherent lack of focus” or some other personal “deficiency” for standing in your way. But take for example a very typical type of dream-killing fear: distraction. Perfectionism can also be a form of distraction, and it’s what we call the “secret dream killer.” For example, if you spend months debating over the perfect color of your logo and that is what is keeping you from finishing your web site and ultimately doing all of the things you need to do to take your career to the next level, realize that what you are experiencing is indeed fear. When you begin to see distraction and perfectionism as fear, you can begin to treat their root cause better. The power in recognizing fear for what it is is the ability to then begin to control it.

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How to Conquer Fear + Move Your Business Forward

While deep breaths and yoga are great coping strategies for fear, there is only one thing you can actually do to move forward when fear knocks on your door. Watch the video to learn how to conquer it.

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Is Fear Normal?

For those of you reading this and wondering whether successful individuals are immune to fear, we can guarantee you that no success comes without it. In fact, fear when you are moving forward and growing simply means you are stepping outside of your comfort zone, and that is a good thing. Recognizing fear and learning how to deal with it will save you a lot of time and put you in the ranks of the highly successful.

We want to hear about YOUR experiences with fear. Write to us on Facebook, comment on the video, or tweet to @KarenMozesand @Thisjustin_with the hashtag #YJBusinessofYoga.

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Justin Michael Williams is a vibrant public speaker, musician, and successful yoga instructor who travels the globe training the conscious community to thrive in marketing, media, and business. He has spearheaded the marketing development and social media of over 150 brands, both large and small, including, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Noah Mazé, and more. He is also the Co-Founder of the Business of Yoga, LLC and hosts Yoga Business Retreats around the world, helping yoga teachers flourish in business. By using his expertise to coach individuals and nonprofits, Justin works to spread positivity and inspire change throughout the social web. See more at

Karen Mozes is a successful entrepreneur, executive and life coach, and leadership expert. She brings to the world of transformational coaching, writing and public speaking her many years of dedicated studies and application in the fields of science, eastern philosophy, teaching and yoga. With several years of work experience in the corporate world and then as a principal at a sustainability consulting firm, Karen is uniquely suited to coach in business management, communication techniques and team leadership. Karen has created and successfully applied her own coaching programs, the Cinco Method (for entrepreneurs) and Team Climate Change (for design teams) across a wide range of sectors and company sizes. Karen is also the co-founder of the Business of Yoga LLC and its popular program, the Yoga Business Retreat. For more, visit