Andrea Marcum

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How to Find Your Unique Teaching Voice

In teaching, as in life, it’s essential for us to bring our whole self, juicy inquiry and a sense of purpose to everything we put our name on. But what does that mean when we step in front of a class and guide our students through postures? What is our “unique voice”, where is it hiding and how do we find it?

In this session, Andrea, who’s known for her unique teaching voice, both in the classroom and in her book Close to Om: Stretching Yoga From Your Mat To Your Life, guides you to find your own voice… not someone else’s… so that you can light up your classroom as well as your life

“Andrea’s combination of a challenging class, and a great sense of humor are unique, intelligent, and always leave me feeling better when I leave than when I arrived. She is an amazing teacher and I love her class.” — Heather Graham, actress.

I’m a former gymnast originally from Santa Cruz, California. I’ve been practicing yoga now for about nineteen years and teaching for seventeen. You can check out my online classes at My Yoga Gaia. I’m big on weaving accessible philosophy into the poses and my recipe includes equal parts sweat and laughter. I love leading the most unassuming newbies to yoga and mindfulness and work with everyone from athletes to executives. I’m a contributing writer for lululemon, Gaiam, LA Yoga Magazine, Mantra Magazine, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Origin and others.

Shape, NFL Network, Los Angeles Times, Huff Post, Qantas Inflight, Self, C Magazine and Mantra have featured me. Oh, and I’ve been called a Rock Star & one of The Best 8 Yoga Teachers in LA. (I know…pretty obnoxious.). Though I’d have voted myself Least Likely To Be An Entrepreneur, I founded U Studio in Los Angeles in 2006 and ran if for 9 years. I now teach in LA at Yogaworks, and internationally at festivals, workshops and retreats. My writing and my instruction are designed more for the “every person” than they are for those select few who can effortlessly tie their bodies into a bow and appear always to have their shit together.

I believe there is no good reason to drink bad coffee.

I believe we should be brave enough to try… Especially if we’re pretty sure we’re going to suck.

I believe how we do our yoga is how we do our life and our yoga mats are magic carpets to look into our lives and to see the world.

“At our NBCUniversal International Television executive retreat Andrea convinced even the most skeptical on our team that mindfulness and yoga are exciting tools to improve our quality of life and job performance. Her approachable style allowed everyone to feel comfortable and made the session a great success.” — Michael Edelstein President, NBCUniversal International




Close to OM

I’ve practiced on wobbly stages on the side of a mountain shooting yoga video content with mosquitos eating me (which you can’t swat away when you’re on camera by-the-way). In the freezing cold and majestic beauty of the Lodi Gardens in Delhi, India at sunrise. In front of Mount Batur in Bali. In tiny hotel rooms around the world. And even at my book publisher, St. Martin’s Press’ offices where the whole staff joined in… in fact I think that’s what made me fall in love with them.