We had the good fortune of connecting with Kandi Neal Yoga Instructor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kandi Neal, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
No matter how long you’ve been teaching, there’s still a level of anxiety before teaching each class – at least for me. It’s a bit like stage fright; you always want to make sure that you remember the sequence, do the same thing on each side, and deliver a sequence that your students will enjoy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always try to incorporate humor into my classes. There’s so much in life to take seriously, so why not let go and have a little fun on the mat? I am really proud of starting my own YTT and providing a flexible format for students who wanted to get certified to teach. I got where I am today by being my authentic self, and although it wasn’t always easy, it was definitely worth it. When you can stay true to yourself, honor your ethics, and align yourself with those who are genuine, it becomes a lot easier to overcome any challenges that cross your path. A big lesson I’ve learned along the way is don’t stay at a studio simply for the money; instead go where you feel respected and the opportunities will come. If there’s one thing I want to share with the world, it is to always come from a place of abundance instead of fear, and truly believe that things will fall into place. If you think that way, work hard, and try your best to be a good human, it’s impossible not to succeed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting for a week, we would definitely do lots of workouts at Sweatshop on Central! We would shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Biltmore Fashion Park. We’d eat & drink at Compass Room, Sumo Maya, Chino Bandido, and Popo’s. We’d soak up the sun at The Valley Ho and The Palomar. We would definitely take a day trip up north and check out Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff. And maybe – just maybe – we’d hit up Great Skate or Skateland and roller skate to some old school tunes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I was most influenced by my teachers Dave & Cheryl Oliver. I did my 500-hour YTT with them and their influence shows up in every class I teach.
The backbend photo credit is: Dillan Lowrie