True teachers and leaders always remain students!

mk_treesI’m so excited because today I start yoga teacher training at Yogaworks  with my yoga teacher Joan Hyman.

It’s a cool story about how this came to be.

One of my aims as TDL continues to grow is to keep learning. There are a bunch of healing modalities that I want to learn over the next few years, in order to hone my skills and become even better at what I do.

Even though I mentor people, lead large online classes and do live heart therapy interventions at our events, I am also, and will always be, a student.

There is no arrival point of knowledge. There is always a deeper refinement. There is always a new innovation on knowledge that we know.

So, I consider myself to be a teacher, but primarily, I am a student.

This is why I’m always in personal growth or educational environments, to become more knowledgeable so that I can add more value to your life through the blog, mentoring, live events, books and everything that I do.

I’ve wanted to learn how to teach yoga for a few years now. It just never lined up. I’m excited because I’m learning Vinyasa yoga with Joan and then in September I will go to South Africa for a month to learn how to teach Kundalini yoga with Gurmukh; check that out here.

So, when my yoga teacher Joan told me she had a training coming up, I was so excited because this training fit into my schedule.

There’s a great quote from a yoga master that’s always stuck in my head since I heard it, it is:

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.”

-Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini yoga to the West. And Kundalini yoga changed my life. So my aim has always been to be the teacher in this way, while also remaining the student.

I’m so excited about starting this teacher training because I believe that as I continue to walk the path of physical fitness, knowing about yoga on a deeper level and also practicing consistently will be a game changer.

And what’s so cool is how this came to be.

I was so eager to take teacher training. So, I got all the information and filled out the form. It was going to be a MAJOR financial investment, like $3500 or so. That’s A LOT of money.

But, I thought to myself, how much do people spend on educations that give them actual life skills? I really didn’t want to spend the money, but I decided to do it anyway.

So I filled out my form and sent it in.

I was excited about of all the things I was going to learn and I decided that I was going to share my teacher training experience with you as it goes for the next few months. Because that’s what I do on the blog, I share about what I’m going through.

Well, to my surprise, I got an email back from the folks at Yogaworks  and as it turns out, they were big fans of The Daily Love. So much so, that they offered to comp my training if I wanted to blog about my experience.

It was a magical moment of total abundance.

I was already going to do that, and this offer came in. I felt so happy, so guided and so on track. It was as if The Uni-verse was rewarding my leap of faith with abundance I didn’t even know was there.

I called my friend Tommy Rosen and told him the news. He’s been a big supporter of me getting into yoga and he said, “It looks like you’re supposed to be a teacher.”

It was an amazing moment, one that I am so grateful for.

So, I’m going to be sharing with you my aha moments and insights over the next few months as I go through teacher training. It will be a fun journey and one that I know will change my life forever!

What can you commit to mastery through teaching? How can you embody Yogi Bhajan’s quote today?

As always, the action happens in the comments below. Leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!




Mastin Kipp is the founder and CEO of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • David McInnes

    Mastin you are so right as I stopped learning new things in life in the last two years and I felt as if a piece of me gone as I remember a saying I was told by my mentor who was a tradesman as i was an apprentice starting my trade when I was a 16 year’s old as an apprentice.

    “If you learn one new thing everyday whatever it maybe you will be a knowledgeable man”.

    I always did that until 2011 and since then I felt stagnant in many area’s of my life. That was the past and now is the present to which I owe many thanks to you and all the teachers of love and life on this site. To all the blogger’s who supported me recently ans to finally me for awakening.

    I ask a question and that is “what are the on-line classes”? as I would love nothing more than to experience the TDL at a greater level.

    Thank you from a new life long apprentice.

  • Robyn

    Mastin, that’s amazing, what a great lesson in going for it and abundance! I’ve taken two yoga trainings and not only were they game changers, but teaching is so humbling and powerful, thanks for the reminder, I’m inspired to teach again!

  • Congratulations Mastin! I hope that the training is everything that and even than you are hoping for. 🙂

    At this moment in time I wish to master meditation ~ the teaching is coming soon. 🙂
    With much love, light and brightest blessings.

  • BottomLineEmmaJ

    Mastin! Congratulations for taking this next step in your life!!!! I can’t tell you enough how your blogs have changed my life, and I am at the same point in my thought process as you are! I am a mental health professional and I focus on couples and intimacy and I wanted to know how to market what I had….then steps in Marie Forleo (because of you).

    After 3 weeks of being in BSchool, I realized now I understand marketing somewhat, but I wanted to teach a course, but didn’t know how to teach. The same day B-School started, April 11, was the same day Oprah and Deepak Chopra started their 21 day meditation. I never paid much attention to Deepak, but I wanted to join my friend in her meditation – so I started.

    So, this past week I logged on to one of Marie Forleo’s closed groups, and as I quickly scrolled through the newsfeed….the name “Deepak Chopra” stood out to me. As I read the complete post, a lady by the name “Randi Buckley,” who is part of B-School currently posted how she had created courses for Deepak, Dallas Cowboys, and so many others.

    Last week, I googled and searched on how to write a course and couldn’t find anything that made sense, and then two days ago I see this opportunity that i couldn’t pass up. I believe God is pushing me to the place I am supposed to be, and you have been intertwined in that journey on so many levels, and i am THANKFUL for you!!

    Have fun with your yoga! You are going to be an amazing teacher, you have already taught me so much!

    Thanks again,

  • This was my experience with Marie Forleo’s B School! I initially decided it was wayyyy too much money for someone who didn’t even know what she was doing with her life. Then, I started to see how much I needed it, and decided I would put it on a credit card and just be in debt whilst I paid it off. But then the Uni-verse gifted me some money, totally unexpectedly, from a relative. I, too, felt rewarded for having committed to take the plunge!

    Mastin, thank you for
    – introducing me to Marie Forleo (B School is changing my LIFE!! In so many ways!)
    – introducing me to the idea that the Uni-verse *can reward me for things
    – generally being so wonderful, inspiring and real. I *love that you talked about how $3500 is a lot of money – another great example of you being frank and real.

    I *love that you are always honest about your feelings and flaws. I’m convinced it’s the reason why TDL (wonderfully!) is becoming such a phenomenon – because we can all relate to you.

    I have so much to be grateful to you for. THANK YOU!!


    • Marsha,
      I love your comment! You mentioned B School. This has been on my mind and constantly keeps showing up. Like you, I feel like it’s just too much money for me right now. But then I think… maybe it would be worth it and I’d be so much more profitable and prosperous after having taken the course!
      Mind if I ask what business you’re building, or how you’re using it? I’m not trying to get too personal, and if you don’t want to share, by all means, that’s fine. I’m just wondering if B School would benefit me in my writing business. While I have lots of ideas of things I might liketo do… writing is at the front of my mind right now, at the top of the list. I have published 4 books already, with minimal success. I’ve wondered if Marie’s B School could help me in THAT endeavor. What are your thoughts? Since you know more about it than I do. Or is B School geared more towards actually businesses like running a yoga practice, or opening an actual store, or something?
      Thanks for any information and insight you can share with me. I’m hesitant to take the leap (and do B School) if it won’t really help me….

      • Nikki

        Hi Sarah, I’m head over heels crazy about Marie Forleo and although I don’t have the money for her B School AND I missed the deadline for registration, I truly believe in its value. Her success is amazing and her mindset would undoubtedly rub off through the process. If you believe in something and mix it with a great spirit like Marie, you’d find what you’re looking for and be repaid. Best of luck!

        • Hi guys,

          I hope you can both see this!

          Sarah, Nikki’s right that B School won’t start again until next year. But if you think you can save the money between now and then, it is more worth it than you could possibly imagine. (you would have to save about $167-200 a month, which I know is not nothing, but it’s worth bearing in mind if it seems at all do-able).

          I am currently a freelancer who doesn’t yet actually have one business – I am at a real turning point in life and decided it would be good to help me work out what I want my business to be. And boy, am I glad I did!

          Not only are you learning INCREDIBLE skills that will change your life (not just your business), it’s also the most inspiring thing I could have imagined. There is this HUGE community of B Schoolers – initially on Facebook, but then many of us have met and now meet up regularly in the real world. Everyone is so supportive and it feels amazing.

          I knew it would be good, but I honestly never imagined it could be as fantastic as it has been. I’m learning skills and making connections that will help me in everything I do. I also find I’m constantly helping others in my life – giving out tidbits of wisdom I’ve learned, that are changing their lives as well as mine.

          B School would DEFINITELY help you. There are people from all walks in it – writers like you, musicians, bloggers – all sorts! It would help anyone who is trying to sell things to other humans!

          The two things that convinced me to sign up were:

          1) all the testimonials from people, saying things like, “I learnt more in 8 weeks of B School than in 4 years of my MBA”, and, “When I started B School, I was making $3000 a month. Within a few months of B School I was making $30,000 a month”.

          2) there is a 30 day money back guarantee, as long as you do the homework. So EVEN IF you decide it’s not for you, there’s nothing lost! But I can’t imagine many people ask for their money back. Even just within the first week, I felt like I’d got my money’s worth!

          Sorry that was so long! I am just so thrilled about this course. Every single day it makes me feel breathless and light-headed with excitement. Also, you get the course materials (and membership of the facebook groups) for life, so you can go back and do it again and again!

          So, yeah, in case you haven’t yet worked it out, I’m a big fan!

          All the best with whatever it is you’re both doing! Hope you can still get a ton out of all MF’s videos on youtube in the meantime.


          PS any more questions you have, fire away!

      • Hey Sarah, in case it doesn’t show up, I’ve replied to your questions below.

  • I am so proud of you and so happy for you Mastin! You are an amazing inspiration!

  • Hey Mastin! It’s Dana.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story about the abundance of the Uni-verse. You have inspired me to look into the possibility of going to South Africa! I, too, took Kundalini yoga when my life took a very new and scary turn, and it saved me. I hope to continue mentoring with you soon!

  • Patti

    I hope you write in detail about your teacher training. I did a teacher training three years ago and it didn’t teach me to teach. Isat through HOURS of lectures, chanting and trying to meditate. I did my training inside an ashram in south Florida, thinking if I immersed myself inside the lifestyle it would allow me to pass the physical part of yoga. I learned how to change my diet, the effects of karma yoga and found that it’s OKAY to go without any outside influence (cell phone, tv, computer, etc.)…so though my experience was much less than I wanted and cost MUCH more that I wanted to spend I did get something out of it for personal use. My goal is to do another teacher training (vinyasa) that teaches me cuing, assisting in the postures and learning how to teach a class for all levels so I may give back to what being on the mat has given to me. So…please share with us pleny of details so I may experience this through you – I need inspiration. Blessings and good will sent your way.

  • This is amazing Mastin!

    Reading you experiences is super inspiring. From the moment i stumbled upon your interview with Marie Forleo i immediately resonated with you. It is confirmation that you are vibrating with the Cosmos! Whenever you have an intention or idea that is integrated in AIRE authenticity, integrity, responsibility and enrichment, the space starts vibrating towards that idea, then the world starts responding to that idea. Vibration is so powerful it can manifest anything! Bravo! Congratulations my friend, you are living proof!

    Bountiful Blissful Blessings,


  • this is so awesome! excited to hear about your journey as I prepare for my own teacher training program this June! hurray YOGA.

  • Love the message of the Universe showing its support for you and what you want to do by having the yoga course comped! SO cool when stuff like that happens. It’s a definite reminder that you’re on the right track for sure! 🙂

    I totally agree with remaining a student throughout life. I’ve long said if I could be a professional student (which in my mind at the time meant a student at a college or university, taking classes), I’d totally do it! I LOVE learning new things! I think that’s part of my drive behind having so many varied jobs over my life. Hotel gift shop cashier… horse and cow stall cleaner… fast food cashier…. restaurant server… school teacher…. ASL interpreter…. telemarketer…. sales associate at a florist….. I just love learning new things and acquiring new skills. 🙂 I also feel it’s given me a more well-rounded view of the world and the people in it. For example, I’m an excellent, generous tipper at restaurants after having worked as a server and seeing how little they get paid, all the work they do, and the number of people who still only tip 10-15%.

    So I’m always open to learning new things and being in the student role! 🙂 After all, LIFE is one big learning experience!


  • I have never looked at myself as a teacher…until recently. I am more of a person that falls deeply for something or someone and SELLS it. I don’t know many people who are as enthusiastic and passionate as I am, when I have found something that WORKS (I have been told that I can sell ice to Iceland). I have now been going through a transcending transformation through teacher-training with Cinnamon Lofton. An experience of finding ME again (and relying ONLY on me) with some who say, “Cinnamon is a surrendered MASTER at choosing love in EVERY moment” (A true possibility that I would have NEVER believed unless I had experienced her by EXAMPLE-not just words.) And, I have wanted anyone and everyone to get on the LOVE TRAIN and find themselves.

    But guess what? I have found that LOVE is something you CAN’T SELL. It is to be experienced by the thirsty or even the parched.

    I was definitely parched after spending most of my adult life being a slave to my ego. My blogs are about the VULNERABLE and REAL process of calming my impulsive mind and choosing love through my teacher. This is my how I am “committing to my mastery.” BY BEING A HUMBLED EXAMPLE of choosing my heart over and over again. This is how I teach. I have found that when I read or someone tells me to go to YOGA…I am not as inspired. But when I read or watch their transformation, I start to mirror their experience. It is then that I learn FAR more. So thanks Mastin for taking this on! I am looking forward to hearing your enthusiasm through your words. Yoga just may be my next endeavor.
    The Daily Commenter,

  • Osage Dior

    The universe always give you signs….congrats

  • Teresa

    I want to take the course “Calling in the One” with Kathleen but I am finding it difficult to afford. I would love to take a leap of faith in thinking the Uni Verse has my back and in some way it would all work out. I am struggling with my inner self right now… Sigh. I don’y like it. I am trying to be patient with myself. I have always made things happen instead of waiting for them to happen. Somewhere along the way after getting knocked down, back up, knocked down, back up knocked down and back up again and again, I am tired, emotionally and now physically. I keep getting up and that is my focus but I am noticing it is getting harder and harder. Well, that is enough from me today. I am so very glad it is Friday. I do not think I would have made it through another day of pushing myself through work. I have the weekend off and can’t wait til 4:30 gets here:-)


    This is going to be of great value to me! I’ve been very curious to learn what teacher training is really like. I’m very much looking forward to your reports/experiences.

  • Great Mastin! Looking forward to this journey!

  • Katarina

    I practice so I can teach and I teach so I can learn.
    That’s what I’ve found to be true as a yoga instructor. My own practice becomes my tool in order to teach but when I teach, thats where the real learning happens. It’s when you interact with people and have something to bounce off of. My students teach me so much everyday and I am eternally greatful for it. Teacher training was one of the best things that happened to me, and came at the perfect time in my life when I needed to dive deep into my mind, body, and sprit connection.
    Congrats on making the leap and I’m looking forward to hearing about your journey!

  • Mell22C

    it seems that our spiritual paths have recently lead us in the same direction to both Bali and yoga teacher training… please read about my healing journey here … best of luck with your teacher training… can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Ellen Noble

    Hi Mastin, and all! I am so excited for you to begin training to become a yoga how teacher. Your story, regarding getting the tuition comped and how the Uni-verse lined everything up so perfectly reminded me of how I began teaching yoga. Here is the short version: Six months after taking my very first Hatha Yoga class EVER at local hospital in Iowa, my yoga teacher became ill with Lyme’s Disease and chose to take a break from teaching. The folks who organized the hospital’s wellness program asked her if she could recommend anyone (possibly a student) to take over the teaching of her classes and…..she recommended ME!! I said “yes!” and began my journey as a yoga teacher with only six months experience as a STUDENT! Looking back (this was now 15 years ago) I think about how naive I was, but I also see how beautifully the “path” was was being opened for me. Yoga, from the very beginning, felt like “home” to me. It’s like my body was “remembering” it….not learning it….so teaching seemed like a very natural next step for me, even so soon into my own practice. Very soon after taking over the class I began to think about and search for the type of yoga I wanted to become certified in. Again, the Uni-verse provided the vehicle and opened the door for me. I, and other teachers in the area, were invited to a TriYoga demonstration being given by a TriYoga instructor visiting from Russia, and that was IT….the moment I saw it I immediately knew that it was the right “fit” for me. I have now been a certified TriYoga instructor for 14 years. I was one of the first TriYoga teachers in Iowa, and now I am THE first TriYoga teacher in Oklahoma! I can’t tell you the joy I feel and how honored I am to share TriYoga, and yoga in general with each and every student who crosses my path. It is truly one of the biggest joys and blessings in my life! I wish you MUCH joy and MANY blessings as you begin this beautiful journey….you will SHINE!!
    Ellen Noble