Teaching Tips

Here's a few friendly reminders for those of you out in the wild, I mean the field, of yoga teaching:

1. Know your strengths.

The good news is: there is not one way to teach a yoga class. The more intimately you know your own strengths, the more confident you'll show up for your students. It's good to make mistakes and reveal your whole self, too, but for the sake of yoga education, it will help your career and your students' growth if you offer them what you know.

Don't try to be another yoga teacher. Be the yoga teacher that you are.

2. Teach asana progressively

Teach the key actions of complex postures in the simpler poses that come before it. When you arrive at the complex pose, remind your students to perform each action the way they did in the simpler pose(s) that came before it - this will help diminish the tendency of your students to force themselves into complicated shapes with old habits or poor technique.

3. Connect with yourself to connect with your students.

Don't abandon yourself to be with your students. Hone your skills of self awareness, and stay observant of yourself as you teach others.

The result? Your teaching will make sense. It will be comparatively unhurried, and clear. You'll be able to teach without feeling depleted, and your students will feel like you were really there.

4. Teach what you know.

Don't teach what you don't know. If you're not sure: ask for help.

5. Observe your students.

Notice what they need. Cue to that.

Observe whether or not your cues make a difference. If not, change your cues, or find another way to get your point across.

You're the teacher.