5 wonderful tips for new yoga teachers with the best being remind yourself of why you became a teacher and share that purpose with your students and the world.
I’m a certified yoga teacher! I’m home from one of the most amazing experiences ever and the very perfect ending to yoga teacher training. I’m still processing the whole experience from the very first teacher training weekend in January to yesterday. I wish all of you could have been there.
More on my whole experience later this week. I have so much I want to share and, at the same time, so much that I will keep in my heart. Just for me.
As you’ve probably noticed, today’s post isn’t what you’ve come to expect on Monday with Inspired To Be Fit. Today I’m kicking off Yoga Week at Jill Conyers | Fitness, Health & Happiness.
Now, on to my friend, Beth, with her perfectly timed post, Top 5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers.
I’m so excited for Jill to get her yoga teacher certification. I know she’ll be a wonderful teacher and that her students will love her.
Hearing about her experience with yoga teacher training got me thinking back to my own yoga teacher training, and what I’ve learned during my two and a half years of teaching. So, I wanted to share my top tips for those of you who are just starting out as yoga teachers, hoping that you’ll feel better knowing these lessons that I’ve learned.
Top 5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers
Tip #1: Understand not every class will be perfect.
You’ll slip up and call the right side instead of the left, or call Warrior II when you really meant to have your students come into Extended Side Angle. There will be times when you even blank and you can’t remember a sequence you did on one side so you can repeat it on the other.
I tend to be a perfectionist and hate making mistakes, especially in front of other people. But, I’ve learned that I have to remind myself of what I’m always telling my students. Let go of what you think is imperfect, let go of the past, and just be in the moment. It’s just as true for teaching as it is for your yoga practice.
Tip #2: Understand each class will have a different energy.
Some classes are just amazing, where all of your students are breathing and moving in unison. Other classes will feel more “meh,” where everyone’s breathing is all over the place, despite you working hard to cue the breath to meet the needs of your students. Yes, as yoga teachers we try to create great energy in our classes. But, remember that there are always things that you can’t control, and that absolutely includes what’s going on in your students’ lives. Give yourself some grace.
Tip #3: Speak from your heart.
Many yoga teachers learn this in teacher training, but it’s worth saying. If there’s a quote or mantra that’s resonating with you, there’s a good chance it will resonate with your students, too. You’ll help your students understand that they’re not alone on their life journeys. And, you’ll help to teach them how to use yoga to help cope with the tough times. By speaking from your heart, you’ll teach them to love yoga like you do.
Tip #4: Try sequences in your own body.
If you’re wondering whether a transition from one pose to another will be weird, try it out before teaching it. Testing a sequence in your body is a great way to prepare for class and to deepen your own practice. The same is true if you’re working toward a peak pose. Think about what muscles and joints need to be open in your body, and what yoga poses help you to open those areas. Always be testing out what you’re teaching.
Tip #5: Have fun!
It’s tempting to be very serious about teaching yoga, especially when you’re being paid to teach and it really is a job. But, remember the joy you feel from your own personal practice, and try to bring that to your teaching as well. I’ll sometimes throw in a joke, or even remind my students to smile a little. When you find lightness in your heart, you’ll find lightness in your body, too. And remember: it’s just yoga! Yoga should be fun, whether you’re teaching or practicing. Remind yourself of why you became a teacher and share that purpose with your students and the world.
Best of luck to all of you new teachers!
Beth is a certified yoga teacher and running coach. She’s the blogger behind Sublimely Fit and is the author of the book Yoga for Runners, and she also leads online yoga courses. She aims to help her readers to create healthier, more satisfying lives.
Stop back by throughout the week for:
- Yoga inspiration and quotes to Live Your Yoga
- Running and Yoga: The Perfect Pair from Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home
- What Is Your Yoga Style?
- 3 Ways Yoga Has Balanced My Fitness by Jess at Hello To Fit
- What Yoga Teacher Training [or maybe just Yoga] Has Taught Me
I’ll be back next Monday with a workout you’re going to love! It might kick your butt, but you’ll still love it.
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