10 Important Tips for Teaching a Yoga Class
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Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher, Life coach and Stanley Cup Champion
Deciding to teach a yoga class is an important venture to begin in your life. This means that not only have you become thoroughly comfortable with yoga, but that now you are ready to impart that knowledge up to others. But teaching a subject is a lot different from learning it. There are things you need to keep in mind while teaching a student, such as if they are capable of understanding what you are saying or, how well they can adjust to your methods. At the same time, each student comes with their own way to learn and you need to be able to adjust to the differences in a classroom setting in order to teach an effective class. Here are ten important things that you need to keep in mind while teaching a yoga class.
- Be Aware of Why You Chose to Teach: Lots of people make yoga a part of their daily lives, and utilize the benefits yoga presents to their maximum potential. But not all these people choose to become a yoga teacher. By remembering why you decided to start on this endeavor, you can better motivate yourself in becoming a good teacher. The reasons why you choose to become a teacher is always a good place to start. Keep in mind that this was a decision you chose to make and work towards achieving the maximum results in the field.
- Have a Thorough Knowledge of the Field: Yoga allows you to calm your body and mind while maximizing health benefits along the way. In order to teach the subject, having a thorough knowledge of the field is absolutely essential. In this manner, you can approach the subject confidently and impart a thorough knowledge in the field.
- Focus on what you Know: Yoga is a diverse field to approach. There are as many styles as there are innovators, and you cannot possibly know everything. By focusing on what you are comfortable with, you give yourself the chance to impart that knowledge thoroughly. Taking on a specialized approach can help you impart that knowledge to your students, and help them should they not understand something.
- Be Ready to Adapt: Being versatile is a great quality for any teacher to have. You need to keep at pace with students who are developing in their own way, and help them grow and learn more about yoga. By being flexible, always prepared and adaptable, you give both yourself and your students a better chance at doing well in the classroom.
- Be Aware of Your Students: At the end of the day, you are teaching people. And this means that they will work in their own way – learning and making mistakes as they grow. Each person will come equipped with their own strengths and flaws and you need to be able to keep at pace with them.
- Keep a Watch Over Your Students: There is nothing better than teaching a subject and watching your students learn and grow from it. By working together with them, you will develop your skills as a teacher as well. It is integral to focus on your students to be able to help them when times are difficult.
- A Class is About the Students: At the end of the day, teaching in a classroom means imparting knowledge. It is not about you, but about the people who choose to learn under you. Being aware of that can help you better engage with your students.
- Get Certified: Not all yoga teachers are certified, but it is a good idea to get one done. That way you will be trained in the effective ways of imparting knowledge while improving your own skill sets.
- Be Ready for Heartbreaks: Even the best students leave if they cannot fit time into their schedule, and a yoga environment is a strictly professional environment. You have to be ready to see students come and go.
- Have fun: You cannot teach what you love without having fun yourself. Enjoy the teaching experience and you will find yourself learning in addition with your students.
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