There are so many things to think about as a yoga teacher, especially as a new yoga teacher.
Your mind is probably racing with to do’s, things to learn, things to remember and so much more. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. However, there is good news. You do not have to feel overwhelmed, anxious or nervous. In fact, when you manage your expectations and learn some simple truths about teaching yoga you will feel so much better.
Here you will find 6 truths which will help you feel more confident as a new yoga teacher while also suppressing distracting emotions-
6 Truths Every New Yoga Teacher Should Know-
1. Every Student Hears Differently
As you continue to learn how to cue it is important to remember that every student hears differently. Think about an art class for example. A teacher could instruct the class to draw a flower with petals and a stem but could receive various interpretations in the details of the flower.
This same thing can occur in your class.
You may give one cue and a few of your students come into the pose exactly as you imagined while a few others may have a hard time matching their pose with your cue. This is totally normal and expected. To prepare for this possibility you should brainstorm different phrases to use throughout your sequence when you cue each pose.
2. Don’t Take Things Personally
While the desire to be the perfect yoga teacher for every student you come across is admirable, it is not reality. If we are being honest your style and personality will not be for everyone. There will be individuals who really enjoy your class while others may desire something different. This is okay and more likely than not a good thing. Mainly because it will ensure you as a teacher and any student will get exactly what is needed from any given yoga class. So instead of taking it personally if someone leaves your class or voices their dissatisfaction with your class take it as an opportunity to grow and learn how to redirect students towards what they need.
3. You Know More than You Think
At times you may find yourself second-guessing your knowledge or ability to lead a class. This is normal and you should not let it deter you from enjoying the process of becoming a better yoga teacher. Remember you went through many hours of training and you know more than you think! So be confident in what you are most familiar with and tend to the areas you want to improve in the most.
On your off days or during downtime, take some time to review all your notes from your training as well as any yoga books you have collected along the way. Additionally, you should talk with other yoga teachers to learn and share information.
Side note – The practice of yoga involves continual growth and learning about oneself and yoga. So, remember you know a lot and you will always have more information to look forward to which is a good thing 😊.
4. Give the Modified Version of Each Pose First
It is so common for teachers in any subject to forget what it is like to be a beginner. Yoga is no different. When you are standing in front of your class it may seem like second nature to go fully into a pose. However, your students experience level may vary throughout your class. Additionally, some students’ bodies may not be 100% able to go fully into a pose on any given day. So, it will be beneficial to offer the modified versions of a pose before you suggest the full version of a pose. This will ensure your student’s safety while in your class.
5. Students May Not Like Using Yoga Props
Yoga props can truly help deepen student’s yoga practice as well as provide support and structure in certain poses. You may encounter individuals who may shy away from props for several reasons. To encourage students to use yoga props you should demonstrate the proper way to use them while also speaking to how they are beneficial no matter a student’s experience level.
6. Every Class is Different
It is important to remember that every class is different. One day you may feel on fire and feel as if you did a wonderful job. While the next day, you may miss a small detail in your sequence. Remember every class is a learning experience and may not be “perfect”. Be kind and gentle to yourself and enjoy all this process has to offer anyway.
If you are new to teaching or learning yoga know you will get better over time. Be thankful for each day, each mistake and each accomplishment. I am wishing you the best on your journey.
Peace, Love, and Joy.