Summary: There is much about a yoga teacher’s attitude and dedication to the students that need working upon to help them promote from good to great. Read to know more.
When you spend considerable time following yoga culture to the core, you think you have figured out what it takes to be an outstanding teacher of the discipline. Demonstrating postures to perfection, fluently expressing yoga philosophy in its typical jargon, competence for designing comprehensive course modules—that’s the expected skill set of any valid yoga teacher. But where exactly does lie the potential of a truly impactful educator?
It starts with a simple thought process—how to make your classes more and more about your students. That’s what the segment of “teaching methodology” in your 200 hour yoga teacher training in most parts concerns.
Be the First to Arrive and Last to Leave
Starting out your own yoga teaching outfit will definitely come with its fair share of thrill and entrepreneurial freedom for you. Either this will inspire you to expand your duties or shrink work time in exchange for leisure. Following the first inspiration, you will end up contributing more to your students and automatically gain better leverage among them.
Coming twenty minutes earlier than scheduled time will give you the opportunity to actually have a conversation with your students. There can be numberless inquiries from the learners relating directly to their development in practice. Organize this extra time to respond to relevant queries like—
- dietary and other lifestyle shifts needed to compliment yoga practice,
- postures and meditation routine recommended for certain physical disorders or for mental handicaps
- book recommendations to expand one’s yoga knowledge bank
Each day could be about addressing a different topic. Welcome short Q & A sessions. After-classes, you can give out a feedback form for your students to fill out to know accurately your strong points and deficits.
Focus On Being Present in the Moment First, and Posture Perfection Later
It’s surprising but true how ‘perfection’ in posture demonstration can be secondary requisite in a yoga class, than equanimity and maybe, a bit of soulfulness. A teacher who is thoroughly perceptive and shines with a scintillating presence of mind can be connected with at a deeper level by the students. There can be terrible examples of yoga teachers remaining self-involved in classes, either busy putting up a show of their jaw-dropping flexibility or in the worst cases, tipping away on mobile devices, virtually present elsewhere.
Remember, the class should primarily be about how well the students can be engaged in the yogic exercise and baffling them with your stunning feats can be counterproductive. On the same note, lack of presence of the teacher will lead to overlooked faults in their practices. Won’t you be mad if that was the treatment meted out to you at your yoga teacher training in Rishikesh or elsewhere?
Make Participants of All Experience Levels Feel Included
Kindness is a precept in the yoga way. You need to be in line with this especially when you are conducting a class of varied experience levels. The lesser skilled will need some additional grace to keep up and be confident.
Instead of encouraging a cut-throat competitive environment in the class where every student strives to topple the one to the next, inspire mutual help, and kindness. Pair up one of your experienced students with one of the strugglers in the class. Allow some grace time for the tired to catch their breath. Stay disciplined but refrain from creating an unsympathetic environment.
Don’t Be So Serious As To Forget Having Fun
Smile more often, throw in a joke amid all the loaded philosophical discourses, share light-hearted stories from your time as a newbie. Once in a while play some groovy music and do the sequences like a dance.
Let everybody mellow out and have some fun!