Summary: Yoga is a blessing to all humans but it is important to ensure that yoga is practiced safely and with precaution. Here’s a look at the 5 common mistakes that almost every practitioner commits.
This piece is directed to all the new yoga instructors or yoga enthusiasts who are bidding on a journey to make yoga their career, a lifestyle and a conscious choice. You may be at a point in life where the initiation of your journey has brought in a lot of doubt and cloudiness in your minor actions and being and that has kept you from seeing clearly or in a concentrated way all that you had in mind when you started with the journey. Work that needs to be done outside of the mind tends to bring along with it certain circumstances and conditions that you may not have seen coming and is affecting you in a way that is unexpected as well.
I will put down in concise, the 5 most common mistakes that you may stumble upon during your journey into this conscious decision of your life:-
- Teaching yoga at too many different studios
It may seem like a very doable idea to teach at different studios, because of the number of students you get to teach and that helps you sustain your own lifestyle. Sometimes you may be teaching yoga courses in Nepal, at other times you may be teaching at Rishikesh, Kerala or Hampi. There is however certain problems that you may go through, such as not being able to focus on a student’s well being and not knowing the people whom you teach yoga to, this may lead to negligence on your part, and negligence always leads to mishaps. Instead you may want to focus on building a community for yourself and your growth as an individual, choose a small network and focus on them so that they want to come back to you again and again because they truly had something that they could take away at the end of the class that you taught, and they feel like you have truly added some value to their experience during yoga that they may never experience elsewhere, which brings me down to the second very important point.
- Making your yoga classes generic:
Now we all know what a generic yoga class would look like, so in this one, you need to think out of the box. Most people come to yoga classes to feel uplifted, to experience something that they might never get to experience elsewhere, but all they get is repeated feelings, emotions and problem solving that has already been solved within the community. What I mean when I say add value, is that add value to their lives, in a new way, to make them acknowledge the things that often go unsaid and that makes them feel like they may be enjoying the experience in solitude; help them acknowledge the goodness there is, that they may have consciously ignored because of the background they come from.
- Stop practicing yoga on a personal level
Yoga instructors can get very busy, running from one studio to the other and tending to a sea of students and their well being; that they forget, rather are too exhausted to practice yoga in their own time. The goal of doing yoga is to be balanced, and you can only be the living example to your students if you accommodate your principles to your own life, because believe it or not, students can sense and feel it in your being the lightness in your existence comes from that balance that you are trying to instill in them.
- Making gossip and practicing pickiness
These are one of the reasons that by a poll was found to be one of the reasons that students stopped attending a particular teacher’s class. One may even sum it up in one word, EGO. It may so happen that not being able to give yourself time and attention as a yoga teacher reflects in uglier ways in unwanted spaces. Pushing your beliefs onto students on matters that are their own personal choices is not the smartest things to do. Avoid gossip or picking on your older students so that the new ones feel inclusive during the classes as well.
- A lack of future thinking
It’s great to be in the present, and you may be satisfied with teaching yoga to a bunch of students everyday and living off it, but again, in case you want to build yoga as a platform of expression in your life, as a career, as a lifestyle that you live by, you may need to think about what your future may or should look like 5-10 years down the line, if not that, a little structure to your processes, or a framework of your practices with attention to detail, will help in the long run.
Yoga retreat in Nepal along with yoga courses are being taught by experienced instructors and I would recommend enthusiasts and practitioners to head to this mountainous destination to experience some traditional sessions. Yoga is not a religion but it can enhance a lot of aspects in one’s life, even religion. It’s only fortunate that some people can sustain these enhancements in their lives for a long time. To share this gift, (this knowledge) is the noblest and the best thing for one to do with all the knowledge that you have. Hoping that this article helps you avoid these common mistakes in your journey. Namaste!!!
Devendra kumar is a Yogi,Traveler and a Yoga Teacher in India.He provides yoga teacher training classes in Gurgaon.His strong connection with yoga has made him to organize Daily Yoga Classes, Corporate Yoga Classes,Yoga Retreats and Yoga Workshops in Gurgaon.