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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Yoga Teacher Tips
By Faye Martins
Many people find yoga to be a great way to relax and get exercise. Yoga is a great way to mentally unwind and it promotes sports recovery. You may have thought about how great it would be to learn how to teach yoga students.
If you are interested in teaching yoga, you probably have already taken classes before. If you are new, you may wish to try different types of yoga to see which types you would most enjoy teaching. You may wish to sample a few different classes if you have been with one instructor for most of the time you have been learning. By sampling different instructors you can also get ideas based on what other teachers do for your own classes. When you are planning to teach your first class, you may want to focus on a beginner class to keep the moves simple.
There are training courses available to teach yoga instructors about how to lead their classes. These courses can give you all the tools you need to be a good instructor, though you will still need to do some planning and practice on your own. Like everything else, teaching gets better with practice. If you are nervous about teaching your first class, it may help to tell the students that it is your first class. Simply disclosing a fear can often make it seem less scary, and your students will understand if you stumble a little bit. Don't worry if your first few classes aren't perfect--you can make a note of what you thought went well or not and strive to improve the mistakes.
Yoga has a mental aspect, and consider including poses intended to promote relaxation in your sessions while instructing students on their breathing and which areas of the body to focus on. Learning how to teach others where to focus and how to relax is one of the key aspects of learning how to teach yoga students.
You may wish to write down the sequence you want to do in your class and then practice it yourself a few times, including what you will say during your class. If you are especially nervous before teaching your first class, you could even practice teaching with a couple friends first before you teach your first class of people you don't know. You can ask your friends for feedback to get a student's perspective.
Decide whether you want to provide mats or have people bring their own. The market for supplies for doing yoga is growing, so you may wish to ask if anyone has any questions about yoga mats you would recommend. This can be done after class when you are inviting students to come back to class and make yoga a regular practice in their lives. A good yoga mat can be a great investment, especially for certain types of yoga like hot yoga, which requires a mat that can provide traction and dry quickly even when its user is producing sweat. Consider the surface you will be working on, since the mats may need to be thicker on hard surfaces. If you provide mats, consider how you will sanitize them between uses.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA.