As a new yoga teacher, you have a lot of things that you hope to achieve in a single class. Remember that teaching yoga may be overwhelming at times. However, if you follow the following five tips for new yoga teachers, you will have less stress in building a large student base to fill your class.
Teach What You Know.
Most people ask whether it’s okay to teach exercises that you can’t do yourself. The answer is both yes and no. Yes, you can teach things that you can’t do if you could previously do them before something like breaking your hand or leg happened to you. But, if you cannot do it, you should not teach it either.
The basic thing that people do not understand is that in yoga, you should aim at perfecting on what you do best and not involving in new techniques especially when teaching. Remember you are teaching different people with various levels of skills and body structures thus different poses will work differently for them. As a result, you should only teach what you aspire and not trial poses.
Be The Real You.
Some yoga teachers try to imagine what a yoga teacher should be instead of being who they are. As a result, they end up wearing head scarves, bindis and speak using Sanskrit words. This should not be the case. If this is who you are in real life, then no problem do it. But if you are an athlete in real life, be that. Your students also require you to be genuine and authentic.
Plan Your Classes.
It is highly recommended that you plan your classes ahead of time. This is important if you are new in teaching yoga. You should walk into your classes with notes containing all that you aim to teach in that particular lesson. Having notes helps you to avoid unnecessary repetition of already explained concepts.
Watch Your Students.
Since every pose requires some points, new teachers are at times attempted to say a lot of points or even say the points that are not needed in the appropriate training they are doing at a given time. It is important that you observe your students see if they heard and understood your instructions before moving on to the next. This helps to prevent waste of time and energy in training.
Offer Inclusive Classes.
It is imperative to offer progressions and regressions for all the poses you train your students to ensure they serve a wider variety of students. Modifications help your students to learn yoga positions without straining to force the different yoga positions. This helps create a positive mindset in your students.