Nurturing a great passion for yoga too long? Let all the love sprout as you take yoga from your passion to your vocation. A good teacher is she who can inspire hopes and dreams and instill a knack for learning. A good teacher is she who can inspire hopes and dreams and instill a knack for learning. A good yoga teacher should be a guide, friend, and philosopher, nonetheless remaining in the learning process continuously herself. If you think you have it in you, let’s merge your passion and livelihood, and find an excuse to live, breath, and dwell in yoga forever! Nurturing a great passion for yoga too long? Let all the love sprout as you take yoga from your passion to your vocation.
Many enthusiasts of the yoga persuasion think that taking a yoga teacher training course is an end in itself and the certificate the course gifts is the ultimate passkey to success in the yoga teaching world. However, it’s not the certificate that validates one’s eligibility to teach, but the fine qualities that the course helps develop.
Here is a five tipped guide to whet your professional qualities as a yoga teacher—
Tuned into the Teaching Mode, Always!
Absolutely embrace the identity! Breathe and pronounce- to teach is to find redemption. You must give up proprietorship and offer all the knowledge you have gathered through your own yoga journey. Research, practice, run trial and error to see how your teaching can become more effective. Like an arrow bowed, your lessons must reach hearts.
You must guide them to wisdom and strength through different teaching modalities, like—asana demonstrations, commentary through parables, and other exemplifications. Your expressions must be simple and intelligible, rather than rhetorical and twisted. Your demonstrations must have a natural ease and should be delivered with care personally, and with necessary assists. Posture modifications, alternate styling, and different sequencing should be introduced from time to time to expand the horizon of the lessons for all.
And how do you perfect your skills and optimize your capacities? By whipping up every opportunity for teaching that comes your way! Start by teaching hourly classes, give out yoga tips, start your own educational yoga blog, connect everyday activities with yoga ideals and communicate how life could be bettered spiritually to your close ones.
Fire Up Self Practice
There are two kinds of yogis—one who can yoga with self-motivation, and the other kind who can get it going only when the classes are on. Funny thing is, the latter can never accomplish yoga in the true sense. Though it is understandable that you would need to attend class regularly to have something of a foundation, and be recipient of organized teaching, it is ultimately all about building yourself a sustainable self-practice.
Keep the spirits high and running in your one on one sessions, up close and personal with yourself. Instead of teaching your classes straight out of your teacher training notebooks, you can experience each posture, each philosophical yoga dictum for yourself and write out your impromptu teaching script. The more you self-discover and explore with yoga, more will you be able to move past jargons and routine things. Self-practice is the only steppingstone for inventing your own trademark style.
Stock Up Your Yoga Book Shelf
Don’t underestimate the value of the written word. Read up profusely and expand your research in all things yoga. Know what the great masters thought, excavate the ancient scriptures, and bring it to your students. The more you get savvy in enriching your demonstrations and philosophical lessons with supportive references and annotations from canonical texts, more will be its acceptability.
In the first row, keep Patanjali’s Sutras, Iyengar’s Light on Yoga, and The Heart Of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice By T. K. V. Desikachar. Once the intellectual persuasion catches on, move on to Yoga Anatomy By Leslie Kaminoff for a perspective of yoga in light of modern medical science and anatomy.
A yogi who reads, nobody can beat!
Play Agony Aunt/Uncle
Open your heart to the troubles and tribulations of your students. Know about their reasons for turning to yoga and restore faith in their hearts. Bring objectivity in their thought process and free them from unproductive emotional baggage. Your counsel must go beyond glossy magazine pep talks and tap into their consciousness.
Remember, the answer is to every individual as it is within you. Yoga is only the light for illuminating that immense pool of wisdom.
Know Your Niche
As you explore more into the world of yoga teaching, your inkling for certain type of yoga classes will come to fore. Is it the fast flowing and dynamic ashtanga vinyasa that hits a chord within you or the calming Hatha? Does teaching kids to yoga fill your heart or advanced level practitioners? Is your temperament naturally quiet and meditative or do you feel more at ease in philosophical class presiding with yoga?
Call your niche and add more value in it. Your heartfelt interest should make this vocation most gratifying.