How to be a good yoga teacher?

How to be a good yoga teacher?

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The first is to obtain the certificate of yoga instructor through professional training, which is only a basic entry condition.

Second, you need to be able to practice yourself regularly for more than one hour a day.

Third, master the asanas of hatha yoga in the teaching and training book, and be familiar with them theoretically.

Fourth, systematically to learn to master human anatomy, in the use of yoga posture.

Fifth, exercise good expression ability, field control ability, can convey how to do this posture to students, and know why he can't do it, how to teach him step by step.

Sixth, the knowledge of yoga should be wide, understand some body and mind things, through yoga can be very good to adjust their state of mind, basic so you can go to the professor.


I believe that every teacher who takes a yoga position chooses yoga because of love. Yoga not only makes us have a healthy body, but also makes our inner fullness and strength, so that we have the ability to help ourselves, our friends, family and even more people around us! Becoming a great yoga teacher, stepping out of your comfort zone and embarking on a journey into the unknown in the search for answers can also help you break out of your present self! Let us love yoga, from the heart!

1. You're always a student

It's a bit of a cliche on this point, but it's always true.

If you want to be a good yoga teacher, you also need to be a good student. Step into the student's shoes and ask yourself, "What else can I learn? What other weaknesses do I have? What other bad habits can I change?"

Some of the most important words to hear: "As a yoga teacher, IF you don't practice regularly, I will question you."

Practice yoga every day. Regular practice will lead you to discover your passion and learn more about yoga. The practice experience on the mat can be communicated with the students, whether it is physical breakthrough or spiritual comprehension. If you don't practice regularly, where do the lessons you teach come from?

2. Learn yoga anatomy

That's fine if it's not your strong suit, but that's not an excuse not to learn yoga anatomy.

Because it not only makes your students understand their bodies, but also helps them avoid injuries. It is important to be aware of changes in body structure in each yoga pose you teach. Learn how to apply the anatomy of yoga to your teaching.

3. You're a server

Cover the students with towels while they do the corpse pose. A fellow teacher suggested that we put a cold towel on the student's forehead while the body is exhumed to enhance the student experience. To be honest, there was a time when I didn't like it.

But I realized it's not about me. I'm here to serve, to lead people into peace and quiet. If that means I have to put cold towels on everyone's head or turn off the music or make sure everyone in the room gets adjusted, then I'll do it.

4. Adjust and help your students

Speaking of tweaks, get your hands ready (when appropriate, of course)! Not every adjustment is deep and time-consuming. Gentle pressing or fingering on the sacrum in baby pose and shoulders in mountain pose are quick and loving adjustments that can take care of everyone in the room, even if the classroom is full.

The students enjoy being adjusted because they are very helpful and comfortable. I think it's important to adjust to everyone, because most of the time no one likes to be left out.

5. To be professional

Teaching yoga is a job. While it's very different from your 9-to-5 job, we should show the same dedication.

Arrive on time, prepare for classes in advance, dress appropriately and know your boundaries. Make your teaching area casual and comfortable. Remember, this is where you work, too.

6. Don't teach you what you don't know

There may be a rumor in your studio that everyone loves a class like x because he or she always teaches hard moves. Don't feel obligated to teach asanas if you don't know how to safely enter them.

Don't risk injury by teaching asanas that you find stimulating and challenging and that members love.

7. Less is more

Even though you can easily teach asanas, you don't have to include them all in your teaching. By staying in fewer asanas for longer, students can learn more. In fact, slowing down in asanas can be very challenging for students.

The principle that less is more also applies to leading words. Even if you know all the leading words and anatomical points for every pose in your sequence, you don't have to say them all at once. Students can learn more from each small number of asanas.

8. Group matters

Make friends with everyone who enters your class. Remember the names of the students. Listen carefully when they talk to you -- even if it's not about yoga. Get involved in yoga studio activities and take classes with other teachers.

Be a yoga teacher who doesn't just teach there. Be the yoga teacher everyone knows because you are part of the group.