Most of us become yoga teachers because of a deep desire to share something we love so much that has helped us personally in ways that are hard to put into words.
We don’t necessarily know the first thing about HOW to teach, we just know that we want to.
There are essentially two parts to becoming a teacher regardless of the subject:
- having a firm grasp of the content or subject matter—this is the WHAT of your teaching, in our case, yoga; and
- understanding teaching methodology—this is the HOW of teaching, which greatly affects how well your students receive the WHAT of your teaching.
If you’re lucky, you’ve had some teaching experience elsewhere in your past since during a typical 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered teaching training only about 25 hours are dedicated to teaching methodology.
What this means is that most new yoga teachers struggle a little while getting their footing in this area.
As a trainer of yoga teachers, I’ve noticed some mistakes we all tend to make during this stage (me included!). Here are the top 10 yoga teacher fails.
Top 10 mistakes you may be making as a yoga teacher
There are many more things we’re doing right than wrong as yoga teachers, but it’s important to remember that your yoga teaching is part of your sadhana. It requires the same mindful awareness, willingness to continually stretch your limits and to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Yoga teaching is a calling and it requires the same dedicated effort (tapas) as your practice on the mat.
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