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3 Secrets For New Yoga Teachers



Yoga is for everyone.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone who took the time to find a Yoga class and show up for it loved it, came back and made it a part of their life?

That is my dharma. To inspire people to practice.

The following are observations and suggestions for new Yoga teachers about their journey to inspire:

  1. Talking too much, demonstrating too little.

We know you’re excited, but you may be overwhelming people with talking too much. Balance that with showing students how to do the poses correctly. All of the great wisdom and other eight limbs of yoga education are important, too.

If you aren’t teaching a Beginner class, the greatest challenge is to address the Beginner student all the way through the Advanced level. There is an art to this, but you can do it. Demonstrate the pose from Beginner to Advanced, and suggest the more advanced posture if it is available to them that day.

Remind them each day we begin as if it were the first day. Help them cultivate a Beginner’s mind.

New people are still showing up with that New Year’s resolution. We can’t lose them now. They are hungry for the real deal — give it to them.

Believe that a mix of alignment cues (and/or hands-on beginner adjustments, if they have agreed to that), your unique teaching style/voice, philosophy and general concern that the person has a positive experience, goes a long way.

Trust that you are giving them everything, but keep suggesting they talk with you after class with any questions/concerns they may have.

  1. Pushing people to their edge.

Yes, we are a goal-oriented culture here in the West. A ton of people who are drawn to asana are high achievers. Yes, there is a healthy edge that you can go to and explore, but I’ve seen a huge increase in pushing past that.

You know that Yoga is about living a life of vitality grounded in the present moment, self-aware and grateful for all your gifts. You will teach your students that, too. You will lose them, though, if they get injured and don’t come back.

The gym near my house has added a Hot Yoga room. The sequencing is dangerous. They are trying, but failing. Don’t fail your students. Check in with them.

  1. Trying to be everything for everybody.

This might seem to contradict what I’ve been saying, but this can all be wrapped up with Just Be You. Your unique contribution will touch and shape and inspire — I just know it.

I’ve been finishing a book on Yoga I’ve been working on for years. I’ve interviewed some amazing Yoga teachers. I am in awe of how loving and smart and caring they are.

Be that teacher that students fondly remember who set them on a lifelong journey of health and vitality.


This article appeared today on one of my favorite sites, RebelleSociety.com.

Photo: Faith Hunter Photographed by:Tweet


  1. Bell of Peace's Gravatar Bell of Peace
    April 18, 2015    

    It is well written. The way you write is such flowing. http://www.bellofpeace.org

  2. April 18, 2015    

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. You made my day. I hope your day has a great surprise and connection too. Namaste.

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