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top 4 mistakes yoga teachers make

top 4 mistakes yoga teachers make

As yoga teachers, we can get hung up on what we do in our own practices, rather than what the students in our classes actually need. On a recent trip, I popped into a yoga class and found I was unable to sink into my practice because the teacher kept correcting every move, even stopping the class to mini-workshop. As a teacher, I’ve done this too. Sometimes you need to and somtimes it is unnecessary. If your cues are more dogmatic than a simple breakdown, you might over do it. After all, yoga is about each student finding their own way through the practice. 

Top 4 Mistakes Yoga Teachers Make

1 – Forgetting to look at your students: So many times the teacher stays on the mat or walks around the room without actually looking at the students during the practice. Make eye contact. Keep your focus and stay in the moment of your teaching by facing the students. 

2 – Talking too much: Try not to talk constantly just to fill the class. You’ll drastically improve your own awareness of the class, and you’ll also improve the students personal experience. A bit of quiet time can be very rejuvenating for your students.

3 – Imposing alignment cues on your students: Students need cues, but don’t call cues that are unnecessary. Most poses have specific alignment points. But not all bodies are created equal. Again, look and see what alignment points need to be addressed. Give verbal cues, then a physical adjustment if needed. 

4 – Preaching Your Own Practice: Practice what you preach, but don’t preach what you practice. Your own personal practice may not be appropriate for the style or level class you are teaching. Let the students have some freedom to explore and find their own practice. Your body and mind might not need the same as theirs. 
Connect more with your students and deepen your own practice and teaching. Let go of rules and regulations and start teaching from your heart. You’ll not only break through your own walls, you’ll help your students break through theirs.
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