During yoga teacher training, the most common question that will be asked is “Who would like to teach after being certified?” and usually, there would be a lot of hands raised. The thing about Yoga teaching is that everyone can try, and when you’ve completed all the necessary requirements and training, you’ll have lots of opportunities to teach like other yoga teachers. That is if you are interested in teaching in front of many people and share your knowledge about Yoga.
There is no such thing as an easy profession; each job entails ups and downs, hard work, and perseverance, and Yoga gurus are no exemption to that. If not managed properly, stress caused by work can cause burnout. Here are some tips for new yoga teachers that can surely help in managing stress and can help you in loving and enjoying your work. When you are having fun at work, you will be more useful in teaching, and that is what your students need the most.
Have A Mentor
Everyone goes through emotions, joys, and challenges at some point in their careers. As a yoga teacher, of course, there would be some teachers who are ahead of you regarding experience and what not, and you could also be ahead for some. One important way for you to stay grounded and inspired is to have a trusted mentor. A professional relationship with someone who is more knowledgeable in the field would be an immense help for you.
A mentor’s guidance, as well as support, will help you to be more connected to your work and practice. It would also be good to have someone at your back constantly and can give you real feedback especially constructive criticisms as it can help you improve and be more driven.
Be Open For Feedbacks
Not just being open, you NEED to seek for feedback. No matter how long you’ve been in the Yoga teaching field already, you need to hear feedback after each and every class you’ve done. This is because feedback is a great tool for improvement and growth for you as a teacher. Although you are the one teaching, you still don’t and won’t know it all. You never stop learning and growing not just as a teacher, but also as a person.
Seeking for feedback is also a good thing to hear out your students’ personal opinions since they are the ones you are directly dealing with. Always be real with them and treat them how you’d also want to be treated.
Yoga Teachers Need To Keep Their Personal Practice
Even if you are already a Yoga teacher, you are still also a Yoga student as you need to learn continuously. When you become a teacher, the tendency would be you can’t focus anymore on personal practices. But actually, you need to, since that will help you prepare for your classes and brush up on your knowledge and skills.
You have to have a regular practice and make sure to stick with it. It will help you in relieving stress brought by your job and other factors, and it can also be a good opportunity for you to learn and listen from more experienced teachers.
Know Why You Want To Teach
Ask this to yourself, “Why yoga teacher training?” before you finally decide to start on this career. Teaching and just practising yoga are two different things. If you want to teach and want to become one of the successful yoga teachers, you need to be someone who loves teaching yoga and is committed to that. You need to embrace and love yoga totally for you to be an effective teacher.
Use A Student When Teaching To The Whole Class
As a new teacher, most probably you’ll be overwhelmed during classes especially when there are lots of students present. To be connected and stay present, you can use one student while teaching and somehow ‘speak’ to that student’s body.
For example, you have a student with you in front of everyone, and you’re teaching Warrior 1, you can start by looking at his/her feet and speak to them, as those are the foundation of the pose. This will not only benefit that specific student but everyone in the room as well, since you are connecting to them physically.
As a new teacher, you need to understand why and what are you teaching to your students. With the right amount of determination, commitment, hard work, continuous knowledge-seeking and skill enhancement, you are already set to do well in your career!
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).