Are you are a happy yoga teacher for the majority of the time?
If so, congratulations! I consider feeling happy with where and how you teach to be a true sign of being a successful yoga teacher .
Non yoga teachers tend to think a yoga teacher’s working life is stress free and we blissfully, float through the day. But we are human beings living in a hectic, confusing modern world and sometimes things trip you up and if you’re not careful, you find yourself falling down a deep hole.
Here are my tips on how to avoid common pitfalls and stay upbeat:
Authenticity – Be you. Resist the urge to try to teach like another teacher or style if you have not studied it.Trust that you will attract students who enjoy your teachings.
Beware the words Hard and or Fast – expect to hear these words separately or even together. Usually from a new student and usually as a comparison of your teaching compared to other teachers.
For example “so & so’s classes are harder than yours” In my early days hearing this would send me into an absolute tail spin.
The message I told myself was I’m rubbish, students love so & so more than me, students will stop coming, and then I’ll starve and die. I‘m good at imagining worst case scenarios!
The thing about these two words is they’re subjective and as a description tell you very little about the actual class. Resist the urge to make yourself harder or faster just to suit students.
If you want constructive feedback on your teaching techniques ask a trusted teacher to observe you.
Remember, unlike most of your students you have undertaken a yoga teacher training. Then go back to authenticity and get clear on how do you want to teach?
Quality over quantity – “How many classes a week do you teach”? Says one yoga teacher to another. What will their answer tell us?
As a new teacher, I asked this a lot and what I thought was, the bigger the number the more it demonstrated the yoga teacher’s level of success.
On the flip side, that teacher may be rushing from one class to another, eating at erratic times, repeating the same class plan over and over that they feel bored but don’t have time or energy to create new classes and on top of that they have no time for any kind of self practice.
Nowadays, I teach less than ten hours a week with only 4 group classes and some private tuition. This allows me time and space to plan workshops and focus on my Yoga Mentor Programme.
Consider your current schedule what no longer serves you? How much do you need to earn a week? Do you need to supplement teaching with another job Or can you plan workshops, retreats or offer a specialism?
Connection- Stay close to the friends that make you feel loved and supported. The ones who heat you up like a radiator not wash you out like a drain!
Try teaming up with someone for accountability and mutual support.
This world needs more peace, respect and love and as an ambassador of yoga you are spreading the word. Keep going!
The Yoga Mentor Programme starts on Saturday 18th March.
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