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Tips for Teaching Your First Yoga Class

Tips for Teaching Your First Yoga Class

Congrats on finally completing your 200 hours of yoga teacher training!  You’re probably eager to help other people discover the yogic lifestyle. You’re prepared to go out there, stand in front of people and help them increase their knowledge about yoga. Some of you may have teaching gigs already lined up.

Teaching your first yoga class can be exciting and anxiety-inducing at the same time. Here are some tips to ensure that your classes are a success!

Be yourself

As you prepare for your first yoga class, you have probably made it your goal to teach your students everything that you have learned in the teaching training program. While it’s okay to take inspiration from what your teachers have imparted with you, it is best to put your own spin to it.

Rather than copying your teacher’s style, take inspiration from it. Let your personality shine and allow your students to get to know the real you. The yoga community needs an authentic, passionate yoga teacher that both nourishes and inspires their students, not cloned yogis.

Be comfortable making mistakes

Most teachers are scared of making mistakes in their first few classes. But I can guarantee you, that no one will know if you make a mistake!  If you forget half your sequence, who cares? No one else will know that you forgot it. If you confuse your right and left, just laugh it off and move on.

Every teacher makes mistakes. It’s part of the process. What makes a good teacher is their ability to move past the mistake and not let it affect them or the rest of their class.

Teach what you know

After the program, new yoga teachers have a lot of information swimming around in their heads. I understand that you want to put these things into practice, but it is best to focus on things that you know very well.  Keep it simple.

Teaching yoga asana to people with different body structures can be difficult. You can’t teach it if you’ve done it only a few times. You need to know how the pose works in your own body and how it works in all the other kinds of bodies.

If you still don’t feel comfortable with your first yoga class, reach out to me and we can set up a meeting and discuss some of your fears and how I can help you become the best teacher possible. Use your fear as a motivator to improve and continue to grow and learn.