In case you missed it, be sure to check out my guest post over at I am an Okie! Its cool to being on a another turf sometimes, no?
I’ve realized I haven’t done as many posts on yoga as I would have liked. I’ve noticed many bloggers attending teacher training programs or considering them. For those that don’t know, I took the Yoga Works 200 hr training course over a year ago and I’m currently in the midst of my professional 300hr (so by the end I will have 500 hrs). I think of it as the grad school of Yoga instruction.
Anyhow, I thought I’d pass some of my wisdom for those interested in teaching yoga.
So……..I present to you tips to being a “somewhat decent” yoga teacher
-Unless you are beyond lucky, a Lotto winner or already famous you will probably need a day job as well. Teach yoga for love not money and all will come.
-Pedicures are a business expense (although I can never get them because I laugh my ass off while the lady looks at me like I’m a weirdo since I get so tickleish!)
-Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t turn up to class with seconds to spare. You should, if you can, have ten or so minutes beforehand on your own to regroup and breathe. Having said that I once got a flat tire before class and arrived 5 minutes late. It was one of the best classes I ever taught. But do what I say, not what I do! 😉
-It doesn’t matter if you don’t bend. Very often unbendy teachers can be less intimidating to unbendy students. I cant touch my toes (I blame my years of being a cardio maniac), but I think I take pride in the fact I’m not a pretzel.
-Praise your students, make them feel beautiful. We are not here to judge or shame, merely to enable. They may have horrible alignment or not follow instructions to a tee, but no one “sucks” at yoga. Its like no one sucks at blinking or breathing. Make them feel comfortable and tell them how awesome they are. It IS awesome they showed up!
-Practice the sequences you teach before you teach them. Trust me on this one! There is no worse feeling than realising in front of a room full of yoga students that something that worked in your head doesn’t work in real life
-DONT DATE YOUR STUDENTS. If some cute guy/girl comes in and you are interested and they ask you out, ask that they attend someones else’s class. I won’t even go into all the problems that come with dating a student!
-Smile and insert some humor. Yoga with all the breathing and difficult poses, not to mention, your muscles practically yelling at you can make you look so serious! Get your students smiling too.
-Your heart and your students are better teachers than any guru can ever be. Listen to them.
Any tips about how to do YOUR profession? I’m dying to hear!
And….Sing is flashback friday! Heres some pics from when I was about four years old!
And for today’s recipe!
I worked with the kids today and we read “Where the Wild Things Are” and made “Wild Pizzas”. I had so much left over, I made my roommate pizza stuffed butternut squash. You will need
-half a butternut squash
Simple! roast the squash for 30 min of 400. Then fill with sauce and cheese!