6 Steps to Follow When Teaching Your First Class

Friday, July 14, 2017

Teaching your first studio yoga class can be both exciting and anxiety ridden! Your head is spinning with ideas, poses, themes, the what-not's and what to-dos while teaching. It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Take a deep breath now and begin to prepare. You are well suited to teach and you have all the tools needed. Most importantly, this is your passion! It’s yoga- you love yoga! You are sharing your passion with others, because you know yoga’s healing power. Don’t forget that.

  1. Breath. Focus. Trust in yourself. Prepare your class with intention and have fun with it. Takes notes. Bring them with your while teaching in case you need to look back at them. If you want to look at them in secret while teaching, ask your students to go into downward dog or child’s pose.
  2. Do a little dance beforehand. Shake, roll, move it out. Shake out the fear and invite in what serves you.
  3. Smile, create warmth, be personable. Connection can be calming. Imagine the students are you close friends, even if you just met them.
  4. Review your class before you teach it.
  5. Teach what you know. If it’s already known in your body, then it’s easier and more comfortable to teach others.
  6. Have fun!!!

Each class will get easier and easier to teach, You were meant to do this and give the gift of yoga. Practice and have fun!



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Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.

-Joseph Campbell

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