Teaching yoga is hard! Much harder than I thought it was before I actually tried it myself. There are so many choices to make and so much to think about while putting together and teaching a class: physical poses, transitions between poses, breathing practices, meditation, chanting, music, spirituality, a physical theme, a conceptual theme, the language you will use, readings to share, the timing of each pose or section of class, the energetic quality or flow of the class… Ack!
As a new teacher, it’s a lot to pay attention to and it can be overwhelming. I sometimes felt like there were just too many options to choose from and I found myself either paralyzed by too many choices or creating a 5 hour lesson plan for a 90 minute class.
I quickly realized that I needed a way to focus my efforts. So I came up with a “teaching mantra” that combines a few different pieces of advice that have come my way since I started teaching. That mantra is: Teach with intention.Read More