Teach yoga

Submitted by Matt Papa on January 21, 2013
When you teach yoga, you will enable students to increase their strength and flexibility while helping them improve their sense of body coordination and control through breathing and exercise. Even though there are different kinds of yoga like Anusara, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, and Iyengar yoga, the methods of taking the classes are quite similar. There are some tips you could follow to help you teach yoga effectively.


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Guidelines for Kids Yoga

Make sure that you select the kind of class you are going to teach based on your background and experience. You should be clear on the kind of yoga you are concentrating on, so that the students understand what to expect. Make a yoga routine that incorporates some basic moves like Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog).

Gradually add new poses to provide a challenge to the students and make the classes more interesting. You should decide the flow of the class and the series of poses, concentrating on flexibility, relaxation, and strength.

You should give a demonstration of the postures and the sequence that should be followed while you teach them. Provide the students with instructions and verbal cues and slowly walk around the class to gently praise and correct students. You should help those students who have a limited range of motion or an injury by giving them props or showing them some modifications. Each student in the class should be able to achieve a good workout regardless of their ability. You could also make use of some music that is made specifically for yoga. Some soothing or instrumental music that has a smooth transition between songs will work well.

To teach Bikram yoga, you will first be required to be a dedicated student. You could take up some courses on Bikram yoga instructor training and study hard. Some of the topics included in Bikram yoga are anatomy and alignment, postures, benefits of postures, and therapeutic application. If you want to teach yoga to kids, you should first tell them what they will be learning and how it will help them. Each session should start with some breathing exercises. Some of the poses you could teach kids are Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) and Matsyasana (Fish Pose).

To teach yoga to beginners and kids you will need to have a lot of patience. However, when you teach yoga, the benefits you will achieve will make it a very rewarding experience. There is also a lot of responsibility that comes when teaching yoga to a beginner as the students will depend on you for guidance. Therefore, it is important that you know what you’re doing and perfect the various postures before teaching them. Keeping first-aid is very necessary as it would be of the saving grace in case something goes wrong with the individual.

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