How to teach Yoga

(November 9, 2010)

Tips on teaching yoga

Those who teach yoga help their students to improve their stamina and flexibility. They also help them to attain a sense of mental calm and physical fitness through various physical postures and breathing exercises. There are many different styles of yoga such as hatha yoga, birkram yoga, asthtanga yoga, vinyasa and kundalini yoga. The manner of teaching is similar in all these styles. Here are some tips on how to teach yoga.
Firstly, the type of class you teach should be determined by your level of knowledge and experience. You will also need to specify the type of yoga you are going to teach when you advertise it. This will help students to be aware of the kind of exercises they are going to do and what to expect from them. You can then draw up a yoga routine which comprises of certain basic poses. The Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose) and the plank pose are examples of basic and simple yoga poses that can be incorporated into your yoga routine. When you teach yoga beginners, you should first demonstrate the exercises yourself so that the correct sequence can be learnt. Then as the students repeat it, you can move around the room while giving instructions and cues. Remember to also praise the students when they perform well. If correction is necessary, do so gently. Some students may find it more difficult than the others to perform the poses. These students need to be given more help and attention. It is important that everyone in the class gets a proper workout. Music is a great accompaniment to a yoga session. Use soft and soothing music that promotes relaxation. It is also important to give adequate attention to teaching the proper way of breathing.
There are many institutes which provide teacher training yoga. Ensure that the training program you join is a reputed one. You should also receive a certificate once you have completed the course. If you plan to teach bikram yoga, then the program will be more definite. There are also programs that impart training for teachers of hatha yoga or vinyasa. You can also learn how to teach yoga to kids. This is similar to teaching yoga to beginners. They must first get used to basic poses before then can progress. They must also not be pushed too hard. Yoga sessions for kids should also be shorter to prevent them from getting overwhelmed. 

Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 04:52

How To Teach Yoga

There are various ways in which one can learn how to teach yoga to beginners or how to teach yoga classes or even how to teach bikram yoga. When anyone starts to teach yoga, they help their students to increase their strength and also their flexibility. This is done primarily through the various yoga poses or positions which emphasize the importance of breathing properly and also of practicing a correct posture. Teaching yoga helps a person to achieve mental and physical well being. There are various different kinds of yoga that one can teach and learn. Some of these include Hatha, Bikram, Anusara, Iyengar and Vinyasa. However the ways of teaching most kinds of yoga is ultimately very similar.

One of the first tips to teaching yoga is to ensure that the environment or the class is conducive to practicing yoga. Make sure that rooms or the grounds are well ventilated and with plenty of fresh air. Bikram yoga for example stresses the importance of a room heated to a stipulated temperature. When one chooses to teach yoga, they should ensure that teach the kind that they have been trained in. one should also start off by establishing a yoga routine. This should basically incorporate the moves and sequences of yoga poses that one intends to focus on. Different classes can focus on different interests like relaxation, strength and flexibility. One can add on new moves or more complicated moves as the class progresses in its learning. When teaching the basic yoga positions to the students, the teacher should first start off by demonstrating the positions himself or herself. One should accompany their teaching with verbal cues and also with proper breathing instructions. One can adapt the yoga pose or indicate that yoga position a person who has sustained some injury can perform. Pregnant women are advised to attend a yoga class that is strictly for them as not all yoga positions are advisable for them. If one is playing music as an accompaniment, the teacher should ensure that it is soothing or instrumental and that it does not disturb the class. Similarly one can teach Pilates or yoga both of which can be great stress busters and which can help in giving a person an adequate workout. When teaching yoga or Pilates, wearing the appropriate clothing is advised. Yoga, Pilates, aerobics all work to give a person a good workout which improves one’s mind and body.

Submitted by A on September 16, 2010 at 05:18

Yoga teaching tips

As a yoga instructor, it's a rewarding career where you will get the chance to develop personally while being of help to others. If you love practicing yoga and have been performing on a regular basis for a few years, you might want to complete a teacher certification course. An ideal training program will intensify the practice and enhance your knowledge of the body, general anatomy, doctrine, sequencing, and alignment.

Most training courses of study have minimum requirements for potential trainees. Typical requirements include that you have been practicing for a number of years, and that you are able to do a headstand in the middle of the room. Specialized forms of yoga need intensive training and such schools usually require that the instructors who wish to impart yoga education, be passed out from that particular school of yoga. Most yoga schools provide teacher-training programs, but you will need to take a closer look at the program before you sign on. Make doubly sure that the program you embark on is Yoga Alliance certified. On the completion of a Yoga Alliance certified teacher-training curriculum, instructors are able to add to their designation, the acronym RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) after their name.

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