How to Conduct Yoga Training Classes
This may seem obvious, but so many teachers struggle with timing, a very important aspect. Remember that being on time is late, you should have enough time to set up your music, feel relaxed and comfortable and ready to greet your students by first name. And at some studios, you may have to check your students in yourself and you might need to be assured that the studio is clean, warm and organized when they walk in.
In most cities, there is heavy traffic, so you need to plan accordingly for your students. Always keep in mind the honor you get to serve in this manner. You need to feel calm, relaxed and ready to teach the sacred art of Yoga training to teachers. It is never a good sign when a classroom of students are waiting (maybe even outside) for you. You will have to rush setting up things, plugging in your music and starting off a session in anything but a calm and relaxed state.
There’s no easy way to hide the anxiety that fills your veins from a hectic drive. The negative energy will likely be felt by the students as well, and your ability to conduct a perfect yoga teacher training session will be that much weakened. So give yourself ample extra time to avoid unnecessary delay and resulting rush.
Beginning and ending your classes on time is extremely important. Studies have shown that what upsets people more than anything is starting late or ending late. Rightfully so, since this is wasting both time and money, basically “stealing” it from them. Reason enough for your students to lose trust and respect for you.
Make it a habit to greet your students by name so both feel a deeper personal connection. Try to learn the names of new students quickly. This can be done easy enough if you are the one checking people in.
If a class is quite small in size and people are spread out with large gaps in-between, the feeling of community is lessened. Try to bring people close enough but with enough space apart during such a small session. Having a few mats scattered all across the room is not in any way conducive to a balanced or energetic experience for both you and your students. Be confident and funny in a “we are all friends, let’s get closer” sense.
Make sure to respect the feelings and emotions of practitioners. For many, the studio is their sanctuary and escape, with the practice being their time for indulging in peace and freedom. We need to respect such sentiments, and it is our job to do our best to support and fulfill their needs.
For larger sessions you may have to move people here and there because more people keep coming in. Try your best to keep the class united and smoothly flowing, it is not fair to people who were on time to not enjoy their experience in full. At the same time, the late comers shouldn’t feel bad, since they inevitably sport a “so sorry” face. Open the class with minimal disruption, initiate the process of moving out of ones mind and into the heart.