This is something we start talking to our teacher trainees about from the very beginning: take care of yourself, model that as a good example for your students. Here are our 5 top tips for staying safe when teaching yoga. Also generally good to follow when DOING yoga!
Lisa Allwell, one of our teacher training mentors, shares her tips for transitioning into a full-time teaching life without going bonkers or broke.
I asked four of our teaching team what advice they'd give new yoga teachers, as a starting point, when you are trying to figure out whether you want to teach full-time, part-time, or even at all! Here's what they wish they'd known upfront.
Good question. We teach what can really be best described as 'corporate yoga'. I.e. people will get challenged, but the pace isn't too fast as it's silly to expect folks to come straight out of work mode & meetings and into a very fast moving yoga class where the risk of injury exists.
We sometimes call it 'slow power yoga' so that people know they will be doing lots of lunges, squats, and planks, but that they won't be moving as fast as in a traditional vinyasa class.
We do a lot of strength and postural work, too, so people can get through their daily lives feeling more physically comfortable and calmer.
Here's a sample of how a mm...Yoga! class might look:
- Start in savasana (lying on your back) with breath awareness
- shoulder warm ups
- down dog (where we asess what people’s shoulder girdles are doing and their hamstring mobility)
- short rest on back, then core work, bridge pose, maybe side plank if appropriate:
- reclining twist
- savasana (guided relaxation)