Starting out as a freshly minted teacher can be really daunting, just like any new thing. Teaching yoga is a big responsibility, and that can feel overwhelming. I know it did for me when I first started.
Here are 13 things I wish I'd known back then, when I was quavering in front of a room full of people, seconds from running away. Some are a little scary, maybe, but mostly, they'd have been super helpful to know upfront rather than learn on the job. (FYI we cover these in our training.)
- Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries. Learn about them, and be really careful that you don't overstep with your students - or allow them to overstep with you. Timekeeping is an obvious one - start and end on time. But also, you have a position of authority, and a duty of care. Make sure you respect that and then horrible things like we were talking about in this conversation won't happen on your watch (feel free to add your opinion to the discussion if you want):