Who is An Excellent Yoga Teacher

Who is An Excellent Yoga Teacher

Linda Madani is an experienced yoga teacher and the founder of Intuitive Flow and Nalanda school.

She is registered yoga teacher with the international Yoga Alliance  (E-R.Y.T 500), a certified yoga therapist both from India and USA, as well as a spiritual healer.

Linda is also a  Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with The International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.IAYT.org) and has been teaching yoga for the last 20 years to thousands of students.

As a head teacher of the Yoga Pranala Teacher Training  Intensive 200 hours and 300 hours, she has seen new yoga teachers fresh out of the training struggling with teaching their first classes.

Although, during the Yoga Pranala trainings hands on advises are given to the trainers along with practice and the art of teaching yoga classes, she has put together a short guide to get new teachers started.

 

Here is her beginner’s guide to teaching a yoga class

 

Who is an excellent yoga teacher? One who practices yoga and one who cares about people.

 

What to do when you are nervous? 

  • Stay humble and remain yourself.
  • Breathe slowly and be in the flow of the spirit of yoga.
  • Meet the energy of your students
  • Speak up, and you need to have proper volume.
  • Your tone should be entrancing.
  • Your responsibility is to keep your students safe and happy.
  • Ask your students if they have physical problems or limitations that you need to know.
  • Tell them that they don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga.
  • Encourage your students to move at their own pace.
  • Make sure that your students understand that they only need to go to their own personal edge to benefit from a posture.
  • Explain to your students that they don’t need to achieve a perfect asana immediately.
  • Encourage your students to not look at the other students and to focus on their own practice. There is no need for competition.

 

Yoga Class

Keep in mind:

  • Who am I planning this class for?
  • What is the general level of the students attending this class?
  • What is my primary intention with this class?
  • What am I trying to teach?
  • What do I want the students to walk away with?
  • How long is the class?
  • What style is the class?
  • What time of day/year is it?

 

During the class

Alignment is critical in the prevention of injury.  Make sure that you warm up your students at the beginning of the class.

Teach them about alignment and insist on the alignment of each pose.

If they have lower back issues, make sure that they bend their knees in forwarding bends.

  1. Create sequences that are neither too easy, nor too difficult, challenging enough to strive to get better and be motivated enough to stay committed on the path of yoga.

 

  1.    Before starting the class, please give us the following information:
  •    Who am I planning this class?
  •    What is the general level of the students attending this class?  (It should be between full beginner and intermediate.)

 

  1.    Lesson planning:

15 to 20% of the class

  •    Opening
  •    Pranayama
  •    Centering,
  •    Warm up

20 to 25% of the class

  •    Standing Poses

20 to 25% of the class

  •    Kneeling
  •    Sitting
  •    Floor Poses

15 to 20% of the class

  •    Cooling poses such as plow, inversions

15 to 20% of the class

  •    Closing:  such savasana, meditation, pranayama, mantra

 

  1.    Your sequence should move the spine in all directions:
  •    Forward Bending
  •    Back Bending
  •    Side extension to the right and left
  •    Twist to the right and left

 

  1.    Your sequences should ideally be composed of a mixture of some of the following postures:
  •    Supine position: Lying down with the face-up
  •    Prone position: Lying face down
  •    Standing position
  •    Forward bend
  •    Kneeling
  •    All fours
  •    Lateral flexion
  •    Backbend
  •    Twisting: right side as well as the left side
  •    Sitting asanas: stretch most of the body
  •    Inverted asanas
  •    Balancing asanas

 

  1.    You need to cover the following points:
  •    How to get in and out
  •    How to adapt if necessary
  •    How to breathe

 

  1.    We will be looking at the following points:   
  1.    Overall presentation
  •    Appearance                        
  •    Attitude                        
  •    Voice (clarity, expressive quality)     

       

     2.   Art of teaching a class

  •    Complete cycle (Beginning, middle and end)        
  •    Sequence of postures                
  •    Finish on time                

     

     3.Specifics of teaching asana

  •    Correct information                
  •    The information taught in an orderly approach    
  •    Hands-on corrections
  •    Demonstrations

     

     4.  Must include

  •    Nadi shodhana or ujjayi
  •    One mudra
  •    One mantra
  •    Mudra Pranala

 

Don’t forget to always have a plan for :

  • How to get in and out of a class
  • How to adapt if necessary during the class
  • How to breathe to stay relaxed 

 

Satisfying everyone can be challenging at times. When you are teaching a group class, you have in front of you different types of personalities, learning abilities and different motivations for practicing yoga.  Create a yoga space that is pleasant, positive and competition-free. Ensure that all your students feel that they are valued participants in the class.

 

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