5 TRAITS OF A GREAT YOGA TEACHER

 

As I begin the self-study portion preceding my first 200-hr teacher training, I have started to contemplate what kind of yoga teacher I want to be... In thinking about some of my favourite teachers over the last decade of my practice I've noticed that they have some things in common.


1. THEY ARE CLEAR + CONCISE WHEN EXPLAINING ASANAS

When teaching an all-levels yoga class, I can only imagine how hard it is to find a balance between too much and too little explanation of the asanas. Great teachers use their words wisely and explain the postures in a way that is helpful to beginners, with subtle cues that will benefit all levels of yogi to find something deeper within the posture.

2. THEY AREN'T AFRAID TO TOUCH

Sometimes, a simple adjustment creates that 'Ah-HA!' moment that makes you realize that you've had downward dog all wrong for the last three years. Or all that's keeping you from (finally) reaching your toes is that extra bit of guidance from your instructor's helping hands.

3. THEY BRING A PIECE OF THEMSELVES INTO THE PRACTICE

With certain styles of yoga, teachers are to keep to a verbatim script through the series of postures to keep consistency, and I understand that. But for me, I like a teacher who isn't afraid to let their vulnerability show and shares their experience with the class. Great teachers bring themselves into the intention they bring into the class, they share (short) stories of their struggles and triumphs on and off the mat with their students, because they know that what they are teaching them in the studio goes so much deeper than the postures themselves.










4. THEY HAVE FUN


I get it, yoga is a serious art and science. Yoga can bring you through dark places within yourself. But, like life, yoga can't be serious all the time... It's light and its joyful too! Great teachers bring an element of fun to their classes. Sometimes it's with music, others with little jokes while you're holding your most unpleasant posture for what seems like f-o-r-e-v-e-r. And the best teachers are capable of making you laugh, too. Often at yourself.

5. THEY PUSH YOU

Never in a physical way or beyond what your body is capable of, but the great yoga teachers along my yogic journey have been the ones that know what I am capable of, even when I don't, and push me to get there. Without these great teachers, I never would have been hold to hold a handstand or have attempted some of the crazy arm balances I have since fallen in love with.












Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she founded Prairie Yogi as an expression of her love for creativity, yoga, and community.

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