How to Teach Yoga?
|I like to describe teaching yoga like this: Let’s say your grandma has a great recipe for chicken soup. You love this chicken soup, it’s amazing!!! Your grandma gave you her recipe, and now you cook chicken soup all the time. One day your friend comes to your house to visit.
They say, "What smells so good"?
You say, "I’m cooking chicken soup."
Your friend says: "I love chicken soup, and that smells so good, can I have some?"
So you give your friend some chicken soup, and he loves it. Then they ask, "Can I have the recipe?"
You say: "Sure!"
This is all teaching yoga is — you sharing something that makes you feel good with others. I guess if people are will to pay for it, then you can teach (or share) yoga for a career. Teachers trainings are where you refine this sharing through practice and dialogue.
Teacher trainings are concentrated periods of learning.
This is where you refine sharing yoga by practicing, teaching, and acquiring more to share. Teacher trainings are simply the accumulation of more information, which will give you more to share. My trainings cut through the fluff and deliver 40 years of experience. Yet, teacher trainings don’t give you the right to share. You already have the right and are free to share anytime you’d like. Also, your learning does not stop with the end of your teacher training. Your craft is constantly refined with each and every class you teach and each and every experience that deepens you. Our knowledge and teaching or sharing abilities will forever be refined, as our teacher (our life experiences) continues to inform us.
This is some of what I try to impart in our concentrated 8-Weeks Online Teacher Training. You could call it "simple yet extremely potent information." Some make this topic so complicated. I don’t see it that way.
I see the beauty in yoga is yoga’s simplicity. Just like the Buddha's message of moderation or Jesus' message of non-judgment is so simple yet so special, powerful and deep, it is the same with yoga! We will focus on deepening our understanding of the body within these poses and our mind through meditation. We do this through practice and dialogue. This adds up to you having more to share, but also the confidence to share it.