Yoga Teaching Skills
The goal of any yoga teaching training: imparting the yoga teaching skills necessary to turn a good student into a great teacher.
So how do we do it?
What happens at a Yoga teacher training?
At Shanti Yoga school we run teacher trainings. These are intensive retreats where our students are doing yoga all day every day.
First, we introduce a basic level of yoga concepts. We spend the next two weeks practicing these. Then, we teach our students how to teach these concepts. Finally, in the third week, we hand the reins to the students. As a result, they lead the morning yoga classes. We call this last week “practicum”.
And then, the Yoga teaching begins
It’s in this third week that our students become teachers. They teach each other, the lead trainers, and also drop-ins.
A drop-in is a tourist or local. They come in all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Don’t worry. We train our students how to teach all levels. It’s a challenge, but we hold your hand every step of the way.
This is a comprehensive approach to yoga teaching. We believe we need to define for our students what makes a great teacher. Then, we get our students out of the classroom and into the yoga hall to actually TEACH. It’s the only way to learn: by doing.
After, students and teachers provide feedback. Sometimes our drop-ins have constructive comments, too. Finally, we recommend listening carefully to all feedback.
There is no such thing as wrong feedback. People are not trying to be mean or critical. Everything can be a lesson. Because feedback is so important we encourage students to listen without feeling the need to respond. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Because we should listen twice as often as we speak.
This is our philosophy behind yoga teacher training. It’s how we impart yoga teaching skills. Are you curious to know more? Learn about our yoga teacher training courses here.