So you are done with your yoga teacher training course and are ready to teach and guide the students who are enthusiastic about learning this subject. Well, that’s a wonderful thing. But, since it is your first time, you might doubt your skills to teach. The confidence that you built up during your YTT course might also have faded. You might feel stuck and panicky before entering the class. To avoid this state of confusion, here we have 7 important tips that will help you sustain that much-needed confidence.
Teach as much and whenever you can
In order to retain and build up confidence as a new yoga teacher, you must start implying your teaching right away after your yoga teacher training course finishes. Although it may be quite early for you, your practice will enhance and you will surely gain more confidence. You can do this by offering free classes in some local park or your garage.
Fake it until you make it
Although the statement ‘fake it till you make it’ might contradict your confidence building, but it can help you to actually gain more confidence in teaching yoga. Whether you are taking a yoga class for the first time or have been teaching for a while, starting a class can be nerve cracking. But, by showing that you are quite confident and telling yourself that you can do it can actually fetch you astounding confidence.
Exhale the fear
Start the class and help your students to settle down with long breathing exercise. Do it with them and slowly breathe out all the fear in you. This is a perfect way to start a yoga class as it will help the students to reconnect with their breath. This pranayama technique will help in reducing your stress as well.
Practice whatever you teach
In your free time, make sure that you practice all that you are planning to teach in the class. Go through the sequence and any modifications in the yoga class. This will help you to be more at ease.
Get your notes
Make sure to bring along the notes that you made for the yoga class. This will give you a sense of assurance and safety in case you forget something while teaching in the class. It will also show your dedication to your class.
Keep Child’s Pose in your back pocket
Child’s Pose can come in handy if you forget what pose is next. You can ask the students to fall back on Child’s Pose and reconnect with their breath. This will relax your class and also give you enough time to check your notes and look for the next pose.
Get off your comfort zone
Teaching a group of people by standing in front of them with everyone looking at you curiously is seemingly a daunting task. But, you need to step out of the comfort zone of your mat and help the students to adjust rightfully. Observe them carefully while they perform a yoga asana and guide them thoroughly and leniently if they are wrong somewhere.
In order to get the best yoga teacher training course, you can consider joining SadaShiva Yoga School. This school is affiliated with yoga alliance international having its centers in Pushkar, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, and Goa.