The Key to Building Confidence as a Yoga Teacher

“We’ve created a culture of training overload, where inspired new teachers feel they need to enter training after training because they are simply the only venues that provide the input and community we’re seeking.”

Yoga teachers, now, more than ever, the world needs what you have to offer. But it’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of a shifting industry. How can you move beyond fear and anxiety, and share with confidence and clarity? Join Barrie Risman for a live four-session series to reconnect with your roots and realign with your vision and purpose as a teacher. Class starts September 16—learn more and sign up today!

Recently on a colleague’s Facebook page I saw an interesting discussion about what, besides training, makes for great teaching. Presence, empathy, humility, motivation, finding one’s own voice—these were all great responses in the comments. But a major question also surfaced: How do you cultivate these qualities as a teacher?

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It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. As a yoga teacher who mentors a large online group of instructors, I regularly receive queries from new teachers with the same curious situation. They have hundreds (and hundreds!) of hours of training, yet little confidence in their abilities as a teacher. They’re bloated with information but cannot effectively share it, deliver their knowledge in a way that they feel good about, and truly serve their students.

It’s actually not very surprising. I know from being a former studio owner that trainings are one of the biggest income streams for yoga studios and experienced yoga teachers. Let’s face it: no one is making a living from $30 unlimited classes for a month. We’ve created a culture of training overload, where inspired students and new teachers feel they need to enter training after training because they are simply the only venues that provide the input and community we’re seeking.

Yes, of course, the skills and techniques you receive in training are the basis of effective teaching. We all know that. And, yet, for me, what makes the biggest difference in who you are as a teacher is who you are as a yoga practitioner.

I began teaching online in 2015 for the sole purpose of helping instructors integrate what they learn in trainings. I recognized that new teachers needed a framework and structure to assimilate their hundreds of hours of yoga education and put their skills into practice in ways that proved effective in real life and felt authentic for them.

See also 6 Questions to Help You Get Clear on Your Vision and Purpose as a Teacher

This is how my program, The Skillful Yogi, started, and it’s evolved into so much more. We’ve become a global community of teachers committed to shifting the serial-training culture, and digging into practice and learning with the support of a seasoned community. I’m proud to say we’re shifting the culture of yoga consumerism and reclaiming the path of studentship and engaged learning.

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