I am often asked by beginners about how to evaluate a Yoga Teacher?
For the right Yoga teacher, you should be answering with a”yes” to all questions.
O Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to you, and other students, in a manner of mutual respect? Would you ask a question during class time?
Does your teacher show empathy for you and other students? Does your Yoga teacher take the time to lead you through a guided meditation or relaxation? Meditation and relaxation are important aspects of Yoga practice.
There are Yoga teachers who just want to have”their workout” done. Beware of Yoga teachers, who are so important, they don’t have time for you.
Some students love this atmosphere of excellence and, unfortunately, some people love abuse. If you want to learn Yoga, you want an open line of communication with your Yoga teacher.
O Assist: Does your teacher care about your form? Can your teacher give you a verbal or physical help during your Yoga class? Are props encouraged in your Yoga classes?
Some students never have major problems with alignment and some do, but if your instructor doesn’t give verbal cues, what does that tell you?
O Listen: Does your Yoga teacher take the time to listen to your feedback? Is your teacher”at the moment” with the course?
Once in a while, there’s a Yoga instructor who runs,”The-it’s-all-about-me-show.” You are not going to learn anything from this type of teaching. Beginners will be placed at risk, trying to keep up with a seasoned Yoga teacher who does not explain anything.
O Modification: Does your Yoga teacher permit modifications and props? If your teacher discourages props, you are in the wrong location.
Some students may need props for life depending upon their range of motion. Just because a teacher can do a posture without props, doesn’t mean every student can.
Overview: Stay away from abusive Yoga teachers, and if you’re attracted to abuse, there’s always professional help. Some pupils crave”the stern, but loving parent” types. They’ll push you harder, but how much pushing do you actually need?
You should feel good after a Yoga class, and you may even feel muscle soreness days after a vigorous class.
Make sure your Yoga teacher meets the above criteria before making a commitment.