Teaching Students to Practice Hatha Yoga in Life

how to become a certified yoga instructorBy Faye Martins

Please forgive me as I refer to Hatha Yoga as an alternative form of exercise throughout this article. I realize that teaching yoga is more than running an exercise class because we can change a student’s life to be the best it can be. In these contemporary times, the health, wellness, and fitness industries are booming as more and more people seek out information and advice regarding how to optimize wellness. Although there are several strategies one can employ to accomplish this goal, the daily practice of yoga can be one of the most beneficial.

This is the case for several reasons; including the fact that flowing yoga sessions constitute a form of cardiovascular activity that can fight obesity while generating feelings of calmness. Yoga instructors who want to ensure that their students get the most out of the exercises should be sure to teach them how to practice the activities in their daily lives. Here are four tips that should be shared with your students.

1. Set Aside A Time Each Day to Practice Yoga.

Yoga students who want to make the practice an integral aspect of their daily life should develop habits that are conducive to making this happen. One great habit that can assist a student in incorporating yoga into daily life would be to determine a specific time when yoga exercises will be practiced each day. The time of day is not necessarily important, but some students may find that they are more energized and excited when practicing the exercises in the morning.

2. Go Slowly.

Oftentimes, yoga students are so excited about all the mental and physical benefits that result from doing yoga that they attempt to learn too many challenging moves at a rapid rate. These attempts can backfire given that the inability to perform difficult exercises can result in a sense of failure which then entails one losing interest in doing yoga at all. For this reason, yoga instructors should encourage students to build up their skill set at a slow and steady pace so that they can experience a continual feeling of success and competence as they master new moves.

3. Use Supplementary Materials To Assist You.

Although yoga can seem like a fairly easy enterprise to engage in when one has a yoga instructor to assist, attempting to do yoga moves on one’s own is an entirely different ballgame. With that in mind, yoga instructors should encourage students to make use of materials such as books and DVDs that show you how to perform each exercise.

4. Practice Your Yoga Moves Throughout the Day.

This is an effective strategy for students at all levels, but it can be of unique benefit to new students who have just started training their minds and bodies to master the moves. By practicing throughout the day, one remains mentally and physically agile, two factors which will contribute to increased efficiency in completing the exercises.



Although yoga may seem like a challenging form of exercise to master, it doesn’t have to be. By teaching the strategies listed above, yoga instructors can increase the likelihood that their students experience the satisfaction that comes from continually mastering new moves that keep them mentally and physically fit. Good luck!

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