Teaching Beginner Yoga Students

Teaching Beginner Yoga StudentsBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP

How important is teaching beginner Yoga students? In reality, teaching new students is extremely important. You need your best and most compassionate teachers working with beginners. Above all, every facility needs to recognize the needs students have for a sanctuary from stress. If you have teachers, who want to work with advanced students only, you will have to have to move a kinder and gentler teacher into their place. Regardless of how long a teacher has been around, you can’t have new students receiving inferior training. After all, COVID has given us many lessons and we should be greeting everyone like a beginner.

What’s Going On?

Some Yoga teachers forget about the need for instruction at the beginner level. Recently, managers and owners have been guilty of that, as well. Many of your Yoga classes should still be geared toward beginners. Many studios, fitness centers, and wellness center have just re-opened, with more focus on the needs of the community. As a result, these facilities plan on having diversified Yoga classes for the public. However, before they have officially re-opened the doors, they will have more beginners than they have space for. Additionally, Yin, Restorative, Gentle, and Chair Yoga classes can easily be labeled as beginner-friendly. In fact, a variety of gentle classes also attracts advanced students.

After the COVID Rush

Although some studios have an entourage of Yoga teachers, the demand for beginner classes is far beyond their expectations. What does this all mean? Any Yoga teacher with a welcoming attitude will do fine teaching beginner Yoga students, as the demand for the benefits of Yoga is also global. I hear similar stories from many other Yoga teachers on every part of the earth. The common thread is some of our veteran students were not practicing as often as they used to and others have neglected their practice altogether. At the same time, taking care of children, lock downs, and changing jobs became a matter of survival. Although COVID cases are still ongoing, people are getting out of their homes.

Creatures of Habit

As humans, we tend to be creatures of habit. If we have been teaching and practicing Yoga all day, sometimes, methods become stale over time. When we assist, cue, and guide throughout the day, we develop habits. For the purpose of keeping our classes interesting, it’s wise to take a class when you need a break. When you find yourself tired, do not be concerned with performing every Yoga posture in your classes. Walk around the room when you cannot see your students. Most of all, make it fun and incorporate stimulating methods and ideas. For internal healing and healthy lifestyles, Yoga teachers are on the right path. Most humans are disconnected from their bodies and run on “auto-pilot.” To link the mind, body, and spirit, in unity, is rare for humans.

Need for Beginner-Friendly Classes

With global obesity on the rise, Yoga will not fade in popularity. There are too many people who are mentally detached from their physical body. This can be observed by the increase in the size of humans. This will require action on the part of everyone, but Yoga teachers have an opportunity to educate their students toward the best quality life. Teach your Yoga students about the doshas. If you need to know more about this, and other Yogic subjects, get the continuing education required to help your students. Depending on the teacher, it can be challenging to teach beginner students because they have no prior experience. For new students, this can make choosing a class difficult. One of the best ways to overcome this issue is by offering more classes that are listed as beginner-friendly sessions.

Training the Next Generation

In order to be an effective yoga teacher, it’s necessary to train a new generation of beginners. To accomplish this, teachers should give a mindful introduction to their class and allow the beginner students time to adjust before getting started. They should constantly provide verbal support during posture work, and the entire class, so that the students know what is expected and how they are doing. Teaching yoga to beginner students should not be done in a way that makes it difficult for them to keep up. By using props and creating easy-to-follow sequences, beginners can quickly feel like they are progressing in their practice. An instructor needs to teach new students how to give themselves the best experience possible. This means teaching our students that Yoga is a journey with many aspects.

Food for Thought

The demand for Yoga teaching services is great. Grow with your Yoga students. You are already a few steps ahead on the path of unity. That is the definition of any teacher: “One who has been there before.” Your mission is to show them “the way.” Do not worry about physical feats, when performing Yoga postures. Yoga has pranayama, mudras, mantras, doshas, meditation, relaxation, chakra awareness development, and much more. There is no doubt that you will be a safe teacher, when you have concerns about contraindications for postures. The safety factor is a more important aspect for a Yoga teacher, than a gymnastic “circus act.” Teaching beginner Yoga students is an underrated skill that can cost a facility dearly when the value of new students is not appreciated.

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