Teach Finding Balance Yoga Journal Teach By YJ Editor | Aug 28, 2007 Share Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest Email Comments Maty Ezraty’s reply: Dear Uma, There are many different teaching styles: Some teachers are serious, and others take a more easygoing approach. I personally believe that it is good to strike a balance. A little bit of laughter and talking can release tension and create a sense of community. Too much talking, music, and lack of order can be distracting and unproductive. Yoga is balance. You need to find this balance with each of your groups, and with each student. Some students need more discipline, while some take everything too seriously and need to have more fun. Teaching yoga is like parenting: No two children are alike, and no two students are alike either. I would add that intuitively I am reading into your question some concern that this group may have tipped the balance. If so, and you want to tip that balance back, communicate with them so that they are not shocked by your new approach. Maty Ezraty is co-creator of the first two Yoga Works yoga studios in Santa Monica, California. A former YJ asana columnist, she travels around the world leading teacher trainings, workshops, and yoga retreats. You Might Also Like Business of Yoga The Future of Yoga is in…Spanish Rina Jakubowicz, who will lead a Spanish yoga class at YJ Live! San Diego, says offering classes in Spanish is the first step in attracting more Latinos to the mat. Life Meet Jaysea DeVoe: The Youngest Yogi This teen yoga teacher is taking her practice to the next level, all before she enters high school. Iyengar Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar: Nicki Doane + Eddie Modestini The husband and wife partners—often called "teachers' teachers"—pay their respective respects to their own guru.