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 Business of Yoga: The Best Social Networks for Yogis Justin Michael Williams and Karen Mozes explain how yoga teachers can get more bang for their time online. Teach Tara Stiles' Top 3 Takeaways From YJ LIVE Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles' three life lessons she learned from teaching at YJLIVE for the first time ever. Life How a Teacher Found Her Calling Leslie Booker teaches yoga and mindfulness to teenagers who are incarcerated or involved with the court system.