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 Teach Yoga Practices for Veterans: Mindful Emotions Positive emotions can alter your inner chemistry from stress-fueled adrenaline and cortisol to oxytocin and other healing neurochemicals. Blog Interview with Jason Crandell: Humor + Sequencing in Yoga Kathryn Budig interviews teacher Jason Crandell about the importance of humor and sequencing in yoga class. Business of Yoga Lead By Example: 3 Essential Qualities for Yoga Teachers Learn how to take your teaching to the next level by strengthening these three essential qualities of strong leaders.