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A very good approach of the subject!
And some of the tips are very usefull for me!

Om Shanti.


Just bring yourself into the present moment......meditate before your class and "stay there" it comes naturally and the class will feeeeeel it! Teaching students to be present needs to come from a present voice.....
I like to think that teaching Yoga isnt a job but a sharing of your life (style)


As a new instructor I am learning the art of verbalizing what I have been practicing for many years... But I am struggling to find the right words/phrases that are descriptive and detailed as well as poetic enough to portray the essence of the pose. Is there a source you can suggest where I can read/watch to build up my "teaching language" to get me started?


Jason, you are wonderful. The gentle, accessible way you share yoga in your articles and video invaluably inspire new yoga teachers like myself worldwide

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I'd like to see an example of 3 instructions for a pose.
I mean, how concise is that?


Thank-You Jason for that great article. I will print it, read it, review it, and put it in practice.
I work on my commands as a teacher everytime I teach a class, and what a challenge it is especially when you are French !!


WOW!! I opened up this article and almost cried when I saw the picture. An overweight yoga student looking so happy doing yoga!! So many of my students are overweight and they don't think yoga can be for them because they've never seen someone who looks like them doing yoga. I think we've done a great job making yoga accessible across gender and age lines, but this is a huge step forward. Thank you, Yoga Journal!


Tahnk you for 5 tips. I am a beginner in teaching and what I really need, someone to share their experience.
Tanks again, I'll try to use the tips in my practice:.

Steve Ferrell

What a wonderful article. As a new Yoga teacher sometimes I find myself scrambling for the proper language. But I have been finding my own voice in Yoga and it has deeply effected my own practice as well as my students...Thank you Jason. I always look forward to your inspirations!!


I agree with these 5 points and would add that using similar imagery in classes reduces your students tension and quiets the inner critic.It allows students to learn to trust their yogis voice as one of safety.

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