3 Ways The Art of Teaching Yoga Will Make You a Better Teacher

We asked Alexandria Crow, who will lead our upcoming Art of Teaching Yoga workshop, for 3 ways this groundbreaking course will make YOU a better teacher.
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We asked Alexandria Crow, who will lead our upcoming Art of Teaching Yoga workshop, for 3 ways this groundbreaking course will make YOU a better teacher.
Alexandria Crow teaching yoga.

Don't miss The Art of Teaching Yoga, a mentoring program for registered yoga teachers at Yoga Journal LIVE New York, April 21-24. Register now!

At The Art of Teaching Yoga, some of our favorite master yogis will guide an intimate group of students through Yoga Journal LIVE 2017 events. We asked one of these seasoned yogis—Alexandria Crow, a YogaWorks national teacher trainer—for 3 ways this groundbreaking course will make YOU a better teacher (the program counts toward 22 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education contact hours).

1. You'll figure out who YOU are as a teacher.

I've taught 200-hour and 500-hour teacher trainings for a long time and they can be very beneficial, but our workshop will give you a mentor. When you're one on one with us, we're going to focus on your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher so you can grow and develop your own unique talents. We're going to ask you, "What angle are you using to deliver the idea of yoga to your students?" Once we've identified your angle, we'll look at where you're missing the mark and build on what you’re really really good at. When you teach what you're good at it, it feels really authentic, whether it's alignment, anatomy, or philosophy.

2. You'll grow as a leader.

Owning a room and being very confident doesn’t come easily to some people. Some teachers don’t have the confidence to say, "No, not in my room, not that way." We'll teach the skills to follow up on "no" with constructive steps forward, which creates a more connected teacher-student relationship. We'll also work on engaging with the class and getting your students to know that you see them.

3. You'll ask yourself "why."

If you're going to say something, make sure you know what you’re talking about and why you’re saying it. For example, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to alignment. I'm not going to teach a "cue" for alignment that you can just recite. A lot of times people aren’t aware of what's coming out of their mouth and why they’re saying it. A big illuminating moment for me was when my teacher James Brown, formerly of YogaWorks and currently of American Yoga School, said, "You must have a reason for everything you say and do in class." We'll teach you to deal wisely in the moment with what's actually happening versus reciting canned cues. As I like to say, "If you don’t see anything happening in the poses, then shut up and don’t say anything."

The Art of Teaching Yoga workshop will also help you work on advanced and safe sequencing as well as how to include yoga philosophy and anatomy in your classes. Just cannot wait? Spots are limited. Register for The Art of Teaching at Yoga Journal LIVE! 2016 now.

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