I recently realized most yoga students understand little of the reasoning behind what comes out of a yoga teacher's mouth. So we become a bit like the Wizard of Oz, making demands from behind an all-knowing curtain without any explanation. This series aims to pull back the curtain and expose the method behind what might sometimes seem like madness.
Students who know me well, especially the ones I have taught in teacher trainings or workshops, know language is very important to me as a yoga teacher. I always say, “If they can't understand what you mean, they can’t do it. You may as well be speaking a foreign language.” My job is to get people to understand what I mean in the clearest way possible. I choose my words carefully and continually try to refine how I articulate not only alignment instructions but also philosophical concepts.
Anatomy happens to be one of my loves. And so I believe, especially when it comes to anatomy, a teacher should aim for precision and know what is happening or what she wants to happen anatomically for every physical instruction given. I feel it’s a responsibility I have to keep my students safe when they’re approaching poses that could potentially cause harm—over time or instantly.