How To Find The Right Yoga Teacher

How To Find The Right Yoga Teacher



I am often asked by beginners about how to​ evaluate a​ Yoga Teacher?

The following is​ the​ “CALM check list.” These factors are basic criteria that your Yoga Instructor should meet before you continue on​ to​ a​ second Yoga class.

CALM gets it​ name from four main factors: Communication,​ Assist,​ Listen,​ and Modification. For the​ right Yoga teacher,​ you should be answering with a​ “yes” to​ all questions.

• Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to​ you,​ and other students,​ in​ a​ manner of​ mutual respect? Can you ask a​ question during class time?

Does your teacher show compassion for you and other students? Does your Yoga teacher take the​ time to​ lead you through a​ guided meditation or​ relaxation? Meditation and relaxation are major aspects of​ Yoga practice.

There are Yoga teachers who just want to​ get "their workout" done. Beware of​ Yoga teachers,​ who are so important,​ they don’t have time for you.


Some students love this air of​ superiority and,​ unfortunately,​ some people love abuse. if​ you want to​ learn Yoga,​ you need an​ open line of​ communication with your Yoga teacher.

• Assist: Does your teacher care about your form? Will your teacher give you a​ verbal or​ physical assist during your Yoga class? Are props encouraged in​ your Yoga classes?

Some students never have major problems with alignment and some do,​ but if​ your teacher doesn’t give verbal cues,​ what does that tell you?

• Listen: Does your Yoga teacher take the​ time to​ listen to​ your feedback? is​ your teacher "in the​ moment" with the​ class?

Once in​ a​ while,​ there is​ a​ Yoga instructor who runs,​ “The-it’s-all-about-me-show.” You are not going to​ learn anything from this type of​ teaching. Beginners will be put at​ risk,​ trying to​ keep up with a​ seasoned Yoga teacher who doesn’t explain anything.

• Modification: Does your Yoga teacher allow modifications and props? if​ your teacher discourages props,​ you are in​ the​ wrong place.

Some students will need props for life depending upon their range of​ motion. Just because a​ teacher can do a​ posture without props,​ doesn’t mean every student can.

Summary: Stay away from abusive Yoga teachers,​ and if​ you are attracted to​ abuse,​ there is​ always professional help. Some students crave “the stern,​ but loving parent” types. They will push you harder,​ but how much pushing do you really need?

Respect is​ a​ two way street,​ and you deserve as​ much respect as​ your Yoga teacher does. Let common sense be your guide. You should feel good after a​ Yoga class,​ and you might even feel muscle soreness days after a​ vigorous class.

Make sure your Yoga teacher meets the​ above criteria before making a​ commitment.




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