Finding the Right Yoga Teacher
I’m often asked by beginners about how to evaluate a Yoga Teacher?
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 perfect Yoga teacher, you should be answering with a”yes” to all questions.
O Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to you, and other students, in a manner of mutual respect? Would you ask a question during class time?
Does your teacher show compassion for you and other students? Meditation and relaxation are important facets of Yoga practice.
There are yoga instructors who only want to get”their workout” done. Beware of Yoga teachers, who are so important, they do not 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.
O Help: Does your teacher care about your form? Will your teacher give you a verbal or physical help during your Yoga class? Are props encouraged in your Yoga classes?
Some students never have significant problems with alignment and some do, but if your instructor doesn’t give verbal cues, what does that tell you?
Is your instructor”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.
O Modification: Does your Yoga teacher allow modifications and props? If your instructor discourages props, you are in the wrong location.
Some students may need props for life depending upon their selection of motion. Just because a teacher can do a position without props, doesn’t mean every student can.
Overview: Stay away from abusive Yoga teachers, and if you’re attracted to abuse, there is always professional help. Some pupils 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. You should feel good after a yoga course, and you may even feel muscle soreness days after a vigorous class.
Ensure that your Yoga instructor meets the above criteria before making a commitment.