People always ask me what makes a yoga teacher great. Here's what I think.
1. Asking, "How Can I Help?" Over "What Can I Prove?"
I think it's important to put your attention on the people in the class, instead of drawing attention to yourself as a teacher. The "How can I help?" attitude also takes the pressure off of you to perform the class and frees you up to help everyone in the room have a great experience.
2. Supporting Over Adjusting
I'm a big believer in supporting people in the poses and movements so they can get into a place where they feel at ease, instead of pushing or fixing someone's body to make a particular shape. Pushing people into shapes leads to injuries and supporting leads to a great experience.
3. Relaxed Vibe
We're all about a relaxed vibe at Strala. It's in the culture of our whole experience. From the language of the guides to the friendly, fun, and approachable atmosphere, it's important to us that we create space for people to feel at ease.
4. Clear Instruction With Room To Breathe
It's great when the leader instructs the sequences with clarity and great pacing while also allowing space for people to know that they can back off, and let people feel at ease so they can explore into themselves.
5. Great Music
I love great music and the right music choice in class can really help the experience. We carefully curate our playlists to help the class feel relaxed, fun, and add to the open vibe.
But to find out the MOST important quality and what makes me laugh about yoga, you'll have to watch this quick video :)