You can strive to teach challenging, fun and inspiring yoga classes but without connection to your students, the class may fall flat. Sometimes you’ll teach a class and your head will be filled with imaginary feedback ("She looks really annoyed; she must be hating this class” or “he looks like he’s really struggling; he’ll never come back”); other times you’ll feel like the class and you are working together as one.
Building connection can be hard but is one of the most important factors in teaching classes where your students feel supported, seen and acknowledged. For you as a teacher, teaching classes where you are building connection is challenging but rewarding in a way that is almost indescribable.
While this is a bigger conversation, here are some quick tips. I’m writing this from my own experience, both in terms of what I’ve felt has worked and what has not worked for me, both as a student and a teacher. Please feel free to share your own thoughts:
Build connection through: