Listen to the discussion and consider your boundaries around vulnerability, what confidence means to you, and what your authentic voice sounds like.
What does a perfect yoga class look like, when you’re teaching? Write a little about what feels successful when you’re in the seat of the teacher. Is it that your playlist is on point? Do you feel like things have gone well when the students linger after class? Does an extra-still savasana translate to you as well-yogaed students?
Next, write a little about how you can manifest this type of class. What can you do to prepare for great classes? Do you need to do a practice to your playlist? Do you need to have a detailed sequence list prepared, or are you better off having an outline and modifying as you go? How do you come to class with fresh inspiration?
In our book, we ask you to record yourself having coffee with a friend, or chatting with your family at dinner. Try to forget that you’re recording yourself! Then, listen to the recording. What do you hear? What is your natural voice? Are you naturally quiet or loud? A person of few words, or a chatterbox? Are you calm or animated? When you are at ease with friends and family, what does your voice sound like? What role do you play in your friend group or with your family? Do you use colorful language or curse for emphasis or humor? Write a little about how you sound in an everyday conversation.
Next, compare this with your previous recording of your introduction, or better yet, a recording of yourself in class. Where are the similarities and differences in language/vocabulary, pacing, tone? Is your daily voice similar to your yoga voice? What are the differences? Write a little about what you find in this exploration.
Finally, write about what you enjoy as the “ideal yoga teacher voice.” Consider what you enjoy hearing in classes you take. Where does your voice land when compared to this imagined ideal? (Be sure to be kind to yourself in this exploratory process; keep in mind that we are never quite our ideal, since ideals are the pinnacle of what we can imagine.)