Sage sits at the front of the studio space talking as students do a seated twist

Teachers, Your Class Is Not Your Practice

Your yoga class is not your asana practice time.

Don’t overdemonstrate. Hold the demo just long enough to make your point. This can be really tough for new teachers.

Remember, you’re leading yoga, not doing your own practice. While some forms of group exercise—step aerobics, Spinning—and most video classes do better with the teacher participating with the student, in most forms of live or real-time yoga, the teacher simply leads and watches the students. Imagine going to a restorative yoga class and having the teacher take each pose!

Differentiate between your own practice and your teaching in service of the students.

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