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Lesson 3: Yoga Teaching Basics: Teacher Qualities, Ethics, Personal Practice, and Student Learning Styles


This week we started our Teaching Basics Lessons by reviewing the information from the textbooks as well as providing the practical application side of the topic. We discussed the qualities of a Yoga Teacher (the 4 Cā€™s ā€“ Connection, Compassion, Confidence, and Commitment), keeping up with your own practice, started the discussion on ethics, discussed method for a good instructor (ASANA -Ahimsa, Suggest, Align, Nurture, and Assess), discussed being present for practice, briefly talked about class management along with class environment / class atmosphere (make students comfortable), talked about compassion for self and students (see below video on “The Power of Self-Compassion to reinforce this topic in the “Additional Outside Resources” section), as well as classroom safety (ask permission before touch, clean room, conscientious of allergies and injuries, hydration and nutrition, etc.).

We also briefly covered props, however, a 4 part series on props is available below in the “Additional Outside Resources” section.

**Note: Dont forget to review the video “Eight Guidelines for Assisting Students” in your “Yoga Teaching Basics: Teacher Qualities, Ethics, Personal Practice, and Student Learning Styles” Lesson.


Additional Outside Resources

  1. The Power of Self-Compassion ā€“ With Dr. Kristin Neff from UPLIFT (1min 38secs): https://uplift.love/the-power-of-self-compassion-with-dr-kristin-neff/
  2. For information on common Yoga Props, watch this four part video on YouTube by Maris Aylward:
    1. How to Use Yoga Props: New Series – Part 1 (Introduction) (5mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeskG-qazdI&fbclid=IwAR3Px2QhK3kGsJURxsu8ELk0WxcxUeW9dCv50YOJW2qlqIbV5FjBSaOJyGI
    2. How to Use Yoga Blocks in your Yoga Practice (8mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKTpD8I07yI&fbclid=IwAR0F8aZDzNFJKXiMHpwKO6fglgf5wFkAI0EpFjZpVS-Akz0fgmLYFLDvpoA
    3. How to Use Yoga Straps in Your Practice (10mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6eyZveZQMw&fbclid=IwAR1JzPJ-jwtW2GO3ozgCKjGkHfVvmKfPeqip4PI69x_6nitbFu86S1msDxQ
    4. How to Use Yoga Bolsters Tutorial (9mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUS_-XrieqM&list=RDCMUCAUWdc_B05LUDmif1rypohw&index=2&fbclid=IwAR2KLK1YgqX28c_HBepOO4eK2oiAAe_89JGxqKCXMM33gOawvORnrfI2w1o

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