Communicating with your students is an important part of ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for your students. It is just as important as preparing yourself, and ensuring you are in the proper mindset, before starting your class. Through understanding the proper way to communicate with your students, and the learning styles of students, you will be able to create an environment that encourages growth and awareness, as well as ensure that you are in the best place to assist your students.

The first step to making sure that you are communicating properly with your students is to ensure that you are mentally prepared for your class. You should feel relaxed and completely present, not letting your mind wander toward distraction. You should also have a lesson plan set for your class on what you want to cover that day. You must also be flexible in your thinking during your class – making adjustments as needed. Having a plan simply helps you to relax and maintain direction for your students, so that you keep communication open from the start of your session(s) together. Having your lesson plan, setting intentions for the session, and communicating that with your students, allows them to understand the purpose and focus, so that they can follow along with you throughout the session(s).

Also, keep in mind that having a lesson plan not only allows you to communicate the direction of your class to your students, but also allows you to be able to advise them as to which props they will need for the class. Knowing beforehand which props students will need will allow them to properly set up their area and feel relaxed as they are going through the asanas. Having to go and find a prop in the middle of a class can be frustrating for some students, which disrupts the flow and atmosphere that you try to create in your classes.

To provide a refresher on the development of these skills, watch the videos below communication, cueing, and correcting your students.



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