Becoming a class confident Yoga Teacher

As a Yoga Teacher, knowledge is the foundation of confidence. Bravado and “fake it til you make it”

can work for a while, but genuine self-belief comes from knowing that you know

your stuff.

What does this mean when you walk into a room full of expectant students? It


Happy Teacher Trainee sitting legs crossed on mat.

 You need to know what you’re about to teach, so teach from your own

practice. Plan and practice the class beforehand to be sure it works well

and that you understand it. And to be word-perfect, instruct it out loud as

you practice it at home. Lots of Yoga Teachers do this to start out with.

 Develop your own knowledge – don’t stop building your own broader

appreciation for the many elements of Yoga so that you can field deeper

questions about anatomy, physical practice, good breath, the subtle body

– to name just a few.

 Get experience – all sorts of situations crop up when teaching. The more

you can say to yourself “been there, done that”, the more confident you

will feel. Start by teaching family, friends, or work colleagues on an

informal basis. Voice your opinions about Yoga, especially in groups that

dismiss “all that hippy nonsense” – not to try to prove anything, but just to

get used to thinking on your feet. You’ll be surprised what you come out

with when you jump in feet first!

 Talk to other teachers, new and experienced. Get feedback from different

perspectives on anything that concerns you. Yoga teaching is the best way to

integrate one’s own learning, so talk it though and then apply yourself


The Yogafurie Teacher Training course is practice-based: you’ll learn asana and

pranayama through practice and they’ll soon become habit. You’ll study the

anatomical layout and the subtle energy map of the human body, and learn to

cross-reference them to postures and breath. You’ll be able to diagnose what you

and others need from Yoga, write the practice prescription, and safely guide

people taking the medicine. You’ll do a lot of teaching practice too – sometimes at

normal room temperature, then at a glowy 30 degrees, and later in the full 42

degrees of a regular Yogafurie class. We build a supportive practice community

of aspiring and new teachers who’ll give you honest and constructive feedback

and help when you need it. Your support network starts here.

Find out more about studying to teach Hot Yoga and regular Yoga on our Yoga Teacher

Training pages.

If you'd like to learn more about Yogafurie and what we do, then get in touch

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