Yoga Teacher Talk is a new series I’m excited to share for current or prospective yoga teachers. I’m hoping that these posts will not only help people, but spark conversation amongst people either below in the comments or over here on the Yoga Forum, where we had a dedicated forum for all things related to yoga teachers. As always, feedback and suggestions for topics are welcome!
So you’ve completed teacher training. Now what? Do you feel like a deer in headlights? Fear not, friends, because today it’s all about learning to find your authentic teaching voice.
One of the things I love about yoga is that there’s so much space for people in the yoga world. (Ok many yoga studios won’t agree, but that’s another story for another day. BTW, if you own a yoga studio and don’t like outside teachers coming in, email me because I am genuinely curious as to why. End rant.) Anyway, in my personal opinion, everyone brings something to the table and has something delicious they can offer.
And as a new student, if you’re anything like I was, you might feel like you don’t offer much. Your handstand is non-existant, your legs bend in downward dog, and you feel like you barely know your asana from your elbow. Guess what? None of that ish matters. You wanna know why?
Because that teacher with the perfect handstand - there’s no such thing as perfect, but just go with me here - that teacher doesn’t come with all your life experiences. You have certainly been through something, worked through something, had personal encounters with different things than she has. So you have something to share- your life experiences. Own them. Step into them. And let them guide you down a path of authenticity.