Teaching Skills for Yoga Instructors

with David Nelson

November 11-12, 2011

At Yoga Garden we recognize that knowing yoga and being a good teacher are not necessarily the same ability. We approach the art of teaching as a distinct subject of study and practice. We recognize teaching as an extension of our yoga practice, and cultivate expanding consciousness into all of the dimensions of teaching: perspective, pace, language, touch, authority and trust,

Yoga teachers and teachers in training wishing to improve their teaching skills are encouraged to take this weekend workshop to learn basic skills to make their teaching more effective. These classes introduce key competencies that are then practiced in a supportive, critcal environment.

Participants are given an opportunity to nourish their teaching practice in the safe community of peers with supportive feedback from highly experienced teachers. The course provides study materials on the basic skills for good teaching, a discussion of their application, and extensive opportunity to practice these skills in a supportive environment with feedback.

Cost of the program is $170, but early registration discounts may be available. Register here

“Yoga involves sending intelligence to every part of your body in everything you do. This workshop sends that kind of intelligence deep into the tissues of teaching.” – Bill

“In this workshop, I had a breakthrough. David could see that I was teaching from my intellect. I discovered through his firm and clear teaching to get out of mind and teach to the bodies of other students. I discovered here that teaching is yoga.” – Anthony

“Immediately following this workshop, I attended two births as a doula. Women in labor have similar needs to those of people practicing yoga, so I made a conscious effort to use some of the techniques I learned in this workshop. I found that the use of active verbs and “instructing” vs. “asking permission” (e.g. “Let’s move to the shower,” vs. “If you want, we can try the shower.”) made a huge difference in my clients’ ability to cope and remain in the present moment. While I feel that the skills we learned in this workshop were essential for “communicating yoga,” I also think that they are extremely applicable in other aspects of life.” – Audrey

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