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Yoga is not just a physical practice; it's a holistic activity that promotes physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. As a yoga instructor, it’s important to seek out education and variation to broaden your teaching skills to help your students grow. 

Yoga Resource Roundup

In this blog post, we'll explore the top five yoga teaching tips that are currently trending and share five popular resources that are great for staying up to date with the yoga industry. 

5 Trending Yoga Teaching Tips:

1. Cultivate Mindfulness in Your Classes:

Mindfulness is at the heart of yoga. Encourage your students to be present and fully engaged in their practice. This tip may seem like a no brainer but each and every one of your students are coming into class with a different experience. Use cues that direct their attention inward, such as focusing on the breath or body sensations. Guided meditation and mindfulness techniques can also be incorporated at the beginning or end of your classes to promote mental clarity and emotional balance. 

2. Sequencing with Purpose:

Thoughtful sequencing can create a magical experience for a student. Plan your sequences with a clear intention in mind, whether it's building strength, flexibility, working on balance, relaxation, or a mixture of all. Ensure that your sequences are accessible to every body offering variations to majority of your poses and flows.

3. Effective Use of Props:

Props like blocks, straps, and bolsters can be invaluable tools in a yoga class. They can help your students get into poses that they may already have determined too difficult to try. For example, using two blocks on either side of a student’s body during half splits can not only help them stabilize but can be useful in the transition to full splits. Encourage everyone to reintroduce props into their yoga practice to help find new poses and go beyond what they think they are capable of.

4. Cultivate Inclusivity and Diversity:

Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, body type, or ability. Create an inclusive and welcoming space for all by using inclusive language and avoiding assumptions about your students' abilities. Learn language and cues that don’t suggest a student is “less than”. For example, the term modification can come make a student think they need to take it easy. Try using variation or version in place to open up new possibilities. 

5. Continued Learning and Self-Care:

As a yoga instructor, your own self-care can help beat yoga teacher burnout. Continue your education by attending workshops, training programs, and online courses to stay updated with the latest yoga trends and teaching methods. Have you joined a beYogi Webinar yet? We offer free workshops with experts on all sorts of relevant topics. 

A yogi uses her blocks during her self-practice, one of the ways she's updating her practice after reading through yoga resources.

Popular Resources for Yoga Instructors:

1. DoYogaWithMe

DoYogaWithMe is an online resource with a mission to keeping yoga accessible, sharing that as of 2022, over 50% of their content remains free. For a small monthly fee, you can get access to classes, challenges, programs, ebooks, articles and more created with both yoga teachers and practitioners in mind. 

2. Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal provides articles, videos, and tutorials on yoga techniques, sequences, and teaching tips. It's a great source for inspiration and guidance.

3. beYogi

Look no further! beYogi’s mission is to support yoga teacher’s journey and we do that by creating free content every week focused on education and tips to make you a successful teacher. Join our newsletter to stay updated with our latest releases. 

4. Online Communities (e.g., Yoga Forums and Social Media Groups):

Joining online communities and forums dedicated to yoga instructors can provide a platform for sharing experiences, asking questions, and learning from peers worldwide. Look on Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram for helpful online communities.

As a yoga instructor, your commitment to learning and improving your teaching skills is essential for guiding your students toward a more fulfilling yoga practice. Remember that the journey of a yoga teacher is a continuous one, filled with opportunities for growth and self-discovery.