Teacher Motivation



Aspects of Yoga Teachers to help motivate students

Motivating practitioners and encouraging them to return is fundamental to increasing the size of classes and the progress of participants.
Combine the latest research, proven sound techniques and practitioner's needs to design the most effective cutting edge yoga class.


In this course you will learn how to identify many aspects of motivating students.

Physical Exam
In the physical exam you are asked to demonstrate motivation techniques essential to any good yoga teacher.

Written Exam
The written exam consists of multiple choice related to teacher motivation skills.



Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 hours
Minimum contact hours: 75 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 50 hours


Level 1 course: 5 hours contact plus 5 hours required non contact
Level 2 course: 10 hours contact plus 10 hours required non contact


Yoga Classes should contain the following:

Cardiorespiratory yoga exercises

Muscle strengthening yoga exercises

Flexibility enhancement yoga exercises

 Muscle endurance yoga exercises

Breathing exercises

Mental exercises


Blend these elements together in a safe and effective yoga class to present a well balanced healthy experience for practitioners.

To be able to best protect the class practitioners an overall fitness evaluation must be applied to each individual so that limitations and body ability may be known. This is however quite impossible in a normal yoga class environment. Instead yoga teachers should analyze practitioner's ability during a yoga class and increase the intensity while continually monitoring practitioners for signs of stress, fatigue or an inability to comprehend.
It is necessary to tap in to the feelings and emotions of practitioners to gain a full understanding of their abilities. Understanding what may be causing emotional distress to individuals helps an instructor to intervene and encourage a positive mental and emotional outlook on the practice of yoga.

Motivational and inspirational aspects

1. Choosing good exercises.
The choice of yoga postures and they way they blend greatly affect the practitioners experience and their likelihood to adhere.

2. Using proper guidance.
Instructing yoga practitioners correctly allows them to follow new yoga flows flawlessly.

Poor instruction or tone of voice will leave practitioners confused and unable to follow along decreasing their likelihood to return.

3. Correct music.
Proper playlists of music greatly enhance the practitioners experience especially when designed around the sections of the class. Such as upbeat music during the faster more cardiovascular sections, proper wind down music and soothing meditation and relaxation music. When all these aspects are balanced the class atmosphere will be greatly enhanced in a positive way. In many cases music selection can be one of the most attracting factors in encouraging practitioners to return to class. Music will also reduce the amount you actually have to say during class.

Poor music selection can totally disturb the atmosphere and quality of a yoga class.

4. Inspirational meditation.
Using special visualization techniques and proper presentation allows practitioners to have a pleasant and quite often enlightening experience.

5. Deep relaxation.
Guided relaxation is usually done in savasana, a pose that involves lying on the back, at the end of class. Methods of encouraging deeper relaxation through verbal cues have been proven to greatly increase the depth and experience of relaxation during a yoga class.

Yoga instructors should spend some time preparing yoga sequences, accompanying music and topics to be covered during class in order to present a high quality yoga class. Studies have shown that high quality presentations of yoga result in a higher occurrence of practitioners returning on a regular basis.

Another method of encouraging a practitioner to return is making practitioners feel comfortable and welcome when they arrive, practice and leave.

Connecting with practitioners

1. Greeting practitioners on entry
Make a special effort to open heatedly greet practitioners.

2. Knowing practitioners by name
Try to use word associations to better remember practitioner's names. They will appreciate it.

4. Inspirational connections during class
This could be addressing the group as a whole on topics such as progress in alignment. Another example is approaching someone who is very new to yoga and giving them a little help and encouragement while guiding the rest of the class.

There are thousands of ways to connect with practitioners either as a whole or individually during a yoga class.

5. Acknowledging practitioners individual achievements
Learn ways to recognize practitioner progress in many different areas.

Quality Yoga Instruction

High quality yoga instructors guide practitioners though yoga classes with ease and care. During a yoga class instructors try to implement the following within practitioners.

1. Independence
Helping students gain self sufficiency.

2. Encouragement
Continually encouraging your practitioners in a positive way.

3. Attainable Goals
Setting realistic goals for practitioners and rewarding them when they are achieved.

4. Safe Practice
Yoga is a healing art but many postures and exercises may be dangerous without proper guidance.

5. Clear Presentation of The meaning of Yoga
Yoga is a complicated subject but with guided meditation techniques class practitioners can achieve an awareness of what yoga is.

The type and amount of information a practitioner can understand depends on their current stage of progress in yoga.


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