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How To Find Your Authentic Voice As A Yoga Teacher

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When you start your very own yoga business there are simply so many different things to consider. You may initially be more concerned with the more practical tasks, but it is also important to consider your approach to your classes, and your teaching style.

One of the things that should be at the forefront of your mind when starting your business, is how you will be the face of your brand. It can seem as though you have to develop a persona in order to attract the most people, but in fact the best option is to simply always be authentically you.

As a new teacher, it is likely that you will want to take inspiration from your favourite teachers, and perhaps try to teach in a similar way to them. Although this might seem like a great way to honour them, and to pass on their wisdom, it is important to remember that this is not you.

The people who magnetise towards you and to your classes will be coming for YOU — and not for some version of you that you create. Your true voice and personality will inevitably shine through, and this is what will keep those students coming back for more.

The longer you teach yoga for, the easier you will find it to discover and develop your authentic voice.

Today I am going to share three easy ways to discover your own authentic voice, and share how to develop this concept as a yoga teacher.

Think About Language

Within the yoga world there are some new terms and concepts that you will have to get to grips with, and then be comfortable teaching your students about.

It is important that when you do so, that you use words that feel natural to you. Trying to over-complicate things, or to use language that doesn’t quit sit right with you, can lead to confusion or miscommunication.

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Spend some time thinking about which phrases, terms, and words feel the best fit for you. And, don’t worry if this isn’t in line with the way in which your teachers speak. You have to be able to explain things in a way that works for you, as this will enable you to communicate authentically with your students.

Be Vulnerable

I always say that the very best yoga teachers are those who understand that they are life-long students of yoga.

Your students don’t want to know that you are a perfect person who knows all there is to know about yoga. They simply want to know that you are passionate about what you do, and that you do it to the best of your ability. They want to know that you are a person with a genuine passion for yoga, and that you have the patience and experience to guide them in developing their own practice.

This vulnerability and honesty can be incredibly refreshing and comforting to your students, and it can help you to build a better bond with them.

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Sharing your story with your students is another great way to build your bond with them, and will also help you through the process of discovering your authentic voice.

Great concepts to explore are how you came to find yoga and how it has helped you in other areas of your life. How do you take the lessons you learn on the mat and apply them to other parts of your life? How has yoga changed your outlook, and how can your students expect to grow and thrive in similar ways?

Know Where You Excel

As with anything in life, there are always going to be certain parts of yoga that you are more confident in than others. This is something that will naturally change and progress with time and practice.

When you are entirely confident in what you are teaching, then you will be able to do so with much stronger authority. You will notice that when you are teaching the things you are really good at, that it’s much easier to communicate with your class, and also to multitask during the session.

You will also notice that in these situations your authentic voice emerges with greater ease. When you are confident in yourself, then this will be easy for your students to see. When you teach consistently in this way — with an honest and open heart and mind — then your class will be able to connect to your authenticity.

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Becoming A Yoga Teacher

If you are not a qualified yoga teacher, but this is something you are aspiring to, then you might be excited to learn you can gain this qualification entirely online!

Due to the changes the whole world is embracing due to the pandemic, my yoga teacher training is now certified to be taught 100% online.

If you are interested in joining the next training in 2021, then you can click here for more details.

The programme combines live classes with me alongside on-demand videos and sessions with expert guest teachers — all delivered flexibly over six weeks. I hope you can join me there!

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