Post Training Advice from Experienced Yoga Teachers | The Driven Yogi

If you don’t know by now, the journey to becoming a part-time or full-time yoga teacher can be an uphill battle. On top of planning and practicing your sequences, promoting yourself and your classes on social media, looking for subbing positions, looking for teaching positions, and keeping up with your personal practice, it’s a full-time job! I recently offered my own helpful tips for what to do after teacher training, but I wanted to reach out to experienced yoga teachers to find out more details about what new teachers should focus on after teacher training. The experienced yoga teachers in this post have been teaching yoga for a combined 47 years...that’s a lot of yoga, ya’ll! They’ve graciously offered up their tips and I’m here to share them with you, friends! Hopefully, the tips from these experienced yoga teachers will help you like they helped me. 

 
  Domonick Wegesin, Ph.D., RYT, LMT   12 years of experience Trained in: Chakra Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation Website:  theopener.com

Domonick Wegesin, Ph.D., RYT, LMT
12 years of experience
Trained in: Chakra Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation
Website: theopener.com

  Ashley Sharp   17 years of experience Trained in: Ashtanga, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Yoga Website:  ashleysharp.net

Ashley Sharp
17 years of experience
Trained in: Ashtanga, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Yoga
Website: ashleysharp.net

  Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500   18 years of experience Trained in: Iyengar & Krishnamacharya Website:  baxterbell.com

Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500
18 years of experience
Trained in: Iyengar & Krishnamacharya
Website: baxterbell.com

What is the first thing a new graduate should do after teacher training?

Keep training. Yoga is a rich discipline with much to learn and share. Now that you have a taste of a deeper training, focus on subareas that drew your interest and seek out further training in those areas. Start teaching. Even if it is just to a friend or a small group. In order to land teaching gigs, you’ll need to have some experience under your belt.
- Domonick Wegesin
Yoga teaching and practice are infinite. There isn’t a point where you stop. It’s okay to not know everything. Start with teaching simply what you know and go from there.
- Ashley Sharp

What is something you wish people would have told you after you finished your own teacher trainings?

No matter how prepared you might think you are, it will still be hard when no one shows up for those first classes! It happens to the best of us on occasion (certainly happened to me!) when we start out. It is not about you, so use the sudden free time to practice or plan a new class, and show up the next time, ready to give your all. OH, and less is more, so don’t stuff your classes with too many poses, but think about quality as well as quantity.
- Baxter Bell

How can new teachers overcome people not liking their classes?

We want people to like us but remember that the practice isn’t about that. People are there for the yoga and you are there to offer them an experience. Trust the yoga and take confidence in the integrity of the practice. Also, remember that not every teacher is the right teacher for every person - and that’s okay.
- Ashley Sharp

Any other advice to new teachers?

Stay in your daily practice. Yoga is an art taught best from first-hand experience. The more experience you have on your own, the better equipped you are to share yoga with others.  Don’t slack off now that your teacher training is done.
- Domonick Wegesin
Never underestimate the power of community support as a yoga teacher. This is certainly why this website is so great. I remember getting together with some of my fellow graduates after we finished our program to practice and discuss teaching issues together. It was really helpful early on.
- Baxter Bell
Teaching for the first time is scary! But we learn by doing. Take a risk and have the courage to show up. Assisting and mentoring with a teacher you like can be really helpful to get started with teaching. Also, take another teacher’s class and write down what you can remember from the sequence so that you can start to see how others are sequencing. It will help train your brain when it comes to sequencing!
- Ashley Sharp