Isvari, I’m wondering how do you tell if you’ve taught a truly good class? I taught a class today, and I was hoping that it would be a powerful one for the students. I was also hoping I could gauge whether or not my teaching was truly beneficial for the students a little bit more. Hopefully more and more each time… I’m not sure I know how to read a class really well, yet, and I’ve noticed with every class I teach, people always say “Thank you, good class,” which I think is nice and sometimes really helpful for me…but I’m a little confused about how to know whether or not you teach a really good class? Sometimes I can feel a difference within myself, like…oh yeah, I’m doing good! Today it was more like…God, I hope the yoga juices ’em up because I’m sure not. Anyway, it’s a question I keep leaving with after every class I teach…just wondering if you could help. Love,
Thanks for asking. I actually am planning a series of articles and videos, How to Make a Good Class Great, where you will get a lot of helpful hints to taking your class to the next level.
In the meantime, remember that it is yoga. It is very rare that someone comes out of class and does not feel better than when they went in. I would get out of the way and let your innate wisdom and your teachers teach through you. Be aware of what your students need and serve them fully from your heart and they will have a great experience. Do not make it about you but about them. When it is over, let it go. Do not judge it. Be mindful of how you can enhance it for the next time. Settle into it and relax and it will be great. It always helps me to do my own practice before hand to get in the flow.
I am happy to come and observe you and give you feedback if you like.