Our students come to our classes and our private yoga sessions for any number of reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, for a physical practice, to increase flexibility, strength or improve their overall well-being.
In this month’s business of yoga article, we’ll look at ways to forge a deeper connection with your yoga students inside the classroom. Next month, we’ll look at how to continue that connection and build the relationship, off the mat and in the online world.
As a yoga teacher, you want to offer successful classes in which your students leave feeling supported and better in their mind, body and spirit. You want to create that connection by letting them know that they matter – complimenting them, giving them individual guidance or assists, or just simply giving them eye contact, interacting with your students will boost your teacher-student relationship.
Here’s a few ways to create that deeper connection with your students inside the studio:
Know Your Students
Arrive earlier than the scheduled time and introduce yourself to your students as they enter the studio. Those who you already know, greet them by their name. Ask them how they are doing, what’s new in their life, follow up with them on things you’ve talked about in the past and ask about any concerns they have for the upcoming class. Addressing students by their names during the class, for instance, “Robert, you are doing great”, is a way of acknowledging that you know them. Students will feel that they matter to you.
Other than regular group yoga sessions, you can also ask your students if there are any areas of interest that they would like to explore further. If enough students tell you that they want to work on balancing asanas, or restorative, meditation, the yoga philosophies… (there are so many options!), organizing a workshop can help you create a deeper connection with your students and support them in their practice. It also brings together different people—whether regular or newbies—to work together and join a single cause to achieve an inner discovery of the topic being studied.
Involve Your Students
On regular occasions, ask your students what they’d like to work on. Provide them with choices and learn more about what they need and want in their practice to support them both on the mat and showing up more fully alive in their everyday life.
Next month, we’ll look at a few ways to continue building your relationship with your students, even when you’re not together in the studio.
Chrissy Gruninger is Pranarkriya’s Marketing Specialist, Director of the Intentional Online Marketing program for yoga teachers and the owner of Social [media] Wellness™, a boutique international social media company. She primarily works with eco and wellness companies and individuals, or as she likes to say, “good people doing good things”. With a graduate degree in sustainable living along with health coaching and yoga certifications, she blends a background in conscious living with her business experience and online marketing knowledge, helping her clients bring their positive messages of wellbeing and harmony into the world.