Originally published in Yoga Journal on June 29, 2016 in an article by Samantha Trueheart.
Don’t teach what you know; teach what they don’t know. Teaching yoga is a conversation. Begin by giving one essential instruction. Then watch your students closely. Their response will tell you what to say next, perhaps a specific alignment instruction or an invitation to open to their experience. If their alignment is clear and their energy is settled, you don’t need to say a thing. Ride the rhythm of speech and non-speech. Avoid reciting every instruction you know for an asana. Instead, follow the lead of your students so that your teaching becomes a guiding conversation that points them toward the work of the pose. Make your instructions be like crumbs along a path, dropping them one at a time, allowing the students to walk the path on their own.