Yoga teachers-in-training consistently say that there is so much more to think about when teaching a class than they ever knew or imagined. I remember the feeling, and I often joke that if you can get your music to play and everyone lives, you're off to a strong start! In addition to surviving class, we also want students to leave feeling better than when they arrived. And of course, we want to prevent injury. Here are some tips to decrease the risk of injury in your classes.
Remember, it is outside the scope of practice of a yoga teacher to diagnose and treat.
Students with injuries/conditions will attend your classes. The safest action is to recommend medical evaluation when a student tells you about an injury or asks for advice.
More information: Yoga Alliance Statement on Yoga Therapy
A student at heart, Jen is passionate about learning and sharing what she has learned to empower yoga students and teachers. Jen is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher. She teaches at Kindness Yoga and practices physical therapy at Vernon Physical Therapy & Wellness.