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Top 5 Qualities to look for in your Yoga Teacher

Top 5 Qualities to look for in your Yoga TeacherTop 5 Qualities to look for in your Yoga Teacher

Nowadays it is so easy to find a yoga studio or a place that offers yoga, but to find the right teacher, the right fit for you is so important - you are spending an hour or more with the teacher a day, maybe 3 or more times a week.


During our yoga teacher training we often ask our trainees why they started and continued yoga, what they feel students are looking for in teachers, and really what makes a yoga teacher a great yoga teacher. There are countless answers. I have named just a few here. 


1.  Creativity

The yoga teacher does not just come and teach the same routine. They remember you asking for help and they design a class based on that feedback. They are passionate about yoga and they want to inspire others. They create new themes and sequences as another opportunity for your muscles to change and for you to mentally and emotionally transform. They co-create a class with you based on what they observe, even if they have a lesson plan.


2.  Humility & Humour

They can laugh at their own mistakes, even if they got left and right wrong and had to say: “extend your OTHER leg up”. They don’t give you the evil eye because you walked in 3 minutes late but they smile because they are happy you at least came to do yoga that day. Their underlying motto is: “How can I help you?” They make you look at life with a new perspective and they show you poses that challenge you in a safe way, instead of showing off their skills. They are a student of yoga and you regularly see them taking other yoga classes so they too can learn and grow. They do not feel like they have all the answers and can say: “I don’t know.”


3.  Care

They care about you - what injuries you have, what you are working on, what is happening in your life. Granted there are many students so it may be challenging to know every person on a deeper level but you can tell when a teacher cares even when they smile at you (genuinely, of course). They make eye contact. If you are the person in the far corner of the room, you still feel a part of the class, no matter how big the class is. They encourage you when you are getting something they said or when they notice how hard you are working. They encourage you when things get challenging. They show you modifications if you need help. They do not just arrive and then immediately leave after their class, instead they stop to chat with you before and after class because they care about you as a person. They are also real! Sometimes caring is seen as the fake kindness all the time, but a person that genuinely cares will also tell it like it is - this helps us to grow.


4.  Can Get Personal

They are able to open up about themselves, their practice, how they use yoga to help themselves. You as a student can connect with them more because of this. Have you ever been to a class where the teacher spurts off a sequence, their routine and says the SAME dialogue? There lacks a spark. Great teachers share a part of themselves when they teach - obviously not sharing all their problems (TMI everybody - where it becomes a therapy session for the teacher). They are real. What you see is what you get. They are not teaching one minute about moderation and a healthy lifestyle and the next they reek of cigarettes and alcohol when you bump into them at the mall.


5.  Every. Thing. Counts

A great teacher doesn’t make adjustments for the sake of making adjustments. A great teacher doesn’t talk for the sake of talking - every word counts. The silence is just as important as the talking. They prepare a class with the intention to serve you and knowing that that hour is very important for the student.


Ultimately, it is the individuality of the teacher that students are attracted to and why they choose to do a yoga class over and over again with the same teacher. There is just “something” special about that teacher.


I would love to hear your comments on what you feel makes a great yoga teacher and what you look for. Please keep it real and positive! Cheers!



I just finished watching the interview with Tedi (see below) and it brought tears to my eyes… I cannot believe how much weight she lost (95 lbs since doing yoga at Chrysalis) but that is not why she started yoga at Chrysalis and it is not why she continues! Check out how happy she looks - she is glowing in this interview!


Chrysalis Community Member Interview - Tedi
Chrysalis Community Member Interview - Tedi


When I came to yoga, it was to help with depression and I wanted to do a physical workout. Boy, was I in for a ride. Yes, I saw changes in my body - my triceps got stronger, I learnt to access deep core muscles and much more. But the biggest surprise was my mind. It took my racing mind and calmed it down. It lifted a cloud for me and I felt stronger, not just physically. Yoga transformed me so much so, that I met my life partner through yoga and opened 2 new businesses with him.


I see students transforming right in front of my eyes! The biggest transformation comes from consistency, being open to change and allowing that change to happen!



Get Off Your Butt and Do It!

When I started to look at my health in a different way, I realized that is was not only what I ate, but my outlook on life.


Over the years, as I gathered more information to improve my health and felt sexier, bad habits naturally fell away.


Here are my 3 top tips that you can do today to change your life. You may already be doing some of these!


Step 1: Buy a sexy lingerie item!

What? What does that have to do with my health? Lets face it, we are too busy with driving the kids around, running to and from work, tidying the house and everything under the sun that we don't pay attention to ourselves.


We sometimes get it into our heads that we will ONLY feel sexy ONCE we have lost weight, feel better or have toned up our muscles. Well, how about doing the reverse. Sometimes we have to fake sexiness until we really do feel sexy. The more sexy you feel, the more you want to look after yourself. When you feel sexy, your mood lifts, your posture improves and you start to feel confident.


We suggested buying a lingerie item, but perhaps it is getting a new haircut or something else.


Look at this Oprah show on how 4 Women Found their Inner Vixens


Guys: if you are reading this, do something that makes you feel sexy, buy a new cologne or lingerie for your partner - you will benefit from it too ;-)


Step 2: Eat seaweed!

There are a slew of benefits when you eat seaweed:

  • They are FULL of vitamins and minerals - when your body is starved for nutrition, it craves food, so feed your body with the right foods.
  • It controls your appetite (so grab the seaweed Annie Chun's to ward off the afternoon slump)
  • It increases your metabolism so you can look extra sexy in that new lingerie item you bought (from Step 1)
  • It prevents bloating


Check out this article from Dr. Oz's website on 3 different types of seaweed and how they are great for you!


Step 3: Commit to a yoga class 3 times a week!

We know exercise is good for us - it relieves stress, boosts our metabolism and makes us feel happy.


How many times though do we have every intention to do some physical activity and then by the time 5pm comes around, we realize we haven't done anything. "I guess, I will try again tomorrow."




Pick 3 days to do a yoga class, look at your schedule and book it into your calendar! NO EXCUSES! If pairing up with someone motivates you and you know they will keep you on track and vice versa, then buddy up with a friend, partner, or family member. If you both book it in your calendars, you are more likely to follow through on it.


Why I picked 3? Well start small. Doing a class once a week will not make an impact. 3 times a week seems more realistic. If you choose 6 times a week, you may feel like a failure if you cannot make it to one. Once you get into a rhythm, you may have more energy and time for more classes.


Try out our Foundations to Yoga or 30 day Challenges to find motivation!