Teach to the Present Moment

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In our opinion, it is distracting and somewhat annoying when a teacher seems to practically interrupt students’ concentration to give what can feel like a random speech or admonition that doesn’t feel relevant to the moment. As such, we recommend avoiding statements that cannot be tied to what the student is currently doing in the practice.

  • We advise taking the extra effort to speak to the teachings at a time that you can relate them in some way to what is happening. While some topics are more challenging to work with, it’s always possible to make the teachings feel relevant. We encourage you to be committed to helping students work with a natural tie-in during their practice.
  • For example, consider how your messages will best land, as students are engaged in various practices: a mindfulness meditation, warming up with a simple flow, practicing deep or challenging asana, practicing pranayama, relaxing into Savasana or other.
  • When applicable, such a simple practice as, “In this pose right now, what do you notice?” can keep the teachings relatable and practical.