102: Principles Of Teaching

In this course, we will discuss some of the fundamental teaching concepts and principles that provide the invisible backbone for yoga teaching. By exploring these terms, we will be able to develop a common language for the most important ideas in yoga teaching, and create a pathway for developing your skills as a teacher.

Note for CE Credits: If you are a current teacher taking this course for Yoga Alliance CE credits, you may submit for 3 hours of credit in Teaching Methodology.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe key teaching principles in your own words and link these concepts to your practice and teaching.

  • Articulate how the pose foundation contributes to overall alignment.

  • Cueing

    Teach with the appropriate foundation cueing for the feet and the hands.

Course Curriculum

102: Principles of Teaching

    1. START HERE

    2. HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE

    3. SYLLABUS

    4. ABOUT YOUR FACULTY

    5. COURSE MATERIALS

    6. Q&A

    1. INTRODUCTION

    2. OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT

    3. PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE

    4. HUMAN (SKELETAL) VARIATION

    5. BEST PRACTICES

    6. STABILITY AND MOBILITY

    7. POSITION

    8. ACTION

    9. QUIZ

    10. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION

    2. FOUNDATION: OVERVIEW

    3. FOUNDATION: FEET - "HIPS DISTANCE"

    4. FOUNDATION: FEET - TADASANA RECAP

    5. FOUNDATION: FEET - "PARALLEL"

    6. FOUNDATION: FEET - ACTIONS

    7. ACTIVITY: FEET

    8. QUIZ

    9. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. FOUNDATION: HANDS

    2. FOUNDATION: HANDS - "OUTER SHOULDER DISTANCE APART"

    3. FOUNDATION: HANDS - "PARALLEL"

    4. FOUNDATION: HANDS - ACTION

    5. ACTIVITY: HANDS IN THE SUN SALUTATIONS

    6. WRITING ACTIVITY: SCRIPT

    7. QUIZ

    8. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. FINAL ASSESSMENT

    2. ACADEMIC HONOR

    3. CONCLUSION & OUTSIDE PRACTICE

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 36 lessons

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Student Reviews

5 star rating

Well structured

Anna Sands

This course is well structured, clear and easy to follow. It certainly makes you see your practice with fresh eyes. Very interesting.

This course is well structured, clear and easy to follow. It certainly makes you see your practice with fresh eyes. Very interesting.

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In depth and interactive

Suze C

The course work is much more rich than I expected in terms of detail and in terms of "work to be done"! Although it is taking more time to complete, it is a...

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The course work is much more rich than I expected in terms of detail and in terms of "work to be done"! Although it is taking more time to complete, it is after all training to help others/protect others within a yoga class and it does take that seriously which I appreciate. Its also fun!

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Concepts and teachings are so well organized. This made r...

Jacqui Jesso

It was clear and thorough so that I could return to particular ideas and concepts easily and review sections that were less familiar and to be reviewed aga...

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It was clear and thorough so that I could return to particular ideas and concepts easily and review sections that were less familiar and to be reviewed again. For example the action teaching section was very good and I could shore up my understandings quickly and then return to other sections where the concept emerged again.

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Clear and concise

Marilyn Peitso

Rachel's directions are easy to follow and understand. Descriptions of different actions clearly describes the differences. Practice to start cueing exerci...

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Rachel's directions are easy to follow and understand. Descriptions of different actions clearly describes the differences. Practice to start cueing exercises - very helpful to get the teacher mode going!

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Spot on!

Sarah Mattox

Hey team - so far, so good! I am pleased with the digestability of the content, the pacing, and the mix of video, text, reflection and action! I can alread...

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Hey team - so far, so good! I am pleased with the digestability of the content, the pacing, and the mix of video, text, reflection and action! I can already feel it percolating into my conscious experience of being in the world. Thank you!

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Well designed, structured and delivered

Abigail Watkins

I feel that I know a lot more about the fundamental principles and foundations of yoga practice. I can now apply these concepts to my own practice, and begi...

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I feel that I know a lot more about the fundamental principles and foundations of yoga practice. I can now apply these concepts to my own practice, and begin to understand how to teach yoga in a safe, effective, inclusive and fun way.

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Finding depth in the basics

Michelle Pastrana

Rachel's profound knowledge is transmitted with clarity and ease. Going over the key language and basics of teaching, cueing and alignment helped me as a stu...

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Rachel's profound knowledge is transmitted with clarity and ease. Going over the key language and basics of teaching, cueing and alignment helped me as a student to be more mindful of my own practice. At the end of the lesson I felt I could cue a basic posture and then make it come to life.

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Thorough Foundations Course

Angel Aguilar

This course really breaks down the components and digs into the specifics of creating an optimal foundation for success in the practice of yoga.

This course really breaks down the components and digs into the specifics of creating an optimal foundation for success in the practice of yoga.

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Meet Your Instructor

E-RYT 500, LMT, MFA, MS Rachel Scott

Teacher trainer, author and ERYT 500 instructor, Rachel has spent thousands of hours leading YTTs, mentoring teachers and helping students uncover and express their voice, passion and potential by building the pragmatic skills that they need to share their own teaching voice with confidence.

To build this robust and transformational YTT, she combined her extensive academic training as an educator (M.Sci Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, BA Columbia University, Phi Beta Kappa) with her cumulative experience as a trainer, teacher, and mentor.

An anatomy nerd, Rachel is also a licensed massage therapist and has spent hundreds of hours in the cadaver lab. Her books include, "Yoga for Mind, Body & Spirit," "Living Yoga," and "Head Over Heels: A Yogis' Guide to Dating." Connect with her on Instagram and YouTube @rachelscottyoga.