Today I’m talking about a crisis of confidence in teaching. It doesn’t have to be about teaching yoga, it could be about anything. But yoga teachers often experience times when they lack confidence.
It doesn’t mean you should stop teaching or that you’re an imposter, but perhaps that you’re standing in a void of confidence believing you can’t do what you need to instruct in the way you’d like to. It happens a lot when I teach yoga teachers my method because I don’t teach the classical vinyasa model. So people think, “Oh, my gosh, what am I going to say to my students? They’re going to think I didn’t know what I was talking about.”
But we should always be learning, evolving and growing. For getting through this crisis of confidence I recommend:
- Don’t pretend you know it all and don’t feel like you have to be an expert to teach something.
- Think about how are you going to get more knowledge and more experience to make you more confident. Go and take some workshops, a masterclass or an online course. Commit to always being a student because there’s never just one answer to anything.
- Think about why you do what you do. What made you fall in love with teaching yoga or whatever it is? Being an expert isn’t as important as being connected to why you want to serve in that particular way.
If it comes from a place of service and not an ego and attachment, you will always always make your way through those moments of lacking confidence.