This episode of Yoga Talk is about…yoga talk! Kat and Michael discuss yoga jargon, yoga clichés, and what it really means to “find your voice.”
(This week's episode is especially geared toward yoga teachers, but we think there's some useful, interesting, and/or humorous info here for any yogis who interact with fellow humans on a regular basis!)
Talking points include:
- Explain it before you use it.
- WTF does “puff your kidneys” mean anyway?
- Kat's article: “4 Tips for Ditching 'Yoga-Speak' and Finding Your Voice”
Active Vs. Passive Language
- When to ease up on the “ing”-ing
Avoiding Filler Language
- Kat says “like,” like, a lot.
- Curbing the non-specific “good job”-ing
- “Five Reasons to Stop Saying 'Good Job!'” by Alfie Kohn (geared toward teaching kids, but good to keep in mind for adults too!)
Be Specific and Kind
- The importance of authentic positive feedback
- “Inspire Your Teaching Language with the Yamas and Niyamas,” by Amber Burke
- Don't shame your students.
- “Teachers, Are You Accidentally Shaming Your Students?” by Amber Karnes
The Four Gates of Speech
- Oops! We both got the order wrong! Here's an article that explains them more clearly than we did: “The Four Gates of Speech: Is It Really a Good Idea to Call the Ex?” by Lordo Rinzler at Huffpo
Keep It Real
- Teach as though you were teaching to a group of your closest friends or family members.
- Let your personality shine through.
- Infuse your classes with a little bit of the stuff that you love to geek-out on.
Remember: You Don't Have to Be Perfect!
- We all mix up our rights and lefts now and then.
Awesome (and Useful!) Related Article:
- “Your Yoga Voice: An Actor’s Tips for Vocal Empowerment,” by Amber Burke
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