I was asked a question about building up confidence when returning to teaching. The essence of this question (self esteem, confidence) is the one I hear most from Yoga Teachers. How do you build it up.
This is the reply I gave. May it be of service to you all.
First up, get to class or do your own practice, always teach what you are practicing. If you're not practicing, it makes it a harder role to fulfil. Go back to the 'why' of what draws you to teaching? Make it fun and appealing as you prepare for classes and remember you are human, teaching other humans. When you bring in that element of humanity and remember you are doing your best, it allows the ego mind of 'but I'm a yoga teacher, I need to know everything' shut up.
Plan a class. Practice it. Make it fun for you, what gets you going? Do you enjoy anatomy, energetics, grounding, meditation? What is it you offer in your teaching. When you get clear on that, the pressure to be everything comes off and you have clarity on what you are teaching.
If time is limited, you can use the same class plan all week but tweak it to the students that come into the room. Better still, plan every class. More often than not, that helps my confidence despite the fact I always teach to who is in the room and the plan (more often that not) goes out the window.
Arrive early to the class, to arrive in yourself, the space and ground yourself.
Make sure you have your own practice (whether it is going to a group class or home practice), keep your teacher by you. Practice meditation. This was a game-changer for me.
When you are in a class and the mind starts playing games of 'are they enjoying this, is it ok etc' take a deep breath and remember that you are teaching people ;) be human, if you make a mistake, that's ok, be gentle on yourself. Allow the silence to resonate, we don't have to talk all the time as teachers, allow the students to have their own experience, get them focusing on themselves. Watch what they are doing, learn from them, dive in and enjoy :)