TEACHING GUIDELINES


As a teacher at Good Vibes you are the face of the studio and the embodiment of our philosophy. We want you to feel supported and comfortable to be yourselves in your role as a Good Vibes teacher. We encourage you to seek growth and explore both your teaching and your practice, we are always open to ways in which we may be able to facilitate this so please don't hesitate to ask.

We’d love it if you could keep in mind the following guidelines, for the sake of continuity between teaches and classes. I hope that this will contribute to providing an connected and professional space for our students and yourself.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin. Arriving 20 minutes prior to 6:30 AM classes is sufficient.
  • Ensure that the studio's Ipad or your preferred music device is connected before students arrive and playing at a comfortable level.
  • Familiarise yourself with studio prices, membership options, the terms and conditions and any promotions. 
  • Be mindful of your voice traveling through the studio while classes are in progress and while students are settling in, please speak softly within the reception area as the sound travels.
  • Please use your own MindBody login. Take responsibility for signing students in. Introduce yourselves to students you haven’t met before, ideally at reception (especially first-timers!). It is your responsibility to inquire about any injuries or pregnant students who may be in your class. We realise this is an easy one to over-look, but we want Good Vibes to be a really safe space. If admin staff require the computer please sign in students using one of the Ipads. 
  • Unless you know the majority of people in the class, a quick “My name is…” at the start of class is nice and welcoming as well.
  • Be friendly and inclusive – please try to avoid only talking to the students you know well. Everyone’s experience is important.
  • We would  love you to offer plenty of hands-on adjustments during your classes. In saying this, be aware and mindful if a student doesn’t want to be touched. We encourage soft adjustments in Savasana in each and every class. By walking around the room and adjusting, we find that this means the teacher will use all of the space in the room, and connect with every student. 
  • Please do use the whole room rather than teaching the entire class from your mat.
  • Feel free to ask for the room be set up differently if this will help you deliver the best class possible. At peak times this may not be possible but we'll do our best. 
  • We have lots of props, let’s use them!
  • With physical safety in mind, ensure to remind the class to breath and to activate Bandhas. Give alignment cues where necessary to ensure safety in the pose, and please mindfully adjust students if they are doing something which you perceive to be dangerous. Please do not teach ‘Flip your Dog’ unless in a workshop setting.
  • Always offer options for those that want to take things easy and advanced options whenever appropriate.
  • Allow plenty of space between directions to give the students time to adjust themselves before the next cue and also so that student's attention may turn inward during their practice. Please use direct, concise and clear cues. 
  • You don’t need to know or use all Sanskrit names, but do use some if you can.
  • While some studios don’t encourage OM-ing, we'd love you all to OM at the start and/or end of each class. A nice, soft OM please. The sound travels very well in the room, so there’s never a need to shout. We know a few teachers during their first class in the space haven’t been sure how loud to speak – trust us, you don’t need to talk too loudly.
  • Please do not swear during classes.
  • Ensure that the double doors to the studio are closed properly. This makes a big difference in cutting out outside noise.
  • A personal preference thing, but please don’t ask students to introduce themselves to their neighbour before class or turn to their neighbour and smile during class or loudly announce “saaaaavasana”. Gently lull them into their rest time, please. Similarly please don't force interaction in the form of group singing or dancing during class. It's okay to occasionally ask students to smile during class but please don't over do it.
  • Please keep your shirt on. Until you are demonstrating a technique that requires you to be topless please wear a tank top or t-shirt. 
  • In order to maintain a genuine yoga-feel as opposed to a gym class feel, please don’t call chaturanga “push up”, and please no use of words like “booty” or sign off with “Namaste bitches”, even jokingly. Also, too much use of words like “we” or “our” or “those” when cueing can, for me, create too much of a fitness class feel. We want the students focusing on their own practice. 
  • You are coming into close contact with students so please maintain a high level of personal grooming and be aware of personal body odour. We ask that you have clean nails, feet, clothing and hair.
  • Please always have a candle burning on our alter. If you wish to use extra tea-light candles please line them up along the wall of the studio behind the teachers mat. Please do not place candles on any of the heaters, window ledge or shelving, as this is a fire hazard. All candles must be extinguished before leaving the studio. Please do not burn Incense other than that provided by the studio. You’re welcome to light sage and use essential oils through your classes. Please use Palo Santo sparingly. 
  • Unless given explicit permission please do not use the singing bowl, it is a valuable instrument that requires experience to play.
  • The yoga room is set to 23 degrees at all times. If you need to change the manual setting of the heater for any reason it is vital that you return it to it's original settings before leaving the studio. 
  • Please feel free to use the cooling system between classes if the room needs air or is too warm. Please don’t run the cooling during classes.
  • Avoid going over-time. To respect the students’ and staffs’ time and to allow enough time to set up for the next class. For classes finishing 15 minutes before the next class scheduled, students must be out of the room at the advertised finished time.  Offering a clean studio before each and every class is something that set's Good Vibes apart from other studios and we ask that you honour this. 
  • Please respect that studio's assistants and managers are paid by the hour and have a certain amount of work to do in a short amount of time. Be mindful that they don’t have time for long personal chats.
  • Before and after classes is not an appropriate time to propose workshops, discusses changes or ask for extra classes with any member of the studios management. These suggestion must be sent via email. If you need to chat then please schedule a meeting. 
  • If there are workshops, Kirtan or new classes coming up, please feel free to mention these at the end of your class. No need to do it after every single class.
  • Please ALWAYS end each class with a moment of silent reflection and Namaste as a gesture of respect to the lineage of Yoga.
  • Please remain at the studio for 15 mins after your class finishes (or until the last student leaves) to answer questions or receive feedback from students. This is non-negotiable and in our experience a vital opportunity to develop connections with students.    
  • Please teach from a place of humility. Your class is not a performance.
  • Come to each others classes where possible.
  • Be yourself, you’re amazing! The impact you have on the lives of your students is sacred and profound.