Transitioning from a yoga practitioner to a yoga teacher requires a shift in mindset. Rather than receiving instructions one now has to provide the instructions through the coordination of speech, breaths, demonstrations, alignments and observation.
First and foremost safety is key emphasising on proper alignment, engaging the correct muscles in conjunction with the appropriate breathing and focus.
Key challenges a teacher might face include the unawareness of any physical or non-physical body imbalances of a practitioner disallowing the teacher to guide a practitioner to his/her best ability. As awareness will evolve as the teacher dives deeper into the teachings practising teaching coupled with continued studies will help strengthen this aspect.
The key to success for a teacher includes being centred during class at all times, providing clear and firm yet gentle guidance throughout, mindful observation of students from the beginning to end to ensure that they are able to follow instructions given correctly. At the same time it is vital that teachers are mindful of their own behaviour to ensure that students receive a sense of calming, nurturing and secure vibes to provide an expansive environment for inner growth.
The amount of time spent on each student is also to be taken into consideration so that the sequence flows uninterrupted. At the same time it is good to ensure that students feel the teacher is aware of their presence to instil a level of confidence for continuous growth.
As much as a teacher needs to have a broad overview of what is going on during a class he/she also needs to be able to zoom into students to ensure that poses are done safely and correctly to best help guide students.
Finally, in order for students to keep growing it is good for the teacher to keep growing, too. I believe that as the teacher evolves, so will the students.