how we teach

  • Rhythmic, Musical Flow

    • No matter what level of class or speed of practice, we ​cue a rhythmic, steady flow with a strong emphasis on moving with the breath. ​(Except for Yin, duh.)

  • Inclusivity: Make Every Body Feel Welcome

    • We offer modification options whenever possible, without making them sound like a "lesser" option.

    • We encourage students to use props to make the pose feel best for their body, rather than making props sound like a crutch or “cheating”. 

    • We never assume students already know how to do something. We always offer alignment and engagement cues, rather than just saying the name of a pose.

      • For instance, when offering the option of a prop, we never just say “you can use a block in this pose if you want.” We will always explain and/or demo how to use said block.

  • Teachers Who Actually Teach

    • We keep demos to a minimum. If you're up on your mat demoing the whole time, you can't see your students, and you certainly can't assist them if they need help.  Only demo if you notice that people are confused, or if you’re cueing something that you know is new and likely to be confusing to your students. 

    • Always be on the lookout for students who need assistance, and then go assist them.

    • We offer hands-on assists frequently and with purpose. (More on that below.)

    • We give instructional cues, and lots of them. We don’t just recite a list of poses, and don’t assume people already know how to do anything. 

  • Consistency across classes is key

    • We want our clients to fall in love with the studio and our way of teaching, not with any one particular teacher. We all follow clear sequencing and cueing guidelines to ensure consistency across classes. 

    • Also, it’s very confusing for a student when teachers offer conflicting instructions. This is why we do our best to ensure that we are all teaching alignment the same way, and using the same names for poses.

    • That said, there are some poses that can be taught safely more than one way.  As long as you know your reason for choosing the cues you do and share those reasons with your students, you’re good.

  • Safety First

    • Our sequencing structure is designed to keep the body safe. We warm our students up properly and build up to deeper stretches and advanced poses, rather than throwing them in at the beginning. 

    • Our teachers understand that not all bodies behave the way theirs do, and know how to sequence and cue accordingly.

      • For instance, if you have nice open hips, it may feel great for you to drop into malasana at any time, with zero warm up. But for someone who sits at a desk all day, malasana can be agony and requires a good amount of warming up before it's safe to get into it. 

    • Our cues are based on actual physical anatomy, not imagery (say “spread your toes” or “relax your feet” rather than “breathe through your toes” ) or the “energetic” anatomy (Say “Reach the crown of your head towards the ceiling” rather than “Send energy out through the crown of your head”)

    • We teach our students not to worry so much about how a pose looks (because it looks different in every body), but rather to learn how it's supposed to feel. That's why we don't have mirrors.

  • Hands-On Assists

    • ​There are three possible intentions behind an assist: fix alignment, offer TLC, or suggest how a student could go deeper into a pose.

    • When assisting, we always put the student's safety first. This means:

      • Physically supporting the student when necessary to ensure they don't lose their balance or fall out of a pose.

      • We don't do the work for them; we use our touch to show them how or where to move, but let them do the work themselves. 

      • We always let the student choose how deep they want to go; we never give forceful deepening assists. 

  • ​We teach the Spiritual without the Religious

    • We are completely secular, in both the language and music that we use when teaching. 
  • We teach the Philosophy without the Fluff

    • We relate the Yoga Sutras and the philosophical principles embodied therein into modern, everyday experiences rather than using esoteric quotes or figurative language to explain them. ​

  • Music

    • A well-crafted playlist can significantly enhance a student’s practice, both in the rhythmic Vinyasa classes and the calming Yin classes!

interested in joining the teacher team?

We're looking for experienced Vinyasa and Yin teachers who are excited about our mission + culture.

If that's you, please email Info@OakAndLotusYoga.com with the following: 

  1. A note about why our mission and teaching style resonate with you

  2. Your Full Resume (Yoga and Non-Yoga work experience, please!)

  3. If applicable, links to your website, social media, or any other online yoga presence

  4. A photo of your smiling face! (Just so we can connect your name to a human. :-)