This summer I dove into taking yoga classes taught by many different instructors. As an instructor myself taking classes from others is my best way of learning, growing, and sharing. I take mental notes on what I loved and also what I just liked in a class, and I try and observe what makes classes full, what keeps students coming back to a class regularly.
The answer for me this summer, v u l n e r a b i l i t y. The classes where the instructor shared their own life experiences of the day or week were the ones who always had the most attendance. They were also the classes I enjoyed the most too. When instructors choose to share pieces of their lives, and also how they let go of frustrations, or how they chose to perceive something the students were closely listening to the words expressed.
This also shows that the yoga instructor is the real deal! They actually apply the mental and philosophical practices of yoga to their daily lives too, and you get to hear the results. Food for thought and ideas to implement in your own life in the future based on the experience of someone else. This is incredible feedback for us to get from on another, and usually holds the most wise and efficient solutions that exist.
So when looking for a yoga instructor, or instructors - try more than one and ask around the studio about instructors that share vulnerably. And instructors, is you haven't yet - try being more vulnerable with your students! I was moved with this thought and chose to start including it in my own teaching and the response, and recurring attendance from my students has been enthralling.