“An overwhelming fear of public speaking almost stopped me from becoming a yoga teacher. At one point, I attended several teacher trainings and I could never bring myself to volunteer, stand in front of the group, and deliver a few instructions.
I was close to despair. And then, on a whim, I decided to make a set of āsana flashcards. I got index cards, wrote the posture name on one side and the basic verbal commands for doing the pose on the other side. I quizzed myself and spoke the commands out loud as though delivering instructions to students in a class. And this odd little device gave me surprisingly effective results. I grew confident in my knowledge of yoga and eventually summoned courage to share with others.
These verbal cues are a lot like the original ones I created but also represent a crystallization of nearly 30 years of passionate teaching. I hope you find them easy to use, technically precise, and poetically inspiring! May you learn to articulate the verbal cues, use them to teach your students how to strike the immovable spot in each pose, and know the great āsana technology that helps each yogī realize their intrinsic essence as a spiritual Seer.” – David Garrigues
— Better understand how to deliver verbal commands and become more effective teaching the poses of the Primary Series.
— Gain expertise in voicing biomechanical alignment principles.
— Help students clarify worthy goal(s) for doing each pose.
— Teach students to activate the whole body, get every tiniest part involved in what they are doing.
— Develop skill in troubleshooting poses and help students lessen or eliminate pain.
— Help students get more control over building strength and creating flexibility.
— Help students better understand what Bandhas are and how to activate them.
— Help students to practice the inner limbs of yoga–dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation), samādhi (absorption).