Confusing phrases to stop using ASAP

X Levels 1-II (or Levels II-III)

It’s either Level 1, Level II, or Level III.

THIS IS TOO VAGUE.

X Hatha

Unless you are teaching Kirtan, Bhakti, Karma, or Jnana (Knowledge) yoga; if you’re doing yoga poses, that’s hatha.

THIS IS TOO VAGUE.

X Flow (as a suffix)

Vinyasa is an appropriate term to use instead of Flow. Yoga’s a popular thing now, and this term is quick and easy to define. We don’t need two words for it.

THIS IS CONFUSING.

X All Levels

Is it all levels because it’s hard and I’m expected to take a break? Or is it all levels because it’s so easy it’s appropriate for me and my Grandma?

THIS IS TOO VAGUE.

I want to know as much as I can about what I’m in for when I go to a yoga class. Don’t be afraid to call your class…

rigorous + vigorous + gentle + easy + for those at a high level of fitness + for those unfamiliar with fitness + sweaty + slow + strength-building + extremely physically challenging + restorative + appropriate for beginners + appropriate for experienced yogis

The more accurately you can describe your class, the more students who are appropriate for it will come to your class. Cast a vague net and get a vague audience. Narrow your cast and bring appropriate students to you.

We’re not doing students any favors with vague terminology.

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