6 Yoga Teacher Tips for Remembering Peoples' Names

Our yoga students consistently comment that they can't believe how we remember everybody's names. The truth is, the more classes a teacher teaches per week, the more challenging it can become. Here are six tips that will have you greeting yoga students (and everybody you meet!) by name in no time at all!  

hello my name is1. Repeat their name back to them when they first say it.

"Nice to meet you Susan. I am so glad you are here for class today." Saying it back right away will increase your odds of remembering it.

2. Make eye contact when they tell you their name, and remember a detail about their face.

This detail might help you with memory recall. Something like, "Max has green eyes." Then, the next time you see Max, you might not remember his name at first, but the detail about him can help you pull it up in your mind.

3. Connect their name with a physical issue and/or their goal.

This is my personal favorite because it helps not only with remembering their name but with following up on their progress with their practice, i.e. "Kate has knee problems."

Then, when Kate comes back to class, I can recall her name and show that I am interested in her and her practice. "Hi Kate, how is your knee doing? What improvements are you noticing with your yoga practice?"

4. Stand at the front desk during class sign-in, or by the door to the classroom, and personally greet each student.

Seeing them come in helps you in a few ways. You can note what their energy is like as they come into the studio, you can see movement patterns in their body, and you can catch their name if they are new or you don't remember it off hand.

5. Check in with each new person before the start of class.

This is something that has worked for me over the years. I stop by their mat and see how they are doing, if they have any injuries, and re-introduce myself if I don't remember their name. This gives me a chance to personally connect with each person in the room.

6. Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Have the students introduce themselves and tell you how they're doing at the start of every class. The more you hear it, the better you will remember. This practice helps you get updates on how each student is feeling and it also helps students to get to know one another as well.

These tips work great for remembering yoga students' names, but with a couple of little tweaks they can be great for remembering the name of anyone you meet! Try them out and let us know which ones work best for you, or share a tip of your own!

Emily 2014Best regards, Emily

Emily Loupe is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, the creator and director of The Yoga Room's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program, and a self-professed yoga nerd who has completed more than 2500 hours of Teacher Training in a variety of disciplines and specializations.

Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training

When I designed the curriculum for our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (the first prenatal yoga school in Texas!), it was driven by need. There was a serious need for a teacher training program to educate yoga teachers who felt called do a better job of supporting pregnant women. Pregnancy is such a pivotal time in a woman's life. I remember many aspects of my yoga practice while pregnant - the loving and sacred space created by the yoga teacher, the realization that my body was changing every day as a human grew inside me, the emotional reconciliation of transitioning from being an woman to becoming a mother. It was huge for me.

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I think people who are drawn to support pregnant women understand the magnitude of change happening in this phase of a woman's life. They know there's a magic at work. They may even have a sense that the way we care for women today can create transformation and support for many generations to come.

Mothering the mother is subtle, powerful and important work. Our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is designed for those that have a strong desire to nurture women during their journey through the childbearing years.

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Stacy 2013Best regards, Stacy

Director Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training