Wise Word Choice, Tips for Choosing Your Words Wisely

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we delineate specific strategies for wisely choosing your words while teaching.


Become aware and skilled in specific strategies for effectively and wisely choosing words while teaching.


  1. Explain how witness-consciousness relates to teaching. Name five strategies that can contribute to effective word choice while teaching. It’s recommended that you avoid dictating an experience as the correct one. Explain. Expand on what is meant by speaking directly and provide an example. Provide examples of speaking in the positive vs the negative. Describe how to approach the use of yoga terminology in a way that supports students who are not extensively experienced. Specify word-pairs that may be helpful in teaching. Explain how self-inquiry can help you to best balance the amount of instruction you give. Provide 4 considerations for determining how much to say and when to say it. Speak to the effectiveness of using imagery and metaphor in teaching.

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