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Observing & Assisting yoga teachers


My Observing & Assisting notebook already has pages of notes taken. (Alongside is my trusty Anatomy of Movement, which I anticipate referring to for as long as I am teaching yoga.)

Part of my yoga teacher training is to do 25 hours of observing and assisting various yoga teachers.

I have set up dates and times with four yoga teachers in the Deep Yoga program, essentially working with one teacher each week for one class over the next four months.

I observed my first class last Thursday with Vickie.

Vickie and I met briefly before class so she could let me know what she wanted me to look for and observe. Essentially my first observation was an open observation.

Many times in a class there will be a theme. The practice may also be gearing up to a particular pose, such as an inversion, like, Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) or a backbend, such as Ustrasana (Camel Pose).

As I observed for the hour and a half I was slightly jealous that they were all getting a practice in and I wasn’t. I so much wanted to join when the class started in a heart opener. I felt peace and tranquility when the class was in Savasana (Corpse Pose).

I took pages and pages of notes. I jotted down the sequence Vickie taught and practiced it later on my own. 

After each O&A with a teacher a brief write-up is due a week later.

I have been diligently going over my pages of scribbles and typing things up. I am trying not to be too much of me and over editing and overanalyzing it. 

It’s a unique feeling to just observe a class and not participate. I feel like the themes and certain things said are heard differently and dare I say better. Because I am just there to listen and observe.

I’m excited to observe teachers I have been studying with for years and teachers I am new to studying with but admire greatly.

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