At the end of my yoga teacher training in May 2014 we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.
We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.
I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter on May 8, 2015 or later. I opened that letter May 8, 2015.
I read the letter a year later (and wrote about it here) and wrote myself a second letter to be read on May 8, 2016 or later.
I opened that letter last year and posted about it on May 9, 2016.
I stated intentions in my third letter (with some edits) to the following:
- I will reduce my yoga class teaching schedule to make it more manageable for me physically, mentally and emotionally. DONE. My schedule … Continue reading
I learned a lot of great things in my yoga teacher training.
Mirroring your students as a yoga teacher was highly advised.
I get why that is a good idea. It makes it easier for your students to follow you in something, especially if the pose or action is complex and/or has a lot of moving parts and language just isn’t enough.
But for the teacher it can be quite challenging.
I already have issues with right and left. Yes, I know they are basic and we all learned that in kindergarten.
The first time I tried mirroring with a student was a home yoga practice with my mom a little more than a year ago when I was still in school.
It was a complete disaster. But it was just the two of us and at least we got a good laugh at it.
When teaching (especially a twist, which is the ultimate challenge) I look at … say my right arm and tell myself it is the right so I should say left. I tell them to bring their left arm and hug the right knee for a seated twist while I bring my right arm to hug my … Continue reading