I have been so honored to be a part of the Summer Power Teacher Training with Crystal & Alexandria.
I have learned much more than I expected. I thought that this would be a “learn by the book” experience. It is so much more than that. It is a practice in inquiry and self-exploration. It is a practice of compassion for others and yourself. It is a practice of meditation in everything we do.
The first part of Training has pushed me beyond my comfort zone. It has made me think about Teaching in a completely different way.
Teaching is a special kind of practice. Teaching is a practice of engagement and connection. Teaching is a practice of honoring each person while helping them to learn new things about themselves through asana. Teaching is a practice of communication through feeling and movement.
I really didn’t know how much connection with the other practitioners was a part of learning how to teach yoga. I understood it on a fundamental level. I knew the teachers I had connected with, and I now understand why I connected with them. I also understand why some classes didn’t make me feel the same way others did as a student.
Of course, there is a certain amount of memorization that is involved. Learning the Baptiste Power sequence has been very empowering. Understanding the sequence through practice is something you cannot learn from a book. Anyone can repeat a set of postures, but until you have felt that hip opener, heart opener, backbend, or fold, you really cannot connect to the person practicing it in your class.
What I am working on is “being essential” by dropping unnecessary words to communicate effectively. What does this accomplish? A fast, effective flow for the student. Being essential also means finding the right words for the right times. Rather than forcing through practice , staying engaged with what the students need is being essential! It is all about helping you, the student, to create your energy in class.
I thought that teaching a great yoga class meant putting together all the right poses. Postures are for sure a major part of the practice (well, 99% of the practice….) and what is the purpose of Asana? To unlock our stressors and release expectation. If you allow your mind to focus on your flow, getting that perfect posture doesn’t even factor into the practice anymore. What matters is getting on your mat and getting your thoughts out of the way of your flow state of mind!
I cannot wait to help facilitate that for you! As one never becomes a “yoga master”, I never expect to be a “perfect teacher”. I do endeavor to provide fun, fulfilling, and authentic yoga practice for you!
See you on the mat!