Some Aspects of yoga teaching methodology
People who meditate say it has a calming effect but research has proven it does so much more. Meditation changes the brain including areas associated with memory, plus the other health benefits that come from quieting the mind.
Teaching meditation is one of the most important thing in today's life. As we all know our life is becoming more difficult and stressful day be day. We all are busy in doing jobs or studying that we don't have time for ourselves, we don't have time for our loved ones, we don't have time to look after each other and we don't have time for our mental health. We just want to make more and more money that we are not focusing on our mental and physical well being. Mental health is a serious issue that we are not ready to accept. We have lots of work loads and stress of results that we forgot to live our life. Becoming successful doesn't mean to forget what happiness feels like. In modern world there is much need of teaching meditation which will calm our minds. Teaching meditation can be started from the schools. There should be a mediating period in our school schedules. Meditation should be in our daily routine. Teachers should teach all the methods and techniques of meditation through which a student will learn. There are variants of yoga to calm your mind and body.
To some people, yoga is about pushing their body past the point of their limits to get their foot behind their head. To others, yoga is quietly sitting in meditation. To others, yoga is coordinating with your movement with your breath. Whatever yoga is to you, that if totally fine and completely up to you.
The main basic reason is to learn new yoga skills because there are always some room left for learning . Instructions from training teacher will help you to grow personal space . Which will lead to regularly learning new asans , teachers will point out major as well as minor mistakes that will lead you to become more self centred and further when you will become yoga guru you will teach your students with accuracy . Yoga is just not about asans it's about anatomy , physiology . Knowledge of anatomy will help you to teach in safe manner with no injuries .yoga is not about just keeping the physical health but also calming the mind . And to learn to calm other people is not easy way so for this you need to learn directions of breathing to calm the body and soul . To create a bond between mind and body your breathing pattern is most important. Yoga teacher training centre makes you to learn new routine little hard routine because doing yoga for 2 hours is different thing and teaching yoga asans for 2 hours is different . It's like a challenge . To share the joy of yoga with others you need a proper training .
Remember you are teaching students, not poses: tailor your instruction accordingly. Don't over explain to advanced students and don't leave beginners wondering what they are supposed to do. Notice how students are responding and adjust your instruction.
Your personal practice and what you teach is quite different but this strategy of using eight step path is helpful for both of your personal practice and as for your teaching strategy. Your personal practice is really handy to fall back on a habit, in this case habit is an eight step process. Whether you are practicing for 10 minutes or 60 minutes you can follow this eight step path and habits are powerful tools that will help you address your attention, it will help you get on your path of your yoga practice even on days that you don't want to. Teaching is one of the eight step path.
Follow this formula, create sequences that suit any level of experience and eventually develop your own style.
Eight step path for sequencing:
- Start with couple rounds of sun salutations. You don't have to over teach the sun salutations. They are just a chance for your students to link their breathes with their movements and to situate themselves on the mat. Take a breath in, bend forward then halfway lift and then step back , inhale then exhale. Now step forward, halfway lift up, now come forward. Stand all the way up, reach up.
- Put hands to your waist, step left foot back. Open your arms and legs. Stretch your arms. Straighten your legs, bend down and put your right hand to ankle, look up to your left hand. Always encourage your students to press down to both feet equally. Now balancing half moon. Put right hand to the mat, lift your left leg up, look up at your other arm. Now put down your leg. Come into standing position and inhale. Now switch sides and repeat the same to other side. Standing poses develop strong legs, mobility in your lower joints, increase confidence and strength.
- Standing and bouncing poses builds strength. Next step is arm balancing. Reach your hands up, exhale and bend forward, place your feet to 45 degrees. When you are coming into crow pose, your elbows come up towards your so the knees come up towards your armpits and your toes touch behind, take a deep breath then come back. Pressing hands on the mat can help to generate heat and students can take it as deeply or shallowly.
- Now sit and stretch your legs. Stretch fold forward, hold the edges of your feet, lookup and breathe in then exhale and fold forward. Allow your students to be in the pose silently, encouraging their own power of attention. Come up and breathe out.
- Put soles of your feet together, press your elbows into your knees, forward slightly, take a deep breath in and sit silently.
- Lie down flat on your back. For bridge pose lift your hips up and hold it for sometime. Then lower down and relax. Students have a chance to build up their core strength, warm up their joints. Next lie down from your tummy side. Lift your upper body up, hold it for sometime. Now come back and put hands on your lower back and lean back in camo pose. Now sit down on your heels.
- Next culminate power with inversions. Do your own practice but be really careful to evaluate who is in the room before teaching certain poses. Some students will fling themselves into head stand poses. But as a teacher always instruct head stand poses as a process and not a goal. So rest head on the mat, elbows no wider than shoulders on the path. Engage your core strength then lift your both legs up, hold the pose for sometime if you can. It is a practice of patience.For supportive inversions, student can put their hands under the hips and lift their legs up while laying. This inversion encourages core strength. This pose is for those who are new to head stands so they can practice this pose.
- Last is supine poses. Start with reclined pigeon. Supine poses gives students the chance to settle back to awareness of their breath. These are the final resting quiet poses. Now simply lay down for a minute and relax. All the information about the poses will be absorb to your body and to your mind.
Infuse your mind with the qualities of your heart.