Introduction to Teaching Methodology in Yoga
Introduction, Trend of Teaching and Methodology, Systematic teaching method in yoga. Need of Yoga Teaching Method, Importance of Teaching Method.
Methods in Teaching Yoga
Cleanliness, Scents, Attire, Bare Feet, Talking, & Arriving/Departing.
Classroom Setup and Orientation
New students, Injuries, Pregnancy. Positioning mat, Demonstrating Asana, and Crowded Class.
Voice and Language
Voice and Vishuddhi chakra, sufficiently audible that everyone can hear you. Very soft voice, very large classes, using amplification. Modulate your voice to match the mood or intensity of the Asanas Intensity, softening and quieting as the class towards Savasana. Restorative class, relaxed tone, more space between statements. Speaking from your heart, use plain language, direct, simple language, and instructions in a concise manner.
Querying new students
How you ever practiced yoga? If so, what style of yoga? For what period of time? How frequently? Got any injury or issue, Have you had surgery? When? How does it feel now? Are you pregnant, or have you recently had a baby? Are you involved in any physical activity?
Space, floor, Walls, Air, Light, Music, & Aroma. Props – Mats, Blankets, Bolsters, Blocks, Straps, Chairs, & Sandbags.
Waking Up the Spiritual Environment
Greeting your class, Getting situated, Setting intention, Chanting the sound of aum, Guiding asana practice as movement meditation, Guiding dristana, Rhythms of nature, & Ambiance.
Ethics in Teaching and Touching
Role of yoga teacher. Physical intimacy of human touch. Ethical precepts given in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Brahmacharya, right use of energy or celibacy. Sexual feelings between student and teacher, how to manage?. Personal Sadhana. Teaching intention.
Class Levels and Prerequisites
Student proficiency, class intensity, student physical condition.
Clear instructions about the breath, alignment, energetic actions, variations, modifications, use of props, risks, and techniques for finding greater ease and stability in each asana and transition. General guidance to a class and individualized suggestions. Acknowledging your own personal abilities and limitations. Positioning and Demonstration – In-the-flow demonstration, Gather-around demonstration.
Partner Standing Observation
Feet, Achilles, Calves, Knees, Hips, Arms, Shoulders, Head, Looking from side of body, & looking from front of body.
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