Yoga level one certification reminds me of all the other teaching endeavors I have engaged I for the past 30 years in teaching. I always remember that a yoga teacher is still a student too. I will perform yoga with great respect for the skills I have but will continue to take classes to improve my own techniques as well.
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My Yoga Teacher Training Level I - Philosophy(11 posts) (10 voices)
I completely agree with this philsophy. I think we are all eternal students. I seem to be learning something each and every time I teach from someone in my class.
The best Yoga teacher training program for continuing education is to listen to your students. Each day, you teach them, but if you listen, you will also learn. Yoga students with problems and ailments are the ones who will teach you the most.Posted 6 years ago #
It is true that a Yoga teacher learns much from working with different students. This is the cycle of the teacher / student relationship in all learning centers. A professor also learns from his or her students. This is also another good reason why we should encourage Yoga students to ask questions.
Some Yoga teachers do not allow questions. This stifles learning for both student and Yoga teacher.
It is up to the students to be wise enough to realize if the yoga teacher they take classes with cares about them at all. You raise many good points, but it is funny how some yoga teachers do not permit questions during classtime. It has been said, "It will interupt the flow of the class." In comparison you encourage questions. This makes absolute sense.
Why would students stay with a yoga teacher who shows no concern for their presence? What if a student has a question about safety risk? It beats me why poor quality instructors manage to keep a following. Some yoga students really love the mistreatment and abuse.
I have never witnessed any abuse of yoga students, but have heard of verbal abuse used as tools for disciplne.
1. If a teacher shows his or her ego in a class - Get out of there!
2. You can see these personalities attract like magnets anywhere. Some people want a spanking.
3. An abusive personality will telegraph itself and wait for an invitation.
4. Why would any intelligent person hang out for that?
5. If you still want a spanking see a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Please get help.
6. If you don't know what I'm talking about; that's Okay, you don't have any worries.
I realize some students will continue to gab even when a teachers says o.k. let's focus. This can happen at the beginning when there is a lot of unorganized emergy in the room. But the best way to get everyone on the same page is Sun Salutations.
Warm ups do well, but if you have a student who can't concentrate, Sun Salutations will do the trick. Afterward you can always speak to students with too much nervous energy about concentrating in class. No need to make a big deal, but if it keeps happening you've got to make rules.
This is why Bikram has such strict rules during class time. He dsn't want anyone to disrupt his Yoga class with chatter.
I think, being a good teacher is a gift and there should be a desire to share instead to instruct. Yoga practice is all about unfolding of inner acknowledgement and awakening of ones own guru. There is always something new to discover. The more one learns, the more is the realization of the unknown which is infinite.
True about awakening the inner guru. that is onen of the things I've always loved about this site. We are lost until we find the guru within. When we find the inner guru we become aware that each day is a journey to find the truth.
The ability to stabilize thoughts might also be a reflection of what we eat. From the three classical books on Yoga (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita and Siva Samhita) we learn some foods are considered toxic to a Yoga practitioner like: bitter, salty, spicy and sour foods, fish and meat, intoxicating liquors, garlic, onion, re-heated foods, dry foods and vegetables that cause burning sensations.
While all of the following are considered beneficial: milk, butter and ghee (clarified butter), sugar, honey and sweet foods, vegetables, fruit, beans, grains, roots, seeds, and pure water. That said - if we eat poorly we will suffer in some way. We can accept that we aren't perfect, but to continuallly have bad eating habits has consequences.Posted 3 years ago #
Getting back to level 1 training for yoga teachers. With thousands of years documented in books and scrolls - there is no single yoga course with all the answers. To become a yoga instructor one must realize that continuing education is an accepted fact. This is the same for teachers of any subject. How can anyone who desired to teach yoga think that one course alone will be enough.Posted 2 years ago #
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