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Level 1 in the College Yoga Class(10 posts) (10 voices)
Level 1 can be useful for beginners but can be boring for those who have studied yoga previous to the scheduled class.
Do you have any techniques to accommodate both advanced students and beginners in the same setting? The groups I teach in the college setting are large and contain up to 25 in a class with students of various yoga experiences.
Ds group work help?
I have had a similar problem as of late. Many students wanted a "tougher," more physical class and others wanted a more restorative session. The way I have found to handle it is to offer a variation of each asana when applicable. Those who wish to be more challenged can be while the others can enjoy a slower pace. I find this to be an issue everywhere where there are multi-level classes. I look forward to hearing how others deal with it.
i began doing yoga in 2003, and i was taking a class that was pretty simplified, and introductory, which i really liked, becuase i didnt feel pressured.
however, i also watched a yoga show in the O! Oxygen network, that did very advanced moves, i tried my best to keep up, but while they did things that were more advanced, he always gave other options of ways to feel the stretch if you can't go into the full pose. I liked this, because while i could immitate them, and do it in a modified way, i could see what my ultimate goal was, and what it should look like.
this helped me view yoga as somthing that i could expand upon, in my practice physicall, and medidatively as well - getting into the mindset of being able to do these poses and not forcing them.
i therefore, feel it is a good thing ot present challenging poses that you may know only a few students can do - but to tell them only to do the modified form if they can't reach the full pose- and also to warn them about the consequences of not listening to their bodies. this will help them become more in tune with their inner voices, and restrictions, while also giving them a guide (the example of others), to see where they are headed and what their pose should try to look like, in the future.
If they're bored in your Yoga class, turn the heat up in the summertime.
If they really want more push them into Hot Vinyasa Yoga.
Become a Yoga Drill Sergeant and they will never forget your class.
No Yoga student should ever leave feeling bored.
Whatever you are smoking, you should share it with the rest of us. Although, a Yoga student should not be "bored."
Actually, Yogi has a point. Some Yoga students want to be pushed to the limit; while others just want to wind down, in Yoga class, at some point, during a stressful day. Level 1 in Iyengar Yoga is much different from Level 1 in Ashtanga.
This is only meant to say that certain types of people desire certain types of Yoga. A Hatha Yoga class for college students would be more physically taxing. Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga would be in bigger demand than a Restorative Yoga class.
Age and personality type will have much to do with choosing a specific style of Yoga. Some Yoga students may not want physical Yoga at all. Bhakti and Jnana Yoga are not physical forms of Yoga, but they are rewarding.
There are many Yoga asana options at level 1. The first book in the Camp in a box has 417 postures and a good number of them are difficult. As most of you know, there are two more Yoga books, a teacher lesson plan DVD, and much more information. After you become a level 1 Yoga teacher, you have alot of information to teach yoga classes with. I know Yogi was joking again, but you have many modifications to make postures more or less difficult.
If that dsn't work maybe they really do need a drill sergeant. Paul wrote an article about boot camp Yoga for navy seals. Maybe we need a course for people who want to be tortured in their Yoga classes. I'm starting to think Bikram is sensible and sane.
Funny, most people begging for tougher Yoga classes can't last two minutes practicing kapalabhati pranayama. They will run out the door once the temperature is above 75 and they cry like babies if you practice Vinyasa flow for more than 10 minutes.
You are absolutely right, but many college students are still young enough to handle more physical Yoga classes. Note that I said many and not most. I was at a college graduation last spring and half of the students could have broken the ramp. They were holding them up off the stage. The middle-aged faculty were skinny by comparison. The college girls were working on 200 lbs. and the guys were working on 300 lbs. Eight heavy college students = one ton! Very Soon fit people will be a small minority. The complaints about hard work in Yoga are pathetic. These are the same people who refuse to walk for their own good.
This is all about modification. You can modify to make things easier, but you can also modify to make things difficult.
For example: Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose), you can make life easy with a block for the lower hand. You can also make it difficult by not touching the floor at all. If you want more difficulty, fold the extended leg back and take hold of that ankle with the lower hand. The top arm is still extended up and the gaze is to the sky.
If it is still too easy close your eyes or do it on roller blades. There is always a challenge for students who claim to be bored. The sad thing is they will not be satisfied in their practice of Yoga, because it takes a lot of ego, and bad manners, to tell a yoga teacher that you are bored from his or her class.
In effect you are wasting your time with an egotistical student. Maybe they should join a martial arts class. After a few punches in the face, they will never be bored again.
The posts today should be framed. Did everyone wake up feeling cranky today? There are many definitions of "Level 1." For example: the level 1 teacher training from Aura is 240 hours. Level 1 Iyengar teacher training might be two years. Level 1 in a college class might be a few dozen postures, without touching on the deeper material in Hatha Yoga. Level 1 Bikram is 26 postures for two rounds at 100 degrees.
The most important thing to realize is we can modify anything to make it easier or difficult. But when did we start recommending violence?
If a student gets your goat that much, just refer them to another yoga teacher. Who cares if they are an immature egotist? Just refer them to a teacher who will give them what they want. Bikram would be perfect for them.
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