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Yoga Teaching Opportunities Outside The Studio

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

yoga teacher trainingBy Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500

There are a variety of wonderful Yoga teaching opportunities outside of the context of a formal studio. The benefits of a regular practice are becoming widely recognized, and Hatha Yoga is definitely entering the main stream. Due to this general acceptance and appreciation of Yogic exercise, you will find many teaching opportunities available to you that were not previously accessible. There is a growing interest by administrators in schools, hospitals, and prisons to bring the benefits of Yogic practices to their residents. There are even training programs available to Yoga teachers that specialize in bringing the art and practice to these populations.

There is a very strong growing interest in the educational system for bringing Yogic methodology to students of all ages. Yogic methodology has been documented to help students cope better with anxiety, improve their focusing abilities, and heighten a positive sense of self-esteem. Many of today’s students struggle with ADHD, mood swings, and depression. A regular practice will help them to address all of these issues. Incorporating Yoga into a school’s curriculum, or even into the classroom teacher’s daily lesson plan, has become quite popular. If you are a Yoga teacher looking for opportunities to teach and serve outside of a studio, your local school district is a great place to start.

Hospital administrators and physicians are recognizing the profound benefits of a regular Yoga training practice as an adjunct therapy to increase the well-being and health of their patients. Of course, some patients will only be able to do a modified asana practice. Even an asana routine done from a bed or a chair will help to improve muscle tone, coordination, circulation, and generate feelings of optimism. These are very important physical and mental areas to strengthen as a patient recovers from a serious illness or injury. Scheduling a meeting with a hospital administrator about the possibility of bringing Yogic exercise to the hospital’s patients is a great way to facilitate teaching within various medical facilities in your area.

The prison system is another alternative teaching opportunity. There is a movement to bring both meditation and Hatha Yoga practices into the prison system. These practices will help prisoners to regulate their emotions and reactions to various provocations. Additionally, practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation will help prisoners to focus on the positive aspects of life. They will learn the dignity of honoring other people, while generating feelings of well-being in their own bodies and minds. Exploring the possibility of teaching Yoga in your local Juvenile Detention Center or adult correctional facility is a great way to bring the gift of Yogic teachings to an under-served population.

© Copyright 2011 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

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Yoga Teacher Exam Stress

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Yoga OutsideBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Some situations are ironic. Yoga teachers often help their students with stress management techniques. Can you imagine a Yoga teacher intern stressed out over his or her exams? It happens more frequently than you think, but here is a way to finish your studies, without stress, and become a Yoga teacher, within a reasonable time frame.

Mark Twain said: “If you eat a frog, first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” What in the world was he referring to? In a nutshell, he is referring to procrastination. Do the tasks you avoid the most, first. When you study, know what you want to avoid and do it now.

A Yoga teacher must be a self-starter. Every Yoga teaching position requires an independent-minded person, who can take hold of responsibility. Otherwise, we can work for a supervisor, who is responsible and makes decisions for us. It takes discipline, and practice, but you can complete your assignments by scheduling them.

As a result of creating good study habits, you might even have some “spare time.” If you do, complete your work early; you can always double check your assignments and improve your grades. You could also partner with another intern. This allows you to challenge each other, and reach peak performance, as a result.

Always take notes: Whether you are attending an intensive, or watching a DVD, the act of writing notes is good for memory retention. This method helps preserve concepts for your long term memory.

When you are at your limit with studying your books, working off the PC, or reviewing lectures and techniques, stop and practice asana, pranayama, or go for a walk. This is a great way to give your mind a break, and you still will be able to review techniques in a relaxed manner.

If you decide to go for a walk, you could practice walking meditation. In fact, while you are taking that break, you could make a point of practicing positive visualization. For example: Picture yourself as a Yoga teacher, after you have successfully completed all of your exams.

This may seem obvious, but make sure your diet is clean while you are studying. The Sattvic diet is full of whole and natural foods, which may contain slow burning sugars, but will not cause you to be distracted by a “sugar high.”

Finally, the company you keep can make or break you. It is impossible to study in the presence of friends who are stressed out, or people who have no objectives. If you have friends, or associates, who fit this description, schedule them in, but do not let them take you away from your studies.

Your objective is to complete your Yoga teacher training course. If you know someone who has spent a lifetime without goals, you might be able to help them, but you would be wise to finish your assignments first.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers, Part 4

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

become a yoga instructorBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Yoga Hybrids: It could be argued that Pilates is a Yoga hybrid. I don’t want to start a big debate over the Pilates Method. The founder, Joseph Pilates, was truly an innovator and way ahead of his time; he also practiced Yogic methodology and martial arts. Therefore, the roots of the Pilates Method are still clear to see.

Many of the Yogic hybrids are combinations of Yogic methodology and dance, martial arts, or Pilates. If you were to pursue these a bit further you could “re-invent the wheel” or become certified to teach Kripalu DansKinetics, The Method, Yoga Fusion, Yogilates, or Nia.

All of these Yogic hybrids are very active and trendy at this time. Some of them may well pass the test of time, such as the Pilates Method. Only time will tell if a health maintenance system will span generations. If you are looking for an extra niche to add to your teaching skills, any one of these methods will compliment a class schedule.

Chair Yoga: There are some teachers who should not consider this field. If a Yoga instructor does not believe in modifications, props, and tailoring a class toward the students, he or she should stay away from this rewarding field.

There is a tremendously large demand for teachers, who are patient, compassionate, creative, and want to help others. This is a Yoga teaching position which demands that you learn about ailments, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and physiology, on a steady basis. Continuing education is a very important part of a teacher’s job.

As the Baby Boom generation ages, this “spells out” job security for instructors who wish to specialize in teaching classes with a chair as the main prop. There is no better time than right now to get started, and Chair Yoga will continue to be in need for decades to come. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time for the demand for all of the chair based classes in my little corner of New England.

In the past, I have trained Yoga teachers to specialize in this field. The demand to fill the local needs of nursing homes, seniors centers, gated communities, assisted living, adult day care, and physical rehabilitation centers, is far greater than the number of teachers. This is just the “tip of the iceberg,” and my mornings are full with teaching chair based sessions in the Greater Providence area.

Lastly, the current teaching opportunities are many, and this particular field is still in its infancy. You will never find a more appreciative group of students, than you will find by teaching a chair based class.

© Copyright 2006 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

To see our selection of Yoga teacher training and continuing education courses, please visit the following link.

http://www.aurawellnesscenter.com/store/

Free report, newsletter, videos, podcasts, and e-Book: “Yoga in Practice.”

If you are a Yoga Teacher, studio owner, blogger, e-zine, or website publisher, and are in need of quality content, please feel free to use my blog entries (articles). Please be sure to reprint each article, as is, including the resource box above. Namaste!

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