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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.

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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.

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How could a Shy Person Become a Yoga Teacher?

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

The calling to teach Yoga classes can reach into any of us, but what about obstacles which hold each of us back. A shy person may want to become a Yoga teacher, but how can he or she develop the voice of a Yoga teacher?

For an aspiring Yoga teacher, shyness is like a prison which stops him or her from life’s rewards. This person knows what to do, but feels serious anxiety when having to address a person or when having to speak in front of a group.

So what is a shy, but aspiring Yoga teacher to do, when confronted with this impasse? Should he or she give up the dream of becoming a certified Yoga teacher? Some trainers of Yoga teachers would agree, but the truth is there is a solution for the shy, but aspiring Yoga teacher.

Luckily, we are surrounded by recording devices. You can record your voice or film a mock Yoga class to develop your Yoga teaching skills. Watch the recording of yourself teaching Yoga, and later, practice along with the film or the audio recording. Then you can make corrections as you deal with the learning curve involved in becoming a Yoga teacher.

If you have some areas in your video or audio recording that need work; you will find a solution, but you must be patient with yourself. We are our own worst critics. This is just a part of the learning process in becoming a Yoga teacher. It is guaranteed that if you try, you will succeed, and you will not be let down.

Many of my best Yoga teacher training graduates spent their lives under estimating themselves, but found independence and a better quality life, teaching Yoga. The harshest judge many of us face on a daily basis is ourselves.

This is not an exercise in self-criticism, but a proven method for developing your Yoga teaching skills. Do not “beat yourself up,” but do take a constructive look at ways you can improve the range of your voice, cueing skills, and your Yoga lesson plan.

You should also seek out a trusted friend or an experienced Yoga teacher for constructive advice. Some Yoga teacher mentors will tutor you through any part of learning process.

Later, you may need at least one student and you can film your lesson plan in any open room. Some Yoga teacher interns have filmed a Yoga class outside, depending upon the season. Teaching Yoga in different settings will also build new found confidence.

You will learn to develop your own lesson plan. This is not acting, but a way to see your personality evolve into a Yoga teacher. This evolution of personality knows no boundaries. Most Yoga teachers are very confident and make the most out of enjoying life to its fullest potential every day.

To be honest, I was nervous when I taught my first Yoga class. I never thought I would be a public speaker, and I never considered that I would some day train Yoga teachers from every part of the earth. The raw skills are within all of us, but your dreams will not be realized without positive action by you.

Life happens, and hopefully, most of us change for the best. As a result, you will help others and have a tremendous feeling of job satisfaction, when you become a Yoga teacher.


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