By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500
What should teacher know beyond how to run a class? At the very least, a Yoga teacher should have knowledge of the latest trends in classes, and the latest continuing education options for teachers. If something does appeal to you, there are many different continuing education options available for experienced teachers. There are a number of workshops, seminars, and camps around the world for interns and established teachers.
If you already have a running studio, children, or responsibilities at home, onsite Yoga teacher training may not always be the best option. You may want to consider distance learning, also known as “Home Study,” as a viable option. This is a recognized form of continuing education for instructors by most of the certifying bodies.
Due to time constraints, family commitments, and working a full time job – experienced teachers often find Yoga insructor training correspondence courses to be a convenient way to expand on their existing knowledge of Yogic methodology.
Now, let’s take a close look at one option for specialization in the Yoga teaching profession.
Hot Yoga: Obviously this is self-explanatory and requires a tolerance to heat – in the neighborhood of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of these classes are based upon Bikram Choudhury’s style. Bikram has a legal team and a history of going to court.
With that said, it is unwise to copy his exact sequence of postures, he did or does have copyrights to his 26-posture sequence. Regardless of whether you think it is right or wrong to copyright, patent or trademark a sequence, who wants to go to court over it? It never ceases to amaze instructors when they hear about the potential to be sued. In order to by-pass this dilemma, teaching a class can be accomplished without a legal battle.
What I see most teachers do is somewhat similar to Bikram’s style, but you may also see Sun Salutations and a variety of asanas that are not seen in most Bikram studios. Hot Yoga classes are popular for all adults. There are a surprising number of students who are beyond middle age in these classes.
Some people love the heat, while others simply cannot adapt to these temperatures. Therefore, if you want to become a Yoga instructor, who wants to teach in the heat, make sure that you are up to the task of leading a class under these temperature conditions. It is one thing to take a hot class, but it is quite a different experience to actually teach one.
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