yoga teacher trainingBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Sometimes, similar types of questions keep arising. At Aura Wellness Center, we do our best to make sure you are prepared to teach. This starts from the moment you order a course. Depending on the particular course you choose, e-Book bonuses will be sent to you electronically or within a CD.

Some of these bonuses will help you in other phases of teaching or in marketing yourself to your local community. Marketing yourself is not a usual part of the average certification course. However, if one is to continue teaching Yoga, on a regular basis, it does come in handy to find employment.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we are receiving at this time:

Q: If I take your online Yoga teacher certification course, where will my instructions be located?

A: Depending on which course you decide to take, your instructions will be in a folder, or in a CD, on top of the contents, inside your box. When opening, try to avoid cutting deep into your course materials.

Q: What is Aura’s grading criteria for the practical exam?

A: Generally speaking, Practical Exams are graded based on the six following criteria:

Observation Skills: As silly as this might sound, teachers should look at their students as often as possible. How could you help a student if you are absorbed within your own practice? As teachers, it is important for us to always remember that class time is for Yoga students.

If we want to improve our practice, we should do it on our own time. There is nothing wrong with practicing along with the class, if you can see what they are doing. In some cases, we should demonstrate a sequence and have our students observe it. At that point, we should then observe their practice.

When you cannot see your students because you are in a flowing asana sequence, forward fold, twisted asana or a position where it is impossible to see students; this is the best time to get off your mat, work the room, make physical assists, and help students who are having difficulty. This is not an easy teaching skill to develop and it requires teachers to constantly practice.

Cueing Skills: Many students learn through hearing. Some instructors are very good at verbally describing each technique that is taught within a Yoga class. It is important to make certain that we improve our verbal communication skills as much as possible.

Demonstration Skills: It goes without saying that some students learn by seeing. Usually when we are demonstrating, we are also describing techniques, verbally. However, demonstrating a technique will help all students who are present.

The final three grading criteria for practical exams will covered in Part II, which can be found by clicking the link below.


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