By Sangeetha Saran
Many people are suffering in today’s world. Common ailments like headaches, backaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure and chronic fatigue are becoming so well known that we barely bat an eye when a friend mentions his or her ailment. While sometimes there are valid medical reasons for an ailment, more often than not the problem is due to a dietary choice or lifestyle habit that can be stopped if someone has the desire to do so. Many people turn to medication for the easy fix which might lead to further side effects and health issues. It’s easy to get caught in a vicious cycle.
It’s also relatively easy to get out of the cycle of malady, discomfort and pain if you set your mind to it. Sometimes all it takes is a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and exercising. Yogic methodology is an extremely effective way to cure many common ailments quite easily. Once someone commits to a steady practice, they will find that they feel longer, stronger, leaner and healthier on a regular basis. They’ll begin to crave the good feelings that yoga training provides. As a yoga instructor, your job is to nurture this growth and development in your clients to encourage them to press on. If you are teaching yoga sessions for a host of ailments, take some time to get to know your client and focus on one or two goals at a time.
It’s important to know the medical history of your client before designing a program. You need to know their medical history, current and past medications and other health concerns or problems so you can develop a yoga routine that minimizes risks. It’s also important to ask the client what he or she would like to accomplish with yoga training. Does he or she want to relieve the pain, prevent it or both?
As a yoga teacher, you should encourage your client to set specific goals for each session. Goals will vary depending on his or her level of ability and previous experience with yoga training. A goal might be as simple as learning four new poses each session or to practice for 15 minutes each day in between sessions. Work with your client to come up with some measurable goals so they can feel a sense of accomplishment and success in their yoga practice.
Get Feedback and Adjust
Once you have worked with the client for a few sessions, check in with him or her to determine if he or she is satisfied. Is the ailment subsiding? Do you need to readjust the routine? Is he or she happy with how the sessions are going? Make sure you are communicating with the client and adjusting the routine to meet his or her needs as best as possible.
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