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April 27, 2015
Very soon I am about to prepare my yoga video for the teacher training exam. Can anyone give me any advice. Do I present that the lesson is for the exam. During the relaxtion period, do I just film my students on their mats, talking my way through. Any other advice would be welcome. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to pratice with students, as I live in Sicily, so it is hard trying to find someone available who understands english, who even wants to try yoga. Any suggestions welcome.
April 27, 2015
Preparing for a Yoga Teacher Practical Exam
Whether you do your practical in person or send a video, the practical exam is considered the biggest challenge in a yoga teacher course. Before facing the daunting task of acquiring a teaching position, a prospective yoga teacher must first conquer the practical exam. This time may seem like it should be stressful, a well-prepared yoga teacher will pass wonderfully. Practicing yoga regularly will help decrease the potential stress felt about upcoming exams, both by ensuring a continued learning process and by inducing relaxation alongside meditation. Forming bonds and networking with other prospective teachers can help someone feel more prepared for a practical exam. Practice is key, both of poses and of teaching methods.
One of the most important aspects about becoming a yoga teacher is remaining a dedicated student at heart. Teachers must always know the proper way to hold poses, as well as the best method of teaching poses to students. Following the yogic lifestyle is the most effective way of preparing for a practical exam, because the knowledge needed has become a part of the daily lifestyle. Remaining healthy, as is easy with the yogic lifestyle, is important when preparing for an exam, so that the prospective teacher can take the practical exam at their peak of performance.
Regular yoga and meditation induces a state of relaxation that is carried throughout the day. Feeling a sense of deepened calm and relaxation is important for a prospective teacher facing an exam, as stressing over the exam will not be productive. After completing certification training and following the lifestyle of a dedicated yoga student, the test is nothing to be terribly concerned about.
Forming bonds with other prospective teachers can help everyone feel more confident about the upcoming exam, and these bonds will carry on while teaching. Networking with other yoga teachers is important after completing an exam because it can lead to securing jobs or clients, as well as more continuing education opportunities. Making these connections prior to taking the exam means that everyone can work together to practice and prepare for the exam. Preparing alone may seem intimidating, but groups can help offset this.
Knowing how to work with students and how future classes will be taught will also help a prospective teacher feel more prepared for their exam. Practicing with your students is one aspect of teaching yoga that must be rehearsed completely before an exam, as a teacher must be aware of how to correct their students' postures. The ability to be a good teacher relies heavily on the ability to work in close contact with students.
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