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April 27, 2015
Namaste to everyone on the site. I've been practicing yoga for two years under the direction of a wonderful and dedicated teacher. I live on a very small island about 3 hours from Japan where everything is limited. I fell in love with yoga at first asana...and by and by my yoga guru suggested to me that I would make a fine teacher...actually..I had already been mulling the idea over when she suggested it - so I was sure it was no coincidence when she mentioned it. We are at least 18 hours away from the US mainland by air- a ticket alone would cost me almost 2,000....what I mean to say is that going to "America" to take a teacher training course is nearly financially impossible for me....so I began looking around on the internet at home-study courses and found the "yoga camp in a box" course as well as another course by a reputable studio that I wont mention here. I have been taking an intense look at both courses- the "other" course is about $300-more expensive and is a 500 hour course- I communicated with the instructor and she gave me a complete and detailed account of the entire program- however I was not able to speak with anyone that had actually taken the course......
would anyone care to respond to this post and tell me just exactly what the home study course contains and how they liked it? Was the course really complete? Did it provide a good knowledge and foundation for new teachers? My main concern is not the "marketing" information....I know how to market a business ( I have experience with that) and many friends here that look forward to the day when I am certified to teach.....I want to know if the course is detailed in teaching yoga- biomechanics of movement, yoga anatomy, spinal alignment, assessing levels of fitness and capability of clients...etc....
I'm in the process of making up my mind between the two courses and need a little more information...
thanks so much
July 6, 2005
Getting back to being sure about which is the best yoga certification course to take; it does seem that Aura Wellness Center went through many changes, but they still produce courses that help students become teachers without all the politics. Unfortunately, there are politics in everything including this field. My feeling is that compassion is the overriding factor in a yoga instructor's success. Some teachers fake it and attack other instructors and styles. Some sincerely love other people, but get stung by the attackers and egotists. Others are realists, whig means they are more prepared for the highs and lows of politics. One point to mention: keep your compassion. If you don't get enough here, go to Paul Jerard's Facebook page. You'll receive your daily dosage of positive energy and you can pass it on to your students.
Compassion and the Yoga Instructor
On the heels of the State of California's decision that Yoga is not in, and of itself, an indoctrination or a religious activity, there will likely be a lot more opportunities for yoga instructors to provide hands-on training to students of all ages as they work their way through the California school system.
Balancing Goals and Compassion
Compassion, which is an energy of its own that can be in short supply when one is facing an overcrowded room of enthusiasts, is likely to continue to be an important component of whatever program it is that you are putting forth.
Yet, as you know, especially with large groups of people, there are sometimes milestones or types of progress that can be jeopardized when compassion becomes an everyday occurrence in too large of a way.
So here is one tip that may lead to understanding for finding a comfort zone or balance between compassion and goal attainment for different types of groups. Progress is relative for different people. Depending upon their goals, you may have seen the slightest movement in an individual's performance in your class or group. Compared to other people, it may seem glacial in its forward lean or movement. Yet to the person attempting to improve their yoga abilities, it may be a significant and noticeable change.
Compassion in this instance is recognizing the growth and channeling any frustration with the pace into motivating the person or group into building upon their experience and continuing to drive forward.
It may seem to be a waste of time to consistently miss benchmarks or goals that are easily attainable by most of the people in the group. On the other hand, setting goals is not enough as an instructor or yoga leader when compassion is involved. Motivation can be its own art or science for the instructor willing to invest the time in developing their own school of thought regarding how this can be accomplished with their clients.
One path that has proven to be useful to many instructors in Southern California is to steep oneself in Eastern management or motivation philosophy that traditionally meshes well with yoga by reading and understanding some of the greats that are either contemporaneous to those who developed the yoga style that you are teaching or that were students of yoga themselves.
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