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April 27, 2015
I'm new to this forum, but have been reading the topics and posts for some time now and enjoy the feedback and valuable information that is given here! You'd be surprised at the attitude and negativity you'll find on other Yoga Teacher forums!
So, I was hoping to get a little feedback. When I became interested in teaching Yoga, I had an idea of what kind of intention I would have. The classes I enjoyed most were the ones that didn't just feel like a workout, but left plenty of room for seated meditation. I really love that angle, using the Asanas as a way to balance and open the body for Meditation. That's the stance I took as a teacher.
My question comes from this: I've recently started teaching a group of lovely women at a Synagogue. They were very up front about not wanting any chanting or Meditation. I'm trying to be open to this opportunity still, because it's a great chance to hone my teaching skills and my interaction with students. But at the same time, feel like I'm going against my intention as a teacher.
I tried to work some Breathe Awareness Meditation into the beginning of the practice since it's very basic and a good centering tool, and they weren't receptive to it at all. Most of them had their eyes open and were looking at each other hahaha. So basically, it is becoming the type of class that I was avoiding! They just want a workout! I'm torn on this, guys! Please give your insight, it would be much appreciated.
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