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April 27, 2015
I want to let everyone know about an excellent book that deals with many aspects and responsibilities of being a Yoga teacher. This book is: "Teaching Yoga. Exploring the teacher-student relationship" by Donna Farhi. Donna discusses the many roles that a Yoga teacher can have in teaching Yoga, and deals with a lot of ethical issues centered around Yoga teaching. A number of the types of problematic issues brought up in recent posts are talked about. This book is very unique in its focus and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
April 27, 2015
How to Energize Your Yoga Classes!
Energy is an important factor in running a successful yoga class, and while the term successful is subjective, it can safely be said that it involves improved health and relaxation of the students. The energy in the room itself, what radiates from the teacher, and what the other students all produce have an effect on students. Yoga is a form of art that emphasizes positive energy, and it is important for a yoga instructor to recognize this as one of their primary responsibilities.
The appearance of a yoga studio is one of the first factors that affect the energy of a yoga class. While a teacher may not always have the ability to completely alter the appearance of a studio by painting the walls and accents with comforting and relaxing colors, decorations in the form of posters, art, and flowers can add flair to a studio. With a more comfortable and homey appearance, the energy in the room is more welcoming and open, and the energy among the students is overall more positive. The environment affects the way that students respond to the energy in the room.
Another element that may be forgotten is the wonderful world of audio. There are numerous ways to use sound to energize your classroom. Music can be utilized to follow a theme for the class, or the genre can be chosen based on the energy desired. A quiet and calming class may benefit from classical music in the background, while a fitness yoga class might enjoy a bit of pop or jazz to spice up the class. Nature sounds can also be used to energize the class, as there is nothing quite as relaxing as the sounds of morning birds or the tides of the ocean.
Keeping a positive and upbeat attitude is perhaps the easiest way for a yoga teacher to energize their class. A better sense of self-energy will reflect on your students. The students will feed off the energy of the teacher, whether it is positive or negative, so if you find that your class is not properly energized, it may be worth looking at your own energy. Making the session fun as well as relaxing can also improve the energy in a class. The addition of fun warm-up and cool-down activities, occasional games that involve the class as a whole, and themed poses can accomplish this improvement in energy.
April 27, 2015
Here is an additional artcle you can read to learn more 🙂
April 27, 2015
Thank You Julie! In addition to the many constructive points listed above, knowledge of anatomy is crucial for instructors to be safe and successful.
Yoga teachers should have an excellent understanding of human anatomy to increase the safety level in their classes. It is also essential for students to have some knowledge concerning their own bodies to prevent an injury while they are performing poses and movements.
1: Understanding the Body’s Bones
The human body has over 200 bones that can incur an injury from trauma or stress. Your number of bones will change slightly from birth through adulthood because some bones fuse together. Yoga teachers must understand where the bones in the body are located to help a student who has had a broken bone in the past.
2: Knowledge of the Body’s Muscles
One of the main reasons for joining a yoga class is to increase the strength of the body’s muscles. However, if a new student attempts difficult poses, then they risk straining a muscle. By understanding the human body’s muscles, a teacher can help a student to prevent an injury.
3: Studying the Back’s Spinal Column
The spine is one of the most sensitive areas of your body, and it is damaged easily by using poor yoga postures. A yoga practitioner must protect her spine from an injury to avoid a pinched nerve that will lead to serious discomfort.
4: Learning More About the Body’s Joints
If a yoga teacher wants to protect his student’s joints, then he must understand how the knees, elbows and ankles move during a routine. The body’s joints are a complicated combination of cartilage, synovial fluid and bones that can become more flexible with yoga exercise.
5: Understanding the Body’s Tendons
In addition to bones and muscles, the human body has numerous tendons that can tear away from the bones when a student uses the wrong postures during a yoga routine. With approximately 4,000 tendons in the human body, it is a challenge to protect these parts of the body, but it is vital to prevent an injury.
Great Ways to Learn More About Human Anatomy
Students who are learning how to become yoga teachers must also understand more about the human body’s components so that they can help their students have an enjoyable experience in a class. It is possible to find informative books and DVDs that will teach students more about human anatomy.
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