There doesn't seem to be a Yoga teacher training course that is specifically designed for reaching out to teens. It may be based on the perception that teens aren't interested. Maybe some instructors get so much positive feedback from working with younger children that working with teens looks difficult at best.
When you become a yoga instructor, you learn that some students only want physical fitness. They don't care about mental and emotional benefits. Any discussion of chakras, mantras and mudras will make them stampede toward the door.
Whether you just started practicing last week, or are in the middle of a Yoga teacher training intensive, the condition of your heart should never be taken for granted. If you stop to listen, your heart let’s you know how you feel during the day.
Believe it, or not, some interns in Yoga teacher training don't understand the importance of learning the basics of body mechanics. Some teacher trainings don't address the endocrine system at all.
I can appreciate the attention Yogic philosophy and methodology are getting, but there are many different forms of Yoga that are practiced in India. I contend that the ancient Yogis would be pleased about the number of practitioners who gain physical benefits today. If you desire to become a Yoga instructor, you should feel free to embrace the physical benefits and explain them to your students.
If you decide to become a Yoga teacher, you realize that complete (holistic) health involves the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual planes of existence. Physical activity is not only important for a healthy body it is also good for the mind and emotional well-being. Yogic methodology is a great example of a form of exercise that can help improve focus and discipline inside as well as outside.
Being sensitive to the mood and energy level of the class is an important part of the art of teaching Yoga well. For example, during the holiday season you may have prepared a krama of asanas that will energize your students, but when you begin the class you realize from the tired and drained look on many of your students' faces that a restorative class is more appropriate.
Many graduates of Yoga certification courses tend to think that all of their students will be healthy. When one begins teaching classes it becomes obvious that Yogic methodology was created to relieve the suffering of mankind.
There is one myth that’s quickly debunked in a chair yoga teacher training. The truth is chair yoga is for people of all ages and not just seniors. Practicing yoga techniques in a chair can be seen in offices, rehabilitation centers, and schools. However, let’s look at teaching yoga and asanas you can teach in an office setting that has no space for a studio.
Chances are you learned plenty about the use of props during your Yoga teacher training, but some of your students might have objections. You’ve tried to explain the value of good alignment, but many of those same students just don’t seem to get it. Let’s go over why props are essential and more than a mere marketing gimmick.