Our world today pumps out hundreds or even thousands of RYT yoga teachers every month and I often find myself a little disheartened with what is passing as ‘Yoga Practice’. It appears that there are some powerful tools that are not being taught at teacher trainings and these tools have more to do with 'how we are teaching,' than 'what we are teaching.' I often find that as yoga teachers we end up unknowingly creating a distraction in the practice room rather than facilitating a space where we can truly allow the depth of Yoga to come through.
I am not a traditionalist by any means and understand that yoga will evolve and change shape to meet the needs of the student and the world we live in. However with that said, it seems that the foundation and fundamental elements of Yoga are missing in a very large majority of Yoga practiced and taught today. I am not referring to philosophy, scriptures, chanting, alignment, or sequencing; what has gone missing from our practice is ‘our relationship to breath.’ Not simply the breath, but our relationship to it. Without the conscious relationship to breath, the practice of Yoga becomes surface, superficial, and disconnected.
It is almost as if we are allowing the mechanical and automatic habits of our society to influence our practice rather than having our yoga practice impact how we show up in our society. As this disconnect influences our practice it is also influencing our teaching.
This ten module toolbox is designed to share some tools and reflections that might enable us as yoga teachers to minimize our interference in the practice room, and assist us in creating a space where our practitioners can reconnect to their practice and allow the Depth Of Yoga to come through. Based on over a decade of teaching experience, hundreds of hours of study with powerful and amazing teachers, and steady committed personal practice; this toolbox plants some transformative seeds of reflections for any and all yoga teachers.
Please note further that while we often directly speak to ‘your teaching’ for emphasis, that these tools are relevant to all teachers regardless of their level of training or experience. For this reason this corse is not one you complete and move on, but are free to revisit at any time.
The course is divided into three main segments, each with various lessons. Each lesson will include a series of videos and handouts:
A Note On Homework
While it’s tempting to skip the homework, I highly advise against it. Skipping the homework will likely lead to a regurgitation of information - without having the opportunity to understand and feel the material first. Giving yourself the time and space to explore and integrate this material is essential, as both your practice and your teaching are evolving and changing. You may very well be surprised by what you discover. We are our greatest teachers but we can also be our worst students.
The first segment of this course is focused on helping you deepen your relationship to your own practice and remembering that you are your greatest teacher. Segment one consists of two lessons:
After deepening and re-establishing our relationship to our practice the second segment gives us tools to get out of our own way and create the space that allows the power of yoga to come through. Segment two consists of the following seven lessons:
The last segment in our toolbox highlights the most powerful aspect to any Yoga practice: the relationship to breath. We will look at its fundamental role in the practice of Yoga and explore how we can guide our students from a habitual, mechanical practice into the depth of relationship to yoga.
At the completion of this course I hope that you will continue to use these tools to reflect on your teaching, and the role you play in facilitating a depth of Yoga practice. I encourage you to remember that you are a students first, and a teacher after. As you evolve and grow as a student on and off your mat, so will your teaching. With these tools in your pocket, you will continue to see how the foundation of your practice is Relationship, first to yourself, then to your students, your community, your families, and our world.
How you move through the content of this course is truly up to you. That said, I would probably commit to one lesson a week in order to spend the week reflecting and absorbing the information of that lesson. Remember, these are tools that we will continually use and explore, not only in our yoga but also in our lives.
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