With my new awareness toward practice as a new teacher, I’m learning things that perhaps I “knew” inherently but never voiced. Important things, like today’s topic, that one should take yoga classes from many different instructors, especially when one is new to yoga. I was reminded of this the other day when subbing a class (for a teacher from whom I had taken several classes, so I was familiar with her style) that consisted of mostly newer yoga students, and some older (age-wise) students. Come to find out some of them had only taken classes from that one particular teacher despite having done yoga for a long time.
Now, I believe that there is a yoga teacher for every student. But yoga teachers aren’t fungible – there are too many styles, personalities, approaches for one teacher to be looked at as the same as another. To the point of this post, after I taught this particular class, several of the students remarked that the regular teacher not only didn’t play music during class (I had), but that she had stated affirmatively she did not believe music should be played in class. They also said she would not allow students to use the wall (or in this case, a stationary cycle) to help balance in Tree Pose. And my class (I taught a beginners/level 1 class with some vinyasa, some straight Hatha) was markedly different from the regular instructor’s, who teaches a set sequence only.
They liked being introduced to new poses, sequences and energy levels, and they liked the special instruction I gave on many poses that they either had not seen before, or had not been instructed directly on before.
Now, my point is not that one teacher is better than another. Rather, especially newer students, take a class from a different teacher; take a class from two different teachers. Maybe you’ll like the teacher, maybe not. But you’ll be learning and getting introduced to the wonderful variety that yoga has to offer, and that’s good.