Seven months into teaching yoga now, I’m averaging probably four classes a week. I’m really getting into teaching. Observations from a new teacher just keep coming:
1. Yoga gossip is boring. If you’ve ever wondered what your yoga teachers gossip about, don’t. It’s boring.
2. I’ve all but stopped doing hands on adjustments. Not a conscious choice, it just kind of happened. Because I’m subbing a lot, and three of my four regular classes are on the beach this summer, adjustments just haven’t been happening. Not that I don’t want to, but it just hasn’t been the right “moment” lately.
3. “Yoga brain” is a real thing. After teaching, and sometimes after taking, class, it’s sort of a calmness and a light distantness, if that’s a word. It’s kind of cool and *way* addicting.
4. I’m surprised at all the kinds of places I’m teaching, and the conditions: Yoga studio, noisy yoga studio, gym, noisy gym, apartment rec rooms, the beach, in parks. If your only experience with yoga is in a quiet, gentle studio with beautiful incense and candles, man there’s a whole lot more going on out there!
5. Despite all the verbal cues learned from teacher training, sometimes it’s just easier to say, “do this” and demo the movement I need someone to do. Especially in a mixed level class when I need half the people to get something, but I also need to move on.
What has surprised you to find out or learn as a new teacher?