More pithy observations as I continue my new trip teaching yoga:
• Room temperature: What feels cool to the teacher can be quite warm indeed for the students. Several times I’ve asked, “is it too cold in here” only to have a class full of red, sweaty faces shaking their heads at me.
• Singles: There’s nowhere to hide when only one student shows up. But as I’m finding out, teaching singles is quite fun – no lesson plan, just teach to one student exactly what that student needs. There’s great interaction, I can ask questions (“what do you want to work on this week?”) and workshop whatever pose the student wants. Plus, when I’ve done yoga auditions at studios, they’ve been one-on-one’s. So great practice.
• Same thing, when only a couple of students show up. The lesson plan goes out the door and I teach to what the class needs or is capable of. But when teaching a crowded class, then I can do my awesome lesson plan. So long as most can keep up, that’s o.k.
• Older students seem to “get it” and don’t stress about getting into the perfect pose.
• Now that I’m able to track a student through an entire class (rather than when I’m taking the class and just occasionally looking around) it’s interesting that a yogi can nail one pose, then be wholly incapably of getting close to another pose. Great Warrior II, but can’t do a forward fold, for example.
• Teaching a lot is hard on the body. I’m sore after almost every class I teach, even when I’m very careful about how much I demo. I have to figure this out – it’s getting painful!
• In the same vein as the previous entry, be prepared to buy LOTS of deodorant and bath salts.
• And last, no student ever complains when you put them into child’s pose. It’s always welcome!