Looking back on my first few months teaching yoga, I’ve learned some neat things that I never thought of. Here’s a few notes:
• Students will ask me questions about yoga. I know we covered this in TT, but I still find it neat that someone wants my opinion/ideas and wants to discuss them with me. After 20+ years of people arguing with absolutely everything I say or do (lawyer!) it’s refreshing to be on the same side of a discussion. And with 10+ years of yoga practice, I find I actually have some hidden knowledge there.
• Students will ask personal questions about yoga. Yep, I got my first period question the other night. I hope I didn’t look too shocked. I recovered, we discussed it, agreed on a conclusion, the world kept spinning.
• I actually have a good instinct for yoga. A student the other day told me of her knee surgery and how she was afraid to re-injure it. We were going to do a standing pigeon that I was concerned would hurt it (ardha baddha padmottanasana variation). I suggested she use the wall for balance on that pose. After class she said it was a great idea and she was able to come deep into the pose. Talking to her further, it turns out the surgery was healed, she just had a fear of hurting herself, that the wall-balance alleviated.
• I can get almost anyone into crow pose. Probably a rare and useless talent. But my theory is that crow pose is fun and accessible. I’ve never seen crow pose done in class where most people aren’t smiling afterwards.
• Teaching a beginners class, and teaching a level 2 class, are both lots of fun but for different reasons. I like working with beginners. They’re eager to learn, and it’s great when someone gets it. I like teaching the more experienced classes too, because I can design a program that’s more complicated than a beginners, to focus on a particular body part or emphasize a particular pose, or get into a more difficult pose. Both classes are fun, for different reasons.
Just some random observations from a new teacher.