As I’m called on to teach various kinds of classes – beginner, level 2 vinyasa, gym yoga, gentle yoga – my creative instinct is to try to show off my chops by putting together some really groovy, complex sequence. Let folks know I’m here and full of difficult poses and sequencing knowledge and stuff. I’m a yoga geek, so I like this sort of thing.
But another part of me has been watching the business end of yoga – how to make money doing this by getting yogis into the classroom. And the main thing I’ve noticed is that the classes taught with the simpler sequences are also often the most well attended. One conclusion is obvious: the majority of yogis generally don’t want to come to yoga for complex sequences. But why not?
I figure that first, even “simpler” sequences taught well can be challenging and rewarding. Also, for the majority of people who come to yoga to get a break from their complex daily life, being able to tune out and just do some simple yoga poses fits the bill nicely. Get a good workout, turn off the higher levels of the brain, feel good on the way out. These people are not immersed in yoga day to day like I and other teachers are; they don’t study it, think about it, read the blogs about it, get all geeky and challenged by it.
They just want to do yoga.
Because I’m doing a lot of sub work, I try to give them yoga by keeping my classes simple too. My job as a sub is not to “wow” the regulars – it’s to fill in, get some yoga done, and let the regular instructor pick up where s/he left off.
So I’ve been keeping it simple and low key. And doing lots of good, simple yoga.