Time continues to move by way to rapidly in our Teacher Training. Even though graduation isn’t until July, some of us are already talking about it, I think because we all realize how quickly the last couple of months have gone by.
This past weekend we concluded our Assisting section led by Darcy, which beautifully culminated in us teaching our first group of (mostly) beginning students. Either in pairs or individually, we all had the chance to teach students new to yoga. It was truly amazing. I worked with one other teacher trainee to teach a woman who had never practiced before. We taught her a series of basic poses, and even brought her through her first Sun Salutation. It was really good practice to work with a body unfamiliar to asanas, as we had to be very attentive to our language in instructing the alignment of the poses. We were also able to offer verbal and physical assists in ways that we had not been able to practice on other trainees, as bodies new to yoga are largely not as flexible or familiar to the poses that we’ve been assisting each other through over the last few weeks.
After the practice teach session, we all discusses our experiences with it, and it seems like most of us felt way more confident in teaching and assisting than we did a month before when we began this section with Darcy. We also all discussed the aspects of the training with her that we imagined would be most memorable, and it was really warming to hear everyone’s experiences. Many of us felt grateful for the sense of community that she brought to our training, and for the methods of assisting that she taught us. Last week she had us observe two classes each, and many of us felt that just sitting there and watching another yoga teacher teach was immensely instructive and facilitative of our growth. She also had us all write a paper about what we would bring to teaching, and it seems that many of us felt that this assignment helped us focus on articulating imaginations of our futures in ways that were immensely helpful and instrumental in our development as teacher trainees. I really loved learning from her, and I look forward to a Friday night class that she is going to teach us in the not too distant future.