The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
On Friday night, Darren spoke about the ethics and business side of teaching yoga. Some of the topics discussed were confidentially, truthfulness in marketing and punctuality. He encouraged us all to start assisting in other teachers’ classes, to be available to substitute teach once we graduate and to volunteer teach, in order to get experience.
Over the weekend, we continued to practice sequencing with Mark Morford. We reviewed the top five considerations, three main principles and key components of sequencing. Then, we shared 5-pose sequences we liked from attending various classes. Next weekend, we will be teaching these sequences.
Mark emphasized the importance of the breath in Vinyasa classes — that in this style, the breath guides the entire practice, facilitating the flow and enabling longer holds in the sweet spot of the asanas. It’s up to the teachers, and the pacing they are trying to achieve, to regulate the breath of their students.
We also learned about the three main types of poses – stimulating, relaxing and energetically balancing.
In taking and watching classes this week, we are gaining valuable experience with sequencing. Mark’s classes, especially, tend to have a lot of variety and creative twists in sequencing, which keeps you on your toes, both literally and figuratively. He is also a master of theming his classes, weaving the theme throughout the entire class. With the music and his encouraging, motivational style, he’s like a conductor, orchestrating the students through various levels of intensity, depending on whether it’s a morning or evening class, among other factors.
Looking forward to learning more about the business side of yoga and sequencing next weekend.