The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
Darren continued to discuss the business side of teaching yoga. He gave us some great tips on creating a business plan, marketing ourselves and the always-important skill of time management. And, gratefully, he has already started forwarding us teaching opportunities, as we are close to graduation.
The community we’ve formed among our class is very supportive and quite a few people offered their unique skills and talents to assist others with their websites and businesses: including help with accounting, graphic design, website creation, photography, writing, etc. It is gratifying to know that we will continue supporting each other as we move from trainees to teachers.
The biggest takeaway from Darren on Friday was to not worry about money – just continue doing what we love and the money will come. Darren is the ultimate example of this philosophy, as his passion for yoga and his service to others through teaching have evolved to his Yoga on the Labyrinth classes at Grace Cathedral drawing hundreds of people on Tuesday nights. It’s also reminiscent of the spiritual principle of an abundant Universe, put forth by Eric Butterworth in Spiritual Economics.
Over the weekend, we continued to practice sequencing with Mark, who continues to start each training class with a call-and-response chant. While I have no problem chanting in my car or at home, it can still be intimidating to chant in a group setting, even with your eyes closed. Sometimes my voice is strong; other times, it falters. But this continued group ritual gives each of us an opportunity to find our voice, and it raises the vibration of our energy, both individually and collectively. It is reassuring that Mark offers positive feedback to every single person after each individual chant.
Whether my voice is strong or weak on any given day, I continue to enjoy chanting. For me, it’s like sorbet for the mind – a cleanser between daily activities that creates free attention. I’m glad Mark is instilling this practice in us, so it becomes ingrained for those of us who want to continue chanting after the training is over.
This weekend, we focused primarily on teaching each other sequences we’ve created and learning the differences between the various kinds of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) – A, B and Classic. Mark also discussed tips for jumping back into Chaturanga and for landing softly when jumping to the front of the mat, so we can be thud-free from here on out.
For next weekend, we will be putting together a sequence for an entire class, which we are equipped to do now, with everything we’ve learned from Mark and all the practice we’ve gotten with sequencing.
And, a special thanks to Jamieson Prevoznak, one of our classmates who is a certified CPR instructor, who led a CPR class for a small group of us on Saturday, as getting certified is required for graduation.