Much like all of your past training: Clear your mind, take a deep breath and relax. As a Yoga teacher, the time comes when one unique student causes unnecessary suffering in the classroom. Perhaps they come late to class, or question your every move. Some students may want to rush the lesson or answer phone calls in the middle of a Yoga class.
Universities have the benefit of providing a large variety of locations in which Yoga classes can be taught. Most college campuses have a gymnasium, and these frequently include a large empty room or basketball court that could serve as an ideal location. Smaller classes can be held in classrooms with desks that can move, or they can be held in the common areas of dorms.
Taking a part-time job may not seem like the best option, but there are many job opportunities that can complement the lifestyle associated with practicing and teaching yoga. Working in a health food store or a meditation tea shop can be both relaxing and enlightening. A part-time job related to a favorite hobby, such as working in a crafts store or in a bakery, may also provide a steady source of income and a comfortable and stimulating work environment.
Spirituality is a key feature of Bhakti, Karma, and Raja classes. However, physical based styles like Hatha and Vinyasa don’t need to touch the deeper aspects of spiritual beauty. Eventually, student who practice for physical purposes for years will find their own spiritual beauty based upon their own religion. Therefore, don’t sanitize your lessons by removing all traces of deeper meaning, but remember to stay safe. Make spiritual practices an optional part of your Yoga school. Keep your energy positive and welcoming to all who step into your studio and respect the diversity in all of your students.
Yoga posturing is a practice of the body’s core and limbs which work alongside the breath. In a Vinyasa style class, as students move from one position to the next, the yoga instructor will note whether to breathe in or out, for example: “breathe in, upward-facing dog, breathe out, downward-facing dog,” and so on. Breathing in this way with each position allows the body to flow easier and gentler through the positions. This method is especially valuable for beginners who may feel that some of the movements are difficult to master at first. Adding the breath makes each position flow into the next and provides a fluidity that could not be achieved otherwise.
Flowing yoga sessions constitute a form of cardiovascular activity that can fight obesity while generating feelings of calmness. Yoga instructors who want to ensure that their students get the most out of the exercises should be sure to teach them how to practice the activities in their daily lives. Here are four tips that should be shared with your students.
Many intermediate Yoga students will already know how to do Ujjayi Pranayama and will not need formal instruction. However, even at an advanced level, most students will appreciate verbal breathing cues as they move in and out of the Yoga postures. If you are teaching a beginning flow Yoga class, it is recommended that you take five or ten minutes at the beginning of class to teach your students the proper technique for practicing Ujjayi breathing.
The very base of Yoga is to help improve overall health of body, mind and spirit through harmony. The very term comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “to add”, “to join”, or “to unite. The health benefits for people who learn Yoga techniques are many. It can be used for relaxation, flexibility, posture, strength and endurance building as well as improvement of body motor skills.
In the case of a Yoga student who is currently struggling with physical health issues, the calming of anxious thoughts and frustration over their health challenges will give the student a much needed break from the perpetual cycle of worry. Some Yogis or Yoginis may not struggle with anxiety or frustration over serious health issues, but many of us do, and a break from the cycle of anxious thoughts will help the body to quiet and rest, thereby facilitating the healing process.
It is also important to remember that it can be quite intimidating for new Yoga students to attend a multi-level class, even without an injury. Attending a multi-level class as a new student, with an injury or illness, takes even more courage.