The dogs are not as neglected
as my practice,
since the baby came.
Gifted some time,
my mat rolls out
but they can be nearby, sitting.
My first yoga teacher training was on a whim with zero research into my teacher, a chance that paid off beautifully. The class consisted of me and one other woman, so there was no hiding or shirking participation. I paid for it with a student line of credit, and even entirely separating out my teaching career, it remains the best investment I’ve ever made.
The public speaking aspect of yoga teaching is daunting, but once the nerves are gone, it's time to tidy up both what we're saying and how we're delivering it. There are a lot of teachers out there with excellent offerings whose effectiveness is clouded by poor delivery. It’s important to take the time to think about what we meaningfully say in choosing our cues, but it’s also important to take note of what you’re not meaning to say.
Yoga explores the faultiness of perception, and Ayurveda provides the path to maintaining sensory perception, clarity of thinking, and ease of vehicle (body) for our spirit, but we are often still wrong. Preferences, limited experience, lack of opportunity, systemic bias – all of these coalesce to cloud our vision. For our pursuit of self-awareness and clarity of perception, there are three ways we can know something...
It’s such a delicate balance between cultivating respect for your offering and encouraging them to hone their inner teacher. It’s difficult to tell students that they are their own best teacher and then get upset when they're not following your directions to the T, so maybe just eliminate that phrase from you repertoire. Here are some phrases that have worked for me…