Beginning to teach yoga: where to start?

I have taught many different things through my past life experience, from practical & theoretical science to understanding conscious, conformational & unconscious bias. However, coming to teach or guide through a yoga practice is a whole different ball game no matter your prior teaching experience.

Trying to teach yoga in a way that is authentic & supportive to the student, providing a safe space, cues that help alignment, with an inclusive language & modifications that make the practice accessible to a range of students is a whole lot to think about when you first begin.

On top of that is the slightly more fundamental challenge of speaking/cueing whilst both demonstrating poses & observing the students & providing appropriate adjustments as needed.

If I think about it too much, it can feel overwhelming & often have to come back to the yogic philosophy to ensure quieten the chitti vritti & focus on breath.

Aside from the practical side of getting into teaching yoga once the registration/insurance is sorted, there is the whole other side of currently being in the middle of a viral pandemic. Whilst things appear to be slowly improving (in the UK, July 2020), there is a new norm morphing around us & many other health & safety factors to consider. Sticking to virtual methods, whilst not ideal, feels like the safest & easiest way forward for the time being, although would love to be able to practice more in an outdoor setting.

Where to begin has been cycling in my head for the last week or so. I have ongoing ashtanga teacher training that will provide valuable additional knowledge & would like to simultaneously build on current MVP training & begin the more practical experience of guiding classes.

To date, I have a 9am cover class lined up for Saturday 1st August (super excited & very grateful to Diana Brook), have started recording more YouTube videos with a short beach yoga & a 1hr karma yoga (featuring some ashtanga primary series asanas) & I am linking with some other yogis I’ve met through MVP about virtual options.

Nothing set in stone & going with the flow of what presents in the Universe. Staying present (as much as possible) & enjoying being in this human experience & very grateful to be on this path. What is to be is to be!

With love & light x

Return to Ashtanga Modified Primary Series Yoga Teacher Training (YTT): through the coronacoaster

After starting a 9 month in person Ashtanga Modified Primary Series YTT with Jamie Yoga in Jan 2020, everything was put on hold in March as COVID-19 circulated & lockdown was implemented. It’s been a rollercoaster journey through the months in between & this weekend finally reinitiated training in a new way!

Diana Brook had adapted the studio for us to be able to virtually zoom into a live practice each morn & blended learning through multiple sessions with a mix of face-to-face & virtual connection to ensure safety with new ways of being.

I’d been dreading the physical practice, after such a long time out & had built a narrative in my head around the memories I’d had from back in Jan/Feb where I felt weak & not strong enough. When it came to it this weekend, I felt able (was still hot, sweaty & achy but limbs weren’t like jelly) & could see how my chitti vritti had been impacting perception & throughout this time, I have been practicing & strengthening in different ways. It brought home the importance of coming back to truth, a constant reminder of being & stilling the mind.

Jamie led all the teacher training through some of the Surya Namaskara A & B asanas including observations, modifications & adjustments with interactive elements to help integrate & initiate our abilities to teach. Jamie brought an incredible energy & sense of humour throughout & delivered in this blended way with professionalism & dedication. His in depth knowledge & experience of the ashtanga practice shone through & being back with the team of people that had started this journey & their shared enthusiasm, was truly uplifting.

We finished this afternoon with a session on pregnancy & post-natal yoga with Lindsay Gale & took away so many important messages around positive language & creating a welcoming inclusive space to help nourish & restore.

One take home was the consideration & importance of modifications, giving permission for the student to listen to their own body as a guide & only taking asanas/adaptations that feel comfortable for them – a potential valuable guide to all 🙏!

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