You guys! You guys are wonderful, you know that?
Anyway, I know you enjoyed the 'tips for teachers' series we ran last year, so here are a few more. If you are considering our teacher training, bookings for the 2016 course are now open, too. Exciting!
I canvassed some teachers in our team, and here's what they wish they'd known as freshly-minted teachers:
- Pauline: You ARE ready. You might think you're not but have faith in yourself. No one is perfect and you might make mistakes but you'll learn from them!
- Kirsten: Being a great teacher doesn't mean being a "perfect yogi". People are often surprised to hear that I occasionally eat steak, drink red wine or can't stand on my head while brushing my teeth with my toes clamped around the brush! My new favourite term I have adopted is "balanced babe". I think it's a great mentality for new teachers to adopt. To me it basically gives us the permission to relax and show our human side. I know it's hard when you are a new teacher. There are so many things running through your head (safety cues, alignment, adjustments, sequencing) that often we lose that natural approach. The secret here is that your class don't mind if you stuff up your lefts and rights and they won't notice if your planned sequence doesn't quite go to plan. They just want to connect with you and feel seen. Even if you are not confident in adjusting yet, a gentle push in childs pose is a lovely way to make someone feel they've had your time.
- Claire: How hard it would be to build up a name for myself and regular students. (Having this conversation with Claire was part of the reason we decided to put such a strong emphasis on teaching business and marketing skills in our teacher training.)
- Nancy: That I didn't need to know everything there is to know about yoga to create a meaningful, mindful, beautiful yoga class. I felt so overwhelmed by all the things I thought I should know - without realising the learning never ends. I now see through experience that the greatest benefits come from the simplest things - creating space, connecting to the body, breathing and being present. The scope of a yoga class is huge - focusing on what you do know is plenty, building on that over time.