10,000 Vinyasas

Two Year Anniversary of Teaching Yoga!

by on Apr.13, 2011, under teaching, Yoga, Yoga practice

I just realized that it’s been two years since I started teaching yoga, and wanted to comment on that. During the last two years, I’ve consistently taught at least 3 classes a week, and for most of that time, taught one or more private lessons averaging twice a month. I’ve watched as my teaching has grown more confident and my classes have gotten larger, for the most part. I now have what I consider to be the best teaching schedule, at the right times and places, and so I don’t spend a lot of time traveling or finding subs when I have schedule conflicts. I’d have to say that teaching yoga has become one of my great joys in life; it is just so much fun to help people discover the benefits of practicing yoga, and to think that I have something to offer, well, I still find that kind of amazing. Part of me still wonders sometimes why people come to my classes; I guess I have a little of the “imposter syndrome” when it comes to teaching yoga, and this is probably because I started teaching only after I took a weekend yoga teaching course. Of course, what I didn’t realize was that I had accumulated quite a bit of knowledge about yoga that wasn’t reflected in the brief formal teacher training, and so I do feel that one should have a strong yoga practice before beginning teaching. From my teacher training (the 250 hour one), it’s clear that some people who want to teach yoga don’t begin this way, to their detriment. At any rate, I no longer have that little gasp of apprehension when I face a large class, or some other yoga teacher appears in my class. From the howling success that I’ve had, I’m glad that I started teaching by trying to modify Primary Series, because I believe in the Ashtanga system, but at the same time, its full application to a mixed-level class has some challenges. A balance between authenticity and not scaring off beginners, is what it boils down to. From here, I’m looking forward to wherever this second career will take me. Namaste!

2 Comments for this entry

  • Sandy Weiss

    Dear Carl: I remember sweating next to you at the hill country spectrum a few years back. I’ve seen you and chatted with you briefly at Beryl’s, Tim Miller and Shelly and David’s workshops as well. I’ve been dabbling in teaching primary series – modified- whenever I get the chance at Nydia’s. I agree, it’s the way to go! Through the 4 years at Nydia’s I’ve seen bodies change amazingly. Unfortunately, I don’t practice as hard as you and I am a big time modifier, but I’ve become more flexible than I ever felt possible. But, what I really wanted to say is “I love your blog, all the information and I wish you the best.”

  • carl

    Thanks, Sandy! It’s great to hear from you. I agree about having to modify Primary…it’s almost a necessity when you have a class with significant numbers of beginners.

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