Coming away from our second module “The Practice of Teaching” I was absolutely fizzing with nervous excited energy - I would be teaching in just 5 week’s time ahhhhhh!
As a team we decided on a “Hips and Twists” themed class. I quickly got to work on preparing the peak section I would be teaching. I began by putting full class sequences together and taking myself through these in my morning self-practices. Leading myself through these sequences I began to get a greater understanding of the flow of a class, where I may have sequenced too many/too little asana, how correct combinations of asana and transitions can aid my body in a safe practice and how the flow of a class can impact my overall experience both physically and mentally. Once I had chosen my class sequence, made adjustments where necessary and created a playlist that mirrored the flow and direction of the sequence, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and teach!
With furniture moved, mood lighting created and candles strategically placed, I converted our large living room in to my own home studio. I invited three of my lovely, kind and willing friends to be my guinea pigs and I DID IT, I lead my very first yoga class!
I was nervous, my heart was racing and my palms were sweaty, but most of all I was overcome with passion to share the gift of yoga with my participants. Every time I saw them get in to a pose just how I instructed it, my heart gave a little sing of joy. The feedback I got from them all was great and I knew exactly what I could improve/adjust for next time.
On the Wednesday evening prior to our Module 3 weekend, we organised a full sequence run through with our team. With our studio space created and more participants ready to share our practice, we led our class as a team.
At the end of the class we all breathed a heavy sigh of relief and were so grateful for the opportunity to connect as a team and cement our class as a whole. Our sequenced sections flowed, the energy felt right, we meshed well as a team and we all felt more confident about the prospect of teaching to the others in our course in 3 day’s time.
Friday evening, we reconnected as a group for Module 3 - “Pranayama, Meditation & Yogic Philosophy”. Entering our learning space, it felt so nice to connect with my fellow yogi’s.
We began our journey into pranayama and meditation and although these are not practices I have participated in often, I was keen to learn more!
Over the course of the weekend we learnt about various pranayama’s, meditations. We paired off and took turns leading our partners through these.
My favourite Pranayama from the weekend was the Viloma Pranayama which is a beautiful calming practice focusing on separating your inhale breath into stages and exhaling via one open mouth exhale. My favourite meditation was the Japa Meditation – I really enjoyed this meditation as I found it stopped my mind from wandering off with the use of a mental repetition of a mantra and counting using a string of beads known as a japa mala.
On our final day of the weekend myself and my two team mates took over the yoga studio and took our fellow course participants and friends through our Twist & Hips yoga class. It was definitely a lot different leading 30 students as opposed to the classes of 3-4 people I had been practicing on, but overall an amazing experience. I walked away from teaching that class knowing that after teaching a number of different fitness classes/programmes over the years, I finally felt like I have found what I am meant to teach!