First Hour Class Taught
The last weekend of yoga teacher training is this weekend. During this final weekend we all need to teach a class in front of our instructor. In this case, since there are 8 of us, we’re each teaching a 45 minute class over the course of 2 days. It’s gonna be an interesting weekend to say the least.
Anyway, to get ready for this weekend I taught a full length hour class from my house on the 4th of July. We were having a BBQ in the late afternoon and I invited our friends to come by an hour and a half early to get a free yoga class taught by me – an in exchange I would get feedback / practice for when I have to do it “for real.” I had 6 friends come to the class.
I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be – but more things went wrong than I thought. First – I couldn’t figure out how to get the music playlist I put together off of “shuffle.” I had careful designed a playlist with slow music for the warm-up, up-tempo music for the flow, and slow music for the cool-down. Since it was on shuffle, this was not always the case – leaving a few bouncy songs for the cool-down. Oh well. Apparently I need to learn the computer skills that every eleven-year-old already knows how to do.
The second thing was… I totally forgot the sequence in our manual when trying to teach it. I think I got through the warm-up, then went to warrior one and then start started making up everything as I went along. In general, I’m not very good at memorizing… But I can use logic to come up with my own stuff. Once I threw out trying to go step by step on paper, it was easier. I used past experience in yoga classes that I have attended to try to come up with something that everyone can enjoy. No one seemed to notice.
The most difficult part of teaching was finding the line behind “no student left behind” and moving on with the class. I wanted to make sure that everyone was getting it, but trying to work with someone one-on-one and the rest of the class holding Warrior 2 while I was instructing someone was challenging. I think there were a few times where I left the classes in poses longer than I should have because I was helping someone. I suppose it all comes with practice.
My feedback was generally positive. I think the main ones were there were times I went too fast and there were other times that I could have done a better job explaining the pose. Which I appreciated, because in general I do want to teach beginners.
I plan on teaching one more class on a weeknight this week before the big day. Hopefully I can spend some more time memorizing the sequence I’m actually supposed to be teaching.