Teaching Methodology – Week Seven

Key Points

  • The teacher holds space for students to do their practice. Teachers provide the framework; students have to do the hard work.
  • Sanskrit captures nuances of the practice that cannot be expressed otherwise.
  • Teaching acuity comes from three sources: guidance from your own lineage, personal practice and ongoing study of texts. To authentically transmit knowledge, you must pay equal attention to each of these sources.
  • Themed yoga classes provide meaning and context to a practice.
  • Sequence from each category in the eight-step path: sun salutations, standing & balancing, arm balances, backbends, seated, inversions, supine, deep rest.
  • Provide assists/adjustments with the intention of compassion. You are never trying to improve your students’ poses. 
  • Acroyoga exemplifies compassionate touch.
  • Consider creative formats for providing online yoga.
Read and Watch
  • Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Five
  • Teaching Methodology section on Youtube and in textbook
Practice

Create a 15-20 minute sequence that is based on a particular theme. (see: Designing a Yoga Class. Use the eight-step path). Hint: expand on this theme/sequence for your final assignment. Upload the video link and also share link to Google Classroom.

ePortfolio

Reflect on your voice and delivery used in your video assignment

Discuss and Teach
  • Together, we will practice a video: Yoga for Beginners (from YogaGlo). We will discuss the following questions. Take notes during the practice.
  • What tone of voice did the instructor use? How were the poses described? Were any other realms of yoga included? Suggest a strategy for getting into a beginner’s mindset.
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