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

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.


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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