Hi! I am looking for a certification program in the Riverside County area of California. I was in the Iyengar program at the UCR extention. It is a good program, but it is more meditative and therapuedic than I would like. I'm looking for a program that is a bit more exercize-like.
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Interesting opportunity in the context of "practicing together" and showing them how a yoga practice is like a group of friend would do. But be aware of the responsibility in case of injury. In Kripalu.org they have a 200 hour certification and 500 hour certification. Also in many serious studios they offer certification.
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Great comment and advice, Libby. The main thing is everyone having fun and feeling more in touch with their bodies. The idea of "practicing together" gives control back to these people who are interested in yoga but don't know where to start and can be a lot less threatening than going to a yoga class and not knowing how to act. Cindy
Sounds like a great opportunity - but actually fraught with challenges. You would need to read up again on the beginner/easy options of the poses and stick to those for the first bit as they built up strength and flexibility and that would impact on what you do in the 20 minutes. Even if they practice with you, you would have to probably make sure they are in the correct posture so avoid them getting hurt. My yoga teacher is one of the best I have seen for working with a class that includes beginners and very experienced people. In the 75 minutes of yoga class though she does minimal yoga herself - as she is either showing the different options, or walking around correcting people. you would also need to read up on alternatives for all possible health issues...
You said legalitiy is not a worry but I would be worried about people straining themselves, getting injuries and then blaming you. Particularly if they are 'super beginners' you run the risk that they WILL injure themselves.
I would not 'teach' them and not try to offer guidance or help, just let them 'practice with you', play indeed a video or do your own exercises and they can do as they like. So, I would not call it 'teaching'. Just have fun together, practice together, you can share your materials / video's but I would refuse to 'teach' or to try to offer guidance.
I hear your enthousiasm! And I don't mean to disappoint you, at all. But I've done a first year of a yoga teacher training at two different schools and 'man', is it hard. It convinced me that it takes a lot of serious training to be a real / good yoga teacher. Which is why I also do not believe in one-month teacher trainings or other 'quick' courses to become a yoga teacher.
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Keep it simple.
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Hmm...If everyone is an absolute beginner, sounds like you will be losing your 20 minute lunchtime yoga practice in order to teach them. Is that okay with you? Is there someone else in your office who has some yoga background you could share the leading of a session with? They could guide the group a couple days a week and you a couple days a week. Or maybe have a 'class' only once or twice a week. When I was on a fellowship in a remote place for 9 months, a group of us got together perhaps 3x/wkly to practice. Two people were advanced, experienced yoga people and took turns leading the small group. They were good enough to give assists. I learned a lot and enjoyed so very much the generosity of these two professional writers/not certified yoga instructors. Who knows if in a month's time if the group will diminish or grow. If it grows, I wonder if people would want to chip in and have a teacher come to the office once a week, supplementing your group practice. Then the teaching pressure would be off your shoulders. Good luck to you.
When people at work learned I often do a 20 minute yoga session in my office during lunch, several people have now started asking if they can join in. These are totally new beginners. I remind them I'm not trained to teach, but here where I live, that's not an issue -- even official yoga teachers aren't often Registered or Certified. Legality is not a worry here.
I told them I'm happy to lead sessions - I have a lot of the "Yoga Download 20 Minute Yoga Practice" podcasts, and would be thrilled to let those play, and just offer some guideance and help.
Does anyone have good resources or tips on learning to be a good yoga teacher? I know studying under someone would be ideal, but that's not available here (my friend will be flying to India for a month to work with an offical RYT group -- but I don't have that luxury of taking that much time off work! Hopefully she'll teach me more when she gets back... but until then, any tips, ideas, advice?
These are most likely super beginner people - not fit, flexible, or used to much physical activity if any.
Thanks for any ideas :)
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