Teaching considerations

These areas are undoubtedly useful in terms of leading a successful class…

  1. How and why? (like an internal mantra)
  2. Observation (the ground from which an appropriate measured class can be built. Also a way of reminding the whole class based on observations from one)
  3. Classroom management (the order of your class, awareness of the space, your positioning relative to your students, the smooth acquisition of props equipment)
  4. Linked themes (a way of keeping your classes attention and highlighting important points)
  5. Classroom enthusiasm: Motivation is one of the principle tasks of a teacher
  6. Personal attention and appropriate adjustments: With consideration given to the current mental emotional condition of a student as well as to their physical
  7. Yoga principles: Whether implicit or explicit, it is these principles being a reflection on reality and not an ideal that can really help students to work with their experience
  8. Safety: Another one of a yoga teacher’s primary concerns and something that should not be jeopardised for any reason
  9. Terminology/language: Latin and Sanskrit terms should always be backed up by layman’s terms and explanation where needed. Also, directional terms should be repeated and reiterated using different points of reference – “the left, the window side of the room” or “draw knee up or towards your head”
  10. Anatomy: A clear understanding of anatomy will boost the students’ confidence in the teacher as well as the teacher’s confidence in themselves and help both to understand the mechanics of the poses
  11. Physics: An understanding of the modern laws of science boost the students’ confidence in what they’re doing as well as their enthusiasm for it and energy they put in

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Batter him, batter him, rip out the heart
Of our grasping for ego, our love for ourselves!
Trample him, trample him, dance on the head
Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern!
Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher
Who slaughters our chance to gain final release!

— The Wheel of Sharp Weapons - The Mahayana Buddhist Text