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jmcdan32010-07-04 18:28:58 +0000 #1
Hey all! I have been asked to guide several girls at my university(towson) in a practice that will revolve around my ashtanga routine. any advice? eventually i would like to pursue teaching a class or two at the university. i realize that every school is different but what qualifications should i have? 200 hour certification? any teaching tips? bad info here
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 18:37:33 +0000 #2
So you're at my Alma Mater there on York Road eh?

This class will be at the TowsonCenter? Not that it matters.

Well I have thoughts but not suggestions.

My first concern is that teachers teach and students study. Which one you are I do not know. But the skill set for practicing yoga is not the skill set for teaching it, though a teacher of a subject must obviously be "in" it in order to convey it.

My second concern is tied in to my first and that is risk management. Who is covering your insurance in the event that someone is injured during your leading?

Third you say "ashtanga routine" rather than Primary Series. That sort of implies you're not teaching the primary series. So I'm confused as to what you'll be teaching and as such it would be tough to give tips for it.

Relative to certifications...I prefer teachers pursue such things to quench their own internal thirst to share yoga from its depth. However, I am also aware that many do not move from such a motive. The folks in HR - be it at Gold's in Timonium or at Burdick Hall - they may have their own standard(s). If you opt to train to suit someone else's requisites then it would be best to determine what they are by asking said someone.
Pandara2010-07-04 18:38:28 +0000 #3
From the Heart, that's how you should teach. Simple.
jmcdan32010-07-04 19:41:13 +0000 #4
i am teaching just for the sake and enjoyment to share it to others. i have been devoted to the practice for quite sometime and met some fellow devotees while backpacking this summer. i just graduated from good 'ol towson and have been asked to guide a few young ladies. i am not showing them how to perform the primary series, rather i only would like to show them some introduction. eventually, it would be nice to perform the primary series with others devoted (as you may know, this area is not so open-minded to yoga). as far as insurance, i will have them sign a waiver and seek some assistance with those employed at the school. anymore thoughts?

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