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Teaching Hatha Yoga: Don't Forget Beginners

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Aug 17, 2007
Some Yoga teachers forget the need for instruction at the beginner level. Many Yoga teachers have been guilty catering to "advanced students." However, many of your Yoga classes should still be geared toward beginners.

Before some Yoga studios officially opened the door, they have more eager beginner students than they have space for.

Although, an ashram may have an entourage of on-site Yoga teacher interns, and the director has envisioned creating a learning center for Yoga teachers, the demand for beginner classes is far beyond the expectations.

What does this all mean? Any Yoga teacher will do fine with beginner classes, as the demand for the benefits of Yoga is also global. I hear similar stories from many other Yoga teachers in every part of the earth.

If you have been teaching and practicing Yoga all day - assist, cue, and guide, when you need a break. When you find yourself tired, do not be concerned with performing every Yoga posture in your classes. Most of all, make it fun and incorporate stimulating methods and ideas.

For internal healing and healthy lifestyles, Yoga teachers are on the right path. Most humans are disconnected from their bodies and run on "auto-pilot." This is much similar to the behavior of a pigeon. To link the mind, body, and spirit, in unity, is rare for pigeons, as well as most humans.

With global obesity on the rise, Yoga will not fade in popularity. There are too many people who are mentally detached from their physical body. This can be observed by the increase in the size of children.

This will require action on the part of everyone, but Yoga teachers have an opportunity to educate their students toward the best quality life. Teach your Yoga students about the doshas. If you need to know more about this, or any Yoga subject, get the continuing education required to help your Yoga students.

The demand for Yoga teaching services is great. Grow with your Yoga students. You are already a few steps ahead on the path of unity. That is the definition of any teacher: "One who has been there before." Your mission is to show them "the way" toward optimum mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

Do not worry about physical feats, when performing Yoga postures. Yoga has pranayama, mudras, mantras, doshas, meditation, relaxation, chakra balancing, and much more.

There is no doubt that you will be a safe Yoga teacher, when you have concerns about contraindications for Yoga postures. The safety factor is a more important aspect for a Yoga teacher, than a gymnastic "circus act."

Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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