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RYT-200 BLOG

Intentions

Yesterday, week two of teacher training began. I woke up refreshed and with a clear head, ready to move with whatever the day threw at me. Before I get into training, I want to touch base with my intentions for this blog. I have several goals:

  1. I want to help those looking for a teacher training program by sharing what I've learned during my own program. Before I started training, I found trouble getting more details about what I was signing up for. A blog like this would have helped me.
  2. I want to inspire people to sign up for a training of their own.
  3. I want to improve my writing skills and way of thinking. Having an outlet for my thoughts and writing them down helps me remember what I've learned. Remembering what I've learned in class can help me when I'm outside of class.
  4. I want to build trust in myself that I'm doing the right thing for me and, somewhere down the line, maybe help others do the same. Journaling in public is hard. I worry about what others will think and how they'll react. But I know that I'm in the right place, and I know that journaling makes me happy, so I'm going to keep going.

That said, let's get back to training. Week 2.

We started class with a review of what we've learned so far: the Integration, Intention, and Sun A series. One of our instructors stood in the front of the room while the six of us took her through the sequences together. She was a huge trooper, hanging out in low plank while we took forever to form the cues.

After our review, we moved to Sun Salutation B and the Core Series.

Sun B continues the flow, integrating lateral movements and further syncing movement to breath. By incorporating poses like Chair Pose, Warrior Two, and Extended Side Angle, this series also strengthens legs and opens your hips.

Following Sun B is core work. CorePower encourages students to prepare for deep twists and balancing by activating their core in three moves:

  • Reclined Bound Angle Pose Sit Ups
  • Bicycle Sit Ups
  • Boat Pose

This series allows for a deeper student-teacher connection, and for further inversion preparation. Keep in mind: the breath will change during this series. Inhale, lower, exhale, lift.

Some lessons from yesterday's class:

  • Some cues don't work for everyone, like "tuck your tailbone", because they might take it too literally. Paying attention to your student's bodies and how they react to your cues is key to introducing modifications or different language.
  • When teaching, make sure you're cuing breath, especially in poses like Chair. Some students will hold their breath until you tell them to exhale.
  • Pay attention to both your and your student's intention. Drop your ego at the door. Your students are choosing to take your class. They're choosing to give up an hour of their life to spend it with you, so create an environment where your student is happy to stay.
  • Engage that core!
  • "Advanced" is different for everyone. Some people are flexible but have little strength; others might be the opposite. It is key, as an instructor, to embrace each practice while encouraging students to move outside of their comfort zone.
Extended Side Angle with a focus on strength and core engagement

Extended Side Angle with a focus on strength and core engagement

Extended Side Angle with a focus on flexibility

Extended Side Angle with a focus on flexibility

This weekend will be filled with practice teaching and more learning. I couldn't be more excited.