Monday, 19 November 2012

Teacher training will be finished in just over two weeks.  So far, teaching experience has been limited to one on one with a partner in class, or one teaching game in which we taught the whole class one pose.  Rainy-Sunday YTT was therefore dedicated to another teaching game, splitting us into four groups and getting us to teach 2-3 poses each.  I got Reclining Spinal Twist, Savasana, and closing meditation.  Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezey.  I am the Savasana queen.  (P.S. If you enjoy the Savasana pic left as much as I do, check out Darren Keith's awesome Savasana series at yogabodies.)  I got a lot of compliments afterwards which is really encouraging.  One girl came up to me at lunch and said, “Alison, you have the voice of an angel.”  Cool, move over Charlotte Church.  But I would still love to get some more teaching practice in!

As we came back to class after lunch and launched into a long session about sequencing a class, it was just a reminder that 15 minutes leading poses which mostly include lying on the floor with eyes closed is not the same as taking a75-90 minute class. 

ESPECIALLY when we closed class with headstand.  I cannot teach ANYBODY headstand, because I cannot do a headstand!  I can get away with that, right?  How often does a teacher lead headstand in a public class?  It’s my kinky neck and fear of being upside-down again, I know, but I have an intense dislike of headstand, whether it is the King/Father pose of yoga or not.  There.  I said it.  I DON’T WANT TO DO HEADSTAND!  Are there special support groups for yogis who hate headstand?  Maybe camps or weekend workshops?  Is there a Headstand for Dummies?   Inquiring minds want to know.  I tried to do this Tara Stiles video today and nearly died - that woman makes EVERYTHING look easy.

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  1. Hey there! I just found your blog and I love it. I just finished a 200-hour YTT with YogaWorks and this post made me laugh. I actually don't mind headstand—my struggle was with handstand. Finally, a couple of weeks after training ended I managed to pop up into handstand—although "pop up" is so not the right way to explain it. It wasn't pretty or elegant when my heels crashed into the wall and I almost careened down onto my neighbor. I have no idea how I'm going to teach this—or assist someone up. I have a fear of getting kicked in the face by someone just as clumsy as me!

    Good luck!

  2. I totally sympathyze with you! I don't like headstand at all. I did not know that it was yoga until I also read that about being the father of all the asanas!I tried to do what Tara does at the beginning with my teacher and got a terrible sore neck afterwards. What to say of handstand, even more difficult, no way!!! If you start a group, let me know!


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