Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

Importance of teaching methodology in the application of different styles of hatha yoga teachings

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

—        William Arthur Ward

Kindling a desired change among the students is an art in itself. A technique that leads the student’s mind to get engrossed with the joy of learning, structured in such a manner to encourage each individual to put in their maximum effort. In order to derive such a formula, a teacher must train themselves to be well knowledgeable over the subject matter and enhance their organizing skills. The same applies for yoga trainers also.

As a yoga trainer, one must not only be skillful in doing asanas and the subject matter but must be confident enough to assess and inspire their group of students, he/she must know:

–           how to manage the class timing,

–           make the session interesting,

–           use clear instructions and a modulated voice

–           have a broad mindset

–           Finally follow yogic manners with discipline.

Using their inner creativity to organize a class for various groups of students will also add up as a bonus point for their careers. In this essay, we will see the importance of the application of different styles of hatha yoga.

Modern trend demands for a skillful yoga teacher world wide, who tends to cater the needs of a huge population of students. Therefore, group practice is needed to maintain systematic learning. Lets see the styles of hatha yoga for a few groups of students.

–           Those who are fitness enthusiasts prefer dynamic yoga practices like Vinyasa yoga or Ashtanga yoga.

–           For healthy and absolute Beginners: Hatha yoga and Yin yoga.

–           For  the old and those with physical ailments: Restorative or gentle yoga

–           Prenatal yoga for pregnant women.

In general Yoga trainers are mostly specialized in one particular style of Hatha yoga, and according to the time and setting of the environment he/she structures the asana, pranayama, and meditation practice required.

For example :

–           Early Morning classes might require lots of warm up during cold weather.

–           Afternoon and evening classes may be dynamic when the air is warm.

–           Night practice can be gentle and relaxing.

Apart from that, it’s mandatory for a yoga teachers to be aware of the health condition of their students to assess them accordingly.

Trainers must have a broad and strong mindset to deal with different aspects of students and avoid creating attachment with them, to focus on the efficient bilateral process, where the teacher and pupil venture together in a rhythmic flow that benefits each other both mentally and physically.

In conclusion, some are born teachers, but many can develop teaching skills through training and practice. Yogic lesson plans require creativity to make your class more attractive and enthusiastic, which in itself can be fun and interesting work to do.

Courtesy To : Ananya Kasiraj, RYT – 200 hours (student assignment)


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