Preparing for class

Teaching a yoga class is something that I truly put a lot of thought and effort into. You could say I am a bit of a planner…make no mistakes, there are many places in my life where these words do not describe me. However, preparing for my classes is a whole different story. After each class I teach, I begin to think about what I will teach next. I haven’t gotten to the point in my teaching career that I feel comfortable just stepping into class with no prior preparations. I try to think of a meaningful message to pass along to my students, one that will leave them with a positive experience.

I like to start off with the music. Growing up a pianist, music is a very powerful expression of who I am. How do I want the class to flow? Do I want my students to feel the rhythm, or do I want to send them into a moving meditation practice? This, for me, all starts with tunes!

Next, I like to come to my mediation room/office, close the door (so the cat isn’t trying to “help” while lying on the keyboard of my computer), and search for inspirational quotes to use in class. I turn on Pandora to a calm mediation station and let the practice begin to form. I have to admit, I do take notes…again with the planning! Sometimes, I fear that I will get to class, forget every yoga move, term, breathing practice that I have every learned. Has this happened? No, but I’m not taking any chances!

It’s funny, I am always so grateful to go to a yoga class that it probably wouldn’t matter if the teacher did forget everything he/she knew. I am just happy to be there on my mat. My students most likely feel the same, but I don’t ever want them to leave feeling disappointed.

So, for now, I will plan. I will take my notes. I will try to hide them behind my bolster, even though I know everyone sees them. But, for now, it makes me feel better.

How do you get ready for class as a teacher or as a student? Do you get there, unroll your mat and just release into zen? Or do you need time to unwind and release?

Sending you love & light on this cloudy Ohio day.

namaste

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2 thoughts on “Preparing for class

  1. I am interested in taking a gentle yoga class but cannot come on Tuesday.I have been doing gentle yoga at the YMCA for about a year but stopped 4 months ago.
    Is there a possibility of getting a gentle yoga on Thursday morning?
    If not ,is there a comparable class I could take?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Linda!

      I think that any of our morning classes, as well as our Monday evening class would be well suited for you.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions, as we are happy to help!

      Looking forward to seeing you in class!

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