(Our first YITP spot summer 2009)
But wait. I'm not a yoga instructor.
I do create the sequences and lead classes though. Does that make me a yoga instructor? Heck no.
What I have learned from the past four summers is that simply creating an asana sequence and talking through your own practice does not a yoga teacher make. Far from it.
Sure, it takes some thought and experience to think up a sequence that makes sense from a movement perspective, covers your asana bases (see Michelle Myhre's post on what to remember) and will last about an hour with potential modifications and upgrades for different levels of yogis. But that's not teaching.
(YITP on top of a fort spring 2010, before we were asked to kindly find another spot by a local yoga instructor, or to join her by-donation class that was taking place same time, same day)
Sure, talking about loud cueing appropriate breath and little tips while you yourself are moving through the sequence can be tricky (especially if you want to sweat too!). But that's most certainly NOT teaching.
(after an hour of wondering the park, we found our new YITP home for the remainder of 2010, 2011 and now 2012)
(of course, not long after attempts were made from this local yoga instructor to also move her not-free yoga class to the same spot, only 30minutes sooner. YITP kept it in the end, but not without cost...)
How is teaching different from leading?
When the instructor helps each yogi to specifically meet their own asana and yoga potential during a pose, sequence and class so the yogi can grow in their practice: that is teaching.
(Our Warrior III's circa summer 2011- YITP as it should be- Community)
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