Pardon me, I was listening to your elbow!
Teaching yoga is not as easy as it looks.
People who attend yoga classes with good teachers are often inspired by them to teach yoga, which is fantastic. But, what I also see is, people who want to teach yoga really have no idea what it entails. Part of the reason for this is poor teacher training programs. The other part is good yoga teachers make it look easy. Not only is it not easy, it’s actually quite complex.
If you are a “tuned in” teacher, also known as an “empath” you’re constantly getting messages while teaching.
The first thing I do when I walk into the yoga room is stand quietly take in a couple of breaths and tune in to see what’s going on. Then I walk around the room, find a reason to adjust the curtains, move a water bottle or turn on a fan to get a little closer to the people I’m trying to read. My initial reading of the energies in the class are usually pretty accurate. I can feel everyone’s moods and minds clear as a bell. As class begins and the energy starts flowing I find the messages slow down because people’s minds and concerns have slowed down.
Usually about 20 or 30 minutes into class it seems that the messages stop coming from their minds and start coming from people’s bodies. Once I get deeper in to the subtle realms I occasionally lose track of the physical. If you’ve been in my class this is when I usually confuse right and left. (I know which side we’re on and we’re going–but I will call the left and the right hand and the right hand left hand!)
The students have no idea I have “gone in” and often this mistake gives them the giggles. I’ll feel someone’s knee energy or get a message from someone’s back… (Sometimes I actually can see the muscles and joints moving underneath the skin as if the skin is transparent ) I become so fascinated by this that I’m “gone.” I begin to focus on these images, listening to the messages and watching for their “needs”.
And then this happens: if I am communicating with the “left” I’ll say “left” even if we are on the “right”. Or if I hear a foot and I want to say “hand” – sometimes it comes out as “foot”. Of course I find it very embarrassing because it’s basic information and though I know which is which I also know I am on another frequency.
Naturally, there are some who get irritated or think I’m a total air brain. But some students do get it. I had one woman walk up to me last night after class and say, “wow it’s incredible how tuned in you are, you always know exactly what I am thinking and feeling.” In my mind I say, “yes I do.” But, I just smile and say, “I hope you had a good class.”
Yoga teachers will tell you one of the most difficult things for teaching yoga post class analyzing. Was it “a good class?” “Did they like it?” Or worse, “Did they like me?”
And you never know. One student might think it was a great class, and another student might think it was a terrible class. Factor in your perception as a teacher and it can go either way. Most likely you are completely “wrong” depending on who you listen to.
The thing is- it doesn’t matter what you, the yoga teacher, thinks. I guess when you get right down to it doesn’t even matter what the student thinks. A doing hatha yoga is not about what you think, or what you don’t think. Doing hatha yoga is about moving the body and shifting the energy. And if you do the former, you’re definitely doing the latter.
And THAT is a good class.