Had my virgin experience in teaching Surya Namaskar. It serves as a warmup for the forthcoming yoga asana and need to synchronise the breathing and movement to keep the mind steady.
Back to the experience. Giving instructions while walking around the classroom was mind boggling. In my mind, I was hoping the hot ladies will not kill me for holding chaturanga.
Besides doing it, we need to Inhale/exhale, provide information, correct alignment, encourage, praise and recalling the next move.
Hope practise makes perfect
Before I took up YTT, I did my yoga in the commercial gyms (LM Bodybalance, Hot Yoga, Yoga Flow etc). To me, yoga is just a series of stretches and fanciful movements. Friends love taking nice yoga poses outside Marina Bay Sands and post them on Instagram. SHOWOFF !
After the 10th lesson, there is so much to learn besides poses. Yoga is so different from the ones in my gym. There is so much to learn. From the mediation and philosophy part (e.g. dharma, food, chakra, pranayama etc) and I can’t believe how Asree and locals study it in ancient India.
On thing that I will want to teach my students will be pranayama breathing and mediation. This is so important in the modern world. People are so stressed out at work.
OK … back to Sanskrit
Hmm … Day 3. Waking up at 6.15am on a weekend is horrible enough. Enduring the ‘torturing’ for 3 hours from our 2 masters is next. By end of the course, we will probably be dreaming of the sun salutation series every day.
Why did I do this ? Learning new poses and correction of alignment would be the key. By end of the course, I hope to be able to teach my colleagues, friends and family members of Yoga.
Meantime .. back to the thick manuals, daily practises of core exercises and head stands. I hope to be able to do it by end of this intensive course !!