It is understood that you are practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga as a CIYT. Continue, of course, with home practice, treating each session as if you had all the time in the world. Imagine that each asana is a poem (maybe a haiku, maybe an epic!). Treat each class you take as an opportunity to learn and share with the teacher and the other students. Treat each class you teach as a field of mutual exploration in which you and the students can communicate with each other on a very profound level. Be present. Have fun. Take it all seriously AND lightly.
1. Make a list of the asanas on the junior syllabus you are working on which you find challenging and/or have questions about (practicing OR teaching).
2. Make a list of the asanas on the junior syllabus you are working on which you do well.
3. Make a chart of the 8 families of asanas ( in English: standing, seated, lateral, forward bending, backward bending, abdominal, inversions and restorative—be sure you also know the Sanskrit names).
Sort the asanas on your syllabus into the 8 categories. Choose one asana from the following five categories and write a set of instructions for it:
Be sure to include at least three but not more than 5 actions to focus on, ONCE THE PRACTITIONER IS IN THE POSE.
Link the actions together: For example, in parvatasana: “Lift the side ribs to lift the back and front ribs evenly”.
4. Write a sequence for a 90 minute class which includes at least 8 but not more than 10 poses from your syllabus leading to a backbend (for example dwi pada viparita dandasana, or the backbend you chose in the exercise above)) and including salamba sirsasana and salamba sarvangasana (with appropriate variations if any) and savasana. So, not counting savasana, three asanas are already in your sequence: sal. sirs. and sal. sarv and the backbend. This would leave you 5 to 7 additional poses to teach. (and the same for #5 below)
In your sequence, please indicate the time you plan to spend on each pose and any linking actions you plan to carry from pose to pose. At this level, it is assumed that you are teaching level I/II classes. Students at this level can hold inversions for longer and be working on salamba sirsasana at the wall, and eventually away from it, depending on their situation.
5. Write a sequence for a 90 minute class which includes at least 8 but not more than 10 poses from your syllabus leading to a forward bend (for example ubhaya padangusthasana or the forward bend you chose in the exercise above) and including sal. sirs. and sal. sarv (with appropriate variations if any) and savasana.
In your sequence, please indicate the time you plan to spend on each pose, any preliminary versions or variations on the pose you will teach, and any linking actions you plan to carry from pose to pose.
You could experiment in the classes you are teaching with these two sequences to see if your time estimates need to be adjusted. You will also be able to decide, based on how the class went, how effective your linking points were. Keep a teaching journal, if you do not already do this.
If you are not able to complete all five of these tasks, not to worry. You will have some time on the weekend of the workshop to work on them again. We will save anatomy, philosophy, and physiology studies for our spring weekend, though concepts from these three fields may come into our discussions. Please come prepared to participate!
If you have a copy of your assessment results handy from Introductory, please bring it. Indicate the sequence you taught at Intro assessment, and please let us know if you already working with a mentor and recommending teacher on your junior syllabus.
Please email whatever you are able to complete of the above tasks to us at:
Our hours will be
Saturday morning 9 am to noon (asana class, asanas assigned for teaching practice this pm)
Saturday afternoon 2 to 4 pm (teaching practice, asanas assigned for teaching practice Sunday)
Sunday morning 9 am to 10 am, pranayama class, 10-noon teaching practice
Sunday afternoon 1 to 3 pm (asana class focussing on inversions)
The cost of the weekend’s classes is $200. Please mail a check to Austin Yoga Institute, 1608 Dexter Street, Austin, Texas 78704, or bring check or cash with you. We can take credit cards during the weekend as well.
All classes will be held at Clear Spring Studio, 604 Copeland, Austin, Texas 78704. See the map at www.clearspringstudio.com
~ Pope | Designer
"Peggy and the Austin Yoga Institute changed my whole practice"