Would you believe me if I told you that I have amazing new stories and great ideas to share with you here even if I have been neglecting to put my sketches to posts?
Well… serves me right.
The truth is, I have a new yoga group in my care that started from zero and is growing bodies and the bodies are growing in strength and knowledge about themselves through the practice. They are all so wonderful and I love them so much, but they forced me to go to my anatomy books and yoga texts instead of writing for my blog.
Also, I'm traveling often right now and auditioning for the summer season dance gigs so I go through the day underslept and with little time to spare.
But when one of the girls from my class approached me saying that she youtubed some yoga and praticed at home, I wasn't happy about it but worried. She admitted that her neck hurt a bit during a part of the finishing sequence (and reminded me of a post I should be writing about why plough position and the so-called finishing sequence is bad for you) and asked me about why is that.
This girl has a lot of questions and when you answer one of them, two more arise. She wants to know everything, from anatomy issues to my training background.
This is a place where a teacher might start to feel awkward. You cannot really explain important issues in five minutes prior to a session or after. You have to keep your answers short but to the core and help your clients understand the concepts they've been told about during their session, while doing the work.
Also, I have no official RYT training or diploma (in fact, one of my yoga idols doesn't require teachers at her studio being certified, as far as I know). Money issues have been to blame for that, mostly + once I had the money, I decided to put it into pilates training instead, because it offered a more healthy – functional view of the body and clear teacher tools that were applicable not only for pilates but for any movement based body of work.
I have no problems with myself not being a certified RYT because I learn constantly about safety issues and teaching skills. And am not limiting myself to one source. What I do, I do it until I have full grasp.
I have never had anybody hurt in my class, but I have taken in others who have been hurt in other yoga classes, especially during finishing sequences.
But then again, when I say it out loud to a client that I have no official yoga training or diploma, it sounds like I'm revealing too much. Everything revolves around papers nowadays, doesn't it? Don't I seem like a phony then?
Not really since anybody can pay for their “online yoga certification” in thirty days or less. I know way more than somebody who woke up one day and payed a hefty sum in the name of spiritual awakening.
And it doesn't make me fake in the eyes of the people I teach when I tell them the truth. There really is no other answer.
So don't be afraid of questions but answer them truthfully. And never stop asking.