YogiKris

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  1. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by cheyb in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    Thank you all so much for your input! All of you gave such great advice. I may check into correspondence classes like YogiKris suggested, and in the meantime, perhaps I can manipulate my husband into letting me work with him  Thanks again, to all of you!
  2. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    Hi cheyb!
    First of all, the simple fact you ask the question (in the forum and to yourself) means you aren't not irresponsible.
    I think if you do it with friends just to see if you like to teach before doing a teacher training, it's ok. You know we also do that when we are in a teacher training. When I was in my training, I was teaching a private class to one of my friends every week. I was not paid and she knew I had no certification but I needed to train myself and to be in teaching conditions to learn to explain the postures in English (which is not my mother tongue). Another girl in the training was doing the same with her boyfriend. If this is with people who know you and trust you and you need it to make sure you really wanna become a yoga teacher it's not bad.
    But if you want to teach a regular session, even with a small group, I think it's better to get a certificate. Because the basics of yoga are the most difficult to teach like adho mukha svanasana or Utthita trikonasana or virabhadrasana, etc. These are some poses you find in every yoga class for beginners but these are some of the most difficult to explain (more difficult than crow pose for example). Most of all, being a teacher is more than teaching, a teacher is kind of a therapist for some students who come with an injury or a cancer or different personal issues.
    Do you know it is possible to do teacher training by correspondance courses ? I don't know how it works but it does exist. Maybe it would be a good option for you if you really want your diploma but you can't leave your kid (which is understandable). If you really want to get this diploma, you will find a way, I'm sure. Maybe ask some help to Universe, during your meditation ? Also, if you have some doubts, let me tell you the teacher training will motivate you more and more to become a teacher. You'll go deeper and deeper into yoga so it's really amazing and you want to share all of this with the entire world haha.
    So, in my opinion, it's fine if you teach yoga to relatives, friends, maybe workmates (without being paid) to make sure you enjoy to teach. But I would advice you to get a diploma if you want to promote your class/session and teach to groups and strangers.
    I hope my answer helped ?
  3. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    Hi cheyb!
    First of all, the simple fact you ask the question (in the forum and to yourself) means you aren't not irresponsible.
    I think if you do it with friends just to see if you like to teach before doing a teacher training, it's ok. You know we also do that when we are in a teacher training. When I was in my training, I was teaching a private class to one of my friends every week. I was not paid and she knew I had no certification but I needed to train myself and to be in teaching conditions to learn to explain the postures in English (which is not my mother tongue). Another girl in the training was doing the same with her boyfriend. If this is with people who know you and trust you and you need it to make sure you really wanna become a yoga teacher it's not bad.
    But if you want to teach a regular session, even with a small group, I think it's better to get a certificate. Because the basics of yoga are the most difficult to teach like adho mukha svanasana or Utthita trikonasana or virabhadrasana, etc. These are some poses you find in every yoga class for beginners but these are some of the most difficult to explain (more difficult than crow pose for example). Most of all, being a teacher is more than teaching, a teacher is kind of a therapist for some students who come with an injury or a cancer or different personal issues.
    Do you know it is possible to do teacher training by correspondance courses ? I don't know how it works but it does exist. Maybe it would be a good option for you if you really want your diploma but you can't leave your kid (which is understandable). If you really want to get this diploma, you will find a way, I'm sure. Maybe ask some help to Universe, during your meditation ? Also, if you have some doubts, let me tell you the teacher training will motivate you more and more to become a teacher. You'll go deeper and deeper into yoga so it's really amazing and you want to share all of this with the entire world haha.
    So, in my opinion, it's fine if you teach yoga to relatives, friends, maybe workmates (without being paid) to make sure you enjoy to teach. But I would advice you to get a diploma if you want to promote your class/session and teach to groups and strangers.
    I hope my answer helped ?
  4. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in Leading a yoga session without certification   
    Hi cheyb!
    First of all, the simple fact you ask the question (in the forum and to yourself) means you aren't not irresponsible.
    I think if you do it with friends just to see if you like to teach before doing a teacher training, it's ok. You know we also do that when we are in a teacher training. When I was in my training, I was teaching a private class to one of my friends every week. I was not paid and she knew I had no certification but I needed to train myself and to be in teaching conditions to learn to explain the postures in English (which is not my mother tongue). Another girl in the training was doing the same with her boyfriend. If this is with people who know you and trust you and you need it to make sure you really wanna become a yoga teacher it's not bad.
    But if you want to teach a regular session, even with a small group, I think it's better to get a certificate. Because the basics of yoga are the most difficult to teach like adho mukha svanasana or Utthita trikonasana or virabhadrasana, etc. These are some poses you find in every yoga class for beginners but these are some of the most difficult to explain (more difficult than crow pose for example). Most of all, being a teacher is more than teaching, a teacher is kind of a therapist for some students who come with an injury or a cancer or different personal issues.
    Do you know it is possible to do teacher training by correspondance courses ? I don't know how it works but it does exist. Maybe it would be a good option for you if you really want your diploma but you can't leave your kid (which is understandable). If you really want to get this diploma, you will find a way, I'm sure. Maybe ask some help to Universe, during your meditation ? Also, if you have some doubts, let me tell you the teacher training will motivate you more and more to become a teacher. You'll go deeper and deeper into yoga so it's really amazing and you want to share all of this with the entire world haha.
    So, in my opinion, it's fine if you teach yoga to relatives, friends, maybe workmates (without being paid) to make sure you enjoy to teach. But I would advice you to get a diploma if you want to promote your class/session and teach to groups and strangers.
    I hope my answer helped ?
  5. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Want to attend a live class with Candace???   
    Please see http://yogabycandace.com/blog/spring-2017-yoga-retreat-in-italy
    @YogaByCandace runs retreats (typically a few days to a week in length) as well as workshops (2 hour classes). 
    Please follow, on her blog Retreats, Workshops as well as this forum (updated periodically as new events are planned)
     
  6. JenJenJen liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in Opportunities from Universe...   
    Thank you thank you thank you ?✨:)
  7. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by JenJenJen in Opportunities from Universe...   
    I think it's wonderful that you are following your instincts, YogiKris. I also believe that if we truly want something---the Universe will provide.
    I also think we must use our best judgement as opportunities arise, as you have. The Universe will provide you the RIGHT fit for you!! It just hasn't come, yet.
    Sincerely,
    Jen
  8. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by JenJenJen in Am i doing it well ?   
    @YogiKris
    I found this forum, today, because I, too, was letting that self-doubt get to me. I received my 200-hour certificate last July (2016).
    While I usually have more than 3 students per class, my growth has been slow. Some days I may have 7-10 yogis...other days, maybe 5. The number of students varies each week. This, sometimes, makes me question myself and I begin to wonder if I'm even doing anyone any good with my instructing.
    It can be tough, I know how you feel. Let's hang in there and give it some time! Just remember, you are not alone!  
  9. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by LarryD517 in Am i doing it well ?   
    I can't help you as I'm a student, but I'll tell you I tend to gravitate towards teachers that spend more time imparting knowledge, adjusting students and walking around the class...as opposed to teachers that run more fast, paced athletic (sweat inducing) classes. I don't like teachers that just sit in front and run through the routine themselves.
    Not sure if that helps, but that's what one student looks for.
  10. NadiYoga liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in Yoga - Hobby or potential job?   
    I identity with it. I was a student in communications, practicing yoga for two years. More as I was practicing, more I was into yoga, more I wanted to TEACH yoga. I have finished my diploma at university and in the same time I did my teacher training (week at university, week end at yoga studio). I got my both diplomas and now I am yoga teacher. I won't lie you, for some of us (me )it's very hard. The business is hard and at the beginning you have not a lot of money. But I followed my heart and I don't regret it.
    My one and only advice is to FOLLOW YOUR HEART. If you heart says you must do your studies and yoga is just something you love, go to university. If you heart says you want to be a yoga teacher, go for a teacher training. Your heart has all of the answers. Listen to it.
    PS : why not doing both ? Teacher training and university. You will be in a rush but it's worth it.
    Send you love ❤️ 
    Kris
  11. yogafire liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    Thank you for your answer ! You're right I'm still learning and the child pose was surely the best option to do. This experience made me learned about my teaching and myself. But yes it was a very weird experience haha. As you said the student feedback is important and I always listen to them to improve myself, this is the reason why I posted here because even if I was thinking about it few days after I still had no idea what I was supposed to do in this kind of situation. I take it as an experience to grow up as a teacher. Thank you again for your answer. The community is so lovely here ?
  12. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by KateZena in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    @YogiKris I'm not a therapist; I'm a straight up volunteer, but I was a client too (I outgrew the NFP side; I work with a coach who is friends with the owner and uses the same horses.) When I volunteer, I'm often in the back brushing the horses and tacking/untacking the horses (i.e. putting on and taking off their gear) but I'm in the arena too.
    A personal experience: in August, the horse I was used to riding and had a lot of confidence riding - a 15.3 hand (a hand is 4") quarter horse named Scooby Doo - was taken away from me and I was put on this extremely tall (17 hands) draft horse named Vince for the Special Olympics. I became extremely nervous/scared as I had never ridden anything taller than me. Confidence went down the drain. I had been working with this coach for just a few weeks and now I'm given this new horse that is HUGE and a totally different temperament. I broke down once during a lesson because I missed my relationship with Scooby and I was so frustrated with my teacher. You can't see it now because we work really well (coach, horse and me), but we had a rough patch.
    Horseback riding and yoga have a lot in common; all of your emotions show in your practice. Something new requires a lot of guts and an innate trust in your teacher. Sometimes, gaining trust and intuition takes time! As you learn and teach, you'll know when to step in and when to not. That just takes experience, just like learning to trust your horse to get you over obstacles with ease takes practice.
  13. yogafire liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    Thank you for your answer. I also felt like if she was afraid to do it and not be good enough. But she was young and flexible so I wanted to encourage her because I knew she was able to do it. She seemed to have a lack of confidence (not just for yoga) and I wanted her to leave the class thinking "I'm a badass I did it and I am proud of myself" :). It's nice to compare your experience as a therapist with horses and me as a yoga teacher. Thank you for sharing your experience.
     
    Thank you Candace for this answer. I usually say to the student to rest in child pose when I feel the posture/sequence is too much for him/her. But in this case I felt like if she had a lack of confidence and I was trying to help her winning confidence in herself. But I think you're right, if I would ask her to rest in child pose, she would not disturb the rest of the class. I admit that every time I propose the child pose I am afraid the student feels out of the group and feels like I forget him/her. I don't know, maybe this kind of thought is a "beginner teacher" thought ? I feel like if I did my best and every time I am in front of a resistance I re-evaluate myself because I have still a lot to learn. Nobody talks about this kind of situation during teacher training and I had no idea what to do haha. Thank you for your answer, if it happens to me again, I will propose the child pose to let the rest of the group enjoy the practice. I think this is the best option to keep a class safe and in cohesion. 
  14. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by KateZena in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    That's why I think I struggle with the idea of a class. I'm still so new that I don't feel like I'll be able to follow. I did an aerobics class once; I couldn't keep up because I hadn't danced in so long my body had forgotten many of the moves and it gave me so much anxiety. No one ever said, "Don't be afraid to fix the aerobics to fit your aerobic level."
    I think it's great when a teacher says at the beginning, "If you feel uncomfortable, don't be afraid to do something that suits you." It could be because I am so literal and sometimes so attached to "rules"  that I need someone to say, "do something that suits you." It's silly but it's freeing when people say that. Even when I'm in the arena riding, I still have to remind myself, "Okay, I can trot but I don't have to go around the arena the whole time. I can make big circles around the corners, figure eights, serpentines, reverse the rail, go over the poles, make a giant circle around half the arena! I don't just have to go around the arena. Use my space!"
  15. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by KateZena in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    I'm not a teacher, but I volunteer at a NFP where we use horses for therapy. In my experience, when the clients say "no," it is often because they are scared. They are scared, anxious or their system has gotten too much information or something along those lines. It makes sense; ponies and horses are animals with brains. They can be scary. Not everyone is very gung-ho and says, "OKAY, LET'S TRY THIS!" like, well, me. I may not always yell it out, I may be a little timid about trying it out, but gosh darn it, there is no, "I can't" in my vocabulary. For the "Nope, can't do this" people we always encourage trying. We bring out the most bombproof, sweetest pony in the barn (Chance) and start with just having them get into the arena. Now, can you get near Chance? Touch him? Pet him?
    Basically, if you find people struggling, slow it down and encourage trying, but don't go so out of your way everyone suffers. Then your practice suffers.
  16. YogiKris liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    Wow that a situation! I feel like you did the best you could do, don't you? If so, let that be enough. It's your student's issue. I always tell students that if they're not feeling up to doing what I have planned, that's ok - they can rest in child's pose or savasana, but that they don't need to explain their reasoning to me or anyone next to them - they have the freedom to take a break if they want. Maybe you could start saying something similar? I feel like if the student had just gone into child's pose for a rest, then no one else would've been bothered. But to have someone exclaim 'it's too confusing' and then just sit and watch everyone else might make everyone else feel uncomfortable? It sounds like perhaps the person was just so new they didn't understand the basics and it really is a lot of information at once especially if they've never practiced before. I hope that's somewhat helpful! I think the fact that you're evaluating yourself and really tried to make things better shows you're an incredible teacher. Don't discredit yourself. <3 
  17. YogaByCandace liked a post in a topic by YogiKris in What can I do when a student doesn't want to do the class   
    Hi everyone !
    I need your help because recently I was in a situation where I was not able to know what to do... (Excuse my English, it's not perfect...)
    I was teaching a class and a new student came to the class saying she was a beginner and she has never done yoga before but she was very interested about it. Fine ! She took a mat a roll out the mat next to me.
    I began the class as usual with breathing exercices, some warm up and Adho mukha svanasana. Then we began sun salutations. I always explain everything during surya Namaskara (breath, movement, alignment) keeping a vinyasa flow then the lady stopped, sat down, and said "I don't want to do that !". I was not sure to understand so I said "what ?" And she repeat "I don't want to do that this is too complicated". Of course all of the students stopped and sat down as the lady, starring at me. One of the other student (a regular student who has usually no problem with sun salutation) said "yes it's hard, it's too fast". At the moment I thought I was surely too fast without realising it. It was surely my fault. So I said sorry no problem I will go slower. I began again with a very slow flow, explaining everything in details, showing and giving different options for advanced and beginners. The new lady sat down again and said "no, keep going but me I don't do that". So for the next sun salutation I came close to her and I showed her again the movement even slower. She finally did it.
    It was a little bit hard during all of the practice because I felt like if the new student had a lack of confidence and I think she was afraid to not be good enough compared to the others. I reassured her saying trust yourself, you can do it. But I felt like if she had an impact on the entire group.
    I would like to know what we are supposed to do when a student says "no" during the class and disturbs all of the class ? I had a lot of doubts and re-evaluate myself. I was thinking I did something wrong. But when I think about the class, I think I was slow and I explained and showed everything properly. Maybe I'm wrong. I don't want to force anyone to do something he/she is not comfortable with. But most of the time when a student does something, the others follow. The class was very weird because I felt like she was disturbing the others who have usually no problem with the class. Even the advanced was not listening to me anymore. The class was a mess and it was the first time it happened to me. I was a little bit confused... I continued the class, trying to create a connection between members of the group to make them move in a nice flow where they would be all comfortable but it was like running a marathon. I'm a young yoga teacher, I teach for 4 months so I had no idea what I was supposed to do, in this situation...
    Do you think my reaction was ok ? What are we supposed to do in this kind of situation, when a student sat down and refuses to do the class ?
    In advance, thank you for your answers. Namaste !