10 Hour Teaching Clinic
with Abbie Galvin
Saturday & Sunday, September 23rd & 24th (2-7pm)
Price: $200 advance / $250 day of
We all remember and have been influenced by, if we are lucky, one great teacher. Although it could have been a math teacher, a drama coach, an after school tutor, the content is secondary. In truth it is the humanity and life lessons of that extraordinary teacher that stick. Let’s learn to be that teacher.
Teaching yoga is a different endeavor than doing yoga. A Yogi with a nice practice isn't necessarily the best teacher of it. A great skier or dancer doesn't guarantee they can teach what it is they can do so well. An inspired musician is often a lousy teacher. Teaching is an art all its own. Doing yoga well demands that one study it over time with a regularity of practice, refining one’s skills. However, teaching it to others demands the ability to be able to articulate theory and to have the capacity to break down the practice verbally so that our students have an embodied, spirited experience. A teacher has to "hold" the room, with a certain psychic connection to each student in their realm; an intuitive alertness which keeps students curious and attentive and which makes everyone feel safe. For the duration of one's class, a teacher is mentor, model, mother, mid-wife, muse, modulator and manipulator, planting seeds for insight and change beyond the mat.
In this workshop we will explore the practice and art of teaching, preparing for our students by working on ourselves. Being in front of people will challenge you in bewildering ways; your intelligence, your self-esteem, your self image and who you think you are. A yoga practitioner becomes a yoga teacher as they develop themselves inside and out. At first we amaze ourselves with our brilliance, and then, inevitably we stumble when a student asks a simple question. The journey to becoming a real teacher happens over time, with lots of experience in the room inspiring students, informing them well, sometimes informing them badly, being able to nimbly read a room and switch gears to accommodate the unexpected, all in a days work.
Come with a 15 minute prepared sequence. Each participant will have the opportunity to teach the room and together we will hash out and thrash out ideas, critique and appraise delivery, dissect, debate, support and rally each other. So that as teaching techniques become more refined, our focus shifts from ourselves and how well or badly we are doing, to the experience that our students are having. In this way we become a teacher who makes a real impact.