My assignment back in 10/3/02
My Eight Week Classes started on July 2 in my home. I placed a flying in my neighborhood and told friends that I would be offering yoga in my home. Six women signed up to join me for the classes.
All six women except one continued for the eight week session. The first week I gave to each a questionnaire on yoga to gauge their knowledge and future commitment level. All but one had done yoga in the past and all but the one were unsure if they would continue to practice after the eight weeks.
Each week we focused on something different. During the first week a few of the participants commented on how difficult some of the poses are. One woman did not realize that yoga is a workout and thought it would be mostly relaxation and breathe work.
During the last class I asked in a second feedback sheet what pose they liked least and most. It was interesting to note that they all had very different responses for different reasons. I was glad to note that in the first form handed out most were not sure if they would continue with yoga but on the last day most commented that they would continue.
I enjoyed the process of teaching women who had never practiced yoga before and (I) learned from each of them. One of the most meaningful things I learned was each person is different and their needs/likes/dislikes are very individual. I also learned that with beginning students you need to teach, not just do. You need to reassure, give frequent cues and walk around to each person.
I am looking forward to my level 2 training this weekend and learning to give hands on direction during class. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to offer yoga to my community. Namaste.