BREATH >Vinyasa is a sanskrit word that means to connect breath and movement. The practice of Vinyasa Yoga is a dance between the body and the breath. The breath is the leader, the body is simply following. This is why a big part of a Vinyasa teacher training course is about breath-control and breath exploration. In sanskrit, breath is called Prana. Prana means vital energy. Without Prana, without breath, we are no more. With a restricted flow of Prana, we are slowly dying. On the other hand, if we can cultivate a healthy breath we allow Prana to flow freely through the body, therefore rejuvenating it, bringing life to each and every cell.
A Vinyasa Teacher Training course will include various Pranayama workshops to make sure future teachers understand the effect of the breath on the body and how to use Prana as a guide in the yoga practice.
CREATIVITY > Nowadays, Vinyasa sessions tend to be valued for their creativity. Vinyasa students value a creative teacher who is able to teach new Asanas, new transitions, new variations. As a teacher you must learn the proper way to sequence a class in order to keep it safe but fun!
The Vinyasa teacher training course will emphasis on given the future teachers a sequencing winning formula that pretty much every class will be based on, but leaving enough space for creativity and constant novelty.
CHALLENGE >Vinyasa sessions are known to be challenging. A good Vinyasa teacher is able to teach a multi-levels class giving options for new students but also keeping up the challenge for the advanced practitioners. A good Vinyasa teacher training course will present many different options to adapt every Asana to every student. It will also take some time to practice more challenging postures like the handstand and other inversions together with arm balances.
It is more important for a teacher to be able to teach those Asanas than to be able to perform them. Therefore, is it important to allow time for the future teachers to practice teaching those challenging postures:
How to prepare the students
How to explain the Asanaswith minimal demonstration
How to help students get in the posture
How to offer options for students who are not ready yet.
It is important to be confident when you teach those postures, if you cannot trust yourself as a teacher, it will be very hard for your students to trust you, and the journey of inversions and arm balance practice is a journey from fear to trust. Gaining and honouring the trust of your students is mandatory if you want to teach them challenging postures.
RHYTHM > A Vinyasa class should maintain a certain rhythm. As a teacher you need to learn how to keep the rhythm in your class, while giving all the information necessary for your students to follow. Using a simple but precise vocabulary to cue every pose and transition is way more effective than trying to go decorticate every second of the movement.
I often tell my students before starting classes that Vinyasa focuses on transitions and movements rather than finding the exact alignment and perfection of every pose. What counts is the flow, the breath and a good enough alignment. If students wish to decorticate every aspect of a pose, they should try a Hata class or a private session. It is normal for students to feel like they can’t follow every movement on their first Vinyasa class.
Our job as teachers is to make sure the students feel supported in the process and to give them personal attention. This is why we need to make sure our cues are easy to follow and we need to give options for beginners. We also need to keep an eye on those new students, it’s ok that they are not getting everything from the first class, but we should not let them do anything that might injure their body.
To keep a good rhythm in a multi-level classes, keep in mind that you will have to:
Explain the poses
Cue the breath
Give physical support
Adjustsstudents challenging poses
Adjust new students trying to follow!
Give yourself time to master all that there is to do as a teacher in a class with different levels of students.
This is why a Vinyasa teacher training course will give a lot of tools and practice to develop the ability to keep the rhythm in a multi-level class. This includes workshops on the art of adjusting, the art of effective cueing, anatomy, asana variations from beginner to advanced, how to teach inversions and arm balances.
To conclude, a Vinyasa teacher training course is a course that focuses on giving the tools to future teachers to be able to teach a creative, rhythmic multi-level yoga class in which every movement is linked to a breath. Being able to support students in challenging Asanas and offering variations to meet the needs of each students are qualities that will be developed during this kind of training.
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