So all in all, its a big weekend ahead. This verbal adjustment piece is really big. This is really where the "teaching to what you see" idea gets it's momentum and good verbal adjustments can make all the difference in the world in terms of effective teaching. And this is also where many certification videos need the most improvement. By the time someone is applying for certification, they know the method, they know the script, and so forth. This piece of looking at a group and giving a refinement or adjustment that is based on what you see in the moment that will help 75% of the group improve to me is one of the main dividing lines between an anusara inspired teacher and a certified teacher. There are more dividing lines as well, but that's a biggie in my book.
We had a good night in classes last night. I taught back bends for the 3/4 class at 4:30 and we worked on standing poses mostly in the level 2/3 class at 6:00. I had big mix of people who have been long-time students with people brand new to me and my teaching so that is always an interesting dynamic on a lot of levels. The yoga, expectations and instructions and so forth are just one level. There is also an interpersonal level at play.
I know over the years from doing this that one of the great things about Ansuara Yoga can, if we are not careful, be one of the shortcomings or downfalls of our approach. Because of our dedication to community and because of the relationships we foster in and out of class with one another, we often get very close as time goes by. It can be easy to be so familiar with one another that we share private jokes and a kind of intimacy that when new people come around, instead of feeling welcomed, they feel left out.
I know none of that happens on purpose and I know no one wants that to be the case. I mean no one I know consciously wishes to exclude anyone and no one new to a class wants to feel left out, but its a dynamic we really have to watch for. By the same token if a teacher suddenly gets super formal with long time students just because there are new people in the room, well, then there are problems with that also. The main thing is, we do not want kula to become clique.
Anyway, all in all, it was a great day yesterday. On with the day.