Hatha Yoga Teaching: Lesson Plan Designing – Part 2

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No matter whether a yoga class starts from a permanent or sitting position, it has always been the subject of debate, but both methods are ok; and many yoga teachers both, depending on the particular teaching plan.

One of the things you should not miss out of your yoga class is a warm-up and proper warm-up exercise that slowly warms the joints, connective tissues and muscle tissue. Some yoga teachers feel that advanced yoga practitioners do not need to be heated in detail and totally disagree with this philosophy.

Consider this: Professional athletes practicing and practicing almost every day are always instructed to perform warm-up exercises. This is very cautious, but for professional athletes, you can have thousands or millions of dollars in the line.

Yoga students generally do not have "high stakes" that participate in the physical performance of their work, but each student must be taught with safety guidelines. That is why I feel consistently about the value of warming at the beginning of the yoga class: it's just common sense to take care of your students.

If yoga class starts or ends with meditation? Some yoga teachers begin to meditate with the class of the same yoga class, while some teach meditation only after the asana exercise.

Unfortunately, the relatively small number of Hatha yoga teachers does not include meditation. This is when a Hatha yoga class is converted into "just fitness" atmosphere. In fact, this is the prerogative of all yoga teachers; and some health clubs do not want to meditate in yoga classes.

Hatha yoga teaches mental, physical and sometimes spiritual health. Meditation is a very valuable health ingredient, but practice is not a guarantee of good mental health alone. Here, if you teach any yoga teaching, you must at least teach the basics of meditation as part of the yoga classes.

How to incorporate Pranayama into the yoga class? Beginners need to cover at least three Pranayama techniques, usually used during a yoga class. If Pranayama is an extra curricular part of the class, some beginners may try to avoid a given yoga time.

Many yoga teachers have been accredited for full-time classes and not long ago when we taught small, committed student groups. That's why we want to maintain popularity, but all the components of yoga can become unpopular.

This is a fine line for full-time yoga teachers who want to walk. You know the benefits of long-term yoga practice, but beginners need to stay long enough to "feel the results". This is very different from exercise, where a practitioner will see visual results within one to two months.

The well-prepared yoga class needs many health benefits and requires public knowledge to be used by students to display a "big picture".

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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