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Cheeky Yogi Teaches for the First Time – blood, sweat and a sandwich

Cheeky Yogi Teaches for the First Time - blood, sweat and a sandwich

I had spent hours agonising over the contents of my first ever class. So many decisions.

Pranayama? Yes. Something short, but essential.

Music? Yes. A carefully crafted playlist to enhance the yoga journey.

Chanting? Yes. 1 short mantra, 3 OMs, and 3 Shantis.

As soon as I was allowed to teach yoga (half-way through my 200-hour course), I set up a 6-week beginner yoga course in my local, damp and dark village hall. Ready with my matching purple mats and yoga blocks, incense to mask the fumes, and a few electric candles (think health and safety) for ambience. I had genuinely thought of everything; even a selection of herbal teas should people mingle after class and create the epic yoga community I envisaged. I had invited a few work colleagues and friends to join me for free. I might not make a whopping profit, but at least the class wouldn’t be empty and the real punters would feel this was an actual pukka yoga class.

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Pregnancy Yoga Guide

How to Teach Yoga to a New Mum – Part I

How to Teach Yoga to a New Mum - Part I

It’s your regular weekly vinyasa class, packed with students and suddenly, that former student who was pregnant walks in. She’s had her baby! Great and now…..what do you do? What are your post-natal techniques? How do you adjust for this new mom? (more…)

Hanna Skomra

7 Things A Yoga Teacher Does Before 10am

7 Things A Yoga Teacher Does Before 10am

When I first began practising yoga many moons ago I used to marvel at the energy of the teacher: their sustained patience and sense of calm, their ability to entangle (or more aptly perhaps, untangle) us in an atmosphere of judgemental peace. They would float into the classroom – glowing, smiling and ethereal. What species were these patient people? What was their magical secret? (more…)

Compassion in the Classroom: What to Do if A Student Starts to Cry

Compassion in the Classroom: What to Do if A Student Starts to Cry

Picture this. You’re in the middle of teaching a lesson. Perhaps you’re still relatively new to teaching, maybe this is a much bigger class size than you’re usually used to, or this could just be your regular class with regular students. The class is going great, you’re in your element, when someone starts to cry.

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