We’re in the double digits in terms of lecture/clinic days! Since I imagine a few readers are hopping in on day ten prior to seeing my other ‘journals’ I’ll explain why i’m writing about classes! In CorePower Yoga Teacher Training, we are required to journal about both our completed yoga classes as well as our lectures and posture clinics (the actual training). Before I started the training, I tried to Google as much as I could to see if prior teachers in training shared their experience so I knew what to expect. Maybe it’s different for everyone, but I feel as though people tend to go for something when they have more information regarding others’s experiences! (I am totally that person that reads the reviews (and writes) before I buy something)!
By writing, I hope to share with you both the aspects I enjoyed as well as the ‘not so much.’ That being said, we had a lecture on Anatomy today taught by two outside CorePower Yoga instructors. They did a great job and really tried to get the audience involved (all of the other studio’s students met at our location). While I like learning about the body (heck, we live in it), I felt that this lecture (at least the first of two) would have been better if it started on a Sunday. Most students are coming from work or just experienced a long day, and this seemed to be an information overload. The teachers i’m in training with always mention how they feel more refreshed and less anxious on our Sunday practices due to a two day break. We were also sitting on the ground for three hours and that wasn’t all that comfy; however, it doesn’t make sense for CPY to pay to use another space when the studios welcome us with open arms.
Now, while the lecture may have been a little late at night to completely absorb everything – it was absolutely necessary! We learn about anatomy during training for several reasons. One, the safety of our students. Two, it helps us teachers cue a student out of a misalignment. For example, a teacher should tell a student to twist from their hips if the twist should be coming from their spine and neck etc…. The anatomy lecture truly helps us teachers understand the body and how it works. This specifically comes into play when we work on hands on adjusts and assists throughout class.
Our training booklet goes over the major bones and muscles that we focus on throughout class. While the book has the actual terminology listed by each body part, we labeled them with the terms we’d use in class. Why? Well, if you told a student to rotate their cervical vertebra they might not have any idea what you’re talking about. Now, if you told them to rotate their neck from side to side, they’ll understand that better. The point of cueing in formula with known terms allows the student to make adjustments or come into a posture without looking at the teacher. This also allows the student to become more present and focus on breath to movement vs. looking around the room.
My favorite part about the lecture was learning about the spine. It supports our organs and is more fragile than we may know. Think about a yoga class you’ve taken in the past. Now try and think about how many times they cued something regarding your back or extension to protect your back. A million times, right!? That’s because it is so important flow through postures correctly in order to product our spinal cord.
Alrighty, am I still talking?! I’d like to close this out with what I thought worked best in the lecture. The teachers used poses we typically do throughout class to explain what they were discussing. I, along with other trainees, found this very helpful as a few of us are visual learners. Sometimes it takes a visual example to make sense of something. Overall, despite being tired I thought the lecture was helpful. It’ll be nice to be able to cue students with a more advanced bone & body (anatomy) history.
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