Teaching Yoga to Beginners.

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I have been introducing yoga to sailors cruising the globe for four years now and I love it. I did not only grow as a student but as a teacher and my realisation “light bulb” has switched on—I love to teach beginners!

 

It lights me up seeing the look on their faces and conversations after class, how much they enjoyed it, but most of all, I love their comments. Most common remarks are: “I thought I could never do yoga,” “I feel so light,” “My mood after yoga gets me through the day,” “My back is improving,” “I feel better after just three classes.”

My self practice keeps me focused as I continue my traveling yoga journey and I find room to grow along the way.

Sometimes I have struggled as a teacher. I find more often, not to introduce advanced asanas with my teachings, as I am often not in one place too long and it just isn’t appropriate for my students when they are often new to yoga. I keep it simple with glimpses of advanced progress from me as a teacher.

I find teaching preparations a mindful experience involving quiet time to decide the flow of asanas/postures, music, words to inspire, but the more I teach the more I have learned my preparations are often almost void and my plans quickly shift based on who is at my new location and joining my classes. Quite often one student will change my whole routine planned, but I love that it challenges me as a teacher and helps me grow. After all, this is not my practice but theirs.

Teaching beginners slows the whole class down, allowing transitions to be enjoyed by all students regardless of flexibility.

Prior to teaching beginners, I take a few moments to demonstrate various parts of the vinyasa flow practice, showing hand and feet placement, also the importance of not rounding the spine. I also demonstrate Child’s Pose and Downward Facing Dog to encourage beginners the importance of resting if needed.

I endeavor to teach from a place of compassion and understanding, emotions are clearly shown on beginners faces, some are nervous, they are questioning their capabilities, and some are worried as they do not want to get hurt or look foolish in their eyes. I use words of encouragement, and remind them that I was new to yoga once also, and that although I am teaching them, they in turn will teach me.

I not only slow the practice but my verbal cues, I speak in plain text limiting the ancient yoga language “Sanskrit” to eliminate beginner’s being overwhelmed by not only yoga, but a new language.

I encourage beginners by using humour, for example, take Tree Pose, they start to sway loose focus, I remember my teacher saying this once in a class holding this pose, “If you fall out just take a few people out with you”—the class always laughs, it reminds them to not take themselves so serious. Teaching the second side of Tree Pose, they are more relaxed and manage to hold the pose a little longer, and not be overwhelmed if they loose focus & start to sway!

The mindful practice, meditation, benefits beginners by becoming aware of their breath, and instills the beginning of using their breath as a tool throughout practice, to help steady and focus them, which in turn relaxes the nervous system and centers students prior and after class.

 

By Leanne Hembrow, 200-hr YTT graduate
Check out Leanne’s teacher profile to learn more.  


Happiness ~ Yoga Training ~ Reflection

Emotions, purging, captured voices, warmth, energy, its going to be an epic journey!

Moments of highs and Moments of Low in a blink of the eye! Life is a mystery all wrapped up and thrown at us when we least expect it.

My deepest appreciation & gratitude ; I honour my parents who in death I chose to use their gift of inheritance to become a yoga teacher.

Honour
Love Family

On Mother’s Day this year in closing my class I had an overwhelming experience – an immense feeling of love & sadness all at once – my voice choked … my hands in prayer as I move to the third eye … wet with tears … I miss you mum!

“Changing spaces opens up possibilities, inspiration and renewed energy!”

Since leaving Newcastle NSW Australia in May this year on board our Catamaran “Song Lines” I re-discovered old and new locations to share my Blissology Inspired Yoga Practice.

Yoga4yachties changing anchorages and spreading the Yoga Love!

Finding the still place inside, living a life on the water, receiving sun energy.

Yesterday ·   Yoga this morning, sharing my #Blissology inspired #yoga practice with Nanuya Island Resort guests, ICA Cruisers & international boats anchored in the beautiful Blue Lagoon!
July 13 2015 Nanuya Island Resort Blue Lagoon Fiji
Yoga this morning, sharing my #Blissology inspired #yoga practice with Nanuya Island Resort guests, ICA Cruisers & international boats anchored in the beautiful Blue Lagoon! “If you can breathe, you have the right type of body for Yoga” (Anacostia) BLISS = Beautiful Living is Super Simple!

This is how my Cruisers arrive to Practice
This is how my Yogi cruisers arrive to Practice




“I am continually learning and growing”





I love sharing my practice with my cruising community and guests from resorts in Fiji. It never ceases to amaze me how much love and appreciation students bring to their mats. Introducing “HUGS” into class, I remember my teacher Eoin Finn saying how it takes on a life of it’s own. Sometimes I find myself sitting and smiling, watching this hug energy unfold, the initial “what are we doing look” to laughter, fun, smiles & instant relaxed radiant energy, small conversations begin.


June 21 at 6:04am · Instagram · Edited · They say a change is as good as a holiday! My yoga space Saturday @vudapointmarina ‪#‎ocean‬ behind grass rich green, students walking from circular space to rest on mats beneath covered Boatshed, no walls to enclose us open to the morning breeze, lagoon of blue is our soft gaze to focus on, ‪#‎BLISS‬ ‪#‎Blissology‬ inspired ‪#‎yoga‬. ‪#‎love‬ A gentle ‪#‎vinyasaflow‬ to awaken ‪#‎gratitude‬ ‪#‎yoga4yachties‬
June 21 Vuda Point Marina Fiji
They say a change is as good as a holiday! My yoga space Saturday @vudapointmarina ‪#‎ocean‬ behind grass rich green, students walking from circular space to rest on mats beneath covered Boatshed, no walls to enclose us open to the morning breeze, lagoon of blue is our soft gaze to focus on, ‪#‎BLISS‬ ‪#‎Blissology‬ inspired ‪#‎yoga‬. ‪#‎love‬ A gentle ‪#‎vinyasaflow‬ to awaken ‪#‎gratitude‬ ‪#‎yoga4yachties‬

June 7 · Edited · Yoga Cloud 9 what an amazing morning and Practice with some special people. We opened our hips, our hearts & grounded towards the ocean beneath! Thank you Iris Kröncke, Michael, Barel Wachtel, Elvis and John Hembrow! Now anchoring ready to surf....high on Life! — at Cloud 9.
June 7 2015 Cloud9 Fiji
Yoga Cloud 9 what an amazing morning and Practice with some special people. We opened our hips, our hearts & grounded towards the ocean beneath!

July 3 at 10:16am · iOS · ‪#‎Yoga‬ today I shared with this gorgeous little one,meet
July 3 2015 Musket Cove Resort & Marina Fiji
‪#‎Yoga‬ today I shared with this gorgeous little one,meet “Francesca” full of giggles & the biggest smile! She flowed alongside her mum & Aunty. We inhaled thinking of as tummies as balloons, holding for 5, exhaling slowly thru mouth, breathing in comfort, relaxation & peace. Breathe out negative thoughts, feelings & emotions! ‪#‎yoga4yachties‬ ‪#‎breath‬ ‪#‎gratitude‬ enjoy your weekend everyone
Don’t go outside you searching for Jewels, there are Jewels inside you waiting to be discovered, polished & ready to beam beautifully.



“SMILE”


“PEACE”


“LOVE”



  • I have had a few firsts this season teaching.
  • Wonderful to have previous year students returning & Fijian student
  • Sharing my practice with young children add’s a new dynamic, fun, playful & pure joy.
  • A students inner turmoil, released through tears, comfort through hugs.
  • I am humbled to share what I have been taught and am forever grateful my students receive a positive dynamic & often a new or renewed love for Yoga.  Namaste!                                       (source:wholesomesources.com – yoga saying,quotes)