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Christine Stump, RYT, has practiced yoga for 14 years, meditation for 25 and taught for 6, and now specializes in creating and supporting home practice for dedicated yogis. Home practice is by far the most effective way to engage the transformation of yoga, and joining the depth of daily, self-directed practice with regular consultation from Christine as a seasoned teacher helps her students sustain and integrate the revelations of home practice throughout their lives.
Having studied multiple styles of yoga, Christine now teaches Hatha yoga with a meditative focus. Individualization of the practice is the key to rapid and systemic results, more than adherence to any system, and the study of multiple traditions of both yoga and meditation informs all of her teaching. Private sessions are conducted in person at the student’s practice space to fully access sense memory and can be skillfully conducted by video conferencing.
Christine designed and taught a ground breaking experimental yoga class which demonstrated health benefits beyond what had been predicted for a 12 week series of twice weekly, 90 minute basic yoga classes. Her upcoming ebook on home practice draws from these classes and teaches you how to build your practice from the ground up.
Christine shares information about the transformative practices of yoga and meditation with wild abandon. Learn more about yoga practice at alignmentyoganm.com, and about integrating an array of transformative practices into your life at transformationjunkie.wordpress.com.
You just received your Yoga Alliance “Registered Yoga Teacher” card in the mail, you’ve contracted for liability insurance and you are ready to teach your first class: Congratulations! Landing your first gig can present the usual novice conundrums, such as how do you get experience without having it, how to provide references for a job you haven’t yet held and how to grow your practice.
When you manage a studio or a full teaching practice, you have a number of variables to manage and then juggle on a day to day basis. After you set your schedule, hire teachers, create a fee schedule and tiers of packages you are left with how to manage the actual sale of the classes and how to check people in. On any given day, you’ll have students arrive and use one of a package of classes, some will drop in, others will buy or use gift certificates and yet others will arrive late or forget their payment.
While it may seem like you have enough on your plate with planning a class, picking music, preparing a place, putting your best yoga clothes on (not the ones with the hole in the behind), having the props, showing up on time and creating the experience, you’ll quickly find that the art of teaching can become lost in the details of running a business. Some teachers prefer not to think of what they’re up to as a business, but to effectively deliver your message, you’ll need some basic strategies for gathering your tribe, growing it sustainably and getting the word out about your offerings.
We all have been inspired by a class that left us feeling as if we’d accessed every single muscle in our bodies from every possible angle, and left us perfectly balanced, wrung out and freshly energized. It was probably a class such as this which inspired us to become teachers ourselves. Learn how to use sequencing to improve your yoga classes.
You’ve had them: welcome adjustments that opened up whole new worlds of aliveness, and heavy, forceful or just plain icky adjustments that were either too much or not enough to be sure where they wanted you to go. Or did that teacher just touch your ....? We all know where the Goldilocks point is for us between too much and too little. Here are few guidelines to consider when reaching out to adjust your students’ postures, to assure your adjustments are just right.
One of the greatest transitions from practicing yoga to teaching yoga comes in evaluating the alignment of other people in yoga poses. There is a strong drive at first to focus on limbs, their position in space or straightness or grace. However, even when your target is an arm or leg, the best way to effect the change is rarely to ask the student to do anything with their arm or leg.
The truth is that you do need a couple of basic beliefs in order to do yoga, but they’re not beliefs in supernatural forces or beings, and no religious values are endorsed. The basic belief you’ll need is that by acting and observing, you can change your experience. The values described in the Yamas and Niyamas are not only common across cultures, but suggested as an experiential underpinning for the physiologic poses to work efficiently.