Haven’t we all heard of the benefits of teaching Yoga in schools or colleges?
While the movement to bring Yoga to students is blooming we often forget about its benefit for teachers.
I think we can all agree that teaching can be stressful sometimes. Teaching involves a great deal of energy exchange between students and teachers. Hence balancing your energy as a teacher is an important part of building internal alignment and a healthy classroom environment.
Here are a few simple tips to get you started on your Yoga journey:
Breath awareness: You probably remember all your students’ grades from last year, but do you know how many breaths you are taking per minute at this moment? Developing breath awareness, and learning to breathe properly, is one of the easiest ways to improve your mental and physical health. Get into a comfortable position (supine or comfortable seated position) and try to discover the quality of your breath: the number of inhalations and exhalations and their depth.
The Tree pose (Vrikshasana): Balancing poses require our full attention while practising. They are all about finding your inner focus and quieting everything else around you. It’s a great lesson to take into life: find your focus, and balance will follow.
Banish fatigue: After an exhausting day find time to engage in a simple Supine Twist. Lie on your back with your knees drawn into your chest. Slowly drop your knees to one side of your body, keeping your upperback and both your arms grounded on the mat . After resting here for a minute, bring your knees back to your chest, then drop them to the other side. Don’t forget to keep breathing
Relaxing in a Child’s pose (Balasana): If you are looking to cultivate a better relationship with resting in your life, I highly recommend the Child’s Pose. Start by kneeling on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Bend forward, and lay your torso between your thighs. Stretch your arms forward and place them in front of you, such that they are in line with your knees. Since this asana is a resting pose, you can stay in the pose from anywhere between 30 seconds to a few minutes.
Let your practice be a journey of self discovery.
For more tips and information follow Amrita
Certified Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner