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T-T02. Presenting asana & organising the class

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‘It is relatively easy to be a teacher of an academic subject, but to be a teacher in art is very difficult, and to be a yoga teacher is the hardest of all, because yoga teachers have to be their own critics and correct their own practice. The art of yoga is entirely subjective and practical. Yoga teachers have to know the entire functioning of the body; they have to know the behaviour of the people who come to them and how to react and be ready to help, to protect and safeguard their pupils’.

Iyengar BKS, Tree of Yoga, On teachers and teaching

Welcome to this subject on Presenting asana & organising the class. This subject identifies the key principles of presenting asanas and organising the class and considers how to reduce obstacles in the learning environment. This subject is presented in parts and contains articles, videos, and quotes. It is advisable to immerse yourself in the subject, consuming the content thoroughly. Apply a reflective mode, where you might read an article prior to, or immediately after practice. Keep a reflective journal to note your experiences as you engage through the Learn, Study, Practise modes offered throughout this subject. Quotes are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Take the time to engage deeply with the extracts provided. More importantly, support the authors by purchasing the publications for your own library.  Articles and book extracts are provided for student study material only and comply with copyright laws.

This 7 part subject is recommended over 10 weeks as it requires review of video classes and practice reflection. Access to T-T02 is for 10 weeks.

In this brief extract Geeta Iyengar identifies some key aspects

‘When you take the weight on the heels what is happening in your body?

You have to sequence the actions.. the intelligence has to flow further. This is how a teacher has to link’. As a teacher you are supposed to find out what is happening in your body. And that make you clear to explain to others’

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