What I want to say today is that it doesn't matter what kind of yoga class you choose. What matters is how you choose a yoga instructor who is right for you. A good yoga instructor will try every means to make his students benefit physically. So how do we know if a yoga instructor is right for us?
Many students will ask, I am a student without basic knowledge of yoga, how to choose the right yoga course for me?
How can you pick a coach who is right for you?
As a quasi-yoga teacher, what I most desire is to meet and follow a professional instructor.
Excellent yoga instructors regularly go to a variety of yoga studios to experience the lessons of different instructors, one is to learn from each other, the other is to observe the problems of other instructors in class from the perspective of students.
Every mature teacher cannot be copied, the teacher's own personality and experience determine the characteristics of his curriculum.
Yoga itself has no fixed form, no absolute right and wrong problem, every excellent teacher has its own unique teaching style and training methods.
Therefore, we need to judge and choose a teacher from the following aspects:
Teaching methods and contents
There are basically the following teaching methods:
demonstrate only without explanation, explain while demonstrating, less presentations and more explanations.
As everyone knows, a teacher who only cares about the presentation and only says the name of the asana, does not guide the main points and does not make corrections, must not be a qualified teacher. This scene is often seen in the gym. Many beginners always like to hide in the back corner for class. The coach only symbolically goes around there to avoid embarrassment.
Teaching content generally includes meditation, chanting, energy analysis, asana guidance points, and musculoskeletal dynamic analysis. Increase or decrease according to the teacher's personal habits
The asana points and analysis taught by the teacher in class can not only remind you to keep the correct asana to avoid injury, but more importantly, let you focus on the asana to keep your mind from wandering. Please experience and observe with heart. A professional teacher asana point is not to recite, but to teach base on their own experience and the dynamics of students in classroom.
When we do asanas, we need to use the nose instead of mouth breathing. Similarly, the yoga teacher in the process, to talk while demonstration is very damaging and energy-consuming, so many teachers try to reduce the asanas demonstration as much as possible, but do oral presentation. Please believe this teacher is actually more competent. Describing and analyzing poses is far more troublesome than presentation, moreover, the teacher has more time to observe and correct the poses of the students.
I really appreciate a teacher who let students learn something new in every class.
--- How much can you learn from a class?
--- In the same class, does the teacher keep changing and innovating every time?
--- Can the teacher adjust your correction and guidance based on your progress?
These are a good reflection of the teacher's intentions.
A student once told me that she felt that the teacher's non-stop asanas during class would interfere with her concentration and meditation. If you are a mature practitioner for many years, you can always maintain harmony and happiness when entering an asana, then in this case, you can't be fussy about the teacher, but you need to learn to control your consciousness and eliminate distractions.
Teaching students according to their aptitude, reasonable and targeted
Let's talk about asanas first.
The most basic asana arrangement of a class needs to be in the order of standing-squat-kneeling-shoulder-down-down-stand (reversible order). The negative and positive asanas are reasonably arranged. Smooth circulation. There can be appropriate variations on the basis of this orchestration principle.
Recall, what was your feeling after completing a yoga class?
Let's talk about asana correction.
In a class, the teacher needs to observe the physical conditions of all students quickly enough when asking questions and warming up, and professional teachers must teach each person!
Do you need to go deeper or withdraw?
Which way are you right to correct?
After adjustment, can you feel more stretched and stable?
Professional teachers need to make judgments in the shortest time and make adjustments in one step. Therefore, how to correct your asana in the classroom, you can best see the teacher's cultivation.
Take Utthita Trikonasana as an example
Strictly speaking, this asana has 180 points, and it is impossible to analyze all of them in 5-7 short breathing times.
When the teacher notices that one knee is overstretched, there are several ways to reduce joint pressure:
Centrifugal contraction of the quadriceps raises the sacrum;
Forefoot presses hard on the ground to alert the gastrocnemius and soleus;
Strong contraction of forelegs and lateral hips, stable gravity and free knee flexion ... and more.
How important is the figure of the teacher?
Some people say that you can see the cultivation of a teacher by looking at the figure, is it true? Others will judge the teacher's dress, hairstyle and so on. I want to say, please do not overemphasize the body of the yoga teacher!
A student once asked Master Iyengar: "Master, why is your belly so big?"
The master patted his belly very humorously and said, "It's pizza too much ~"
Master Iyengar is not our ideal figure, nor was he when he was young, but he is still our most respected teacher.
Of course, there are countless yoga teachers who are still in good shape by the age of 70 or 80. Each of them focuses on different cultivation methods and purposes. The figure is really not a criterion for judging teachers, it is just a skinny bag.
Some people say, "Yoga is a philosophy, but now it has evolved so narrowly that the asanas bring benefits to the body!"
So, let's go back to the original question, what exactly do you want when you learn yoga?
To quote a word from @Nisheng
Body level, get a healthy body? Or is it a combination of mind and body that wants to gain some insight in the mind? Or is it the easiest way to lose weight?
Our original intention is different, and the teachers we choose should be different. Even a current qualified yoga teacher cannot meet all needs in a short time.
If you want to reap the union of mind and body, learn to face the world humbly and not be impatient.
Follow no harm, no stealing, no immorality, no slurs, no obsession.
Be pure, self-sufficient, self-disciplined, introspective, bhakti.
Congratulations, the door of yoga is open to you.
A truly professional and reliable yoga teacher is right for you.
Finally, again, every mature and outstanding teacher has his own unique teaching style, and it is impossible to take care of the details of each student in each class.
So, as a student, what you need to do is:
1. Focus on class, listen to questions, and learn to distinguish good teachers from the details;
2. View yoga classes dialectically and objectively, accept different teaching styles, and get what you need from different good teachers;
3. Usually pay attention to the basic theoretical knowledge and physiological anatomy of the study, do enough homework before class (familiar with the course and teacher), protect your body to get greater progress.
Yoga is worthy of our lifetime to study, "students are my teacher, the body is my master!"
We need to be students all our lives to learn from each other.
I wish you can meet a good teacher, Enjoy your yoga life!