“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”― Brad Henry
One of the companies I work for schedules private Yoga sessions for its clients. I was requested to teach a Dynamic Stretching Class for a group of young athletes who train at an establishment focused on preparing young athletes for careers as pro-athletes. The establishment wanted a non-Yoga 30 minute class for deep stretching.
Interesting situation; the Dynamic Stretching portion would be prior to the athletic training segment. I had to make sure they were partially, somewhat warmed up before actually stretching so they would not incur injuries stretching a cold body, get them somewhat stretched out and ready to workout hard. Keeping this all in mind with the whole non-Yoga class in mind.
Instead of speaking about quieting the mind, going inwards, connecting with the body itself, etc etc. I did my best to have fun with the athletes, let them laugh, let them goof off and make jokes with each other. I met them were they were at, opening them up to the Dynamic Stretching concept (*cough, cough, Yoga, cough*) :)
Hopefully this group will keep up with there Dynamic Stretching (*cough, Yoga*) throughout their lives whether they go-pro or not. Maybe only day they will take an actual Yoga class. We'll see.
First time this has ever happened...
While moving towards the close of Tuesday night's class I gave students another opportunity to do supta balasana. Before I explained the asana again, I began with, "One more opportunity to give yourself a hug." Most of the class went straight into the asana; to my astonishment, I had four students who actually gave themselves a hug, wrapping their arms around themselves, opposite arm to opposite shoulder. It was pretty adorable.
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