Back to Teaching Yoga!
After a break of a few months, I am going to be teaching Yoga again. I feel good about it and am really looking forward to the nice new space I will be teaching at.
I have been teaching for 11 years now and have taught in so many different venues. Some good, some not so good. I have taught in boardrooms, lunchrooms, dance studios, gyms, Yoga studios (both hot rooms and not hot rooms) and privately.
The venue doesn’t make or break the class.
This is true. Sure, teaching in a boardroom at lunch time may not seem the most Zen place to teach a Yoga class but I can honestly say that some of those classes were met with the most attentive students and some of the most memorable. Gym classes are always challenging. Battling the clanging of weights or the hum of a treadmill outside your door doesn’t always help for focus. The classes taught in a gym are also probably the hardest crowd to teach to. You tend to get a wide variety and multi level classes that can make it hard to please everyone.
One of my most favourite places to teach was at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. The room in this old historic building was lovely and the students were some of the most interesting people. Scheduling conflicts with the dance lessons taught here meant we couldn’t figure out a good time and day for Yoga, so after 3 years I stopped teaching there.
For the last couple of years I taught Vinyasa and Gentle Hatha in a studio that provided hot Yoga and also not hot Yoga. I am not a huge fan of hot Yoga as a student, although, it is dependent on the teacher for me. I know that there is a misconception that the sweat is indicative of a ‘good workout’. Sure, the sweat may provide some benefits, depending on what you believe, but the sweat is not from physical exertion. I enjoyed teaching in this space for the most part but there was always something nagging at me and I think the only way to describe it is that I felt like I was ‘performing’. Maybe that was in my own head but I decided a couple of months ago that maybe I needed a break.
Then came Instagram!
I noticed a new Yoga studio opening up in Dundas, which is very close to where I live. Bend Yoga Dundas, was opening up in July. I followed along this account and really loved what I was seeing. I liked the approach that the owner, Joanne, was taking with her studio.
“It’s Your Yoga”
This is the mantra of Bend Yoga. A mantra that has taught many students up at there first location up in North Bay, Ontario, where Joanne first opened.
There will be NO hot room.
You heard me.
Not that there is anything wrong with hot Yoga, it just isn’t for everyone.
You know what?
After a few messages and meeting Joanne, I was eager to jump in to teaching at her new space. The approach to this studio is breathing in a resurgence of my reason for teaching again.
To bring Yoga to people and make it their own.
I am there to instruct, to guide, to help, to answer questions, and to make it fun so they want to continue. If they want to continue, they will see the benefits to their own bodies, stress levels, and life. Once they feel and see the benefits, their practice grows.
So if you are in the Hamilton, Dundas area, please pop by and say hello. Try out a few classes as there will be many to choose from. Even if you’re a newbie or experience Yogi, to open your mind to a new approach will only expand your practice.