In order to be creative and informative as a teacher, I have a consistent self-practice. It is important to always be connected with what I teach - the old adage ‘practice what you preach’ comes to mind. The Sanskrit word sadhana means a skillful and intelligent self-practice is necessary to guide one towards personal spiritual goals. The sadhana is a daily practice that requires discipline in order to show up for yourself time and time again. As a teacher, I advise you to revisit your practice by running through your own classes to help you find new cues and discoveries within your own body. Many of us fitness fans find that the first connection to our spiritual selves is through movement. Joseph Pilates believed this to be true and said:
In other words, the mind and spirit has a direct correlation with physical activity. Continue to share the importance of a healthy mind and body with students. Help empower students to enjoy finding alignment and understanding how their bodies work; there is joy in discovery no matter how big or small. Teach truthfully to your personal practice and students who relate will be loyal. Connect and reconnect to your practice in order to inject it with new language, creativity and of course heart. You wouldn’t be a teacher if you didn’t love to help people. Avoid the burnout of teaching too much while simultaneously neglecting your own practice in the process. Your students want your perspective on the movement and it is your perspective that keeps them coming back to class. Practice your sadhana, hone your craft and you will always enjoy teaching.
AUTHOR: Nicole Yvette Hughes
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