One of the hardest parts of being a Holy Yoga instructor is adding in the element of God’s Word into a class that already has a lot of aspects to it. You are focusing on music, level, directives, breath, and then you go and add another layer of weaving the Word in. It can be potentially overwhelming! So, our teacher training tip this month is on weaving the Word in seamlessly.
God’s Word is the exhale in our life. It is His instruction to us, the relief of getting to know His character and desires toward us. So, why not let it be just that in your classes? Let His Word be the exhale — the places your students find rest within the class. You can also let that be the placement of His Word. Focusing on adding your thoughts on the Scripture you chose during more restful postures or postures they can concentrate more on. A very active posture like warrior poses or balancing postures surely have their place, and it is not that you cannot add thoughts during those poses. When you are first learning to weave the Word placing the thoughts in poses like downward-facing dog, child’s pose, reclining poses and seated poses allow your students to chew on what you are saying and meditate on it during the more active poses.
The placement of your message in these areas also allows you to plan out your class a little better as a new teacher. A new teacher might feel more confident writing out their flow. If this is the case for you, you can add your comments on the Scripture or quote you used within your notes to trigger your memory while you are teaching.
Finally, part of weaving God’s Word into your classes involves your personal experience with the message. Don’t be afraid to add in a bit of your testimony to the level that you are comfortable. You may find this becomes the most powerful part of the class as it unlocks a situation someone in your class may be going through and creates a sense of community. It tells them they are not alone. That is such a powerful message and creates unity and community in your classes. It also shows your students you are accessible to them and a resource for their personal growth. You’re leading out in vulnerability and transparency will give your students the freedom to let go and release. That is precisely the environment we want to create in our classes!
So have fun with it. Just get out there and do, sometimes you must do it afraid!
Post by: Jonnie Goodmanson is a Senior Trainer for Holy Yoga Global®, LLC. Jonnie leads HYG’s core programs including their 200-hour Teacher Training, Master’s Program, Touch Training, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification with an emphasis on injury modification and anatomy and physiology. Jonnie is a continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance and ACE Fitness. She teaches yoga at Lifetime Fitness and Mainstreet Church in Mound, MN. You can read more about Jonnie’s role at www.holyyoga.net.