Most of us yoga teachers are out of work and anxious about the health and well-being of our supportive communities. As studios have closed and people are beginning to self-isolate, we’ve looked to online learning and training to continue our work as teachers. We’ve turned to calling/texting/reaching out to our beloved yoga community. We all need help navigating this new world!
Yoga=Union is offering two ways to connect, learn and teach in the next few days.
We are pleased to offer a 45 minute online training program about how to teach online given by Naomi Gottleib-Miller on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12 noon. Naomi has taught 90% of the yoga classes she teaches in an online format. She’ll share what has worked for her and what hasn’t, as well as some basic tips to offer simple, enjoyable yoga classes without having to invest a bunch of money in fancy gear. She’ll talk to us about hosting, recording and sharing content online. She even promises a checklist to get you started. The classes is a donation based class, so give what you can.
In addition to preparing to teach in a new reality, we feel is it important to get together to share with one another and be in community. Our friend and colleague Bara Vaida will host a virtual sangha on her Zoom conference line on Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm. The details for calling in are below.
If you have something you’d like to share with colleagues, please go to the Yoga=Union Facebook page and post it here: @yogaequalsunion.
Save the date! Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 2pm – 4pm at the Woolly Mammoth Theater
Please join us for our rescheduled Music and Silence in Your Asana Class workshop!
Music and Silence in Your Asana Class
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company from 2 to 4 pm
$45 for this workshop; $108 for this one and two more in the next 12 months!
To register: https://bit.ly/2OAu33W
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley
How do you use music in asana class? Do you turn it on and forget about it? Do you spend countless hours looking for just the right track for savasana? Do words in a song matter in your choices, and if so, why? Do you use traditional chants in your classes? Are you transported or offended or indifferent to music or chant in the classes you take in community?
In keeping with our goal to help yoga teachers develop and refine their own teaching philosophy, Yoga=Union has invited a distinguished panel of local teachers to discuss the use of music and silence in asana classes. Each teacher has a considered and thoughtful point of view; all are creative innovators using music or silence—or both!—in their classes, and all seek to open the practice up to new students and communities. Come with questions and an open mind, ready to listen, move a bit, and be in community.
Brandon Copeland (RYT 200) founder of Khepera Wellness in 2013.
Gopi Kinnicutt (E-RYT 500) founder of Bhakti Yoga DC
Kim Weeks (E-YRT 500, YACEP Provider, Certified Iyengar Teacher) founder of Kim Weeks Well
Fourteen yoga teachers from DC, Maryland and Virginia gathered at the Edgewood Arts Center on Sunday, September 30, 2018 to unpack the power of teacher’s seat — a huge agenda for a two hour workshop, but given the tenor of the times in our city, a necessary task for anyone who is serious about helping students tap into their own power and transform our world with love and compassion.
Ajit Joshi led the group in a movement and naming exercise to break the ice. We then settled into drawing our concept of power and took a gallery walk as each teacher unpacked the concept of power with color, symbol and story. Along the way down the gallery, we explored the physical, emotional and intellectual influence we have as teachers in our classrooms and the ways in which this influence can color a student’s experience.
A concluding exercise was to choose a positive expression of “teacher seat” and form an ongoing accountability group around it. Participants were asked to discuss where they were now in their expression of this value, how they wanted to grow in their teaching, and how to be accountable to one another in this group. The three expressions to choose from came from a long and vetted list of ethics and values from Ajit’s lineage, Parayoga. These were:
Love of Life: I embrace the inherent value of inclusiveness. My appreciation of the differences in people and in traditions is an expression of love and the culmination of wisdom.
Guardianship: Informed by my evaulation as a spiritual adept, and my commitment to serve, my ethical behavior inside and outside the classroom is the ultimate guardianship of these teachings to the world at large.
Self Mastery: I balance my role as a leader with elevating those whom I lead so that they may evolve their own self mastery.
As the group concluded, we all shared our appreciation for Ajit’s teaching and for the joy of a community of teachers brought together for deep conversation and sharing.