Our most recent training, Teaching Virtually 201 was held April 18, 2021. Thank you to the 20 yoga teachers who attended. Once again, we benefitted from the experienced wisdom of Naomi Gottlieb-Miller. We have recordings of her lectures between break-out sessions. These recordings are free and available to yoga and mindfulness teachers. Please send Meg Artley an email for the links at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January, 2021 we hosted a Zoom session to talk about ways we could collaborate. Many thanks to the yoga teachers who came and to Danielle Polen for the meditation to begin our meeting, and our Board Members, Linette Hwu and Marsha Bank-Harold, for leading the discussion. Through our discussions and in the poll data our Board saw that there was need for another training on taking our online teaching to the next level. The April, 2021 training program was planned with this in mind.
In November 2020, Yoga=Union offered our first virtual Sangha, to gather and ground, connect and share. Kevin Waldorf Cruz offered our meditation and we spent time in small groups talking through our experiences and our hopes for the future. It was exactly what we all needed, and we made a plan to continue our sense of community through Zoom.
Right when the pandemic started, we were in touch with other yoga teachers who had successful businesses online. Most of us yoga teachers were out of work and anxious about the health and well-being of our supportive communities. We asked Naomi Gottlieb-Miller to offer a 45 minute training program on the basics of teaching online on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Naomi has taught 90% of the yoga classes she teaches in an online format. She shared 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 talked to us about hosting, recording and sharing content online. She sent a checklist to get us started. The class was a donation based class.
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.