By Jenny Park
What we know about a particular subject is a measurement of competence. When seeking to become a Yoga teacher, aspirants should consider the rewards of knowing the subject. A little knowledge can be dangerous, while there is never be too much knowledge for a teacher to acquire.
The practice of Yoga has grown and evolved greatly throughout the years of its existence. One of the latest incarnations is called Power Yoga. Power Yoga teachers should know a number of things before they embark on teaching this method. It is an intense physical method and definitely isn’t for the person looking for enlightenment. Although it is quite close to the practice of Ashtanga, there are a number of differences that set it into its own distinct category.
First of all, Power Yoga is generally taught to people who are already at a high fitness level. However, there will always be exceptions. It is not a physically gentle style in comparison to other physical forms of Yoga. Chanting, chakras, mudras, samadhi, relaxation, healing and meditation are not key aspects during this type of workout. Instead, Power Yoga primarily focuses on enhancing the appearance and strength of the physical body. It provides a cardiovascular workout that helps to build muscle strength. It also focuses flexibility. Power Yoga teachers should be able to instruct students on how to get the most benefit from every pose and to be able to show them modifications on poses as well.
Secondly, a good Power Yoga teacher should be able to push the class in a positive, yet firm, direction on how to get the most out of every workout. Keep in mind that there might be people that have never tried Power Yoga as well as experienced students. The class should be tailored as such that everyone gets the best workout possible. Since there is no set form or sequence to Power Yoga, modifications can be made during the workout without interrupting the flow.
Keep in mind that there are people that may find the term “Power Yoga” to be slightly intimidating, especially if they are just getting into fitness or Yoga. A Power style teacher should know how to reassure students so they feel comfortable as they begin the class. The intensity of the workout varies from person to person, so what may seem difficult to one student may seem easy to another. A good teacher can help to answer questions and provide insights on how to keep each person in the class engaged in the practice of Power Yoga, so hopefully they learn and grow through practice.
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