By teaching a Yoga class to your teenage students that is a balance between the more active sequences, such as the Sun Salutations, followed by a series of restorative seated forward folds, you will help them to discharge anxious energy and bring their nervous systems back to a state of balance. In addition, by responding to your students’ level of energy and to the group dynamics that are unfolding during class, you will also be offering them the opportunity to integrate their experience on the mat with their experience in the world and with each other. In this way, they will learn how to put the uplifting and sublime teachings of Yoga into practice in their own lives.
Feelings of attachment and aversion are quite natural for all of us, whether we are Yoga teachers or practitioners. We may find that we like a certain atmosphere in which to practice or teach.
You may be teaching a Yoga class to a group of busy moms during the day or to students who are trying to squeeze an hour of Yoga in during their lunch hour. Because of the fast pace of our contemporary lifestyle, it is often helpful to begin a class with setting an intention for the practice and a few moments of grounding meditation.
Maintaining a personal practice ensures that you stay current in all aspects of Yoga that interest you most. It guarantees that your Yoga classes will remain fluid and interesting, avoiding monotony. Many students prefer a varied routine for each class, where they are learning new poses or working on different areas of the body.