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Workshop – Teacher Training: Seeing and Adjusting Your Students ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

Date: July 28-30
When: See schedule.
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385
Location: Serendipity, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Friday-Sunday.  As yoga teachers we strive to improve our students’ performance by guiding them to safer and more effective ways to work. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adjusting their poses. We can do it verbally, by visually demonstrating the proper method, or by hands-on corrections.

First, however, we need to see what must be done. In my years of mentoring and training teachers, I have found that the ability to see the students in the class is much more difficult than it sounds. Observing what is happening, who needs attention most, where to go first: all are key elements in seeing the class and the students in it.

Then comes the art of adjusting. Skill in manually adjusting your students is learned over time and is based on the depth and intelligence of your own practice, but there are some basic principles that form the foundation for giving good adjustments.

In the morning sessions we will focus on seeing a class and the students in it and work on what to look for, what to avoid, and the mechanics of observation. We will also study and practice some of the techniques you can use to make effective adjustments. As always, we will practice teach in the afternoon sessions to help you refine your skills as a teacher. Optional early morning practices are open to all.

Friday, July 28

9:00am-12:00pm – Learning How to Observe

4:00-6:00pm – Practice Teaching

Saturday, July 29

9:00am-12:00pm – Individual Adjustments

4:00-6:00pm – Practice Teaching

Sunday, July 30

9:00am-12:00pm – Adjustments in a Classroom Setting

12:00-2:00pm – Brunch