I currently teach yoga to adults at the level of beginners, I have been teaching yoga classes for the past eighteen months. I have another year of study to undertake on the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma. My typical class sizes ideally should be between seven and fifteen students. Unfortunately I did not have enough students for my adult education course to run last term.
My ideal yoga class would be ninety minutes in length as this allows for adequate time to settle the class, physical posture work, pranayama (breathing control) and finally relaxation and reflection at the end of the session. Whilst I wouldn’t ordinarily use ice breakers when teaching a physical practice, I can definitely see the benefits of using them if I was teaching a workshop or session which involved academic type of learning such as ancient yoga philosophy, kriyas (cleansing techniques) or understanding the chakra system. During this course we have learned that ice breakers are a good way to relax people and breakdown the barriers to learning and are best used at the start of the course. (1.1)
At the start of a term I do establish some ground rules with my students. As it’s a yoga class these rules usually centre around what is appropriate clothing, practicing in barefoot on a suitable mat, not eating a heavy meal before class, turning off mobile phones and discussion around working within their own physical capabilities. Before undertaking this PTLLS course I did not understanding this information exchange to be ground rules. However I can now clearly see that these are indeed ground rules. They serve as a means of guiding the student through what is expected of them and making the class a safe lace to learn. (Daines et al 1993) suggest that people will learn best they feel secure and can try things out safely. (1.2)
My main style of teaching is to offer a theme to the class and interweave that theme...