2020 has turned in to a year of unsettling challenge for everyone, including yoga teachers. As a result of Covid19 the global population has had to manage a myriad of changes from personal lifestyle to working life.
Many industries have been impacted heavily and the yoga industry is one of those. As shared spaces such as gyms and yoga studios have had to temporarily close teaching yoga has had to adapt.
Online classes and teaching via the web have become the norm and a way to maintain a teaching schedule. But these changes have also freed us up from time commitment of traveling and managing several teaching slots in different locations. With the stay at home situation we have an opportunity to spend some of this time on other yoga related tasks.
Here is a list of 7 useful tasks for yoga teachers to do during Covid19.
1. Clean your yoga mat
Take the time to cleanse all of your yoga props. Use organic products to clean your mat, blocks and other hard props. It is also a worthwhile laundering blankets and any bolsters or eye pillows that have removable covers.
There are many organic yoga mat cleaners available – take a look at these essential oil yoga mat cleaning products.
2. Review your Mission Statement
As a yoga teacher, defining is one of the most useful tasks you can do. During this time of significant changes take time to review your expectations, career & study plans and offerings. What do you want from your yoga teaching?
With the stay at home situation we have a chance to work on other yoga related tasks
Read those yoga books you have always meant to catch up with or invest is some new areas of the practice. You might want to improve your anatomy understanding, read about a different school of yoga such as Iyengar, or study the Yoga Sutras in more depth
4. Update your Yoga Study Tracker
Becoming a yoga teacher requires constant trainings and workshop participation along with, more recently, online studying. All of these form an important part of our ongoing learning and practice and it is important to document these.
Also, take some time to collate all of the teaching hours you have already completed. This is critical information, particularly if you are working toward Yoga Alliance memberships. Take a look at yogaskinnystudio’s downloadable PDF Study Tracker as a useful tool to keep this information in one place.
5. Get Creative
It is well documented how a creative practice, in whatever discipline you enjoy, is a great form of self care. For me, journaling and crafting are my favorite creative practices outside of yoga. Take some time out to pursue you favorite creative pastime.
This could be writing, baking or crafting amongst countless others. If you are interested in creating something to complement your yoga practice take a look here or decorate your own dedicated yoga journal ready for you to document your practice and your thoughts.
Despite the challenges presented to us through this difficult time it is always valuable to look for the positive in a situation
Take some time to organize your class plans or spend time on your mat working on new themes, transitions and sequencing. Adapting to online teaching requires creative solutions for demonstrating and working through poses when yoga teachers cannot be physically standing next to your student. Use a dedicated Yoga Class Planner to create classes for constant referral.
7. Practice, Practice, Practice
Spending more time at home gives us an opportunity to spend more time on the mat. Or does it? If you’re struggling to get in to a routine because of your changes in routine that a look here for some simple tips.
Despite the challenges presented to us through this difficult time it is always valuable to look for the positive in a situation. Regard this change in our lives as an opportunity to offer a new perspective and provide us with helpful tools to deal with it.