As it turns out, the class wasn't half bad. I only stumbled over my words a few times, I was able to get my students into and out of poses safely, and I received some fantastic feedback from my students. It's always hard to go in and sub for another teacher's class, but I think last night was pretty successful.
On the drive home from the studio, I thought over the class and where I could improve.
- I called some of the breathing cues incorrectly, so I'd like to get those right in the next class.
- I'd like to infuse some more 'yogic' wisdom into the class. I didn't really have a theme and I'd like to start introducing one at the beginning of class.
- I need to stand still while my students are in balancing poses. I knew this from teacher training but didn't really remember it until the balancing sequence was done.
- It's okay to correct students if they are doing the pose incorrectly or dangerously.
- I am my own worst critic.
Things that went well:
- I ended the class on time even though it felt like that hour flew by.
- I was able to demo poses and teach them at the same time (my teacher training mostly focused on taking the students into and out of the poses with little emphasis placed on demonstrating the poses).
- Like I said, I got some amazing feedback from some of the students. One even told me that I seemed like a natural leading the class. This was amazing to hear because it means my nervousness wasn't obvious and I came across as the confident, able yoga teacher.
I'm teaching again on Monday morning and am looking forward to seeing the difference in classes. Each class is always different because of the students, and I do my best to teach to my students and not solely according to the plan set out.
On another positive note, a new studio is opening here in town and I am on the schedule to teach there. I'll have my own classes 4 days a week!
For someone who wasn't even planning on teaching 3 months ago, things have really started falling into place.