by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching I’m feeling utterly dejected this morning. Getting out of bed - struggle. Getting to work - struggle. Talking to people - struggle. What’s got me so down? While teaching last night one of my students remarked about what a difference there was between the Wednesday and Monday night classes. Wednesday, my class, on the night was six people. Monday, another teacher’s class, was overflowing. No real judgement was made - good or … [Read more...]
Elissa Jordan's column, Adventures in Teaching, is designed to open a dialogue for new teachers and to explore her insights into teaching yoga. She focuses on her adventures as a newbie teacher, plus researching and answering any questions readers might have about becoming, or being, a yoga teacher.
by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching I was covering a class last week for a very popular Wellington based teacher. She had given me a set sequence to follow and wished me luck. Turns out I would need a small smattering of that luck. I sat myself behind the desk, ready to check clients in as they arrived. All was going well until a very flustered lady came rushing in. She stopped short: ‘Where’s Nicole*?’ I explained that she was away on holiday. Whose going to … [Read more...]
by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching Lots of things have been happening in my yoga teaching world over the past few months. I’ve been quitting classes, starting classes, transitioning classes, having classes covered for me and covering for others. The quitting, starting and transitioning came about as I took stock of how I was spending my energy. I realised changes need to be made to ensure I was being of service to those I was meeting on the mat. Covering classes … [Read more...]
by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching I live in Brooklyn, Wellington. If you’re not familiar with Wellington, Brooklyn is at the top of a hill. A very long, steep hill. To cycle from work to home is just over 3km. Brooklyn hill makes up about 1.5km of uphill climb. It’s a monster. Why am I telling you all this? Because when I first moved to Wellington I spent weeks telling myself I couldn’t cycle up that hill. Finally one day I decided to give it a go. I got … [Read more...]
Elissa has been writing for The YLB for awhile now, and has decided to officially become one of our regular columnists. She'll be focusing on her adventures as a newbie teacher, plus researching and answering any questions readers might have about becoming, or being, a yoga teacher. by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching Am I good enough? Can I do this? No matter who you are or what you’re trying to do, questions like these can creep up from time to time. And the more … [Read more...]
by regular columnist Elissa Jordan, Adventures in Teaching Once upon a time there was a young yoga teacher who spent her days cleaning the windowsill in her acharya’s home, up on a ladder, terrified of heights, scrubbing away. The other students of this one acharya were packed off to teaching assignments, but our young yoga teacher was made to wait. As days became weeks and weeks became months, our young yoga teacher waited patiently, perched upon her ladder, for her big day to … [Read more...]