I spent the weekend up in Scotland running another Les Mills Advance Instructor Module 2. I absolutely love delivering this module; the changes that happen over the 2 days, and more importantly, the personal shifts that can occur with each individual … whether they choose to admit it, or not.
With that in mind and as I tweak my Catalyst Training programme, I am reminded that whilst we adopt this role of Teacher or Instructor, we are no more than the people we teach.
So many Teacher and Instructors end up doing what they do in Yoga or Fitness because they were once a participant themselves and someone, somewhere inspired them to take the step from being in the class to leading it. But if you think about it, what differentiates the person at the front of the class and the people in the class? Probably a hundred hours or so of training. I don’t know how long it takes to become a Fitness Instructor in the UK these days. It used to be 80 hours. A Yoga Teaching qualification can be done in 200 hours (not all contact time), or less. Some dance and cycle courses can be completed in one day. In fact, my Ambassador Training for My Kind of Yoga™ is 9 days in total.
In essence then, who are we to put ourselves on a pedestal and take charge?
I believe that it’s all about your intention.
When we focus on teaching, on imparting our knowledge to another, or educating another, we are in fact declaring that we are somehow superior to that person. That “I know more than you” attitude. That’s the ego, so let it go.
Allow yourself fall into the category of student right along with your class and share your practice, or the workout with them.
When you are genuine in your intention to not teach, your students will notice the difference. They will feel the difference in your attitude, in your voice, in your actions, in your intention. Teach and answer questions from a place of love and compassion, ….
And, it is OK to say, “I don’t know.” Where we admit there are things we don’t know, we give ourself the opportunity to grow and be humble with our practice and training.
By sharing your practice or your workout, you don’t have to worry about how it feels or what to say. You know what to do and what it feels like because you’ve done it and gone through it yourself. Sharing means speaking from a place of experience.
Share your feelings. Share your imperfections.
Share your practice rather than show off your practice (or workout).
Help them to understand your practice.
So, in order to share your practice, you must first have a practice. Get to know how you feel in your own practice.
Then, share it.
And you will see your class participants will grow and transform.