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IT WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY TO FIND OUT THE LIMITATIONS OF OUR BODY AND HAVING THE PATIENCE, TO BUILD THE FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH. I LIKED THE INSTRUCTION FOR WARMUP OF ALL DIFFERENT MUSCLE GROUPS WITH ANATOMICAL EXPLANATION. ALSO THE ANATOMICAL REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF READINESS FOR APARTICULAR POSE AND WARM UPS DIRECTED TO THAT.
Student ID : 2016000746
Batch Code : 2016/11/100/PT/AHYTT1/HK/1


Overall, the Advanced Practice teacher training was a tremendous growth experience for me, both physically (increased strength & flexibility) and mentally (improved confidence, courage & knowledge). I had reached a point in my personal practice where I was no longer progressing by going to group classes and wanted to learn how to take my practice to the next level. Additionally, I was interested in teaching professionally and wanted to get some experience to see if I would enjoy it and to see if I had the aptitude for it. I was pleased with the variety of postures we focused on throughout the course and the three hour class duration provided the opportunity to really open my body and try more challenging poses. This, coupled with the personal assistance given by the instructors and the knowledge I gained of the muscular anatomy helped me to learn not just which muscles to engage/relax when doing challenging postures, but also how to properly warm up the body and which neutralizing movements and counter-poses to do in order to prevent injury. I found the manuals to be extremely informative. They were instrumental during the course and will serve as an ongoing reference for my personal practice. The photographic sequence for the Warm Up and Steps provided a great visual guide to achieving certain postures and the related text helped to increase my knowledge of the anatomy involved with each pose, as well as the health benefits. As for the supplemental sections, Rope yoga was particularly useful in order to learn how to safely use the props to open the body and practicing the Kriyas was a great experience that seems important for anyone who wants to teach. Partner yoga was fun and probably good for future teachers to be aware of the practice, but I did not find it to be critical and would prefer to work on more individual poses, if I were to do the course over again. Minor suggestions for improvement include: highlighting which of the warm up poses is the eligibility pose, in the text you could suggest a counter pose, highlight risk of injury and add what the main challenge of the pose is, lastly page numbers would be great to save time in class. During the training my greatest challenge, as well as my greatest area of growth, came during the teaching exercises. I appreciated learning more about the anatomy for specific postures, which translated into a better understanding of how to get into the poses myself, as well as how to articulate to someone else how to do so. I was grateful for all the opportunities given throughout the course to practice assisting one another. Personally, I was nervous to lead the class and appreciated that we were eased into the experience over the three modules, starting with leading the chanting, teaching warm up, teaching two poses and ending by running 1/3 of a class. As someone interested in teaching, the more opportunities to practice, the better, if not to get over my nerves on the mat, then to figure out how to put together a comprehensive sequence for a full class. I know time is limited during the actual course, so Ive welcomed the opportunity to work with the Andiappan community. It has provided invaluable exposure to students and has allowed me to find my own voice and become more comfortable with my teaching style. The Teaching Methodology handout has been a helpful resource, providing general instructions on how to conduct oneself as a teacher and a detailed framework for how to structure a class. If you were able to expand on it and offer some sample sequences for classes that focused on back bending, forward bending, shoulders and upper back, hip and hamstring opening or inversions, Im sure future students would appreciate. Lastly, the single greatest value of the course came from Master Yogananth Andiappan. His personal practice is an inspiration and his guidance, wisdom and humility made him, as well as the advanced yoga postures, wholly accessible. I had complete confidence in his knowledge and ability to adjust me in such a way as to get into poses that seemed beyond my reach. Thank you for providing such an amazing experience.
Student ID : 2014001212
Batch Code : 2016/11/100/PT/AHYTT1/HK/1


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