I have seen the bullet-point list of topics you will be teaching. Can you tell me anything about your teaching style? What you will use, will it be interactive, etc.?

Yes, it is interactive. We have three teachers, not one. I will conduct a section that is characterized by a slow approach. We will learn the correct techniques safely, at a slow pace, and in great detail. In other words, we won’t just go through a number of exercises, but we will also examine the exercises from various vantage points. This is a pedagogically demanding and rewarding approach, and suitable for those who want to go beyond surface-learning. We will also learn to use props where appropriate. Just as on any other path involving physical exercise, yoga is not risk-free. Competence in using correct techniques and methods of protection is essential for one’s own practice, and even more so in your role as a teacher. This is also in pursuance of the ideal of ahimsa, non-violence, which is amongst the most important rules of yoga, unfortunately somewhat overlooked nowadays.

The focus on safety and anatomy heightens mid-program, when our specialist in prenatal and therapeutic yoga, Emma Silventoinen, takes over. She is unable to stay for very long, but her competence in these fields is a great asset. Teachers need to have a realistic understanding of both the benefits and risks of intense yoga practice.

Otherwise, one may unwittingly end up causing harm to oneself or to one’s students.

The latter half of the program will introduce a more dynamic and flowing way of approaching the exercises. That is the specialty of Gokulacandra, who is a master in this field. Such an approach will involve its own set of challenges, which is why the basic techniques have been introduced first. The idea is that the participants will get acquainted with both styles, partly in order to help them find a way of practice according to personal preferences and need, and partly in order to have a broader understanding of how modern yoga is practiced and taught.
One of the central features in asana practice will be the use of the wall. This is less prominent but really valuable. It initially aids practitioners in the experience of prolonged inversions, which in turn are directly conducive for meditation. The central point is that all the physical tools and practices are only meant to aid mental focus, and ultimately, self and God-realization.

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