I find myself pretty shy when it comes to interacting with strangers and people whom I am not familiar with. This has easily become one of my weaknesses and it has always been a constant battle between my inner thoughts and what I really want to do. So, I had no idea that in my Yoga Teacher Training Course, we are supposed to bring in our friends to come for our so-called trial class where we will be assessed by our instructor. I was pretty worried and stressed on several stuff such as not being able to remember my sequences, asanas, important key points, alignments, timing, and so much more! I knew I had to do something about it so I sorted out my sequences many times and have them printed out. It was my first class on my own and I really did not want to screw it up.
The day has finally came and gone. It started off pretty well I would say, except that I had several nervous moments but I reminded myself to keep calm and smile no matter how nerve-wrecking I am feeling on the inside. It is okay to make mistakes now and learn from it rather than not knowing where you could go wrong. In the midst of teaching, I slowly find myself being able to engage with the students (the other YTTC mates and my friend) and it actually felt quite comfortable.
I would not have been able to experience this feeling of not just speaking but teaching and instructing in front of a small crowd of six people, if I had not decided to enroll for this course. There is plenty of room for improvement and I am very open to constructive criticism which could help me improve my teaching skills.
[Vivien Phang of 200 Hr Hatha Vinyasa YTTC]