Golden advice from the Tattvaa Yogashala founder & friends

We have collected some feedback just for you! Hear the experiences and advice first hand from the staff at Tattvaa Yogashala both past and present volunteers and Kamal ji himself. What you must know is once you have been welcomed into the Tattvaa home; you will always be a part of the ever growing worldwide family. The doors are always open; all you have to do is ask to come inside. If you’ve ever completed a TTC or just spent time at the drop in classes you would definitely have felt the infectious energy Kamal Singh transcends to all his students. Here are a few of those people’s perspectives after volunteering, assisting or participating in a teacher training program at Tattvaa Yogashala.

 

Yogi Kamal Singh – Founder of Tattvaa Yogashala, Rishikesh.  – “Enjoy every Breath you take and every movement you make.  Be Here Now and prepared, Rest will come to you.”

 

Sunil Sharma – Rishikesh. “Sit quietly and breathe. All is well when you stop doing and allow yourself to experience.”

 

Poleg Baum, Israel. “If you can, stay in Rishikesh. Explore and evolve your practice”.

 

Neha Rawat, Rishikesh.  “Get confident first. Keep practicing every day before you begin to teach.”

 

Alena Charow, London. “Always do your practice. To remember we are always all students. To practice the yamas and niyamas. And to always have compassion. Practice, practice all is coming.”

 

Priya Negi, Rishikesh. “Practice, practice, practice. Don’t stop the flow. Again come back to Rishikesh whenever you can, seeya!”

 

Nicole Lamb, Australia. “Take your time. Don’t rush your practice or your teachings. All will come naturally and organically. Trust the process and follow your intuition”.

 

Nacho Kaleta, Spain. “They have to be honest within themselves to be able to teach. Teach what you know is right and safe but teach anyway. You’ve learnt a tool which may help others lives. It is your must to share it even if it is only Surya Namaskar”.

 

Oliver Klein,Germany.  “Those who really want to teach, I would tell them that they first have to understand why we are doing each posture and only then it makes sense to teach. If they understand the posture, only then they can show and teach it and then, find your own style of teaching. Also interesting would be to practice with some authorized teacher by PJ.”

 

Deepak Nautiyal, Rishikesh. “Teach from your heart. Whatever you are doing be present and confident”.

 

Gau Monko, Astana, Kazakhstan. “Practice your teaching right after the completion of your course. When all the knowledge is fresh in your head, your hands remember the adjustments and you still feel the supporting energy of your teacher along with their guiding voice in your mind. Make mistakes, it will allow you to learn from them and grow.”

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10 Tips for Yoga Instructors

It’s important that the worldwide Yoga community stick together right? It doesn’t matter where you come from in the world, when you branch out after a yoga teacher training course we generally all experience similar speed bumps on our long winding Yoga road. So, I’ve laid out 10 tips from personal experience in hopes that it may inspire/benefit your practice and/or your teachings.

  1. Before you even begin, know what road you are embarking on. In order to be a teacher one must have experience and knowledge. Nothing worse than getting out smarted by your students! Be sure you are ready before diving in.
  1. Always without fail take 10 -20 minutes prior to your class to centre yourself. Breathe and prepare your mind. Your students will feel your energy as you enter the space and be thankful you are clear and calm.
  1. Remember, your students will always be teaching you even when you least expect it, keep your eyes and mind open at all times.
  1. Teaching is an important responsibility. Lead by example and practice what you preach at all times. Be impeccable to your word.
  1. Never forget why you started in the first place and how it felt in your first few weeks. Especially when you have new students in your classes. There is so much to take in, be gentle.
  1. Focus on your own practice, all of it. Your breath, the food you consume, your actions, your words, and the people you associate with. Your students will unintentionally follow your every move, play your cards right and you’ll create a winning hand.
  1. Remember to feed your own practice/skill set. Go out and grow! Take peoples classes, experience all that you can. Both you and your students will truly benefit from it.
  1. Upon finishing teacher training courses try not to focus on quantity over quality of your students/classes. Take it one step at a time, persistence and patience will allow your classes to grow organically, don’t force it!
  1. Life isn’t so serious. Neither is Yoga. Take each class with a grain of salt, learn and experience and if you make mistakes? Own them and grow from them.
  1. Last but certainly not least give thanks wherever you are in the world, EVERY CLASS. The land you practice upon, yourself and you Guru’s who have guided you.