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Individual vs group classes

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I realized today that I find teaching individually harder than in group. Well, in theory only, because I haven't taught a big, one-age group just yet. I feel that an individual class is not dynamic enough, moms wouldn't sing songs and the "class" itself looks as if I'm just showing moves, one after another, rather than leading a 'class'. How would you make an individual or a very small class real fun for all?

Another issue concerns me. I have a feeling that because the teaching is free during the practice period (pool fees only), the students are not disciplined enough to go on certain dates and omit classes and come back whenever they like. Have you experienced this kind of situation? If so, how did you manage through the coursework?

Katia
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Mon, Jan 28 2008 4:34 PM In reply to
taranga

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Hi Katia I'm not an Infant Aquatics teacher, but I can respond to your last question from my experience doing the coursework for pregnancy yoga. I, too, found people were not committed enough to make a weekly effort because the cost was so low (room hire only). Another teacher in the area suggested something that Francoise also suggested - ask everyone to pay in a block of 4 or 6 weeks. That way the financial committment will help bring them to the class. And if they don't come, you can choose to carry it over or not. Hope that helps. Thank you for using the forum so much lately. I've enjoyed your presence and can only think how amazing you are/it must be to be blazing a (Birthlight) trail in Russia. Namaste Julia
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Tue, Jan 29 2008 9:01 AM In reply to
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Hi Katia!

I've been meaning to get in touch with you for ages. I've seen quite a few of your posts and just have to say that I thought I was isolated being pretty much the only Birthlight teacher in Cheshire, but you have the whole of Russia to yourself! I am glad we have the forum to stay in touch! I visited Moscow and Leningrad when I was a teenager and would love to go again one day, so maybe I might even visit one of your classes!

I teach yoga and massage and yoga for the special child at the moment, but I actually enjoy one to one classes more in some ways. You have to make them much shorter as the baby gets tired very quickly but it does mean that you can get a really good bond going with the baby and Mum. Sometimes it feels that you can go a bit " deeper" into the yoga. There is a very different dynamic to a hectic full swimming class (my Mum teaches these!), so you have to maybe slow everything down a bit and make it more relaxing, maybe help Mum to relax and stretch a bit too? I do find my individual classes are much quieter and I do most of the singing!

hope this is of some help. Keep up the fantastic work!

Jo

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Tue, Jan 29 2008 12:14 PM In reply to
Katia

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Hi Jo!

I'd love to show you Moscow and St. Pete and I'd definitely love to invite you to one of my lessons. Nothing spectacular to see though..:)) I'm just starting up.

Re the individual classes they are indeed less dynamic and I find this to be a problem. I have a feeling that I'm not doing enough, it's not all action and that the parent is expecting more.. Maybe I need to learn to relax myself first... How do you make mum stretch and relax by the way? This is interesting.

Katia
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Thu, Jan 31 2008 8:01 AM In reply to
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Hi Katia

I know what you mean about not feeling that you're doing enough. I felt exactly the same way when I started, and still do some weeks. Something that really helps me is reading a translation of the yoga sutras (Patanjali) by Sri Swami Satchidananda. He founded "Integral Yoga" and Yogaville in the USA (you can google the website it's great!) His philosophy was that even though people pay you to do your yoga class, don't feel that you have to do something new or different each week or produce "results" and keep them happy. Think of the class as some time for everyone to share yoga and be happy together.

Helping Mum stretch and relax is something I've been wrestling with myself this week! I have several Mums who don't even feel they can close their eyes for a few seconds. I started to feel a bit stressed that they couldn't relax but fortunately I seem to have caught myself in time! Next week I'm going to try to relax more myself! With your one to one classes could you hold baby for a few minutes at the beginnnng of the class and do some of the postnatal aqua yoga exercise with Mum? I'm sure some of the other forum members could give you some ideas for these and it would have the double benefit of filling your lesson a bit and getting Mum into the swing of things.

Good luck!

Jo x