I have been looking at my personal class schedule and the classes I offer, and thinking about the folks that come to class. I have also been thinking about my personal philosophy as a teacher, and how I approach teaching anyone that comes, no matter how old they are, or how strong they are, or whatever weaknesses or difficult life experiences they have had, and here’s the thing.
I teach whoever shows up however they need teaching, and it really doesn’t seem to matter what I actually CALL the class, I figure out what students need to take away and I try to help them get whatever that is, and I teach that way over and over.
I could call the class “Standing on Your Head and Stacking Greased Bee Bees” and then have ten people show up that seem really stressed and tired, so I teach them a Gentle class. I could call the class Power Flow(but if I ever call a class of mine that, check for the pod), but if 5 out of 7 attendees have shoulder issues, we won’t be putting any weight on our hands, so the Flow wouldn’t look like what a traditional Vinyasa looks like.
Does any of this make sense to you so far? I created the Everybody class, and what Everybody turned out to need was basically the same Gentle Yoga class I offer so often at other times on other days, and so, after some thought on the matter, I am changing the name of Everybody to Gentle, and I will continue to teach whoever shows up in a way that seems appropriate to the group. The same is true of the Unwind folks on Monday nights at 7:30. I am going to call that Gentle from now on as well. They want to go home relaxed and ready for bed!
The way things are going, don’t be surprised if one day, all my classes are just called “Yoga,” except for those lovely athletes that come on Saturday morning at 10:30 and want to do all the arm balances and inversions and Sun Salutations. I am still looking for a good name for that one. For now, Asana Level 2 will have to suffice.