Tutorial: Round 2

This round will give you a chance to really centre your mind by testing your physical balance. Stay with your breathing, don't stress yourself out if it's not happening the first time - or maybe not at all today - just keep calm and focused. It will come. 

It can't be stressed enough how important it is that you keep your knees in line with your feet. Alignment is key to all body work and injury prevention. Imagine your alignment as the scaffolding of a building - get the foundation right and you can make the building as grand and elaborate as you like! 

Study and reflect

  • Which angles are best to teach round 2 from?
  • What are yours and your student's most common mistakes?
  • How can you improve them by adjusting?
  • Which alignment cues can you give?
  • What is the timing? How long can you keep the students balancing? How slow can you lower and lift from teh squat?

Breathe!

Explain the purpose and benefits of breathing throughout the class and while exercising in general. Discuss for and against arguments in cueing the breath for your students. Welcome people to share how they teach (if they are instructors already) and how they have been advised to deal with this topic by other teachers.

  • Different sizes, passed and lung capacity
  • Allow them to take responsibility for their own breathing
  • If cueing, see it through with the same pace throughout the whole class.
  • Overwhelming information for beginners. Takes a lot of practice to arrive in a technical place where you can focus on the breathing.
  • Useful for advanced students to go deeper in to the posture when exhaling and lifting the body when inhaling.

Study and reflect 

  • Why do we encourage deep breathing?
  • Why should you breathe through the nose and not the mouth?

Target adjustments

Giving a target is an extremely useful tool to help people increase their range of movements. At the same time it doesn’t offend anybody as you are not directly touching anybody. Briefly mention Hands On Adjustments and that they will have an opportunity to discuss and learn much more about this later on in the course.   

Indication adjustment

Giving an indication is a minor though incredibly functional adjustment and helps student to feel where they need to send awareness. Repeat how some people may have issues with hands on adjustments, and an “indication” won’t offend anyone, yet is very effective. 

Remember

When you give and receive feedback, think of it as an exercise in itself to become more comfortable and confident from a teaching point of view. Nobody should feel like they are not good enough to give feedback. Practice to observe and practice sharing your thoughts and advice. If your partner does it really well, help them to take it to another level. Work towards constant improvement and observe the details of the body. If you think it’s perfect, there's something you're missing. Sometimes in class we will have students who are amazing practitioners with fantastic technique, but even they want feedback and learn how to improve. 

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