PROJECT 3: DIVERSITY
- COLLEGE YOGA -
Over the past year, I have had the amazing opportunity to teach yoga, or “Relaxation and Fitness” at Baylor University. At first, this was a daunting task - I had never created a curriculum, and had never taught in an academic setting. From this experience I have greatly improved my teaching skills and am able to share yoga with a unique demographic.
Because this class takes place in an academic setting, topics extend beyond asana. Throughout the Fall Semester, the Beginning Relaxation and Fitness classes I lead focused on The Eight Limbs of Yoga, and on the Seven Chakras.
The length of the Fall Semester provided ample opportunity to examine each of the Limbs and Chakras. Using these topics, I was able to provide students with a strong foundation and understanding of what it means to practice yoga.
STUDENT FEED BACK
One might assume that in an academic setting students might not be fully engaged in the course content of “Relaxation and Fitness." The feedback that I received from students, however, indicated otherwise.
Some of the most rewarding reviews of this class included students appreciating how the content could be applied to their daily lives. This proves that even in an academic setting, the principles of yoga can not only be taught, but can have a positive impact on the daily lives of students.
During the 2016 Fall Semester I taught three Beginning Relaxation and Fitness Classes. This semester (2017 Spring), I am teaching a total of five Relaxation and Fitness Classes. Two of them are the Intermediate Relaxation and Fitness Course.
The way I approach the Intermediate course is comparable in structure to our 300 hour yoga teacher training. In Beginning Relaxation and Fitness I provided specific course content - content that I believe provided students with a strong foundation and introduction to the vast science of yoga. Entering Intermediate Relaxation and Fitness with that foundation, students will have the opportunity to explore concepts and areas of yoga that they find most interesting. This course will allow students to not only learn about what they are most interested in, but to share and teach others as well. By creating a presentation, each student will introduce their classmates to a unique topic, organize an activity that relates to the concepts discussed, and provide a Q and A/discussion session at the end of class.
Using this structure for the Intermediate class provides students with the opportunity to explore concepts they are most interested in. I believe using this structure will allow students to become even more engaged, and explore areas of yoga that will be most beneficial for them.