This summer, I spent a lot of time exploring yoga studios and trying styles of yoga. As I walk into a yoga class, I take notice. Most studios are bright, sometimes have music, mats in rows, teacher in front, mirrors and so on.
When I observe a new studio or space, I think about my senses, what I'm seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing. When I walk into Scholé Salt Lake my senses immediately tell my that this is unique, unlike any other.
At the Scholé studio and in every Scholé class, details matter. Each teacher or guide has a job to make sure these details are in place each and every class. I can feel it immediately, each sense telling me that this is a safe space. That this is a place where I can have my own experience, and as a teacher, providing a space in which each person can have theirs.
In each class, I want to play the right song at the right moment, to fix the lights to enhance free flow or to help you drift away in savasana (a typical resting pose we end class with), and sequence poses in a creative but balanced way.
Sometimes I spend hours on an outline and soundtrack, it gets adjusted many times before I actually teach, and more often than not, it even gets changed during class! As a guide, it is my duty to move, change, and flow with the class. Scholé guides may not practice with the class, but flexibility is a major part of what I'm doing as I change on the fly if needed.
From planning soundtracks to sequences and everything in between, I would guess that being a Scholé teacher is a lot more work than other styles of yoga. For me, it's totally worth it. When I walk away from my own practice, or a class I've taught, I'm always taken back by the powerful experience I have each and every time.
Scholé Yoga Teacher Training prepares new and existing yoga teachers to guide transformative practices. If you would like to learn more about the art of helping others become their own best teacher, join Scholé Yoga guide and facilitator Vanessa Noble as we start the fall 200 and 300-hour courses on Saturday, September 10.