We posted this on our Facebook page during the last Teacher Training; however, since not everyone is on Facebook, it seemed like a good idea to post it here, too.
The Dialogue is generally very simple, straightforward, and efficient; however, the body parts are often a big stumbling block for anyone whose first language is not English. For years, Teri and I have encouraged these kinds of learners to spend some time studying the body parts and practice saying them out loud. During TT, one of the best ways to practice is to have a friend point at a random body part. This list makes that easier and more comprehensive.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (i.e. back in November in the teach.from.love Facebook Group), Steve Guthrie asked: “Hey, Steven Haver, do you have a list of all the actions in the Dialogue?”
The fact that someone would ask me such a question amuses me to no end. Funnier still is that it doesn’t even seem like a strange question to me—of course I have a list of all the actions in the Dialogue! To be honest, this is the second time I’ve made this list.
One of my favorite ways to review The Dialogue is by using the first letter of each word. For example, half moon pose starts like this:
ITF, RTIF, TC.
H-PTEOLG, UTTW, TTEP.
And so on....
Several years ago I was looking for the best way to review The Dialogue on my phone and really commit it into my long-term memory—that's when I discovered a program called Anki. https://apps.ankiweb.net
Using Anki, I created flash cards for The Dialogue for every posture using the first letter of each word. Additionally, I created cards for the names of each posture in English and Sanskrit. Now I can study The Dialo...
I did not learn to teach from love by coming through the front door. I wasn’t an enlightened soul looking for a yoga practice; I was beat up and a bit beat down when I arrived. I struggled through so many classes just wanting to give up. I knew I was being judged—I knew because I was the one doing it—knowing I couldn’t do what everyone else was doing, mired down in my own fears and frustrations. The struggle to move my body changed not only my body but also my mind.
I went to Teacher Training one year into my practice with all the fear and self-doubt most students arrive with—and brought them home with me again. My early classes as a teacher were not wonderful. I...
Hi, everyone, it's me, Steven (Lamppost). I usually leave the blog posts to Teri, but I think I am in a better position to tell you why our Teach From Love Seminars are so awesome. See, moving to New England was the best thing I could have done to become a better Bikram Yoga teacher, but I never intended to live here. Let me tell you how it happened.
When I had been teaching Bikram Yoga for about a year, I realized I desperately needed some mentoring. I had so many questions and wasn't getting a lot of answers. So I arranged a trip to visit Diane Ducharme Gardner (Teri's mentor and first teacher) in Boston, Massachusetts. As I look back on it now, I realize I was...
You may have noticed I haven't written any blog posts recently. There is a good reason for that: I've been writing a book. For the last several years, I have been working on The Toolbox and I am so proud to announce that the book is completed, published, and available on Amazon.
Over the last decade I have mentored hundreds of Bikram Yoga teachers and answered thousands of their teaching questions. This book was inspired by all of those questions and the teachers who asked them. My hope is that now teachers around the world will have access to the information that was previously only available by coming and staying in my house.
I love Dialogue. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Dialogue class. I love the way the Dialogue works with the body and the class as a whole.
I came from studios using strong Dialogue so when I went to training this was the focus of teaching. After teacher training, my Dialogue remained my constant companion. I took it everywhere. Studied in line at the grocery store, or at night before bed.
I got great feedback from my mentors and littermates on improving my Dialogue--it is the foundation of my class. I use it to learn to make corrections and to understand the body better.
For years and years I worked on it. I used it to mentor teachers. I was constantly go...
When a student trusts you as a teacher, they will follow you anywhere.
How do we build trusting relationships with our students? By being cooperative, confident, and consistent.
When all the teachers are teaching the same way, it creates a strong trust in the community of teachers. When teachers are using different directions and styles for teaching, very often the students don't know who to trust. When a student doesn't know who to trust, THEY DON'T TRUST ANYONE.
I've seen this happen with visiting teachers. The teachers may be teaching something inconsistently or even improperly which confuses students. They lose trust in the...
After teaching a while you may wonder where do I go from here? What are my resources? How can I continue to grow as a Bikram Yoga teacher? When you start to really understand what you are teaching you will be more confident on the podium, students will trust you and come to you with questions and concerns. When they do, you want to have places you can go to get the answers.
The first place to look, always, is in the Dialogue, or as I like to call it: the $10,000 book. You paid a lot of money for that resource and it’s worth every penny once you learn how to use it. You may have read it and memorized some of it, but once you have been teaching a while you can star...
Congratulations to the new group of teachers graduating from teacher training. Welcome to the team. This is a great job, journey, lifestyle. Here is some advice to help you on your way!
The first step of training was to memorize the words, the Dialogue. This is the goal of your teacher training posture clinics, to learn the words and deliver them. While you had nine weeks to memorize the Dialogue (first set, first side), this is just the beginning—the first step that sets up all the other steps. You memorized the words. This will allow you to teach those first classes—you will have the basic directions for everyone to get in and get out of the postures. This will...