5 Reasons Yoga Teachers Should Write

Posted by YOGANONYMOUS on 9/25/13 in Inspiration

~ By Susanna Harwood Rubin

For the first few years of my teaching I would write out my notes for each class meticulously, including, theme, sequencing, and an account of whatever myth or story I might be sharing that day.

At one point, I had another teacher ask me, “Do you still need do that?“

2204 The truth was I rarely looked at my notes once they were written, even though I usually had them next to me at the front of the room when I began class. I felt as if this setup operated like osmosis-my notes’ nearby presence seeped into and through me as I began to teach. These were words and thoughts that I had pulled out of my body and brain and they sat there comfortably beside me as I began teaching like a mini-me, a companion.

For most of us, writing is a way of clarifying our thoughts for ourselves as well as a means of self-expression. I enjoyed the process and act of recording my class notes. When I look back at them now, I am amazed to find all sorts of ideas that I had forgotten about, sequences that I had been fond of and are worth revisiting, and even more importantly, a sense of where I was at the moment of my life when I was about to teach that class or that workshop in that studio in that city.

2205 My teaching notes read like a very particular account of my life, and I am happy to have them as resource and as memoir.There are so many important reasons for yoga teachers to write. When my writing muscles get lazy, just as with my body, it becomes more and more difficult to begin, the words come more slowly, and I have to look harder for the right phrase, my natural rhythm, and my delight in language. My writing practice enriches my teaching practice, verbally, rhythmically, creatively.

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2206 ~ Susanna Harwood Rubin is committed to finding beauty and cultivating creativity in everyday life. Combining her life as a yoga teacher with her background as a visual artist and writer, her classes offer an experience of intensity and grace designed to awaken each student’s individual artistry. Susanna’s weekly public classes are at NYC’s Virayoga. In addition, Susanna teaches workshops internationally. Her online classes can be found on StudioLiveTV. Susanna is a storyteller who loves sharing Hindu myth and Tantric philosophy. She has spent over eleven years studying with Tantric Scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks, with whom she travels regularly to South India. She gives talks on yoga and Hindu myth online and at yoga studios internationally. She writes for a number of publications, including The Huffington PostElephant JournalRebelle Society, and Origin Magazine. For more information, please visit the Writing Your Practice section of her website.



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