When I was younger I used to wonder what my creative “thing” was. Other kids at school seemed to be naturally talented at soccer or ballet or painting or science, and I really couldn’t figure out where my creativity housed itself. As I left school and decided to wait with Uni, I had a series of odd jobs that briefly made me think I’d found my “thing”. For a while it was selling books (maybe I’ll write books?), then it was hospitality (I could cook for people?), then it was blending tea (I love tea! Maybe I’ll start a tea brand!) and there was even a time when I was selling lingerie to rich business men at the airport (…?) but this is when I started to question what I was doing with my life.
It really wasn’t until I decided to fully invest myself in teaching yoga that I realised so many of my passions collated into this one discipline; especially behind the scenes when prepping a class to teach, and that creativity was a HUGE part of getting a class ready.
I’ve always loved magic and spirituality; the subtle realms. Music has been a huge part of my life forever, although I never had formal training as a kid in playing instruments or singing. I’d been good at public speaking and drama, despite (or maybe because of) English being my second language. And I grew up surrounded by art, with my dad always painting, sharing his books on art history, with family excursions often including visits to galleries and exhibitions.
Over the years, in the process of creating a yoga class, I realised that there are three main components that need to come together and harmonise with one another in order for a class to feel like an experience. This became my main approach to developing cohesive, educational and transformational yoga classes.
So that became my creative outlet – during the last 13 years of teaching yoga, I’ve expressed my creativity through class planning. Some days the class writes itself – pours out of me faster than I can put pen to paper. Other days, it’s like pulling teeth, and I sit for hours, trying to prepare something unified.
But ultimately, I’ve learnt many techniques for developing an idea into a successful class, and it brings me so much joy (tinged with trepidation) to share the classes that I’ve meticulously nurtured and prepared; not unlike sharing an art piece or sending your baby out into the big scary world.
Previously, I have only ever shared my class planning practice with my apprentices. But now I have decided it’s time to share these skills with you.
Perhaps you are a new yoga teacher, looking for guidance on where to start.
Maybe you’ve been teaching for some time, but would like to mix it up, or get some new ideas on how to freshen up your approach.
Or you might be a keen yoga practitioner, who is curious about what goes on behind the scenes.
You may even be questioning whether to take that step from yoga student to yoga teacher….
This workshop is for you.
I cannot wait to share my creative process with you and explore the joy and art of teaching yoga through class prep.
Join the workshop on Sun 14th Nov, here: https://sandyking.com.au/product/philosophy-workshop/
If you currently have access to my Library, use the code library10 for 10% off
If you are currently a Member, use the code member15 for 15% off
The live recording will take place at 6pm AEDT (Sydney time). The recording replay will be available for 28 days.
Bring paper, pen, questions and snacks. Everyone needs snacks when getting creative.
See you there!