Class Notes

Well, I cannot get the FreeMind Java applet to play nice with my server; so, I used the javascript export instead.  It is not nearly as nice but it does the job well enough; so, without further ado I give you the link to my notes outline for my first class.  Remember that these are just my notes outline.  My actual notes are on paper and take up a bit more space.  I will be honest here, I am uneasy about this on two levels.  The first is that I have never taught a class like this before, I have plenty of teaching experience with subjects from calculus to wrestling, from Microsoft Excel to the Old Testament but I have never taught a Yoga class.  I am afraid that I will prove a poor teacher and that those coming to the class will have a bad experience as a result.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
Dune, by Frank Herbert

Secondly, I feel that I am cheating them.  They deserve a certified instructor and not some average joe with six years of sporadic asana practice under his belt.  I know that the first is merely my own fear and self-doubt.  The second I cannot dismiss.  Part of me says that this is also self-doubt but another part of me says that without some formal training on my part that I am just not good enough to teach.  Saturday will tell the tale, one way or the other.

Speaking of certification, I am currently looking at Amrit Desai’s teacher training program but I have also recently come across Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.  Both have aspects that appeal to me but I think I will wait to decide one way or the other until I actually have funds in hand to spend.