I’m looking for information, suggestions, and opinions.
I’ve been invited, by the Women’s Health committee of the village in which I live, to organize and lead a once-weekly yoga session for the community.
This would be nothing extreme. I have neither enough practice under my belt to teach anything more than the basic asanas and principles of yoga, nor am I certified. Plus, I feel that the practice is quite unfamiliar here. Thus, the main objective would be to gather together, be physically active while trying something new, and reap the benefits of an awesome practice.
I’m very excited about this possibility, but I can’t help but have a few questions. My questions are:
1. Is there a book that anyone can recommend as a “must-read” for people interested in teaching yoga? If so, what is it?
2. Do you think that it would be okay for me to offer such a workshop, if:
a) I were to make it very clear that I am not certified, and that people’s participation is encouraged, but at their own risk
b) Emphasize the importance of respecting our bodies and our limits, thus not pushing ourselves too hard.
3. Am I legally obligated to obtain enough practice and proper certification before offering a workshop like this? (Even considering the isolated context in which I live).
4. Do you have any suggestions as to where to start? What are the best asanas to begin with? (While I have a strong idea of a good place to start, input is always welcome).
5. Do you have any suggestions, ideas or tips that you would like to offer that I didn’t address in my questions?
In the meantime, and regardless of the response, having something to offer feels pretty awesome.