Teaching in different studios and different groups of students is interesting. And an interesting observation I’ve been making is that the crowd is different. Students are drawn to particular places, particular styles.
There are the technical classes that people love. There are the slow restorative classes that people also love. And then there are the please kick my ass classes.
The interesting thing is, most of the time I have observed students who are drawn to these classes don’t need more of it. The please kick my ass students don’t actually need more yang practices, in contrary, they could really use some slowing down. From their lesser ability to fully embrace floor slow down sequences, their grumpiness in the final savasana, it is obvious to me that they should really be focusing on the slow down and restore part of the practice.
The flexible, soft, and prefer to have restorative classes kind of students in turn could really use some more strength. I’ve seen “winged shoulder blades”, I’ve been the absence of core and shoulder girdle stability.
It is difficult for me, as a teacher to observe the resistance of students towards what they need to work on. It is also a tricky thing to try to balance between what they want and what I think they need.
Students choose their teachers. But yin natured students will choose yin natured classes, despite that they don’t need more. Yang natured students will be gravitated towards yang natured classes, even though what they need is endurance and patience. How do we, as teachers balance it out and give them enough of what they want to keep coming, and at the same time give them the other side that could perhaps benefit them a whole lot more?
Or is it that, I should just let my ego as a teacher go, and allow the time to come to a students journey naturally, as it seems no external input and/or interference is going to really be transformational?
Change and growth, comes from within, I suppose.