The November 2012 RYT 200 hour course held in Ubud, Bali was a monumental success. Learning, soul-searching, philosophizing, physical and mental transformation and fun were the overriding themes, ultimately culminating in a 100% pass rate for all the students that participated in the month long course.
On the final day of the course we decided to take all the students on a day trip to White Sand Beach on the East Coast of Bali. We were blessed with a beautifully sunny day and a beach all to ourselves, one of the many advantages of getting up early. The students were each asked to teach a 45 minute class on the beach. As the day ticked along and the beach started filling up, it became a challenge for the students not to get distracted, as well as to make themselves heard over all the noise. Part of asking our students to do this was to see how they would cope with the various distractions that might pop up while teaching a yoga class. Teaching is not always possible in calm quiet spaces, so it is vitally important to make sure that we are prepared for all possibilities and situations as teachers. As qualified yoga teachers or indeed a teacher on any topic, it’s important to continue to challenge ourselves and ensure that we are constantly improving our own teaching abilities, so that we can offer our students the best possible yoga experience.
Overall the day was a great success with a nice balance between work and play. The students had their practical exam, followed by a feast of freshly caught seafood and sunbathing on the most beautiful tropical beach. At the end of the day a few emotional farewells were said as this was the last time we would see our students before they returned to their respective countries and continue on their path to becoming successful yoga teachers.