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Thread the Theme - Skills for Inspired Teaching : Tanja Mickwitz

  • The Yoga Studio 53-57 Rodney Road Cheltenham, England, GL50 1HX United Kingdom (map)

Using themes skilfully in your classes infuses your teaching with meaning. It is a way to stay both inspired as a teacher and relevant for your students. It’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘sandwiching’ a theme, in other words only relating to the theme at the start and end of class. In this training we will look at how we can creatively thread the idea through the whole practice. A well crafted theme makes for depth of practice and a full well-rounded experience for your students. It can give them something deeper and more meaningful to take away from the class in terms of how to integrate yoga into their lives off the mat as well as keep you continuously inspired and evolving as a teacher.

This workshop will include some of the following:

  • Choosing relevant themes for your classes

  • How to layer your teaching to create depth of experience

  • How to consistently weave a theme through the whole class

  • Practical teaching tools

  • Group work

  • Group discussion

  • Individual teaching

Students can expect to walk away with:

  • A practical template to map out an integrated theme

  • Skills to integrate a theme into all parts of a class

  • Tools for varied, nuanced and layered teaching

  • Inspiration to find new and engaging themes for classes

  • Inspiration to teach yoga which supports students’ lives off the mat

  • Inspiration to stay authentic, relevant and ignited as a teacher

This workshop will be very experiential and focus on practical application with opportunity for discussion, group work and individual teaching practice including feedback and reflection. We will explore how tools such as energetics and mindful language can help create a theme successfully. The aim is to find ways to weave and integrate themes more fully into class, so that all parts of the practice support the experience and reflect your chosen focus. We will look at how to find themes which are true to who you are and your experience so you stay authentic as a teacher. These skills will enable your teaching to become more layered and nuanced rendering your whole teaching experience more rewarding for both yourself and your students. 

About Tanja

Known for her authentic voice and speaking from the heart Tanja weaves yogic principles and life understanding into a journey of creative flow and intelligently progressed asana. Her Soulful Vinyasa classes serve as an inspiration and support for life, with asana as the playground and metaphor. Tanja creates a nurturing space for exploration of the internal landscape and inner growth whilst challenging the physical edge with a safely led dynamic practice. Tanja is also an engaging storyteller and teaches regular Mythical Flow classes where she weaves in the Indian deities, their stories and symbolism into the practice. 

Tanja is a Lead Rasa Yoga Teacher and currently running the first Rasa Yoga 200hr Teacher Training in London. In addition to being one of the senior teachers at The Life Centre, Tanja has also served as a mentor and teacher trainer for Yogacampus 2012-2018. Tanja continues to be guided and inspired by Rasa Yoga founder and visionary Sianna Sherman in her studies and teaching. She has also studied with Para Yoga founder Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2005. Tanja is registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance US and registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.

Where : The Yoga Studio, 53-57 Rodney Road, Cheltenham
How Much? : £70
When : Saturday 6th July, daylong - 9am-4pm.
For : teachers and teacher trainees

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