So interesting to be journaling a second time around, as I get to read my entries from last year. This week last year began a four week lapse in my journal, as I was involved in medical care for a family member. This year, I’ve lost two of my most beloved cats and have invested a lot of time the last week in caring for one of my cats, who literally became ill overnight. Not yoga related but life related for sure.
Now back to teaching methods and how they related to last week’s post, AF&F Six — Muscle Awakening
Although muscle awakening and body clairvoyance happen for all of us that engage in this process of awakening, everyone is different in how they learn and integrate knowledge.
Three Primary Learning Styles
As Christina taught this month, there are three types of learners:
- Visual — those who learn best by seeing how something is done.
- Auditory — those who learn best by hearing instructions for how something is done.
- Kinesthetic — those who learn best by feeling how something is done, by doing it before reflecting on it.
We each have a primary mode of learning that is then supported by the other two modes. But since our students are a mix, it’s best to integrate methods that utilize each learning style. So, for example, give a demo (visual) with clear instructions (auditory) and then have the students move into the pose themselves (kinesthetic).
And, often, it’s a “rinse and repeat” cycle that eventually wakes up our dormant muscles and infuses them with the knowledge of the poses.