Wow, what a surreal experience. I taught two classes on Thursday to two separate PE 12 classes. First off, I don't think I've interacted with a teenager since I was in high school. Second, they are so much younger than I ever felt at that age! Third, they were there because they had to be so it was a little different then working with students in the mysore room who WANT to learn yoga.
My first class was bumpy. I had nothing prepared - I didn't know what to prepare, any time I tried to write up a lesson plan I felt lost so I decided I would just teach what I practiced. Easier said than done when you've got 20 awkward teens trying to understand what you're telling them to do. It was so much easier walking my brothers through a class. I got a little lost and while I definitely kept my cool, I was unsure of myself and I finished the class 10 minutes early because my mind drew a blank. I discovered the students really liked the balancing poses, they had fun with them, they hated downward dog - so much grumbling and I must admit this intimidated me a little bit. I felt a little deflated after the first class but I gathered myself and took myself for a coffee armed with my David Swenson practice book and my notebook and made a lesson plan. I wrote down the asanas in groups of three so that I could easily repeat three asanas again if I needed to extend the time.
For the second class I felt much more confident. I was prepared and ready. I took control of the class and joked about the complaining that a few of them did. I took my time getting them to poses. I added in Tree (Vrksana) and Warrior 3, which is similar to Balancing Stick in the Bikram class. I actually didn't have enough time to finish everything I planned to teach. I think that next time I will choose less postures and do them a couple times. I want to stay true to the Ashtanga system but I also feel as though kids, who are being essentially forced to try yoga, need a little different approach. I also need to find my footing as a teacher :)
If I already noticed a huge difference between the first and second class, just imagine what is to come.