“During the 9-week journey you eat, breathe and shit dialogue!”
But after teacher training, there is little incentive to keep studying, unless studio owners demand it of their teachers. So, OMB has put together a list of five reasons why you should crack out your old dialogue and refresh your Bikram-isms.
1) Clean Up Your Class
While it may not be as eloquent as Tennyson, the dialogue is simply the most effective, straight forward way to get students in and out of the postures.
“The dialogue must be viewed as a mantra, if you add-lib in the postures, you are taking students out of their meditation” Craig Villani
2) Break Patterns
Even the most dialogue savvy of teachers will forget a line or two here and there, you may be surprised what you are missing in a pose. Little things like “Chest up, spine up, ribcage open,” get forgotten in spine twist all the time, and can drastically alter a students understanding.
3) Improve YOUR yoga
We tend to teach how we practice, and that means we remember the instructions we utilize the most when practicing. Sometimes this means details get lost that can help improve not only our teaching, but our own execution of the postures.
When I discovered that Standing Bow dialogue said “Try to touch your shoulder to your chin,” and NOT “chin to your shoulder” my entire shoulder alignment changed.
4) Save yourself the sweat
If you are getting frustrated, and feeling like the students just aren’t ‘getting it‘, most likely you need to review your dialogue.
“The dialogue is a set of variables that must be executed in a sequence, each must exist in order to allow the other to happen.” Craig Villani
5) It’s good insurance
We have all had long days, off days, taught after late nights ( up meditating of course!!) or gone through tough times. It is during those times that the dialogue will give to your students when you are low; refresh now so that you can you can tap into the energy when you need.
We want to know, what are your reasons for reviewing dialogue?