Do you teach Yoga to people with different cultural backgrounds?
Plan your classes with culture and English as a Second Language in mind!
- Do you want to make sure your students know the difference between “shin” and “chin”?
- Do you want to learn how your own culture, values and beliefs impact your teaching and connection with your students?
- Do you want to learn how to deliver the teachings of yoga in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner?
Are you ready to improve your cultural IQ?
I believe teaching Yoga in a multicultural environment such as Vancouver requires us Yoga teachers to be culturally sensitive and responsive. To provide optimal health care, a physician needs to be aware of how their patients’ cultural backgrounds shape their believes about health care. To serve our students optimally, we need to be aware of our students’ cultural backgrounds. What our students bring to their Yoga mats is deeply rooted in their culture and will impact what they do or do not take from their Yoga class.
Your cultural IQ will help you to
- explore the meaning of culture and cultural competency.
- deepen our understanding and awareness of our own culture.
- share our personal challenges of teaching in a multicultural environment.
- develop communicative strategies to effectively teach yoga to non-native speakers.
- learn how to plan for cultural diversity in our classes.
- explore cultural taboos and how they relate to the setting of a yoga studio.
Why this matters:
- 52% of Vancouver’s population, many of whom do not have a regular yoga practice, speak a first language other than English.
- Cultural competency helps you to avoid misunderstandings with your students.
- Cultural competency is a marketable skill if you are planning on teaching abroad.
Take the first step to increase your cultural IQ and get your copy of
Planning your classes with culture in mind