One of the biggest mistakes is not taking time out of your busy teaching schedule for your practice. I never consider the time teaching and demonstrating as my practice or a workout. One is not focused on one’s self. Demonstrating is usually one sided and missing the necessary warm-up and repetition to develop good muscular strength and flexibility.
I try to put aside time everyday for some kind of practice. Practice does not always mean a heavy duty workout. It is about getting in touch with my own bodymind connection. Since I have my own studio, I have the great fortune to take classes with my teachers. Even taking a basic level class helps me stay connected. A basic level class keeps the foundations in your body alive.
It is important that we as teachers stay fresh. I once had a renter who taught the same class with the same music for three years straight. It was deadly to take and the class never grew. For instance, in teaching for BBU, I go over the material for the workshop with a physical practice before teaching the weekend workshop. Even though I know the material, I want to reawaken the sensations of each exercise.
Taking with other teachers is also a way to stay fresh. It is inspiring to see how other teachers organize a session and how they cue different clients. Sometimes your studies can be in other practices such as yoga, somatics or even taking a tango or art class. It is also about training your eye, your sensations and observing how a teacher works with other clients.
Each time I do my practice, I aliven my mind/body with new sensations, images and possible ways to organize a session. Sometimes I have a problem to solve in my own body or an issue in an upcoming class or session. This leads me into finding a different organization of possible exercises/movements to do to solve a problem. Sometimes I create a theme such as the pelvic floor and how it works during a pilates mat class. Creating themes is also a way to keep your clients interested in their workout. To workout mindlessly, real change cannot happen.