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I run out of things to say when I'm teaching

Can I Ask You A Question?

"I'm in a teacher training program (not yours) and am practicing on my home reformer.  I came across your website and like your vibe so I thought I'd submit a question.  I'm getting more comfortable teaching and am introducing some Intermediate exercises to people who have been coming for a few months.  But I find I run out of things to say or cue.  I say things like "switch switch switch", or just count because I've run out of other cues.  Do you have any suggestions?" ~ Sincerely, At a Loss for Words


 Dear At A Loss for Words

Becoming a Teacher is a challenging endeavor and I applaud you taking the steps to pursue this career path and committing to getting better for both you and your clients.  

With the absence of a studio where you can observe and get inspiration, I can see why you are finding this to be a challenge.  Dead air represents the opportunity to take a movement from good to great. It's the space where the magic happens.  

I have an organization to how I cue a movement that has worked for me and seems to work for my student teachers.  Feel free to try it out for your sessions and let me know how it goes. 

  1. Set up the movement  or its prep  (where do the arms, legs, straps, etc. go)
  2. Cue the exhale and begin the movement (Exhale and press.  Exhale and lengthen. Exhale and lift)
  3. Repeat step 2 one more time - say it again with a modulation to your voice.  Setting your rhythm
  4. Make the movement better with one body cue "Draw your shoulders down" 
  5. Repeat step 2 "Exhale and lengthen" 
  6. Repeat step 3 "Deepen through your abdominals"
  7. Repeat step 2  "Exhale and press"
  8. Repeat step 3 "Hug the inner thighs"
  9. Add a count:  "And 4, 3, 2, and 1"
  10. Set up the next movement or the full movement and repeat the steps above