Are you hiding in your teaching?
Are you hiding behind the exercises when you teach and not showing up as 100% you?
I’ve been thinking about how my upbringing playing soccer at an elite level for over a decade has impacted the way I teach. And I always start laughing at all the funny cliches my coaches used to say, but have realised that they really relate to teaching Pilates as well.
A phrase my coaches would say if you or your team where having a shit day and your team is on the down. The coach would be going off ‘tap’ in a rampage and say something like…..
“Your all fucking hiding, your not showing up, it feels like I’ve got 10 men (women) out there”
The worst possible thing that could happen is that the coach then singles you out and basically tells you everything you did wrong! Learning how to accept some pretty harsh criticism from a young age in this environment has allowed me not to take things personally and I’ve also learn to take what is needed on board to improve and filter the rest!
So are you hiding in your teaching?
This can be the thing that turns your teaching from being mediocoreand being on autopilot to the real fricken deal! and this starts with not hiding from yourself and others.
Let people see you
You have to learn to catch yourself in these moments where you go on autopilot, your not present in the room and your head is somewhere else or your kicking yourself internally for the mistake you made!
It’s an easy option to hide behind the repertoire! It’s always harder to show up as the real you!
It’s so easy to hide behind the exercises, to hide behind a fake kind of energy or someone else’s style, formula or class plan that isn’t your own.
For lots of us, learning to show up for ourselves is the hardest part. It’s a skill we need to train ourselves to do and it takes time and patience. It doesn’t matter if your energy isn’t high, you certainly don’t need to fake it!