When I decided to get a Working Holiday Visa for Japan, I started to send emails to yoga studios accross the country, in the off chance that they would be interested in having me teaching there.
At that time, a year before the date of my departure, I wasn’t even a yoga teacher yet, and I barely started learning Japanese. Because of that, part of me thought I wouldn’t hear anything back from my requests. Few weeks later, to my surprise, I got an answer from a studio based in Kyoto. They were very interested in having me teaching there, with the only condition that I’ll be capable to teach in basic Japanese. I was foolish to think that I could teach in English only, so I doubled down my efforts and started to learn Japanese vocabulary applied to yoga.
I first started to watch yoga videos in Japanese on Youtube and to look up vocabulary online. Slowly, I pieced together a little PDF, which helped me to build a standard yoga sequence in Japanese. I often recorded myself repeating the sequence outloud. Google Translate was really useful ; with Audacity, I recorded the Google voice reading my sequence, so I was listening to it whenever I could to get comfortable with the words. Bascially, I learned all the cues by heart, so I would be able to apply them in different situations and be able to say them fast enough.
When teaching in another language, I think it’s important to keep it simple at first. The yoga sequence you’ll find at the end of the PDF (and in the audio) has nothing fancy in it and will sound repetitive, but it’s a good way to get started. The PDF contains tones of vocabulary that will help you to create your own sentences. Ganbate !
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