summary #1 (dialogue)

I have been meaning to put all of my thoughts, ideas and answers (to numerous emails I have received) into a couple of post for information purposes. It seems I have yet to find the time to sit my arse down and get on with it. I WILL do this by the end of this month, I swear. I will begin with this tiny summary/disclaimer/misc info.

  1. Everyone gets the dialogue after they have registered and paid. If you do this the week prior you will not have the dialogue very long... this is not an excuse to slack off from learning the dialogue. Some people complete their registration and get their dialogue on the day of orientation. These folks will simply not have had the chance to "pre"-learn dialogue. That being said, the only dialogue anyone will have to offer in the first couple of weeks is the first part of half-moon. So, you'll have time to learn even this there.
  2. Here is my take on learning the half-moon dialogue (for what it's worth) After you get the dialogue learn half moon. Work on it relentlessly. Know it better than you know your own address. Unless you are used to performing publicly (which a good number are), standing up in front of 300 and something of your peers, with a headset on, is going to knock the wind right out of your sails. If you know it, and know you know it, this will enable you to find your strength and confidence within. Remember, no one at this point cares about you enough to wish you failure... heck, the opposite is true... everyone is sitting there wishing the very best as each person steps up.
  3. Here is my take on learning the rest of the dialogue: IF you have time prior, sure go ahead and learn the dialogue (know that unless you're breathing it in day in and day out for months prior that you will have to relearn it once at TT (it will be easier the second time around)). IMHO what is more important is to figure out what memorization technique works best for you. Memorization does get faster with time, but would it not be nice to cut that time down right from the get go? I took over 40 hours of work to get half moon down pat. They got faster from then on in (the 6th pose took a mere 9.5hours to memorize), but since you don't really have that much free time... it would be better to practice than to memorize! In case you missed the point here: Knowing what memorization technique works for you is invaluable, as it will buy you more time, time that you can put to practicing your dialogue. (The bad news is that for about 1/3 of us that once we have it in we struggle to get it out smoothly... The only thing that helps here is practice practice practice! Now, aren't you glad you have that "extra" time to practice more?)
  4. The only dialogue anyone will have to offer in the first couple of weeks is the first part of half-moon. Most people fail to use this time to study further, don't be that foolish. Learn up to 2 poses ahead while you can! (The ideal is to know the "next pose to be delivered" + the next 2 (so, no more than 3 in your head at a time). Get ahead while you can, and there is NO better time than the first couple of weeks!)
  5. There IS a correlation between "time away from having to memorize things" and being able to do so with ease/speed. For most of us not in the theater this means the older we are the harder memorization is for us. So, if you're 20-something you're in luck. If you are older... Technique. Technique. Technique. Find yours now...
  6. Was that too subtle ?! ;)
  7. There is a downside to knowing the dialogue prior. Unless you're a rock star (and some of you are), your delivery will not be all it can be, but since you already learnt how to deliver your dialogue one way it will be harder to learn a new way. We had some folks in our group who came knowing the dialogue, and at first we all envied them (we were so not getting the dialogue out verbatim.. they were...). Later on, as we were all able to embrace the feedback we were getting and try our adjustments, it was easy to see how hard it was for these folks to try and make adjustments to their delivery. (don't get me wrong, some people don't want to accept the feedback, but that is another matter entirely ;))
  8. The downside to not knowing any dialogue prior is a no-brainer (or literally... a no-sleeper). If you have to work on your dialogue there... you're going to be giving up sleep... how much depends on how much time it takes you to memorize and practice.
  9. Another time that people don't utilize much is after the posture clinics are done. Some people don't look at the dialogue again. Some keep studying and practicing. Some really wise souls get into practice groups and practice other sides/ multiple poses at once/ALL of the dialogue/mock classes. Be as wise as you can... take this time while you have it to prepare for your first class.
  10. Yes, you can just cruise by, and kinda-sorta deliver the dialogue. What you have to worry about here is not so much that the staff will call you out on it (and they will) and make you work with some folks on it. That is by far not your biggest concern. The most important thing you have to ask yourself here is... is that the kind of teacher/person that you want to be?


  1. Thanks for all the posts they have been great. I would love to hear what memorization techniques you tried and which one you stuck with.
    Thanks again,

  2. I tried to many to enumerate here. ;)

    The most highly advocated methods are:
    1) get study partner and learn line by line, adding one line at a time. ie you read and then recite line one; then read line 2, after that recite lines 1 and 2; then read line 3, after that recite lines 1, 2 and 3 (till you have it PERFECT of course); and so forth and so forth.
    2) learn line by line repeating it back to yourself in the mirror (or even whole doing the pose as u learn the line)
    3) record yourself and learn with your own voice recording, trying to say it back along to your own voice
    4) memorize line by line as your study group does the pose (seeing it really does help cement the whole "what comes next" in your mind)

    Solo memorization is not strongly encouraged by the staff, but ironically I found it worked best for me. The line by line really is the most effective method of memorizing the lines. MY problem was they came out scrambled/skipped, so in the end I learnt paragraph by paragraph alone. I have REALLY good visualization skills though, and as I learn something I always picture it. I learnt all of my stuff always picturing a class full of people (both the best and the worst of the folks back home). This helped me with flow and I have never had an issue looking at and connecting with bodies. Even now in class, you can put any body in class (new, preggers, origami, meltdown) and I'm okay. The best tool I had for my method was to write down the first word of each line. I allowed myself to use my crib page of words until I could run through the entire pose verbatim (confirmed by recording every run through). Once i got that, then the sheet had to go and I did my run troughs with practice bodies. I tried not to practice with the same people all the time. That also helped when I got to actual teaching... different people respond differently, and it's nice to be ready for that.

  3. Great insights, Edwina! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you sooo much for all the information, and insight. I am curious how long you had the dialogue for before you went to TT. I just signed up 2 day's ago, I don't have a copy of the dialogue yet, and I'm thinking I'm only going to have about a month and a half to practice. I suppose it will depend on how much time I dedicate to learning it on a daily basis.
    Also, I may have missed something in one of your posts, but I was wondering if you ended up getting a job at your Bikram studio.
    Thanks Sandy

  5. I think I got mine like a month prior. I managed to get half moon mostly in during that time. Think my study technique needed some speeding up? I did :)

    "getting a job" is hard to answer, because of context. Yoga teachers are independent contractors that teach classes at will. It is not a traditional "job" where one has all kinds of contractual obligations to meet. The studio has classes and you may be asked/offered to teach some. How many varies upon current teacher supply in the area. You may or may not elect to teach any of these. As of today my local studios do not have much need. That being said, both of my studios have made a concerted effort to get me classes (in both cases studio owners have given up their own classes). Tonight I teach what I believe to be my 9th class. =D

  6. I got my dialogue the day before yesterday, and I've spent about 8 hours working on it. Right now it's full of a lot of uh's, um's, and forgotten words. It actually gives me a lot of respect for my teachers who keep such a nice flow. I kinda took them for granted I think.