If you want to get comfortable teaching Feldenkrais classes and workshops there are some relatively simple ways to do so. It matters not whether you are Guild-Certified or if you trained with Anat Baniel, Mia Segal or for that matter if you trained with anyone at all. There are quite a few Yoga teachers, dance teachers and other folks who have learned to integrate Feldenkrais into their teaching. And to do so in a way that is respectful to themselves and to their students. I will tell you the simple way that I learned to get comfortable teaching and to SEE myself as a Feldenkrais teacher. You can do this as well.
Here's what I did: I read Feldenkrais transcripts in my own voice and I recorded them at the same time. And then I did the sessions myself by listening to my recordings.
It was one of the most empowering experiences that I had ever created for myself. And I still do it. Every week.
The benefits of doing this are deep and multi-leveled. You become both the teacher and the student. As the teacher, when you first start recording, you may not feel confident. You may feel scared, you may even make a few mistakes. But later, when you listen to your recordings as the student, you will find that it does not matter. Why?
First off, as the student you want to have a positive experience. You are putting in your time and energy to do a session. You want a result. This is called "positive expectancy" and you will have it for two people - you the student and you the teacher. As you do the session, you may not - likely WILL not - hear the mistake that you thought you made as a teacher. Or you may hear the mistake but it does not matter because you know what the teacher - you - was trying to communicate. And in this way you learn that the mistakes are not that important. That is, you realize that a small mistake does not change your positive experience - neither as the teacher not the student.
Does that make sense? If not, that's fine. Just do it and see how you evolve.
By the way, it was about 2004 when I first started recording Feldenkrais sessions for my own use. I bought no special equipment, choosing to use the crappy built-in mic on my laptop. And I spent very little time preparing. In fact, sometimes I did not prepare at all. I simply read Feldenkrais transcripts into the microphone. And from time-to-time I got SUPER confused (especially with the Alexander Yanai transcripts) and did not understand what Feldenkrais wanted. And I verbalized that. I would say, "Ryan, I have no idea what in the hell Moshe is saying here, but perhaps you doing this session right now can figure it out." And I did. It was very powerful.
Question: Where do you get the transcripts and sessions? Check out my Easy Feldenkrais series. (But now there are also tons of complex and challengings sessions on there as well). You want Alexander Yanai? Ryan has Alexander Yanai.