A Garland is not really just an "aggressive falling leaf". It teaches the rider to ride in one direction where the falling leaf is 50% switch which can further confuse students on the whole regular/goofy thing and creates horrible habits if the student takes no further lessons. The Garland also gets the rider used to pointing the nose down the hill and steering it back up the hill instead of keeping the board across the fall line the entire time. Not bashing you here at all so don`t take it that way.
Can you describe this garland concept in more detail please?
I have taught 6 or 7 friends the basics and always used falling leaf because thats how my buddy taught me.
People who have good balance get past it in half a day or less and its all good while some people tend to get stuck in it.
In those cases I can see how its a crutch and stops progress.
If there is a better way it would be good to know.