First of all, I know it’s been too long since I’ve updated the blog. Ever since we got back from our road trip (which I do plan to blog about), I’ve been teaching non-stop, AND Bear Shark has decided to not sleep at night anymore. Yay for terrible twos! I’ve hit a few walls in the last month, but I’m making some schedule adjustments for the summer which should serve my family – and my sanity – a lot better. On to the post…
What an incredible year of change! Last May, I stepped fully onto the path from yoga student to teacher and made a complete career change and life change in the process. To date, I’ve taught over 200 classes with probably more than 200 different students. Never in my original career plan would I have thought I’d be standing before classes, leading students through yoga and connecting with other human beings in such a profound way. I thought I would have been more likely to be teaching advertising to college students than yoga! It has been INCREDIBLE to be able to share my knowledge and experiences in such an authentic way.
I feel like I’m finding my voice as a teacher, which is pretty much my regular voice. 🙂 I think in the beginning, I noticed my teachers’ words coming out of my mouth as they have all been a great inspiration for me. But the more I get to know myself and to know my students, I can relate to them through the lens of reality, with a sense of humor and by application of philosophical ideas in our day-to-day lives.
In the past year, I’ve gotten responses from students that help me understand myself as a teacher more clearly:
- They can relate to how I apply yoga in my parenting.
- They appreciate how clear my cues are so they don’t have to think about foot placement, alignment, posture – I give that all to them so they can just be in the pose and breathe.
- They enjoy my sometimes dorky taste in music (my 90’s throwback playlist on my birthday was a hit).
- They “found” poses better through certain modifications, instead of trying to fit into a prescribed mold.
- My touch is healing, warm and with heart.
I also remember one comment from a male student how he loved my class and how it helped stimulate his bowels. Guess the twists worked!
I know this first year is just the beginning. There is so much more for me to learn, to experiment with, to explore and to fine tune as both a teacher and a student. At this point, I don’t know if I could ask for more in terms of feeling fulfilled as a contributing human on Earth (in addition to the daily parenting responsibilities of raising my little humans). Teaching yoga gives back to me as much as – if not more than – what I hope I’m giving to my students.
I’m excited to see where this journey takes me!