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Confessions of a yoga teacher: When nobody shows

It’s a really hard thing to put yourself out there… and nobody shows or you get turned down or everybody bails. It sucks. This applies to everything in life, right? Throwing a party or hosting an event or asking someone out. As much as we try to believe, “If you build it, they will come,” sometimes, nobody comes. You’ve planned. You’ve prepped. You got there early to set up. You gather the courage to be seen and to be vulnerable. And then, nothing. I’ve had my fair share of empty classes. It’s lonely and sad and painful to show up. I try to come into everything with zero expectations – or at least managed expectations – but I’ll be the first to admit that my feelings are a little hurt. I start to feel like I’m not enough or what I’m offering isn’t of value. Perhaps someone wanted to come, but their kid got sick or a meeting/other obligation popped up or the location/day/time doesn’t work with their schedule. I get that. I’ve definitely bailed …

There’s so much free yoga. Why pay?

Yoga is everywhere, especially in cities like Austin. Everyone is hosting free yoga – Whole Foods, Toms Coffee, Punch Bowl Social Club, Lululemon, etc. Great for those of us who are cheap (and I fully admit to being one of them) and in need of any amount of yoga. HOWEVER, like many things in life, I’ve found that you get what you pay for. Before this gets taken the wrong way, I want to be clear that I’m not criticizing the teachers AT ALL. These teachers are donating their time and energy AND likely teaching for free as a way to get more visibility. What all of this free yoga really does, though, is water down the experience to the lowest common denominator for both the teacher and the students. From the teacher’s end, he or she cannot plan for and watch all of the bodies that come to a free event, many of whom are beginners because they are trying free yoga as a first step. The teacher also has no idea what injuries …

Class prep: Music Playlists

Creating a yoga sequence is becoming second nature to me. I’m seeing the relationship between poses much more clearly now, and I feel like I’m able to put together a pretty well balanced class (at least my students tell me that!). What I was feeling nervous about when it came to teaching classes was actually the music. My taste in music can sometimes¬†be described as annoying pop. I’m still a fan of Britney Spears, love her or hate her. And damn if those Taylor Swift songs don’t get stuck in my head when they come on the radio. There’s also a side of me that likes “nerd rock,” which is how the band Guster has described itself. Indie rock, anything that can be heard at Austin City Limits and really sad ballads seem to be my jam. While I can shake my booty plenty to hip hop, I’m definitely not well versed in that genre, although the soundtrack to Hamilton is special and dear to my heart. I’m so thankful for doing my teacher training …

Confessions of a yoga teacher: Class prep

I started this year teaching 5 classes a week at 4 different locations, and the 2 classes at the same place had different audiences (weekend vs. mid-work day). This meant that I pretty much had 5 groups of students¬†that I saw once a week if they came regularly. From a planning stand point, I really only needed to map out one sequence that I could repeat at every class, making only minor adjustments based on the audience. As a new teacher, this was perfect. I had the opportunity to tweak my sequence across multiple classes. By class number 5, my cues were well-rehearsed and had been through enough iterations that I worried less about whether it was memorized perfectly and with the right pacing and instead focused more on watching my students and offering better guidance. There was even room for improvisation if the mood was right! For students who got the beta version of my fresh sequence, I really hope they didn’t notice too many flubs (did we do the left side already?). Even …

NaBloPoMo 2016 Edition

The last time I participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) was in 2012, when I first created this site. Four years go by fast! Besides catching up on posts I had intended to share long ago – like the rest of our Spring road trip, HA! – I’ll share bits from my yoga classes, how this yoga teacher thing is going, ways I’m finding yoga pop up in my life, SXSW excitement, parenting, [probably] a little about the election, life after death and whatever else November may offer. My friend over at Queen of Everything is joining me on this daily blogging ritual. Go check out her blog (and her Etsy shop!) for more reading material. So, we had a fantastic Halloween over here. Last year, neither of my boys wanted to wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating. They were both fully into it this year, although the Big Kid got spooked watching Ghostbusters (the original) the other night and has been facing a healthy fear of creepy stuff and the dark. Last year, …

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