The past couple of days have been filled to the brim with yoga. Sunday I awoke, worked on my lesson plan over coffee, did my morning pranayama, meditation, and sirsasana ritual, then practiced the sequence I had prepared from beginning to end to check the timing and polish over any rough spots. After that, lunch and time with the boyfriend before heading off to teach. Then, upon returning home, I had a nice dinner, jotted down some notes and reflections, and laid a rough foundation for my Monday class over a glass of wine (or two) before crawling into bed.
Monday morning, I did a bit of writing (coffee in hand, once again... freshly ground Costa Rican dark roast. I can't put it down), practiced and polished my Monday class, lunched, took a nap, then got back on the mat for my personal practice before heading out to teach once again. It may not be paying the bills yet (fingers crossed), but I am loving this yoga teacher life.
I'm sure not all teachers feel the need or have the time to do this, but I always practice the sequences I prepare for a class in full before presenting them. Generally, I do this after my morning pranayama and inversion practice, so I'm already warm and prepared. Yesterday, however, I decided to do the practice cold to really experience the sequence as most of my students experience it. It was interesting. I think feeling the practice as closely as possible to the way my students might feel it gave me insight into the appropriate timing and emphasis to use throughout the sequence. It also instilled me with greater compassion for my students. As I taught the class that evening, I remembered the sensations that arose in my body and knew better when to push and when to be most supportive. The little revelations just keep coming.
I am studying hard and practicing with renewed dedication and purpose. The relationship between my personal growth and what I can offer to others through my teaching is becoming more organic, balanced and sustainable. I am optimistic and so excited to be on this journey, but I am diligent and humble, setting my feet mindfully on the path, careful not to crush any opportunities along the way.