Wow. I was second of eight of us, with one of us (the ninth) having taught in our prior weekend as she was not going to be present this weekend. The first teaching was deliciously calming and helped me to stay focused both during that practice and in my own calmness. Yes, I was actually calm. As my husband, Aunt, and friends who have been my students all reminded me, I knew what I wanted to do, knew how to do it, and all that remained was to do it!
And I did it! The thirty minutes seemed long, yet towards the end I wound up intentionally leaving out one of the relaxation poses because I didn’t want the end to feel rushed or stuffed with too much. I completely forgot one part of the warmup in table, and left out some words I had planned on sharing. And I was pleased, indeed quite pleased (!) with the class I led.
As was the format for the day, all three of our teachers were present and each provided feedback.
Paula went first because I did my teaching during the time when she would otherwise have been teaching us.
- An extension of Circle Pose (Mandalasana) – which was one of the warm-ups I cued as part of Table – is Gate Pose (Paragasana), which she called “Wild Thing”
- The forward wide-angle fold with arms sweeping back and forth, and leg/knee bends first on one side, then the other turns out to be a simplified version of Spider Pose/Stretch, and the hands walking side-to-side are spider legs walking
- During the transition from Chair to Goddess, cue that there is a change in the direction of the pelvis; this will protect the lower back
Susan’s feedback, which she gave to seven of the eight of us, focused on back care, particularly as she had back issues when she was younger. Indeed, she apologized to all of us if it seemed she was being repetitive, but I think we all appreciated reminders for how to help cue our students safely.
- In cueing Supported “Dead Bug Pose”, leave out the cueing of leg movement, as someone could injure their back if they moved so much that they came off the block
- In cueing Supported Bridge, provide more direction for the back body so there is ample support from the feet and upper back for the lumbar and thoracic spinal areas
- Provide more information about Sukha and Sthira when cueing to move with them during the Warrior flow
Patty’s delight in my class was evident in her smile as she “wowed” at how I modulated my energy and voice, and used less verbiage in cueing. She talked about how I had grown in my teaching, and I completely agreed with her. She also replied to Susan’s comment about Sukha and Sthira, noting that we had covered it the day prior in an activity where each of us had come up with one word for Sukha and one for Sthira to describe what the words meant to us. I chimed in that I had intended (but forgot) to cue everyone to recall the words they invoked the day before. Instead, I wound up just suggesting they move through the first Warrior flow in Sthira and the second flow in Sukha.
Here is my class, led entirely from memory and without referring to any notes!!!!
I read the following poem during Savasana and concluded with some closing words of nourishment and thanks.
I DON’T WANNA by Zaccai Free
I don’t wanna do yoga everyday
Sometimes I run out to play
climb a tree
watch a bee
fly from flower to flower
tree to tree
imagine what could be
Then I breathe
this yoga cannot be escaped
it’s in every move I make
literally every breath I take
harmony reached in perfection
relaxing deep into the right direction
Then I realize
yoga is everything around me
the flow attainable by simply being simple
taking a moment to tune the temple
realize that the world is an extension of my being
I am a yoga teacher! That’s me in the parking lot after the morning session during which the first four of us taught. Those snazzy new leggings are a gift from my Aunt in celebration of my upcoming YTT graduation! There is also a snazzy black top under the sweater, but it was a bit chilly out so it will have to wait for it’s blog debut at a later date!