Holy mother of Ganesha, where in the world do I begin?? First off, I think I owe any avid readers I may have an apology…. I have posted nothing when I said I would start posting more. But I promise I’ve been doing things! For example, teaching. I finally grew some ovaries and got on my game. ABOUT DAMN TIME.
While it’s only been two classes, I feel I’ve learned soooooo much more than I ever would have expected. Not to mention, the amount of students taught total between the two classes is 3 students when the expected about was 10 (hello life lessons on expectations). With what I’ve learned, I don’t think it just applies to teaching yoga. I think it can apply to just about every way you look at life. I might as well just dish out the deets:
1. Whatever epic scenario you’ve built up in your head…. the outcome most likely won’t be so epic.
This is coming from anxiety, nerves, and hardcore asana studying before both classes when none of it was necessary. You know what you know. No one is gonna laugh at you and no one is going to call you on your mistakes. You’re gonna do the best you can and that right there is enough. YOU are enough.
2. Expect the unexpected.
Both times I have gone into the class thinking things would turn out the way I had assumed they would turn out. Both times I was wrong. Not only was my assumption on the amount of students completely wrong but so was my idea on how the class would go. Don’t get me wrong, they both turned out great but not the way I expected. Which is exactly why I say expect the unexpected
3. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you.
I honestly have to pat myself on the back for handling everything so much better than I ever thought I would, but if I would have just taken a few deep breaths before, my sentence structure probably would have been more clear and understandable. Need I mention nerves will just give you anxiety you don’t need? Yeah. Exactly.
4. Everyone is different; everyone is going through their own struggles.
Going into my second class, I only had one student. And I thank my lucky stars it was just that one student. That one student ended up needing a lot of my attention and modifications I had never thought of before. Before each class, I didn’t really think of modifications at all. As if I had just subconsciously come to the conclusion any human, beginner to advanced could do the sequence I had to put together. But everyone is different. My perception on ‘different’ was very shallow. Not only that, but it gives you an alternate view. It’s humbling. It’s the universe telling you your problems are really just in your head and they’re not worth letting get to to you.
5. Most people don’t know what Savasana is.
I swear this can be seen metaphorically too. Here’s the thing: Both classes, Savasana was either misunderstood or not known at all and in life, in the bigger picture of things, we as a society need Savasana with unfortunately not knowing what it is. Sweet, beautiful Savasana. It is the purpose of yoga. It IS yoga. It’s what yoga is all about. it’s meditation. It’s self love. It’s rest. Three things most of the world’s population needs more of. Once again, I had gone into the classes with assumptions. I assumed everyone knew what savasana was. And of course I was way wrong (this means there’s probably gonna be a post all about Savasana).
6. Be open minded. Stay open minded.
Ask for suggestions. Ask for advice. Be vulnerable. This will allow others to open up to you and give you ideas you never would have come across yourself. I didn’t think about making signs to guide students to the right location or placing citronella candles around the group to ward off bugs. Obviously very logical ideas yet they weren’t ideas that came to me until the students suggested them.
7. Engage with others. Act like you care and mean it.
I have a tendency to shy away from people. At least I used to. I didn’t want to interact. I was scared I wouldn’t be liked and didn’t want there to be a chance of dealing with someone flaky or superficial. But that got me nowhere. Look at what happened to my teaching….It took me a year just to get started! When you continue to will yourself into something you tend to find uncomfortable, you eventually find the comfort in it. Since turning that behavior of mine around, I’ve made a significant amount of connections with others and surprisingly, it’s made me the happiest I’ve been in awhile. Nothing beats a sense of community and connection with others
I’m sure I could continue to go on and on, but I don’t need world’s longest blog post. What it comes down to is I’m glad I’m finally teaching. If you ever find yourself laying in bed, lost on what to do in life, go back to your beginning. When you were kid. I look back at my love for gymnastics. I look back at my intrigue for the outdoors. That brought me to the decisions I make today. I’m now teaching outdoor yoga for women. Go back to your beginning and search for what originally pulled your heart strings. That’s where you’ll build your passion for today
Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life. ~ Ray Bradbury