March 04, 2006

2 weeks down...

Today was the second class of the six week yoga class I am teaching. I think things went pretty well. I felt much more at ease today then the first day. This could have something to do with the fact that the first Saturday I had TWENTY EIGHT people show up! It was so crowded in there it was scary to look out over that big ol sea of people.
Today about 20 people were there. It was much easier. I really liked the practice that I taught today better than the first week and I think that made all the difference. There are all shapes and sizes of people. All ages (my youngest student is 7 years old and the oldest is probably in her late 50's). I have people who have never ever done yoga and a few who do it all the time. I have one guy who shows up in his Levi's ever time, I am not sure how he moves in those darn things, but he seems to be fine- and he really gets into it.
To be quite honest I wasn't sure if I was going to like this teaching thing. I knew that I really wanted to better understand the practice of yoga. The history and the other aspects besides just asana (postures/poses). But I didn't know if I was really going to like to teach once it was time. Today really felt good. I got lost a couple of time and it sure is hard to be purposely dyslexic, I just kept looking at my wedding ring and thinking, "okay that is my left but the classes right." and then down at my second toe on my right foot where I wear a toe ring and thinking, "okay, that is my right and their left." I am sure it is all in time.
Today I turned down the lights in the class during final relaxation and did a bit of a guided relaxation. Last week I was so overwhelmed that I just let them all hang out there, assuming they knew what to do.
The best part about all this teaching stuff is that I am really motivated to learn more so I can share it all. Funny how that works.

On that note, I am off to do some reading...


Jennifer said...

I'm glad you're enjoying teaching yoga. I'm sure you're a fabulous teacher!

Becky said...

It sounds like you are doing great.

My two favorite things about teaching:

Sharing the excitement of discovery -- whether it is me learning or my students, it's exciting.

Giving others the tools to continue learning for themselves.

Continue to learn and have fun with it and your classes will be great.

Jess said...

Glad to hear you are beginning to enjoy and not be overwhelmed :o)