Monday, August 8, 2011

Teaching my first class.

The entire week leading up to my very first -- my OWN -- yoga class, I was full of nerves. 7 p.m. on Thursday was looming over my head -- my anticipation was ridiculous, really. There were even times when I thought to myself that I may not be ready, maybe there would be a storm and I couldn't have the class. But, I realized, that morning, as I took myself through the hour-long practice I would be teaching on the beach that night, that I was more ready than ever. I had been waiting so long to share my love of yoga with others. I had worked hard all summer to do just that- to develop the skills and the tools to provide people with a space and practice where they are able to let go and to create inner harmony and self-acceptance. I decided that I needed to write some things down in order to calm my nerves more. I called some people who I love. I created an intention for my class- from me to my students- and another one from me to myself.

My intention for the students: To help peace to feel calm, peaceful, happy, and at ease in their bodies and minds... To help life their spirits and help them to recognize their innate goodness.
My intention for myself: To relax, to be present, and to trust myself. I am a balanced, compassionate yoga teacher.

I practiced some basic Pranayama to clear my mind and I headed out to the beach. I found the hardest area in the sand to set up my class. As 7 p.m. drew nearer, people came walking up the beach- yoga mats, towels and water bottles in hand- they were coming to MY class. They were coming to me for some relaxation, some physical and mental strengthening, and some peace. It's funny, because the less and less that I was alone- the more and more people that showed up- I felt more and more comfortable and at ease. Some faces were familiar, and some faces were not, but all of them were friendly and much less intimidating than my mind's constant chatter and speculation.

It was the best possible experience I could have ever imagined for my first yoga class ever. We had fun, we laughed, we created peace and harmony within ourselves and with each other. And, I can't wait to do it again next week!


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