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!