I always spend Monday mornings preparing my classes for the week. I also spend some time thinking about Yoga, meditating, reflecting on what I can teach this week and what I have learnt.
This morning I was thinking about my students, and what I hope they get from my classes. I am nothing like the yoga teachers on the DVD’s, on instagram etc. I am short, very curvy, not particularly flexible. But I like to think that those are positives in my teaching – I hope that my students can see that you start from where you are, that you don’t have to be tall, thin and bendy to do yoga. I also hope they see that I rarely wear branded or “proper” yoga clothes. I wear what is warm and comfortable and hope they do too.
One of the things I love about my yoga journey is how gradually it seeps into my bones, my blood and my soul. I hear myself saying things and see myself behaving in ways that are so different from the person I used to be. And that is a very good thing! It is a lifelong journey and I know I am only a very few steps along, but it is pleasing to already be able to look back and see how far I have come.
I worked my students very hard last week. They all rose to the challenge amazingly well! So this week I have written classes which give them the option to push themselves once again, or to take the gentler, softer option. I trust them all to make the right choice for them on the day.