Yoga is so often misunderstood. It can bring in so many health benefits for both the body and the mind, improving functioning and even offering back pain relief, together with helping deal with other illnesses that would affect posture. Yoga has a really important aim to change traditional habits and help people achieve a better sense of well-being.
When I used to have my own space and ran my own program I used to tell people who approached me about classes to buy a single class first, before they bought the 6 class pass. I knew I was competent: that was not the question. But not every teacher is the right teacher for every student. For me teaching yoga was never about how many bodies I could pack in the room, or how much money I could make, or how much press I could generate. It is kind of like the packaged food in the market....
I consider myself pretty open minded I'll try anything at least once. But Yoga isn't it for girls? Sitting around in your lycra hot pants chanting like gibbons. That's what I used to think until my eyes were opened.I work with many healthcare professionals and I've been introduced to many wonderous alternative and complimentary therapies such as homeopathy.But yoga I knew very little about ashamingly. So a bit of a back story and I may go off on a tangent here but I need to do so to explain my story and experience fully so bare with me.
What a person typically looks for from a personal trainer when they seek one out is typically different from what they look for from a yoga teacher. Just so the usual image of that a trainer looks and acts like tends to be different. Less so today, when there is so much overlap, with trainers starting to teach yoga, and yoga teachers offering individualized services that are more westernized than they used to be.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I think about and use shavasana (http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/shavasana-and-meditation ). Since then I find myself thinking about, and talking to my classes about the beginning of the class. If in part Shavasana is the transitional pathway out of the physical practice, into the meditative practice, and then out into our lives, it is balanced by what we do at the beginning of practice, when we step on the mat.
Prelude: On Training versus Calling One of the standard questions any adult asks a young child they first meet is, “What do you want to be when you group up?”. By the time that young person is a teenager the question has usually shifted to, “What do you want to do when you are out of school?” The question is whether this is a shift, or if the being and the doing should or must have some connection.
Over the weekend, I attended a Jam session in o'Fallon. During the Master Class the instructors performed to Rock. That was different, I loved it. Zumba lovers out there, here's a question. Who would love to take a Zumba Class with A portion the music being upbeat rock?
Yoga before mommyhood is competely different from yoga after mommyhood. No more running out th door to get to whatever class I can hit. No more staying at the studio after hours to get my practice in, regardess of time. These days, my yoga mat is often covered with stuffed animals and Dora blanket. Ashtanga yoga is my main practice, and I've always had a home practice, but it's getting harder and harder to fit everything in a day, and get more than five hours of sleep.