I taught my first yoga class today. Not exactly my first class, but sort of.
My “first” classes were in teacher training to my fellow trainees, but those don’t really count.
Then I taught a restorative class a few weeks ago at the studio where I practice, and although that was a real class, it was just a few resting postures (have you ever been to a restorative yoga class? It’s awesome.) so I’m not sure that counts either.
But today, I taught a pretty classic yoga class with lots of poses. Spent a lot of time planning a sequence, making a play list, practicing it a million (well, 6) times before class so I was sure I could run through without looking (much) at my notes, figured out what I was going to say at the beginning, middle and end. This was a Real Class.
Overall, I think it went OK. I do need more practice teaching though. I have moments where it’s scary and I feel like I have no business taking the seat of the teacher! But then I remember there are lots of people out there who are new or new-ish to yoga, and I do have something to offer – so I just keep moving forward with this teaching thing… putting one foot in front of the other, reminding myself that I’m not expected to be a yoga teaching prodigy. I have to remind myself that teaching yoga, just like anything, takes practice and time – but you have to start! So I’m starting.
<Deep, cleansing breath>
It’s been almost 2 months since my last blog post! I figure I’ll just jump back in today with a quick wave “hi!” and a picture of lunch. Because that’s what I do here… post pictures of lunch.
I came home from class craving veggies and rice because one of the passages I read for my class today came from A New Earth (Can You Hear the Mountain Stream?) and part of the story was about two monks eating a simple of meal of veggies and rice under an ancient cedar tree.
I haven’t had veggies and rice in ages, so that’s what I came home and made – steamed veggies and brown rice.
(And sausage. And not under an ancient cedar tree.)
Kaz (who turned 2 during my unplanned blog hiatus!) sat on my lap and shared this meal with me on our front porch. I brought along some extra carrots because he likes to fish all the carrots out of my bowl and leaves none for me! So extra carrots were necessary.
I’m hoping to get my act in gear and get back to posting more frequently, even if it’s just short posts like this about life and some of the meals in between – it’s what I like and want to do, but I don’t because of all the “rules” I try to follow when it comes to writing a good blog and that you shouldn’t post about nothing.
Well, maybe I’ll try ignoring the “rules” for a while and just do what I want, moving forward in this journey of trying not care too much about what other people think – and then do NOTHING because I’m worried about not writing the perfect post with the perfect pictures and the perfect jokes. I don’t have to be a blogging prodigy or comedy writing super star.
Blogging is a lot like teaching yoga in some ways I suppose… putting yourself out there and being a little vulnerable. So why not? Here’s to posting about nothing and bringing some extra carrots along for the ride.