I mentioned in a previous blog about a potential opportunity…well that opportunity has blossomed into a full blown reality.
A friend of mine, to whom I am eternally grateful, recommended me as a potential replacement for her as the yoga instructor at a clinic she was happy to be working for but the class no longer fit in with her busy schedule. (THANKS LEE!!)
Shortly thereafter, I met with the owner and we both just clicked. She seemed to really like my views and approach to yoga, teaching and I guess life in general. So she decided to take a chance on me and ta da!! I now have my very own, formal, paid, yoga teaching gig!!
Its a beautiful multidisciplinary clinic which offers all types of holistic health and wellness care which also includes a small studio for yoga and pilates (more on the clinic, location, and my class schedule once I settle into teaching in my new surroundings.)
So on to the best part.. my FIRST CLASS!
My nerves aside…I think it went really well (at least from the outside/student perspective).
However, I want to describe the class as it played out in my head..
I got there a bit early to prepare, warm up and chat with owner. She mentioned that one of her friends might show up who has never done yoga which kinda freaked me out, as a really mixed class for my first formal teaching gig is not what I was hoping for.
However, at the last minute she decided she couldn’t make it.
“phew..save that challenge for another time”
So it turns out that I had a class of 5 people which seems to be the perfect amount for the studio and for my comfort level.
Of the 5:
We had the director/owner of the clinic, three regulars that attend the class (I had the pleasure of meeting them previously so they welcomed me most graciously and with open arms which helped ease some of the butterfly’s in the stomach) and a dancer who classified herself as pretty new to yoga.
The beginning went smoothly.. I explained that my focus for this class would be on the most basic and yet most advanced aspect of yoga being the breath. Then I quickly went over the Ujayii breathing.
I went through some A’s and B’s (so far so good) and moved into the standard ashtanga standing series..(it seemed like they really did not enjoy my revolved triangle or revolved side angle pose?)
I think it was just after Warrior, I had my first brain freeze.. I forgot what I just taught, on what side, etc.. I just went blank! Then at the last second as everyone came up to the front of their mats, it all came rushing back.
Next .. we moved into the seated postures.
Went through some forward folds and then into Janu sirsasana, marichyasana, and then somewhere at this point came the BIG ONE…
A total black out.. while everyone was folding and breathing, I looked at the time. I couldn’t figure out when I started the class and when it was to be over?.. I didn’t know where to go next?
At that moment I had the feeling in my belly.. you know… that panic when you’ve realized something terrible might or may have just happened?
All this took place in the blink of an eye.
I gazed at the clock again..and suddenly realized that I had my planned sequence for the class in my notebook sitting right beside me! duh!
So as everyone was starting to unwind from their twist I took a quick peek at my outline and moved into what I had planned next which was navasana.
Everything seemed back on track, but I noticed time was running out.. I wanted to make sure everyone had a long savasana so I quickly moved to a back bend. I guided them through supported bridge and then a counter with child’s pose.
After about 10 breaths into child’s pose I checked my watch.. but now all of a sudden time seemed to completely change direction and I felt it was too early for Savasana.
However, this time I didn’t freak out.. didn’t look at my plan..I took a deep breath.. and repeated my new personal mantra (that spontaneously arose during a yoga therapy class I attended the week prior) which I absolutely love, love, love!
“may I be an instrument for the infinite potentiality of Love”
From here.. as opposed to some inversion…the Lion’s pose came into my head.. its one pose that I know some of them had done before and one that I thought would inject some fun into the class.
So I did my version for them.. (pretty funny sight I’m sure), and then we went through a couple together.
Again, it seemed like time was added to the clock, but I felt that a nice long savasana would be very beneficial for them and for me.
Those 10-15 min were great..the studio was soo quiet and there is just something so calming and soothing watching over a class in Savasana. The only thing that kinda of distracted me was wondering whether 10-15 min might seem too long for them.
So at about 7.45 we came to seated position and the class closed with a lovely OM in which everyone seemed to participate and enjoy.
All in all, I think everyone had a pretty good class, most notably one student, who really seemed to soak up the prana in his savasana.
To sum it all up, it was a fantastic experience with some highs, some lows and I look forward to seeing what happens next week.