I debated about sharing this one, what did I really have to say about teaching? I never really intended to become one, these things sort of just happened along the way.
It's been 2 years and 4 months since I started teaching and 6 years since I found myself on a mat. I would have never thought I would be a teacher, not for a lack of talking -HA- but because I always wondered who would put themselves through such brutal efforts on the daily. It's a constant balance between a performance and a workshop mixed with some minor therapy and being a human encyclopedia.
Things that teaching constantly reminds me:
- to strive for better, not perfect
- learning is a two way street
- to be concise
- leave your house earlier than you think
- repetition and simplicity are the keys to proper flow
- People come for the yoga, stay for the vibe. So keep true to who you are, not what media shoves down your throat through those "10 Things a Yoga Teacher Should Remember" articles.
- Teaching with a purpose. I'm working on this, finding the purposeful intent I want to set in motion before class. Being real with people, sharing life not just theory- how else do we best relate to each other? I constantly ask myself why and then how, why do I teach- to foster connection. How? Through sharing, through creating bonds with complete strangers, to finding the human thread that connects us all. Maybe the how shifts day to day, but it all comes back down to the same realizations. And perhaps that too will change with time and experience, for isn't teaching just growing together? And damn it, we have this hour together and we may as well go into it with all we got.
It's really just the beginning. Thank you for letting us share our love with you all.
Sara & Kyle
PS - we are working on those light boxes!!!