I can't believe it's over! Cliche maybe-but somehow I never expected it to come to a close. There were so many moments when I was frustrated with myself, with the instructors, my body, my inability to verbally cue effectively. After my community class that I taught a few weeks ago, everything seemed to come together for me. I knew for about 6 months that I was going to be teaching a yoga class, and be evaluated on my language, sequence, adjustments, and personality. I was so anxious for all of these 6 months thinking about 'performing.' Anyway, as I stood in front of the class I just took a deep breath and told myself to take control over my nerves and get through it. And I did! (this seems so easy to talk about now-but try to imagine a profusely sweating, heart racing, dry mouthed spaz) I got such fabulous feedback-I was waiting for a slaughterfest to occur, but the criticism I received I was already aware of the areas that I needed to work on so it didn't upset me. These areas are timing (making sure I don't speed up, and that both sides are equally timed), and more ease (which will come with experience).
The theme of my class was evoking your inner child, so I tried to sequence playful, fun poses. At moments though, I had 4-5 people down in child's pose, because apparently my sequence was challenging. It still gives me the warm fuzzies knowing that it was well received. At other critiques I listened to people being told they lacked confidence, ability to use direct language, lack of instruction, quiet voices, and lack of personality. It's a good feeling to know that people will remember something you taught.
I have sooo much time on my hands now. That 14 plus hours every two weeks that I was training is over. WOW. So, my plans are to really embrace my own practice. I love my ashtanga primary series, so I'm still going full steam ahead with that. I have 2 weeks to use up my free class pass, so this long weekend I plan on hitting up 4 classes. I've also been in touch with the YMCA, and I'm going to be volunteering once a week teaching a yoga class to get some experience. The Y is desperate for teachers. In the summer I'll be attending a David Swenson weekend workshop, and I really want to learn more about yin yoga and Iyengar. There's so many more workshop and teachings to embrace. A few weekends ago I went to a Simon Park workshop in Toronto at Downward Dog, and was amazed at the Prana Flow technique.
Who would have known 9 years ago, that after my first hatha yoga class that yoga would have influenced my life so much.