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Excuse me while I blow my own trumpet

Taught my first ever yoga class yesterday. Thankfully only 8 people turned up, not counting myself and my two teachers; but I still went way over the allotted time and spent more than 3 hours explaining and correcting. Felt good, though.

I felt quite nervous before it came time to begin the class, but it soon passed until halfway through the meditation session, there was nothing left that might have held me back. I had decided to concentrate on asanas that are meant to have an effect on the anahata chakra, so after the more or less requisite tadasana* and suryanamaskar*, we proceeded with kapotasana*, bhujangasana*, simhagarjanasana* and finished with bhekasana*, a personal favourite of mine. Afterwards, my trainers had a few things to say, but on the whole they were happy with what I'd shown them, and so I've been on a sort of high all day today!

I don't know if I ever want to teach yoga professionally or semi-professionally; it's just that taking part in this teacher training programme enables me to learn more about yoga myself. There's so much more to it than just getting into position, and I find that without a proper understanding of the whole I will never progress beyond a certain level. It was the same years ago when I took up fencing -- I enjoyed it and wanted to be the best I could be, not because of some inate competitiveness (I couldn't care less whether I won medals or not, and fencing competitions? Dead boring) but because I like having a sense of mastery of the art. When I overheard my maître describe me as 'deadly' on my chosen weapon, the épée, to one of his colleagues once, I didn't think he could have ever paid me a bigger compliment...although now, I'm not sure whether he meant it as such!

* = mountain; salutation to the sun; seated pigeon; cobra; lion, and frog postures



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Jan. 26th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
I totally understand - since I began teaching Tai Chi, my understanding of the forms has grown exponentially. I didn't know if I would, but I love teaching.

Yay for you!
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
Thanks. And if Sunday's session is anything to go by, I think I might really enjoy teaching as well at some stage...
Jan. 26th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
because I like having a sense of mastery of the art
Oh how I empathise with that! I took fencing at school and it was something I really enjoyed. I'm doing Tai Chi now and feel the same way about that.

although now, I'm not sure whether he meant it as such! Now that just made me chuckle. I know just what you mean.

You've chosen a creative way of getting to know Yoga better. I would never have thought of going down the training to teach it route. Good for you!
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: because I like having a sense of mastery of the art
You've chosen a creative way of getting to know Yoga better. I would never have thought of going down the training to teach it route.

It wasn't my idea, believe me! It was my yoga teacher who approached me, when I'd been in her class for about a year. She knew just what argument to use to persuade me, and 3 months down the line, I'm glad she did!
Jan. 26th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)

I adore Yoga. We have a TEENY TINY class right now because the time (T,TR 10:30 a.m.) is brand new but I sort of like it that way. I get lots of individual attention and I'm an attention whore.

Jan. 27th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
Oooh, I love the smell of yoga in the morning...

I used to have class every Monday morning from 9:45 till noon; which I thought was an absolute brilliant start to the week.
Unfortunately, the rules at work have changed and now I can't take the mornings off as easily as I could before, so now I take my classes in the evenings and the weekends; but I miss my Monday morning sessions very much...and so do my colleagues! They say I'm much grumpier these days...
Jan. 26th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
Congrats. I'm nowhere near that bendy.
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC)
It's not about the bendiness. It's about the inner peace and tranquillity and the outer strength that you gain from the exercises...or, something like that...I think.
Jan. 27th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
I should have said nowhere near bendy at all.

How can I have inner peace when I've got Spike shouting in my head?
Jan. 28th, 2004 02:57 am (UTC)
Shouting? Oh my, what's he shouting about, then? Plot bunnies? Aren't they behaving as they should?

Personally, I tend to achieve inner peace quite easily whenever Spike's in my head. Makes me break out in lovely warm fuzzies every time...
Jan. 28th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
A whole warren of bunnies, but not enough plots. I wish He'd stop giving me ideas and actually tell me how to write them!
Jan. 28th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
Ah well, that's Spike for you: big on the ideas, not so big on their execution.

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll find the right way to go about it soon enough without his help!
Jan. 26th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
That is wonderful, G! Good for you!

You'll have to show me some of this when I see you in June - don't know anything about yoga, but I'd like to learn.
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
You can join me in the suryanamaskar in the morning ;-)
Jan. 26th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Very cool - well done and go you!
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
Cheers -- I intend to! ;-)
Jan. 26th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic! Well done, you; you deserve to be proud of yourself. It must be fascinating to know all the background to the positions, rather than just be able to put yourself into them (although doing that deserves much respect, too!). I'm with Jules - can we have a private lesson in June?!
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
can we have a private lesson in June?

Sure..trade you for a Pilates one?
Jan. 26th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Double yell for you: good stuff. I'm glad you're enjoying it, and I think I understand why, I'm the same with writing.

And, um, say when? dangles 2 new eppies before your eyes....
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
And, um, say when? dangles 2 new eppies before your eyes....

That's in addition to the 3 or 4 we didn't manage to cram into our last evening? My, we really do need to get together again soon. How're you fixed for the second week of Feb (week 7)?
Jan. 26th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
I love yoga, but I am not at all familiar with the traditional names. It makes me sweat and feel great and gives me an allover buzz, like a healthy high, but I don't know much about the philosophical component.

It's great that you have the opportunity to teach classes. I generally do all the exercise stuff all alone in my basement!
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
I am not at all familiar with the traditional names

I imagine that can be confusing, and I apologise. 14 Months ago, I didn't know what any of them meant either, and I'd get terribly muddled in class. But now that I'm used to them, I'm instantly aware of what's required of me when such a name is dropped. Is it just the Sanskrit names or their English translations as well that you have trouble with? You can look them all up on Internet; there's an absolute wealth of yoga webpages out there!
Jan. 28th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
It's funny ... I used to be more familiar, at least with the English names. I've been interested in/done yoga off and on since I was 11 years old. I'd follow it from books and read the instructions to be sure I had proper form, but I really never bothered to become familiar with the asana names ... either in English or Sanskrit. Then I graduated to exercise videos. Being deaf, that didn't help me become any more familiar with the terminology.

I have Beryl Bender Birch's two Power Yoga books and they have very thorough instructions as to how to position oneself properly in the poses. Her books are the ones I check the most to make sure I'm not doing something that might twist my knees or hurt my neck.
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