Wednesday when I finally had my lunch break at work, I was starving. I sat down with my sandwich, chips and drink and began to eat. I was distracted by thoughts and just kept taking bites from my sandwich without much thought or attention. Out of my lower vision something caught my attention...so I looked closer. It was a tiny spider sitting where I was about to bite! The spider was alive and seemed as surprised as I!!
This incident reminded me how often we take our eating for granted...eating our food mindlessly. I came very close to eating a spider and not even knowing it! (Not that it would have hurt me!) In our yoga practice we learn to focus on our bodies and our breath. But yoga does not end when we roll up our mats. The same focus we use on our mats, is used in our daily lives...focusing on all that we do. However, focusing on all we do, is a growth process. Each day we work on it, some days better than others. The spider in my sandwich reminded me that I was not very focused and brought me to a place of re- examining my focus in life.
Please share your stories of the challenges to focus in life on and off your mat or chair.
Last June I graduated from Kind Yoga School! (www.kindyoga.com)I began teaching at Gleason Family YMCA almost immediately. This past year has been more than I ever imagined. It has been a joy teaching and knowing my students. They have made my teaching so much fun. They have given me great feedback on how the yoga has improved their lives and how they are using it in their lives. It was wonderful when Jami announced she wanted to attend yoga instructor training and ended up at Kind Yoga School! This year has been a continuous year of learning about teaching and yoga. I constantly learn something new about teaching yoga, even if it's a better way to describe the way to do a pose. Student feedback, makes me continue to review my school work and to go further into learning about yoga. I hope I never feel so sure of myself as a teacher that I stop researching and learning about yoga.
The thing that stands out the most is hearing the stories from students about yoga in their lives. My heart glows when a student shares a story with me. The second thing is being able to teach yoga to students with a wide variety of abilities. It is so exciting to look out on a sea of beautiful faces practicing yoga in their own beautiful way.
Thank you to Diane and all the Kind Yoga teachers, my students, my husband who continues to support me, Lu (YMCA) who had faith in me to assign me classes even before graduation and mostly to God who has provided this opportunity and supports me as I teach.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.