I’m supposed to write of who I am, to write from inside of me. I am to do those things that feed my soul, that make me feel comfortable with myself and where I am.
When I guide yoga, I am always unsure. I am unsure if I come out too strong, if I am not fun, if these postures are hurtful or too hard. I want to look out over my students and see them in good form, better than last time. I’m not sure they are. I don’t know when I have done it right.
The Friday classes are only two and three times a month. How can this possibly be helpful? Is there ANY benefit to just three times a month?
And am I doing the thing that brings me joy. Is joy part of learning to do this? Is the joy in the learning? Are the students feeling the joy? I have had positive feedback. Is this only because they do not want to be negative nellies? Are they only being kind to be nice?
I am told my pacing is good. I am told Savasana is wonderful – and so yes, we are able to leave on a good note. I want to be better. Just as important, I want to feel good that this is in fact what I am supposed to be doing. I like doing yoga. I like doing yoga with people. Am I an instructor? I don’t want to give this up without giving it my honest and authentic heart. I will know if it truly fits. Maybe I am to supposed to be among the crowd, and not in front of the crowd.
Maybe I am too early to pass judgement on myself. We are our own harshest critics. This is a tough idea. I would kick myself years from now if I were to watch a woman my age in front of a class, showing her insecurities and still being a teacher. I am good at not sharing my insecurities in front of the group. Regardless of how I feel. I am better than some, I have more heart than many. I can do this well, and it will cover me like a glove, a nice skin tight yoga suit to be proud of. Eventually.
My life is not yoga right now. There is too much life beyond any yoga or spritiual notion. There is more life to live than just “on the mat” or “off the mat”. There is more life off the mat than I will ever live on it. I love yoga. But, it is the prep time that I spend before I go on to life.
I can wear this “yoga instructor” well. And I can live off the mat, and I do for gawd’s sake live it well, off the mat. I love me my football, and my martinis and my sweet love and children. I enjoy my job, even while I want to replace it with a yoga job. I have dreams and aspirations of the beach house, and friends coming to stay the weekend, and holidays with all the family surrounding us. I have recipes to conquer and garden’s to plant, and moon travel that I want for a birthday treat. I have my convertible car, and my frequent flyer miles and I have a list an arm long of all the places I want to visit. There is so much life outside of this yoga…that even as I write this you must know, you must be clear that an hour on the mat every other day is a very strong practice. Meditations for fifteen minutes every single day, every day, every one is essential for stability and dream realizations. And it’s only fifteen minutes. Yoga isn’t necessary for dreams to realize. Meditation is. Meditation IS essential to happiness. If we don’t have time to relax and feel our happiness, there is no happy. And happy is important in a successful life.
My life is already successful. Yoga feels good. Meditation reminds me that I am happy, and for all the right reasons.
Am I a yoga teacher? I dunno, I have only just started. I wonder if I can teach happy in yoga. Maybe I need to teach “Aint no big thang” in yoga. I don’t teach often enough to get across any philosophy really. Its hard to choose a philosophy in front of the mats when I don’t get in front of the mats very often. Three times a month for the group and once on Sundays for my private patron. We all want to have fun and to walk away from class smiling and content.
That’s all there is to it, it ain’t no big thang that we continue to breathe.