Friday, July 31, 2009

When the student is ready...

Since I've returned from yoga teacher training, I've been practicing my teaching skills on various friends and relatives - actually anyone who would be willing to spend an hour with me!!!! Haha - seriously, I gave a mini-demo to my sister, and then had my mother over for a full hour class. Mom was quite the good student and very eager to "do it right" - and, believe me, I kept telling her that she was doing just fine. But, here the teacher was a student, too, as I learned from this class with my mother. There were some movements that I thought would be relatively simple for her (wrist circles) and yet this was somewhat confusing - and there were some balance poses that I initially thought would be too challenging - and she did them with ease.

So, this was a real learning experience for me and I really appreciate the opportunity to test drive my teaching. It also helped to time this class as I wanted to make sure I could comfortably fill an hour. And, it goes without saying, my mother thought I was fabulous!!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yoga Teacher Training

I recently completed the Yoga Teacher Training offered by Peggy Cappy in Peterborough, NH. What a wonderful experience! I met so many beautiful people and learned so much! The highlight of this training for me was observing Peggy's gentle yoga class in action. This particular class of seniors has been meeting every Tuesday morning for over 20 years! I was so impressed by the agility and enthusiasm of this group. Watching them perform sun salutations was like watching a beautiful ballet.

Speaking of agility, I'd like to introduce one of my classmates - Linda - from Washington, DC. Here she is performing a split:

Wow! Isn't she something!!!!! Well, I'm certainly not "there" yet - but, one day...

Monday, July 27, 2009

How this all got started...

When we were in Florida last year, I started regularly attending yoga classes at the Joyful Yoga studio. And, although I have practiced yoga (off and on) for probably the past 15 years or so, this particular yoga class really stimulated my interest once again. The emphasis was on "practice" - not perfect. And, the instructors were kind, gentle and patient. My goal then - as now - was to develop a daily practice. So, I had to shift my perspective a little bit and break out of my routine. Even if I only have 10 minutes to spare, I can use that 10 minutes to improve my overall well-being with my daily yoga practice.