My classes were full today, several folks brand new to yoga......always interesting, they walk in the room rather
timidly, really not sure about being there. Sometimes, like today if they do have that deer in the headlights look, I ask them have they been warned about me.......I tell them how mean and grumpy I am, and that at any time I may bring out whips and chains! Ha,ha! Except today the guys told me they would love it!
I started the first class with meditation, and then we had what I call fun Friday yoga! The guys were into it, so we did a Warrior series that included quite a few balance poses, they really did have fun. During savasana, I did temple massages with lavender oil.......at the end of the class, all those skeptics told me they would see me Monday. They left class with smiles on their faces and much more peaceful than when they entered the room.
The transformation that takes place is amazing......every day my students come in stressed, overwrought, depressed. They tell me they can't rest, can't sleep. It is miraculous the changes that take place during their time with me......I see the stress leave their bodies, and their faces. I love it when I see someone smile a true joy filled smile for the first time in days. And often, the very ones who tell me they can't sleep.......fall asleep during savasana(rest). Yoga is such an incredible mind/body science!
I love teaching yoga to these students, for the most part, they are as low in their lives as they can get......but
through this practice of yoga, and breath work and meditation.......I see dramatic changes.....in their spirits as well as their bodies. I see the same things take place in the community class that I teach on Monday nights.
People come in stressed and fatigued, stiff and weak.....but in a few weeks you see the changes take place.
They stand a little more erect, they sit straighter, they move more fluid and smile more often. They too look forward to class.
I have talked alot about gratitude the past few nights, teaching yoga has taught me much about gratitude.
It is very humbling to see the changes that take place, to see the rest and the peacefulness that comes from teaching. I am a lucky woman.......I am a grateful woman.